On Wednesday, June 20th Youghal’s Canon Tom Browne celebrated his Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving. Surrounded by family, friends and hundreds of people who came from far and wide to pay homage to this gentle, much loved Canon. Youghal local radio CRY 104fm broadcast the Mass live from St. Mary’s Parish Church.
Mass was concelebrated in St Mary’s Parish Church with Msgr. Jim O’Donnell and Canon Dean Gould, and other priests attending included locals Fr. Bermingham, Fr. Bluett, Fr. Winkle and Fr. Relihan. The Church was filled to capacity and the service included the local Choir and a most beautiful appreciation of Canon Browne’s life which was read by Frank Keane.
Following the service, the people flocked to the Walter Raleigh Hotel where Canon Browne was presented by Sr. Maura Drea with a beautifully inscribed Waterford Crystal Bowl and a donation from the local Community of Youghal including parishioners, clubs and businesses of the town. Canon Browne was delighted to have so many people come along on this very special occasion, and the celebrations went on long into the night. Congratulations, Canon Browne and every best for the future.
By Christy Parker | Photo: Michael Hussey (YoughalOnline.com)
Christy Parker talks to a Youghal priest now dedicated to helping Ecuador’s poor
The earnest tones of Youghal-born priest Fr. John Keane will address Mass goers in his native town over the month’s final weekend. The former Dungourney curate is on a working vacation from his Ecuador mission and is seeking some urgent funding to assist his work amongst the “poorest of the poor.” He describes the region on Ecuador’s west coast as a place of “no wealth, no jobs, no land to cultivate; just a daily struggle to survive.”
Ecuador is not the first place to test the durability of Fr. Keane. The eldest of five children born to the late John and Norah of Emmet Place, he moved to Belfast soon after his ordination in 1982. The hunger strikes were in full flow. “I saw a lot of bigotry and hatred and the soldiers were often very hostile,” he recalls. He compromised his comfort by Read more