100 years of St Moling's
ST. MOLING'S Church in Ballycanew has played a special role in the local community over the last century, and recently on the centenary of the original dedication of the church, the community gathered to celebrate the special milestone.
Bishop Denis Brennan was the main celebrant at the Centenary Mass which was followed by a tree planting ceremony and refreshments in the parish hall.
Fr. Thomas Orr said people travelled from far and near to be there on the day and it was a most enjoyable occasion. Past clergy from the parish, neighbouring clergy, and Canon Mark Hayden, representing the local Church of Ireland, were also in attendance.
The building has stood the test of time, having been worked upon by successive generations of parishioners to ensure its longevity. 'It's in very good condition, despite being one hundred years old,' he said.
A special book marking the first centenary of the church was launched on the day. It was put together by the Centenary Committee, and features many stories and photographs from down through the years.
Thanks were sent to all who helped prepare for the event, and all who took part on the day, including the various choirs in the parish who sang together during the Mass.
The original church in Ballycanew was destroyed in the 1798 Rising and parishioners had to travel to Mass in Ballyoughter until St. Moling's was completed in September 1913. It was last renovated and rededicated in 1991.