Kinnitty parish celebrates bicentenary

St Flannan’s Church, under the shadows of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Kinnitty, Co. Offaly, celebrated 200 years of serving the people of the area at a concelebrated Mass which saw the church packed to overflowing.

Killaloe Diocesan Administrator and Nenagh PP, Fr Des Hillary, Abbot Richard Purcell of Mount St Joseph’s Abbey, Roscrea and the Rev. Janet White Spunner were in attendance.

It was a triple celebration as Kinnitty natives Fr Michael Walsh, who was celebrating his golden jubilee, returned from the Missions in Zambia for the occasion, and 92-year-old Fr John Donnelly AP, who lives in Rathcabbin, is in the 67th year of his ordination.