Saturday the 2nd of August saw the revival of music on the street for the bank holiday weekend. A new ladies committee has been formed in town and the objective when it was set up was to bring back a bit of much needed community spirit. Time was against them to revive the whole festival weekend as in years gone by, but this year was hopefully the start of things taking a turn for the better in the village.
Despite torrential showers all day and several calls to cancel, they went ahead placing faith in God above and Met Eireann that the weather forecast would be right for once and that it would eventually clear up. Sure enough after nearly drowning all those coming from mass to listen to the music and enjoy a few stalls of amusements set up, the crowd had to dive for cover under the lorry, in pub door ways, cars and private houses. Then, hurray the rain FINALLY stopped and people cautiously made a return. Despite it being the second day of August, people were sporting rain coats, brollys, boots and warm clothing and boy did you need them, but the music got the feet tapping courtesy of Christopher Beirne and people danced on the street, chatted and had a good time. There was a great turnout despite the weather, and maybe, in spite of it people didnt let it dampen their spirits and came out to support, proving that once again it only takes a few to get the ball rolling and people are crying out for a revival of the old ways and the need to appreciate community. The Ladies Club have been inundated with demands to revive the whole weekend like years ago… I think they may get their wish……….Watch this space.
Sunday the 7th of July saw the annual graveyard mass take place. Mass has been celebrated outside the graveyard walls for the last 15 years since Fr Kevin Earley came to Frenchpark. We have been very lucky each year with the weather even though we have been threatened with rain at nearly every mass but we have never had to abandon yet. Rain made its presence felt a few times and while the brolly’s got some action it never threatend to spoil proceedings too much.
A new addition to our site as of an from this week, we have added the Parish Newsletter for St Asicus Church Frenchpark. Please check out local and parish news for this weeks newsletter. Hopefully this will be a regular feature.