St. John’s Parish

Mrs. Anastasia “Cissy” Green

We record the sad passing of Mr. Anastasia “Cissy” Green, St. Ursula’s Terrace, who passed to her eternal reward on Sunday, 26th February and extend condolences to her family, relatives and friends. Her removal took place from Tom Hennessy’s Funeral Home, Johnstown, on Monday evening to St. John’s Church, Parnell Street. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, 1st March, after which Cissy was laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballygunner. May she rest in peace.

Mr. Jim Grant

It is with deep regret we record the sad passing of Mr. Jim Grant, St. Anthony’s, Johnstown, who passed to his eternal reward on Tuesday, 28th February and extend condolences to his family, relatives and friends.

His removal took place from Tom Hennessy’s Funeral Home, Johnstown, on Wednesday evening to St. John’s Church, Parnell Street. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday, 3rd March, after which Jim was laid to rest in St. Otteran’s Cemetery, Ballinaneeshagh. May he rest in peace.

Mr. Jim Grant:An Appreciation

Simple words cannot describe the contribution made by Jim to his church and his parish over the past fifty five years. Jim has always been, and will always be an icon of strength to those who help in St. John’s. One of his favourite sayings was “I’ll have to get inspiration from ‘Head Office on this one” and then he would smile. In recent years he made a huge contribution to the diocesan “Listening Process” always making himself available, as not task was too small for Jim.

We will miss his presence and leadership and will always remember him for his training, guidance and encouragement in all aspects of lay ministry. May he continue to guide us from ‘Head Office’ into the future. To his wife Betty and family we extend our deepest sympathies. Beannacht de lena ainm.

Unveiling Of Jail Wall Memorial

Several hundred people turned out on the historic hill of Ballybricken on Saturday afternoon last for a Dedication Service and unveiling of the new Jail Wall Memorial. The bitter cold weather did not deter the many relatives of those who lost their lives and the many people who witnessed the scenes and can still vividly recall the tragedy which unfolded in the early hours of the 4th March 1943 attend this very solemn occasion.

Three bands provided music during the service, the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band, the City of Waterford Brass and the Barrack Street Band. In the course of his address to the attendance, the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Hilary Quinlan said: “This is a time of remembrance, a time of reflection and a time, some might say long overdue, to make a lasting and permanent memorial to those who so tragically lost their lives in what was twentieth century Waterford’s greatest peacetime calamity, the Jail Wall Disaster. ‘The tragic event took place sixty three years ago in the early hours of a cold rain soaked March morning.”

This was part of the Mayor’s address, the full speech was published in a beautiful commemorative booklet published for the occasion and distributed free to all in attendance and printed by the local Franciscan Community. During the ceremony there was an Ecumenical Blessing of the memorial, the Mayor laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Waterford and the City Council. Mr Patrick Barrett, Chairman of the Jail Wall Memorial Committee also laid a wreath on behalf of the committee. Relatives and representatives on behalf of those who lost their lives placed lighted candles on the monument.

Those who lost their lives in the Jail Wall tragedy were: James Roche age 60 years, Thomas Roche age 55 years, James (Jimmie) Barrett, age 11 years, Kitty Barrett, age 9 years, Maureen Roche, age 20 years, James (Seamus) Roche, age 6 years, Joseph Upton, age 60 years, Patrick Upton, age 15 years and Betty Steward, age 2 years. Ar dheis de go raibh a n-anamacha uaisle.

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