Fr Seamus bids a fond farewell
AT THE age of 80, Kilmuckridge parish priest Fr Seamus Larkin has finally decided to take things a little bit easier, and around 250 people packed into Sean Og's Ballroom last Friday night to wish him all the very best in his retirement.
After 14 years in the parish, Fr Larkin has now retired to live in Monamolin, and he told those present on the evening he intends to enjoy retirement and to undertake a little bit of travel.
Warm tributes were paid to him by his friends Fr William Howell, Tony Cooke, and Vera O'Sullivan who spoke on behalf of the organising committee and the parish. Vera and Anne Hammel then presented him with a chalice and an envelope on behalf of the people of the parish.
With food, music by Mary Farrell, and a beautiful cake by Theresa Roche, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all involved. Up to 30 of Fr Larkin's family were also present on the evening.
'Fr Larkin was a great man for the parish,' said Anne Hammel. 'He was there for everyone, and he regularly visited the sick and people in hospital. Everyone in the parish wished him well, and he was so delighted with the evening.'