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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Book highlights the religious lives of The Rower Inistioge faithful

David Looby

After three years of research, writing and preparation the book, Rower Inistioge Vocations: An Anthology, was launched by Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory in The Rower.

The anthology, compiled by Fr Richard Scriven, former Parish Priest of The Rower Inistioge, records the lives of over 130 priests and religious from the parish who worked locally and all around the world. On the night Sean Ó hÚiginn, Master of Ceremonies, former principal of the primary school in The Rower (called Marymount after the college in New York which Mother Butler a native of the parish founded) welcomed over 150 parishioners and visitors as the book was formally presented to Bishop Farrell by the committee.

Bishop Farrell spoke of the value of the work as a record of great significance locally of the lives of great men and women who could easily be forgotten. Admiring the production and the attention to detail Bishop Farrell thanked Fr Scriven for the work and dedication which had brought the book to print. He said the book records a rich time of vocations in the church and how, now as we face the future, parishoners must build upon the work of great people who had gone before them.

Fr Scriven thanked the committee for their interest and openness to the project which had begun in 2016. He said the families of those in the book had engaged so positively in the work and he was delighted to see such a large crowd gathered for the launch. Richard welcomed Srs Anna Corcoran (St John of God), Breda Burke (Mercy), Eucharia Brereton (Mercy), Bride Lyng (Sisters of Charity), Frs Tom Murphy (Ossory), Dick Lyng (Augustinian), all who feature in the book.

The book - which runs to nearly 200 pages - is full of stories of local people that made a difference and of the incredible commitment and strength of the native sons and daughters of The Rower/Inistioge. It is available to buy in local shops.

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