On Sunday 2nd April, Palm Sunday, Bishop Fintan presented John Paul 11 Gold Medal Awards in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen

The recipients were Rachel Crowley (Skibbereen), Ciara Dennehy Castlehaven Parish), Molly Gregory Long (Skibbereen) and sisters Megan and Kassey Collins (Rath& The Islands Parish) represented by their mother Anne. James O’Connor from Douglas Parish was also awarded a Gold medal which he will receive it at a later date.

The journey for all recipients commenced a few months before the start of the Covid pandemic. Their efforts during this stressful time was truly exemplary, involving local community service to the elderly, helping out in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Rath and the Islands and Castlehaven Parishes by welcoming parishioners, cleaning and sanitising the pews after Mass, proclaiming the Word of God at Mass, visiting residents in retirement homes and hospitals whilst assisting staff, and contributing their time to charities, and other good works, working tirelessly throughout Covid.

The parishes involved are very proud of the recipients in that there are six Gold recipients from the Diocese of Cork and Ross this year.

Due to prior commitments the awards for Kassey and Megan were accepted by their mother, Mrs Anne Collins

Fr. John Heinhold Co-PP, Mrs. Anne Collins (mother of Kassey and Megan Collins), Molly Gregory Long, Rachel Crowley, Bishop Fintan & Ciara DennehyFr. John Heinhold Co-PP, Mrs. Anne Collins (mother of Kassey and Megan Collins), Molly Gregory Long, Rachel Crowley, Bishop Fintan & Ciara Dennehy

 Mrs. Anne Collins accepts the John Paul 11 Gold medals and certificates on behalf of her daughters, Kassey and MeghanMrs. Anne Collins accepts the John Paul 11 Gold medals and certificates on behalf of her daughters, Kassey and Meghan

 

Ciara Dennehy accepts her award from Bishop FintanCiara Dennehy accepts her award from Bishop Fintan

Molly Gregory Long receives her awardMolly Gregory Long receives her award

 

Rachel crowley accepts her awardRachel crowley accepts her award

 

Recipients with organisers Dolores Ruane and Jacinta CrowleyRecipients with organisers Dolores Ruane and Jacinta Crowley

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