Roscrea Youth Centre celebrated another great year, with its end of year Mass and prize-giving ceremony. This night is an opportunity to showcase the young people of the club and how proud everyone is of them. Music was provided by members of the Folk Group and by a truly excellent choir made up by members of the club. The music just underscored an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Aimee Brown read an opening reflection called “Time” which was in fact the theme of the Mass. Fr lorcan then attended to the backdrop made by senior club members consisting of faces of darkness and faces of light. Then everyone paused and thought of one friend they they would like to remember at the Mass.
Roscrea Youth Centre members from the Senior & Junior Club who received prices at the end of year mass which was held in the Youth Centre recently
Deirdre Cahir read the reading from the book of wisdom about time and then Leanne Loughnane sang the psalm “Time After Time”. Her voice soared and raised everyone’s spirits. After the Gospel, Fr Lorcan told a story about how all the human feelings of the world were leaving the island that was sinking. Love needed reassuring, yet kindness, vanity, sadness, joy etc failed to save her. Only the elder, time saved love, because its only time that truly understands just how great love is and that love is the only thing worth saving.
Presentations to Club Persons of the year at Roscrea Youth Centre's End Of Year Mass on Wednesday 13th May
L-R Leanne Loughnane (Senior Winner , Fr. Lorcan Kenny, Chairman Roscrea Youth Centre, Shannon Ryan Junior Member of the year.
Jason Simmons and Maria Phelan then read the offertory commentary as members from both clubs brought up a sun, a cloud, a face of darkness and light and a heart clock all symbolising how life can be joyful and painful at different times in our lives. After communion, Sinead Egan read out a reflection written at a senior club sleepover. It was heartfelt and meaningful and captured a magical moment in the life of the club. Before the final blessing, Fr Lorcan went on to thank the following people.
Winners of the 2006 / 2007 Roscrea Youth Centre Oscars Sponsored by Andrew & Mary Walsh,
Walsh Coach Hire Roscrea
Back Row L-R - Terry Farrelly , Bill Hanly , Andrew Walsh (Sponsor) Jim Ryan , Paddy Scully
Front Row L-R , Margaret Ryan , Fr. Damien Nolan , Nolie Stapleton receiving the award on behalf of the family of the late Eileen Ryan RIP.
Fr Lorcan thanked all who took part in the Mass, including readers, gift bearers, all who decorated the hall, Lilly for the flowers, Trish and Anne Delaney for the booklet, Niamh Fletcher for cover design and a special mention was reserved for the choir lead by Anne and Margaret helped by Anne, Veronica and Aileen. Parents, guardians, neighbours and patrons of the club were thanked. The community groups such as F.A.C.E.S, the Lions Club, Roscrea Town F.C and all the local press were thanked. Andrew & Mary Walsh were thanked for all their support and for sponsoring the Oscars as was Mrs Tobin and Michael for sponsoring all the yearly prizes. Des Walsh was also thanked as was Imelda, May and Neilly and Johnny Downey. Fr Lorcan concluded by thanking the Junior and senior Club members for making the club what it is. Fr Lorcan said that the Club was very proud of its members and he then paid his own tribute to the hard working committee who come down to the club “rain or shine” and keep the spirit of the “Youth Club” alive in Roscrea. Fr lorcan said the “Youth Club Committee” was an amazing group of people and that he was proud to be part of such a committee.
Winner in the John Coffey Cup receiving his prize from Peg Coffey is the winner
After the annual mass the yearly prize giving ceremony took place. Fr Lorcan presented all the prizes except for Peg Coffey who presented the John Coffey memorial cup and Peg Coughlan who presented the Fergus Coughlan memorial cup. Eileen Shanahan (Club Secretary) was then called upon to present the Junior and Senior club members of the year. Shannon Ryan was chosen from the Junior Club and Leanne Loughnane was chosen from the Senior Club. The Club are obviously very proud of both members who were chosen for their helpfulness and positive attitude. A special certificate for personal achievement was then given to Stephen Grimes. Stephen is the club’s resident D.J and without him club life would be all the poorer.
Receiving the Runner Up Prize in the Fergus Coughlan cup Award
Marie Phelan receiving her prize from Peg Coughlan
The annual “Oscar’s and Prize Giving Ceremony” then took place. Before the ceremony Andrew Walsh called on Mary Dollard from the community support group F.A.C.E.S. Mary presented Fr. Lorcan with €600.00 raised at a recent table quiz. The Youth Club committee were delighted with the contribution which will be used to off set some of the transport costs for the “Ballybunion Holiday Fund”. The Oscar ceremony then took place and numerous members of the local community were honoured for all the work they have done for the benefit of their locality over the years. The Oscar’s is a completely worthy event and many thanks to Andrew and Mary Walsh for sponsoring the commemorative trays.
Congratulations to all concerned for a wonderful evening and another memorable year in the life of the “Youth Club”
All photographs sponsored by Redmonds of Roscrea