My maternal grandfather Thomas Skerry (spelled Scarry originally) was born in the parish of St. Patrick's, Glennamaddy (40 kilometers from Tuam).
Thursday afternoon, I paid a visit to the Parish Priest Father Paddy Mooney and the former PP, Canon Michael Goaley to see the church and the baptismal registry.
The town is small but has a brand new Community School next to the church, an extension of the Catholic schooling formerly offered by the Sisters of Mercy.
Our two priest-hosts had done some research and discovered that the Scarry family hailed from Knockauns (pronounced "nick'ans") on the road from Glennamaddy toward Williamstown.
Some photos taken during the short visit:
|Main Street, Glennamaddy|
|The Community School|
|Several views of the exterior and interior of St. Patrick's Church|
|Fathers Paddy Mooney, Fintan Monahan (Diocesan Secretary), James Conn, Canon Michael Goaley|
|My grandfather's baptism is on the next to last line "Thomas Patrick Scarry"|
|The Knockauns Road|
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Prayer for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Almighty ever-living God, look with compassion on our weakness and ensure us your protection by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. Through our Lord.
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