Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Visit to Glennamaddy, Co. Galway - Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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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