On the 29th July friends and neighbours gathered in Kavanaghs to wish Kathleen a well earned and long retirement.

In her own words as sprinted in the newsletter…………..

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……….As was announced recently, this is my last weekend serving as Sacristan in Ballon. I am retiring after being Sacristan for twenty years and Parish Secretary for thirty years. Although I am retiring with mixed feelings I am deeply
appreciative for all the support I received while I served as Sacristan and Parish Secretary. I have enjoyed the interaction I had with parishioners and it was a privilege to be able to help people on happy occasions like weddings and
baptisms and to be a support to families on sad occasions like funerals. Over the years many boys and girls served Mass in Ballon Church and I enjoyed training them and working with them. I am deeply appreciative to Fr. Whelan for his
kindness, support and encouragement to me while I was Sacristan and Parish Secretary. I thank Fr. Howard and I wish him a speedy recovery. Over the years I loved the May processions and the Eucharistic Adoration that I helped to set up
and with which I will be involved into the future. I aimed to give the best service I could as Sacristan and Parish Secretary and I am deeply grateful to you all for your support over the years.

Thank you all very much. Kathleen

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Apologies for the poor images but my external flash didn’t sync with the camera and the standby camera wasn’t happy either.

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Kathleen with the final servers….

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……. with the two grandsons and Naimh presenting some home grown dahlias