Papal honour for Gainstown woman

Pope Francis has recognised the “extraordinary” work of Mary Geraghty who has served as sacristan for over 40 years in Gainstown church.

Mrs Geraghty has been sacristan since 1974, but earlier she began assisting her late mother, Mary Kennedy, in that role.  She continues to hold that responsibility which her mother began in the late 1920s.

Speaking at the presentation, which took place in Gainstown church on Sunday 22 November, Fr Padraig McMahon said that “Mary cares for this church like her own home and, in many ways, she reminds us all that the church is our family home, a place where we all belong.  Mary has worked generously with countless priests in the parish since 1974 and we all very much appreciate her dedication and kindness.  We wish Mary every blessing and good health as she continues this work in Gainstown.”

The presentation came as a huge surprise to Mrs Geraghty, who had no idea that it was planned. 

The recognition from the Pope, which was granted with the assistance of Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio in Dublin, included a commemorative medal of St John Paul II.




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