IN TOUCH – August 2021

The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes


We offer our sincere sympathy to Mary and John Mathews on the death of Mary’s mother – Lily. Her funeral took place in St. Enda’s Church, Killanny with burial in the adjoining graveyard.


We offer our sincere sympathy to Tom and Denise Clarke on the death of Tom’s mother – Marie.  Her funeral took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure with burial in  Mullary cemetery.


We offer our deepest sympathy to Michael Barrow and Elaine Dowling on the death of Marion Dowling. Michael’s partner.  Her funeral took place in St Mary’s, Castlebellingham, on Monday, 26th August, with burial in the adjoining graveyard.


We offer our sympathy also to the members of the Ross family, following the death of Noel Ross.  Noel, a Dundalk parishioner, was well-known to many of us as an authority on the archaeological heritage of Louth and surrounding counties.


Give faith and comfort, O Lord, to all who are bereaved.  Strengthen them to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience, not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your mercy in the past, and waiting for a joyful reunion in heaven, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



As we enjoy the mixed weather that is Ireland, we think of those families bereaved by drownings. Please think of safety beside water, it takes only a few seconds inattention for a family’s life to be torn apart by tragedy.  Similarly, think of safety in the sun: there the effects are slower, but skin cancer is devastating.  Use the sun cream, wear a hat.



As I write, 71% of the population has been vaccinated.  This is good news for us all; however, we are not yet in a position to ignore Covid: we still need live with it as safely as possible: sanitizing, distancing and the wearing of masks will feature in our interactions for many months to come.



Richard and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet our families; the Mediterranean weather meant we could meet and eat in the open air. Thank you, to (soon to be the Rev’d)  David and the Rev’ds Dr Iain and Michael for allowing us the free time to do so.





Children’s services will resume in Drogheda in September. 



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