Hugh Murphy,Margaret Burke (nee O’Keeffe Lr Main Street) Seamus Ryan

There was a very big turnout on Saturday night last at the launch of Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane Volume 111 which was held at the Church of Ireland.
The evening commenced with some great music from members of Ballyhoura Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann Group, which included Liam and Ciara Flanagan, Noreen Ryan and members of the juvenile section. Hugh Murphy, secretary Kilfinane Photographic Society opened pro-ceedings introducing the music, while chairman Seamus Ryan welcomed all present and thanked all involved for a great turn-out. Presentations of cheques were made by the chairman on behalf of the Society to Ballyhoura CCE, (Ciara Flanagan and Noreen Ryan), Church of Ireland Conservation Committee (Kitty Heffer-nan and Kathy Hennessy) Scoil Pól Anois Prog-ramme, Michael O’Hara Principal who also addressed those present in relation to the Programme being undertaken by 16 pupils in Scoil Pól.
The guest speaker, local All Star hurler Richard McCarthy also addressed those present while Margaret Burke, nee O’Keeffe, formerly Lower Main Street and resident in Knockainey spoke before formally launched Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane Volume 111.
Copies of the book were then presented to both Margaret and Richard by the secretary, while the chairman made a presentation of the book to Scoil Pól (Brian O’Keeffe) and Scoil Fhionain, (Donnacha O’Dea). A special presentation was made to Sr. Patricia who is treasurer of the society, and who this year celebrated her golden jubilee of being professed a Sister of St. Paul. The chairman made the presentation of a framed picture of the interior of a beautifully decorated St. Andrew’s Church, which was photographed and framed by Grace O’Connor O’Brien.
Concluding the evening, the chairman thanked everyone that helped in any way to make the evening such a success and he thanked all the committee members for their work in the prod-uction of the book. Special tribute was paid to both Maurice O’Regan and John O’Donnell, two of the founding members who died since the last public-ation. They were also remembered at the Satur-day evening Vigil Mass which proceeded the launch.
Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane Volume 111 is now on sale in local shops. Already copies, which will make an ideal Christmas gift as well as a great connection to home, are making their way by post to New York, Cardiff, Canada, London, Australia and indeed to many parts of Ireland.