Note: Where MP/HC not specified Holy Communion as announced - Details for remainder of February will be published on Sunday 8th February
Sunday 18th January - Epiphany 2
NO MORNING SERVICES
3pm: United Service in Cloughjordan - Farwell to Rector
Sunday 25th January - Epiphany 3
Sunday 1st February - Epiphany 4
Sunday 8th February - 2nd Sunday before Lent
Not quite Final Farewell:
As I write these notes I am conscious that there is still an occasion to come when I will have a chance to say a formal farwell to you my friends in this group of parishes. But for those of you who may not be able to be present may I thank you on behalf of myself and Nicola & Aaron for the warmth and generosity you have shown us since our arrival in August 1998. It has been a privilege to be your rector and fellow companion on the journey of life. We will always consider this place very special and it is you the parishioners who have made our time here a happy one. We leave with good memories and not a little sadness. May God bless each and every one of you as you have blessed us.
PS - I am delighted that the Rev'd Ruth Gill is to serve as interim Priest - in - charge as one who is so familiar with the parish and has done such great work among us in the past. I know you will give her a great welcome as she provides leadership during the time of transition.
Welcome into the fellowship of the Church to Ethan James Healy, son of Heather & Brian who was baptised in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan on Sunday 7th December. We wish Ethan every blessing in his life.
Congratulation to Nigel Larke & Sarah O'Mahony who were married on December 30th in St. Patrick's Church, Kenmare by Canon Stephen assisted by the Rev'd Michael Cavanagh, Rector of Kenmare. It was a beautiful occasion and we wish Nigel & Sarah every blessing and happiness into the future.
Well done to Tom Larke who a prize in the Art Competition organized by BorrisokaneCommunity College as part of their Christmas Concert. Thank you to Borrisokane Community College, once again, for the kind invitation to their Christmas Concert, which our 3rd – 6th class pupils and their teachers, really enjoyed.
Well done to Andrew Austin, Ella Dann, Stephanie Manley, Josh Caplice, Alfonso Galera Kleboe, Ruairi O’Hare, Niamh Ryan and Laura Hayes who won prizes in the Borrisokane Credit Union 2014 Poster Competition.Thank you very much to Borrisokane Credit Union for the very generous prizes awarded, and for the treats which were greatly enjoyed by all pupils!
Thank you very much to Ivan Dann and Victor Austin, who with many willing helpers, gave generously of their time to chop firewood and sell it in aid of the school. Initiatives like this are greatly appreciated and the money raised is put to good use in the school. The firewood sold quickly – thank you to one and all involved.
Thank you very much to everybody who supported our Christmas Concert in December. Well done again to everybody involved on making it such a success, and most especially to all of our wonderful pupils, with the amazing assistance of Cassandra Kenny. It was a great pleasure for us to donate €825 to the Billy Goulding Fund from the Concert. We hope our contribution helps Billy, Victor and Eileen on their journey towards Billy’s recovery.
Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Crawford and to her husband Mark on the birth of baby Ruairi last month. We were delighted to hear this great news and wish Emma, Mark and baby Ruairi all the best.
Congratulations also to Miss Emma Doherty, our temporary Learning Support Teacher. Emma and Dave announced their engagement over Christmas. We wish them every happiness for their future together.
Thank you very much to everybody who supported our fundraising “Number and Word Phrases Quiz”, kindly compiled for us by Mrs. Miriam Henderson. The draw takes place at the end of the week. Best of luck to everybody who has returned a quiz sheet with all correct answers – there are many, many of you!
The time is fast approaching for us to say farewell to Canon Neill from the school. Canon Neill has been a wonderful Chairperson of our school since he arrived in the parish. We can’t thank him enough for all that he did for all who work and learn in the school, and for so many parents of the school through the years. His commitment to the school has been incredible, not only as Chairperson of our Board of Management, as a member of our Parent Teacher Association,but also as somebody who always wanted what was best for our school and all connected with it. We thank him most sincerely, will miss him terribly and pray that he, Nicola and Aaron will be very happy in their new home in Celbridge. We wish Aaron a very happy 18th birthday later this month and hope he enjoys his birthday celebrations!
Sunday January 18th is Canon Stephen Neill’s Last Sunday as Rector of this group of parishes.
On that Sunday there will be no services in any of the group of churches in the morning. In the afternoon at 3:00pm there will be a united service in St Kierans Church Cloughjordan, followed by refreshments in the hall. Presentations in appreciation of his time with us will be made at the service.
Monthly dance is on Tuesday January 13th music by Peter Burke.
Practice dancing on January 20th and 27th. There is no practice dancing on February 3rd.
Moneygall Whist Drive on Friday 23rd January in Moneygall Hall at 8:15pm.
Ballingarry Whist Drive Monday 19th January at 8:15pm.
Thank you to all who gave prizes and supported the Christmas Whist Drive
Borrisokane Whist Drive Friday 13th February at 8:15pm
Deepest sympathy to Mrs June Chadwick, on the death of her sister Evelyn Newton.
There will be G.F.S. on Wednesday 14th ,21st 28th January and 4th and 11th of February.
Thursday Variety Club
Thursday Variety Club February 5th at 2:30pm.
Thank you to all who came together for a very enjoyable dinner in December.
By now you will probably have
heard that I am on the move, having been appointed to the parish of Celbridge
& Straffan with Newcastle - Lyons in the diocese of
Dublin & Glendalough. After over sixteen years in the parish and some
nineteen in the diocese this will be a big change for me and indeed for Nicola
and Aaron. This place has been our home in every sense of the word and we have
made so many friends through the years who have stood by us through thick and
thin. I will miss so many aspects of parochial and diocesan life and the people
who make this place so special. In our new home we will only be a short
distance up the motorway and I hope that at least some of you will come and
visit us from time to time.
My Institution is to take place
on the Thursday 12th February in ChristChurch, Celbridge and I
would be delighted to see friends from the parish at the service - We have come
a long way together and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to you all.
As the next Newsletter will
not be out until the 11th January may I take this opportunity to wish you all a
very Happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.
George Robert Hayes, son of George and Amanda Hayes and brother to Emma of
Finnoe, Borrisokane was baptised on 2nd Nov in BorrisokaneParishChurch. We wish George
every blessing in his life.
Goulding & Aisling Palmer were married in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan
on 8th November and held their reception in the Dunraven Arms in Adare. It was
a lovely occasion and we wish David and Aisling every happiness in their life
to Gary Hayes and Karen Pierce who are to be married (will have been by time
these notes appear) in St. John's
church in Kilkenny on Saturday 29th November. We wish them every blessing in
Also to Nigel Larke &
Sarah O'Mahony are to be wedd in St. Patrick's Church in Kenmare on the 30th
December. We wish them every blessing for the day and every happiness in their
- Joyce Wallace - The large crowd who turned out for Joyce's funeral on the
20th November in St. Cronan's Church Roscrea reflected the love and affection
that family and friends alike had for Joyce. In a very moving address, Mr
Adrian Hewson (Diocesan Reader), a personal friend of Joyce's paid tribute to
Joyce and her generosity and service to her church and community. Clergy of all
denominations were present, reflecting the breadth of her influence and
affection. We extend our sympathy and prayerful support to all who mourn
especially her mother Vivienne, her sister Freda, brothers Robin, Cecil and
George and the extended family many of whom are in this group of parishes.
Consecration of Bishop Kenneth: 24th January is the day for our new bishop's
Consecration in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the diocese. He will be
enthroned in St. Mary's and St. Flannan's cathedrals in the weeks following the
Consecration (dates yet to be announced)
- Tue 11th Nov - Thanks to all who supported the fundraising dance organised by
the dance club in Cloughjordan who also sponsored the band. - €2160 was raised towards the wheelchair
ramp/emergency exit proposed for St. Kieran's Church. Special thanks to Pearl and George Whiteford
and all who sold and bought tickets and provided raffle prizes and
contributions to the supper.
- The Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for Billy is taking place on 31st
January and tickets are available throughout the parish. Please support this
event in whatever way you can. It is good to hear that Billy is making good
progress and he remains in our thoughts and prayers.
We send our deepest
sympathy to the family of Joyce Wallace. We were very saddened to hear of
Joyce’s untimely passing and remember all the family in our thoughts and
prayers at this sad time.
Congratulations to all of our athletes from 4th – 6th
Classes who took part in the North
Tipperary Primary Schools Indoor Track and Field Competition at Nenagh Olympic Athletic Club on 6th November. Congratulations especially
to Laura Williams who won two medals
at the competition. Laura came 3rd
in the 600m and 3rd in the Shot Putt competitions for 6th
Class Girls – a great achievement.
5th & 6th
Classes enjoyed a visit to BorrisokaneCommunity College
as part of Science Week2014 and learned a lot working in the
Science laboratories. Each returned with their own handmade candle. We really
appreciate this opportunity afforded to our pupils.
Ross Austin, Alastair Grant, Andrew Hayes, Tom Larke,
Sadhbh Lummis, Evan Mooney, Lisa Mooney & Sophia Whelan from 4th Class participated in the Primary School Soccer Blitz hosted by BorrisokaneCommunity College
as part of the Transition Year Programme. Congratulations to our players who
were runners up in the final and to BallinreeN.S. who won the
Garda Kate Jones and Garda David Lee
visited our school last week and delivered the “Respectful Online
Communication” programme, the internet safety module of the Garda Primary
Schools Programme, to our 5th and 6th class pupils
covering a range of topics including cyberbullying and online safety and
security. We are very grateful to both guards for this.
Thank you very much to Angel Donovan who very kindly gave of her time
and artistic talent and made beautiful Advent Wreaths with 5th and 6th
Classes for our school and parish churches. We really appreciate Angel’s
guidance and help with this very meaningful preparation for Christmas.
The school is very busily preparing for our Christmas Concert in St.
Kieran’s Hall on 11th December at 7pm. It promises to be a very
entertaining night. Well done to all of our pupils for preparing so
enthusiastically for this event and thank you so much to Cassandra Kenny for
helping to make it all possible.
We have just learned that Canon Neill, our esteemed Chairperson, is
moving to pastures new in January. To say we will very much miss him is a huge
understatement. We thank him most sincerely for his invaluable contribution,
unfailing support and dedication to our school community over the last sixteen
years. We wish him, Nicola and Aaron every happiness in their new home in
We welcome Nigel Foxton and Deirdre O’Brolchain to our board of
managementand thank them both for their
willingness to serve as board members.
Tuesday Dec 2nd9:00-12:00pm
A line dancing and sequence dancing specialAdmission is free. A box will be provided for
donations to charity.
Tuesday Dec 9th9:30 -12:30Our regular
monthly dance with music by Glen Flynn.
Tuesday Dec 16thFinal
practice dancing night before Christmas.
Tuesday Dec 30thChristmas/New
Year party night. Celebrating 10 years of social dancing in St. Kierans
HallMusic by Checkers
Moneygall Christmas Whist Drive on 29th December in Moneygall Hall at
Ballingarry ChristmasWhist DriveMonday 15th December
Prizes and contributions for the supper will be
Borrisokane Christmas Whist DriveFriday 12th December
at 8:15pm Cloughjordan
Christmas Whist Drive Monday December 1st at 8:15pm.
Deepest sympathy to Mrs Heather Powell, John and Fred Chadwick on the death of their
niece Joyce Wallace.
Deepest sympathyto the
relatives of Masylm Dennison.
Borrisnafarney/Templeharry Timber & Fodder Auction - Thanks to all those who supported the auction which
was a great success and had a record number of lots for sale. Despite the
abundance of both fuel and fodder good prices were achieved and a special word
of thanks to John Chadwick who coordinated the event and to our guest
auctioneer Cllr Tom Berkery
On 3rd December
Christmas party with Santa .
Congratulations to Nigel & Gwen Culbert
and also to Gary and Karen Hayes on their recent Marriages.
Christmas Market is on Saturday 6th
December St. Kieran’s Hall, all usual stalls. The Community Choir will be singing
Thursday Variety Club
The Christmas Dinner December 4th at
2p.m. in the Gourmet Gallery Cloughjordan. Names to Adelaide or Betty 086 3480631 by Tuesday Dec
9th November - 3rd Sunday before Advent / Remembrance
16th November - 2nd Sunday before Advent
23rd November - Sunday before Advent / The Kingship of
Christ /Diocesan Mission
30th November - 1st Sunday ofAdvent
Note: 5th Sunday - No services in Ballingarry or
Harvest 2014 - Thanks to all who contributed to the
preparations for this years harvest services. After such a good year it was a
joy to be able to celebrate a truly plentiful harvest. A special word of thanks
to our organists and church decorators, tea makers and bakers, readers,
wardens, our visiting preachers and all those who attended and participated.
Baptism: Priya Lyn Williamson Donnelly,
daughter of Seamus and Tracey was christened on 27th of September in BorrisokaneChurch. The godparents were Ava Brophy
Williamson & Liam Donnelly and Priya was welcomed into the fellowship of
the Church by family and friends.
Congratulations to Hazel Cavanagh & Joe Dervan who were
married by Canon Stephen and Fr. Bernie Costello on 3rd October in St.
Nicholas' Collegiate Church in Galway. Hazel was accompanied by her five
sisters as bridesmaids. The newly wedds had a guard of honour on exiting the
church from Joe's hurling teammates from Ballinasloe and the weather cleared up
just in time to allow the guests walk from the church to the hotel on Eyre
square via Shop street where a great night of celebrations was enjoyed.
Best wishes to David Goulding and Aisling Palmer who are
to be married in St. Kieran's Church in Cloughjordan on 8th November and to
Gary Hayes and Karen Pierce who are to be married in St. John'sChurch
in Kilkenny on the 29th November.
Accident: It was a shock to hear of the serious
road accident that Errol, Valerie & Scott Harvey of Borrisokane parish were
involved in. After a week in hospital in Dublin
and nursing some broken bones it is a huge relief that the family are home and
recovering from their ordeal. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.
Billy Goulding Appeal: Billy is a two year old parishioner
who has been in TempleStreetHospital
since late July following his sudden collapse. He was ultimately diagnosed withtransverse myelitis which is a rare (1 in a million) autoimmune
condition whereby the body turns on its own nervous system. There are many
triggers and can affect any age. The doctors believe Billy contracted a virus.
His body fought it, by producing antibodies which killed the virus. Normally,
these antibodies die off, but in Billy's case, they turned on his healthy nerve
cells in his spinal cord and this caused swelling and paralysis. Billy is
facing a long rehabilitation and his parents Eileen and Victor are constantly
by his bedside. Plans are in place for a fundraising event in early January and
tickets are available from Austins Centra, Bergins Moneygall, Crawfords
Borrisokane & Beirne's Dunkerrin In
the meantime your prayers are asked for Billy and his parents.
Well done to all of
our 3rd – 6th athletes who participated in the CountyTipperaryAthleticAssociationPrimary School Cross Country Championships in Thurles
Crokes on 1st October. Congratulations in particular to Tom Larke who came 1st and to
Ross Austin who came 3rd
in their race, and to Lucy Fitzgerald,
Sadhbh Lummis, Lisa Mooney and Sophia Whelan (3rd & 4th
Class girls) who came 5th in the team results and to Ross Austin, Odhran Fitzmaurice, Tom Larke
and David Persse (3rd & 4th Class boys) who also
came 5th in the team results.
We were delighted to welcome Marjorie
Quarton to read from her latest book “Corporal
Jack; A Dog’s Life in the First World War” to Fifth and Sixth Classes.
Marjorie was very impressed by the children’s interest in her book and their
intelligent questioning, and enjoyed her visit very much.
Thank you very much to everybody who donated unwanted clothing and
helped us to, once again, support the “Fill
the Van” appeal in aid of the NCBI. The donations were very gratefully
received by the NCBI and will be put to very good use.
Thank you very much for the very generous support of our “Trick or Treat for Temple Street”
appeal. Pupils and staff dressed in Hallowe’en and many different costumes last
Friday and had lots of fun trying to identify mysterious bodies! We had some
very welcome visitors on the day who brought an abundance of Hallowe’en treats
for the children. We raised over €305
on the day for Temple Street Children’s Hospital! Thank you very much to Wendy Bailey who spent time with the
Infants carving a pumpkin. Everybody helped out while we counted in Irish,
English, German (thank you Alina for teaching us) and French! What a delight it
was to see the pumpkin lit up in the complete darkness, with spooky sounds
adding to the atmosphere!! Wendy also treated everybody to some of her pumpkin
cake – it is to be highly recommended!
We are supporting the Team Hope
Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year. Filled shoeboxes should be
returned to school by 7th November so that they can reach their
destination in time for Christmas. Support for this appeal would be most
Well done to Ross Austin, Tom
Austin, Alastair Grant, Hugh Guest, Andrew Hayes, Tom Larke, Hugo Ó hAnluain,
David Persse and Donncha Speight Burns who played Gaelic football matches
with pupils from St. Michael’s N.S. during the month. Thank you very much to
Mr. Dooley and Mr. Hassett for inviting our pupils to train and play with St.
Michael’s N.S. and to Ms Cromer for organizing travel to and from events.
Fifth and Sixth Class really enjoyed their visit to Nenagh Tennis Club last week, by kind invitation of Anne
Fitzpatrick. It was a marvellous opportunity to play on the courts in Nenagh.
The children were very generously looked after in the Club House – thank you
very much Anne for a wonderful visit.
Garda Kate Jones visited our school
recently and spoke to all pupils about safety.Garda Jones reinforced key messages about road and Hallowe’en Safety and
answered the children’s many questions.
We are delighted to welcome Cassandra
Kenny to school to teach dance to all classes.We are really gaining from and enjoying this
experience. Cassandra has started work with all classes in preparation for our
Christmas Concert on 11th December. Cassandra is giving of her time
and professionalism for free – we really can’t thank her enough for this!
It was a pleasure to welcome Ruby
Ryan from Transition Year in BorrisokaneCommunity College on work
experience for the last fortnight. Ruby was a great help throughout the school.
Thank you Ruby for all you did.
Cloughjordan Fundraising Dance
November 11th9:30-12:30Admission €10
Music bySam O’Doherty
selling tickets,Donating to
supper or raffle
supper on the night
Any queries contact Pearl on 0860553041
28th November in Moneygall Hall at 8:15pm.
Volunteers to help with supper would be very welcome.
Ballingarry Whist Drive is on
Monday 17th November at 8:15pm
Borrisokane Whist Drive is on
Friday 14th November at 8:15pm
Advance notice: Cloughjordan Christmas Whist Drive Monday December 1st.
Deepest sympathy to William and Robert Powell on the death of their aunt Mrs Jenny
There will be G.F.S. on the 6th,
13th and 20th of November
Practice Dancing this month Tuesday October 28th
November 18th November 25th.
Timber/Fuel/Fodder Auction to be held in Moneygall on Saturday
22nd November in aid of Borrisnafarney/Templeharry parish
November 10th Syliva Crawford doing
supper dishes in Moneygall Hall. All are welcome.
Thursday Variety Club
The next meeting is on November 6th
at 2:30pm in the Methodist Hall Cloughjordan, the speaker will be Mrs Lovelock
giving a talk on flower arranging.
12th October - 17th after Trinity
Dr Keith Scott (Rathkeale)
Ballingarry Harvest 7.30pm Preacher
Adrian Hewson - Diocesan Reader
19th October - 18th after Trinity
Martin Hilliard (Kells, Kilkenny)
26th October - 5th Sunday before Advent
Mrs Gladys Cromer, previously
living in Dublin
had lived very happily in Toomevara for the last number of years with her son
John and family died on the 31st August after a short illness. A very gentle
and caring lady, she was widow of the late John T Cromer and mother of Lillian
(Webb) and John, mother-in-law of Liz and dear granny of Simon, Jonathan and
Louise, nana of Aaron, Sean, Alex, Evan, Callum and Elliot. After Removal
from Ryans Funeral Home Nenagh her Funeral Service took place at St. Andrew's
Church, Lucan, with burial afterwards in EskerCemetery,
Lucan. We extend our sympathy to the whole family at this time of sadness.
Canon George Flynn
It is in shock and sadness
that I write these words. It is only a matter of days since the terrible news of
George's sudden death was announced. For my own part I had known George in one
capacity or another all my life. We were actually next door neighbours, sharing
a partition wall in a semi-detached house when I was a babe in arms in
Glenageary where my father was curate. George's mother used to babysit me and
apparently used to bang on the wall if I cried too much at night as the walls
were paper thin. In later years we met in theological college, he at the latter
end of his training and I about to embark on mine.
Since his arrival in the
diocese it has been good to reconnect and also to witness the wonderful work
George has done in Aughrim and Creagh Union. George's energy and determination
was never lacking and he put heart and soul into his ministry in the parish and
never saw any obstacle as insurmountable. In a relatively short space of time
George did an extraordinary amount of good work in that parish which will stand
as a testimony to him. We will miss him in the diocese too, especially on the
Cathedral Chapter, at diocesan council, the Board of Mission and all those
areas of ministry which he found time and energy to support. He has gone from
us all too soon and we are especially conscious of the profound and
inexpressible loss that Gwyn and the family are feeling at this time. May he
rest in peace and rise in glory.
The school year got off to a chilling start for some! Mr. Hayes accepted
the nomination of Hugh Guest, a Sixth Class pupil, and took the ice bucket
challenge on 1st September in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease
Association (IMNDA), much to the delight of pupils looking on.
In mid –September parents of our infant children enjoyed an informal
opportunity to get to know each other over a cup of coffee in school one afternoon.
“Coming and Going”
We welcomed back Anne Fitzpatrick at the beginning of term to coach
tennis to all pupils.
We said farewell recently to Mrs. Emma Crawford as she began her
maternity leave. We wish Emma and her husband Mark all the best and look forward
to hearing their good news.
We welcome Mr. Seamus O’Dwyer to our school as substitute mainstream
teacher to teach First and Second Class and hope that he will be very happy
while part of our staff.
We look forward to welcoming
Ruby Ryan (Past-pupil) back on Work Experience later in October. Ruby is now in
Transition Year in BorrisokaneCommunity College
Junior and Senior Infants and
teachers visited Cloughjordan Railway Station last week. They enjoyed exploring
the station, doing some artwork there and feasting on the abundance of
blackberries in the hedgerow!
Best of luck to Alex Chadwick, Hugh Guest, Ruairi
O’Brolchain, Donncha Speight-Burns, Robyn Fitzgerald, Laura Hayes, Emma Mooney
and Laura Williams who will represent 5th & 6th
Class, and to Ross Austin, Odhran
Fitzmaurice, Tom Larke, David Persse, Lucy Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Lummis, Lisa
Mooney and Sophia Whelan who will represent 3rd & 4th
Class at the County Tipperary Athletic
Association Primary School Cross Country Championshipsin Thurles Crokes on Wed 1st October.
Dancing classes will commence
for all pupils in school on Thursday 2nd October for the next ten
weeks. We are hugely indebted to the generosity of Cassandra Kenny who has very kindly agreed to teach dancing to all
classes for free. This is an amazingly kind gesture and means so much to us. We
look forward to working with Cassandra and learning from her – Thank you
5th & 6th
will visit Nenagh Library on 22nd October as part of Children’s Book
Festival, for a show by storyteller, Niall de Burca, explaining how World War 1
came about. We are very grateful to Nenagh Library for making this opportunity
available to us.
St Kierans Hall, CloughjordanTuesday October 14th ,
music by Michael Collins.
Notice: The November Dance on Tuesday
11th will be a fundraising dance for Cloughjordan Parish Funds.
Tickets will be on sale in advance and both sellers and buyers will be welcome.
Thursday Variety Club
Thursday October 2nd
at 2:30 pm in Methodist Hall Cloughjordan, special speaker will be Millie on
Opening service of Holy Communion in CloughjordanChurch Tuesday 7th October at
8pm. All welcome members and non-members.
Date to note: November 10th Sylvia
Crawford doing supper dishes in Moneygall hall again all are welcome
Moneygall Whist Drive is Friday 24th
October at 8:15pm
Ballingarry Whist Drive is Monday 20th
October at 8:15pm
Borrisokane Whist Drive is Friday 10th
October at 8:15pm
There will be G.F.S. on the 1st , 8th
, 15th and 22nd of October
Welcome to the website / blog of the Cloughjordan & Borrisokane Group of Parishes (Anglican/Episcopalian). I hope that this will be a useful resource for the parish and to our visitors and friends as well as a place for constructive communication and conversation. Please feel free to comment on the articles posted and to submit material for inclusion to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact me at 0505-42183 0r mobile: 087-2328172 Stephen Neill (Rector)
We are a Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) group of parishes in the Midlands, spanning counties Tipperary North and Offaly. The parish has five churches and is largely rural with Cloughjordan & Borrisokane being the principal towns within the parish boundaries. Most of the parishioners are involved in agriculture at some level although this is slowly changing due to economic pressures. It is a very young parish with a 5 teacher (4 class teachers) school under church management. Ireland's first Eco-village is located in Cloughjordan and also within the parish lies the ancestral home and parish church of President Barack Obama. We enjoy excellent ecumenical relations with the local Roman Catholic, Methodist & Baptist churches which are mutually enriching.