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MOHILL PARISH
Mohill Parish, consisting of a small town and a wider rural hinterland is situated in South Leitrim. The Parish Church is in Mohill town, but there are two outlying communities consisting of Eslin and Gorvagh, each with their own Church and Community centre. In the not too distant past the Parish was served by three priests - a Parish Priest and two Curates.
It was also richly endowed by the local St. Ann's Convent of Mercy. With the decline in vocations, the parish is now served by a parish priest assisted by a curate who has responsibility for Fenagh Parish also. The local Sisters of Mercy have also regrouped - having sold their old Convent, they now live as a community of three sisters in a private house in Shannagh Grove. Despite the changes, the Parish is upbeat. Roles filled in the past by the local clergy and religious are now assumed by enthusiastic lay people. The qualities of hospitality, care and concern live on in the capable hands of committed lay men and women.
The parish boasts of an enterprising forward looking people. The people of the Parish are a proud people, keeping alive a rich heritage of family, social and religious values. In a world consumed by commercialism, an aggressive secularist philosophy and the needs of the individual, the people of Mohill continue to retain deep spiritual values and concerns for the wider community. It is on these two values that our Parish thrives and goes forward.
We are also conscious that many of our people move away from home - some within the country, but many overseas to other lands. The history of emigration has left its scar on the Parish community here too. Time and again, we have people visiting from overseas, wishing to re-establish links with past roots. The mobility of recent generations, coupled with a new self confidence, has lessened the pain of leaving home and parish. However, there will always be the need to touch base with the home scene, be it the joy of a marriage or the sadness of a bereavement, or simply to meet family and friends.
I hope that through these web pages, contact between home and Diaspora, will be made easier. The material on this web site is, in the main, taken from 'Mohill Remembered', a compilation to celebrate the Jubilee Year 2000. We acknowledge the work and research of the various people whose work is reproduced here. Through our Newsletter you can keep in contact with what is going on in the Parish. The thought for the week might inspire you or depress you! Important happenings like marriages, baptisms, deaths will put you in touch with long lost friends and neighbours. I welcome any comments or suggestions via our mail box. Enjoy your browse and feel free to leave your thoughts and reflections. Fr. Bernard Hogan P.P. 23rd October 2003
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