Farewell to Father Michael

Parishioners assembled in Mullavilly Hall on Tuesday 12 February to say “Thank You” to Father Michael Toner on his departure to become Parish Priest of Eglish. The proceedings were compered by John McGrane. Refreshments were served by the ladies of the Parish. Presentations were made:
On behalf of the people of the parish by Frances Hughes and Brendan Woolsey: On behalf of Kilmore Pioneers by Sheila Morgan.

Childrens’ Tribute

A choral performance by the Sunday liturgy group, was received with heart felt appreciation and applause. Members: Katelyn and Emily Murray; Erin Rose Murphy; Ellie and Carla O’Gorman; James and Molly Harvey; Lucy and Aidan Gallagher; Helen, Catherine, Rachel and Fiona McGrane. Thank you!
This was followed by a most impressive presentation of Irish Music: groups, individual instrumentalists, and song. The performers were: Sarah McCann, Phelim and Ronan McAtarsney, Clare Marley, Niambh and Brendan Donnelly, Jack and Alice Gallagher, Caira, Niambh, Aine, and Aisling McGrane, Anna Grace and Maeve Ferguson, Peter and Ronan McGrane. Well Done! Participants, coaches and leaders.

Address given by Eamon McNeill Vice-Chair Kilmore Parish Pastoral Council

“ Welcome to Father Michael Toner, members of his family, Father Oliver Brennan PP, and parishioners. Father Michael, we were honoured by your appointment to our Parish – you first appointment as Parish Priest. Three years have passed quickly. I believe you were told, before you came, that Kilmore was a quiet place; weekday Mass, the odd funeral, the odd christening and the odd wedding. We soon realised that your insight into the needs of the parish were no stereotype of that nature. Your special gift of interacting with us after Mass: Your unfailing attention to the sick, at home or in hospital, as well as your duties in Armagh and further a-field were all dutifully performed Before Father Toner we had Father Connolly with a soft spoken voice, we were talking about up-grading the PA system! But, before we got round to it, there was no need for it with Father Toner at the Ambo. We treasure the experience of your singing Salve Regina at the graveside, so beautifully sombre. Then there was your after Mass singing practise – Voice of Ireland, watch out!
You are due our thanks for your support and go-ahead for the Stonebridge Parish Centre initiative. As you take up our new duties, we hope you are continuing to enjoy those radio-active meals especially with the recently discovered new flavourings. We hope you have been happy here and retain fond memories of Kilmore. Thanks to all who have provided refreshments here to-night, to John our MC, To the Children’s Liturgy Choir and our very own Ceili House musicians”
Father Michael expressed thanks in word and song – The Ballad of William Bloat