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St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:05 pm

There are bits and pieces about St Michaels under various topics but, both the old church and the new one deserve a Topic.

Here is a bit about Fr Sean Cassidy i tumbled on today in the Meath Chronicle, It is from 2008.

The funeral took place in Kilmainhamwood recently of one of the parish"s native sons, Fr Sean Cassidy, who served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Dublin and was curate of Ayrfield in Raheny up to the time of illness taking hold two years ago.

Fr Sean was one of two brothers who went to Dublin"s Clonliffe College to study for the priesthood, the other being Fr Seamus, currently chaplain to the Royal Meath Association in Dublin.

Both men played on the Kilmainhamwood 1965 intermediate football championship winning team, of which Fr Sean was captain.

As their mother was principal in Carrickaleck National School, the brothers went to school there prior to attending St Patrick"s Classical School in Navan, and then Clonliffe College. Fr Sean studied at both Maynooth and Clonliffe before being ordained in Clonliffe in 1962.

He served as a chaplain to the Christian Brothers in Dún Laoghaire (1962-"63), and then as a priest in Clogher Road Parish (1963-"65), Clonskeagh Parish (1965-"67), Blessington (1967-"74), Clondalkin (1974-"80), Malahide (1980-"83), before being appointed curate in Dun Laoghaire.

It was his transfer from Dún Laoghaire parish nine years ago which caused widespread spontaneous protests by the local community.

Public protest meetings, petitions, extensive media coverage and even letters to the pope failed to influence a change of heart among the 'powers that be" in the Catholic Church. Local feelings were further fuelled by revelations that their priest had turned down promotion to parish priest on two occasions so that he could remain as a curate.

He had served in Dún Laoghaire for 16 years. In the end, the protests ceased only after Fr Cassidy"s public intervention and his acceptance of the then archbishop"s decision.

Fr Cassidy"s goodness and involvement in making things happen in the local community were major factors in making him so popular, according to parishioner Breasal ' Caollaí, in a tribute. He had revived the traditional Dún Laoghaire Horse Show, making it the social highlight of the year. Fr Cassidy was chairman of the show"s organising committee down through the years, and made his last public appearance on August Bank Holiday Monday at the annual event.

While the side-shows at the horse show raised large amounts of money for charity, Fr Cassidy"s primary motivation was to help bring people together in community action. He was also one of the directors of the 'Dún Laoghaire 1500" in 1998 when the seaside town marked its first 1,500 years. Bicycle races, a maritime summer school, a flower show, establishment of the Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire Link organisation, art exhibitions and competitions, local community days, a snooker competition, and a host of other community-based activities were the order of the day. The seeds sown then by Fr Cassidy and his group are still bearing fruit 10 years on.

Always on the side of the marginalised, the CARE organisation was yet another of his creations.

Among CARE"s many achievements was feeding the poor in the basement of Monkstown Church of Ireland where one of Fr Cassidy"s closest friends, Rev Kevin Dalton, was rector. After Dún Laoghaire, the deceased served in the parish of Ayrfield, near Raheny in north Dublin, where he oversaw the refurbishment of the local church.

Fr Cassidy passed away in Glenageary and requiem Masses took place in St Michael"s Church, Dun Laoghaire, and in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Kilmainhamwood, prior to burial in Kilmainhamwood Cemetery. The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, officiated at the obsequies.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:49 pm

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Found this old photo today
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Postby Rocker » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:50 pm

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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:11 pm

A bit of back ground history of St Michael's Church from the parish website.

http://www.dunlaoghaireparish.ie/parish-history
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Thomastown » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:33 pm

Hi Rocker
I think this is a nice photo of St.Michaels Church.
Taken around 1948.
See the Tram lines are still there.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Strum » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:11 pm

Ha good one TT. Rocker, remember the photo of May's shop from that corner and you were wondering what the Pole was? There it is. ;)
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:59 pm

That is a lovely photo of the church Thomastown. You have a wonderful collection of stuff.

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I see what you mean about the pole, Thanks.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Strum » Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:18 am

The Guard looks very trendy with the shades, but eh...Sunglasses back then? :D :?:

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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Thomastown » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:25 pm

Here is another shot from a different angle Rocker.
Cabbies and all.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Fri May 01, 2015 12:48 am

Thomastown,

The photos are getting better and better. That is real elegance and the lovely old buildings on Marine Road. A touch of gentility then.

These great photos are making me think that I must go back to the National Library and continue my family search through the microfilms. I was intrigued with the church records of St. Michael's they were so well written and so well kept...wonder what they are like nowadays when good handwriting is not considered an asset and spelling is all text spk!!

In those old records Townlands were recorded and seemed to be very important. Nowadays none of the children know their Townland. I was able to trace my maternal line because in all records the townland of Thomastown was used.

Here I am straying off topic again!!!
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Strum » Fri May 01, 2015 2:46 am

I didn't know there were Helicopters back then? :D


Great photo again TT. ;)
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby slipper » Fri May 01, 2015 8:02 pm

Love that 'photo TT
Made my 'confo' in St.Michael's in '55 and the church and railed off grounds were as is in 'photo with trees outside running all the way down
Marine Rd. Much nicer than current scenario IMHO.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby jabra » Fri May 01, 2015 9:12 pm

I agree Slipper what a fantastic photo.
I too made my confo in St Michaels and Im nearly sure it was 1955
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby bugrock » Fri May 01, 2015 11:42 pm

I too kissed the bishop's ring, probably same year. I think I still have the photo - me, not yer man's ring.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Denis Cromie » Sat May 02, 2015 10:12 am

Brings back memories TT, thanks.I made my Confo there too,probably the same year as the photo was taken. :D
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby slipper » Sat May 02, 2015 10:53 am

bugrock wrote:I too kissed the bishop's ring, probably same year. I think I still have the photo - me, not yer man's ring.


:lol: :lol: :P :P :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby slipper » Sat May 02, 2015 11:02 am

jabra wrote:I agree Slipper what a fantastic photo.
I too made my confo in St Michaels and Im nearly sure it was 1955


Yeah! '55 alright Jabra, I know 'cause I was in the same class -the little lunatic Conlan/Conran- I'm not sure which, but, the little ba***rd should never have been allowed to be near children- never mind to be in charge of them-!! BangHead BangHead BangHead STILL!!
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby grammer » Sat May 02, 2015 11:11 am

slipper wrote:
bugrock wrote:I too kissed the bishop's ring, probably same year. I think I still have the photo - me, not yer man's ring.


:lol: :lol: :P :P :lol: :lol: :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Great photos TT.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Micheál » Sat May 02, 2015 8:57 pm

Rocker wrote:[...] I must go back to the National Library and continue my family search through the microfilms.


No need Rocker,
Those Parish records are going on-line later this year.

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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Sat May 02, 2015 9:02 pm

Yippeee I'm out of touch as I haven't done any research for three years.
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Postby Rocker » Sat May 02, 2015 9:23 pm

Wonderful. Thanks Micheál.
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Re: St Michael's Church

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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby Rocker » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:18 pm

That is sad but, fabulous footage. Thanks snowy for that.
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Re: St Michael's Church

Postby grammer » Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:09 am



Snowy I remember it well-
My sister and Kay were going into visit my eldest nephew who was born that week and the traffic and busses were delayed because of the fire in the church-
Jeeezz life flies does'nt it. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
I'd better go and get him a birthday card. 8-) 8-) 8-) :D :D :D
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