Fr Kevin inscribed in stone with poignant memorial

The memorial in honour of Fr Kevin McNamara on the grounds of the Church of the Assumption in Moyvane

A memorial plaque has been erected on the grounds of the Church of the Assumption in Moyvane in memory of much-loved former parish priest, Fr Kevin McNamara, who served there for six years.

Fr Kevin, who passed away suddenly last December, at the age of 66, showed great vision and innovation during the pandemic lockdown when he celebrated open air Masses, with the congregation remaining in their vehicles in the car park and he stood at the church entrance at what became known as the Doorway of Hope.

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Before the unveiling of the memorial on Sunday, a thanksgiving Mass was celebrated from the Doorway of Hope from where Fr Kevin gave hope to so many during the Covid crisis.

The Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Senator Mark Daly, who was very friendly with Fr Kevin from his time in Kenmare, spoke from the altar about what the late Cooraclare, Co Clare born cleric meant to the people and the high esteem in which he was held.

Family, friends and former parishioners of the popular priest were in attendance and another big turnout is expected in Glenflesk parish this Wednesday night for another memorial Mass in Fr Kevin’s memory.

He was transferred to Glenflesk in a diocesan reshuffle just six months before his untimely passing and the Mass will be celebrated in St Agatha’s Church at 7.30pm tomorrow with refreshments afterwards in Glenflesk GAA hall.

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