Service of Dedication Roscrea Group of Parishes were delighted to welcome Bishop Kenneth recently. He presided at a celebration of the Holy Communion during which he dedicated the twelve nave windows, recently extensively renovated, to the glory of God.
L to R. Revd. Jane Galbraith, Rector; Mr.Des Young, People's Churchwarden; Rt. Revd. Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Mr.Adrian Hewson, Diocesan Reader. Bishop Kenneth received a gift to mark his first officail visit to Roscrea Group of Parishes.
St. Cronan’s Church was built in 1812. It stands on a site where we believe Christian worship has been continuous for fifteen hundred years.
Members of the Williams family standing near the renovated window donated in to the glory of God in memory of Nigel Williams, late son of Bobby and Noleen Williams
The nave windows number twelve. They were restored in 1976 There are plaques bearing the names of past parishioners and their relatives. One of our oldest parishioners remembers his parent’s generous donation to the former ‘windows project’.
The present plaques are of marble and reflect memorials erected by present parishioners bearing witness to those who have died, very recently. These include Gladys Young wife of St.Cronan’s present churcwarden Des, who organised the ‘plaque project’. Also, Nigel Williams son of parishioners Bobby and Noleen Willams. Nigel was an internationally well-known tenor, whose life was snatched at a young age midst a glittering career. Many parishioners donated to the cost of the renovations. Some donating for a particular window, while others did not wish their names associated with any particular window but who know silently, whose memory they associate with the project.
Stacy O'Neal Pannell and her sister (holding pictures of their parents Bobby and Aleta O'Neal, generous donators and supporters of St.Cronan's) with Rt.Revd. Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe.
The Hands That Made, Painted, and Blessed. Mr Francis Fitzgerald painting works, Rt.Revd. Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe; and Mr Colm Brophy carpentry works.
Not least in this connection is the O’Neal Pannell family from Fultan, Texas, U.S.A. Poor health prevents the senior O’Neal’s from travelling at this time. They have been visitor to Roscrea and St. Cronan’s for many years. Their two daughters however were present at the service and Stacy also a regular visitor read the first reading. Other major helpers were Tipperary Co.Co. and not least the CoI Marshall Beresford Fund was also supportive to the project. In attendance also were the craftsmen who installed the renovated windows. A presentation from Roscrea Group of Parishes was made by Des Young to bishop Kenneth.
L to R. back Mr Francis Fitzgerald paint works; Rt.Revd. Kenneth Kearon Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe; Mr. Colin Brophy carpentry works.
L to R. front Mr. Des Young People's Churchwarden, Revd. Jane Galbraith, rector Roscrea Group of Parishes; Mr. Adrian Hewson Diocesan Reader; Mr. David Lewis Rector's Churchwarden.
Rt. Revd. Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe.
The bishop remarked on the fine job which can be seen from the town, welcoming people in and standing testimony to God’s word shinning out. After the service everyone was invited to Roscrea National School for refreshments during which the Group’s members met Bishop Kenneth.