Johnstown: Remembering Michael Holmes

Rememberance - A very moving ceremony took place recently in Clomantagh Cemetery, when the American Army honoured the late Michael Holmes of Bawnmore, Johnstown. A bronze plaque was placed on his parents’grave to honour him. Son of the late William and Margaret Holmes, Bawnmore, Michael emigrated to America at a very young age and when World War 1 broke out as America joined with Britain and France in 1917 he was conscripted into the American Army and served in France and Belgium. Exactly two weeks before the war ended the vehicle he was driving struck a land mine and both Michael and his commanding officer were killed. Their bodies were never found so there was nothing to remember them by. The erecting of the plaque is the U.S. Army tribute. Members of the U.S.Army were present and the last post was sounded. Present at the ceremony were members of the Holmes family still living in Johnstown, nephews Billy and Paddy Holmes, nieces Peggy Sharkey and Hannah Grace, grandnieces and grandnephews and relatives from Cork. Michael was given a lifetime tribute.

Rememberance - A very moving ceremony took place recently in Clomantagh Cemetery, when the American Army honoured the late Michael Holmes of Bawnmore, Johnstown. A bronze plaque was placed on his parents’grave to honour him. Son of the late William and Margaret Holmes, Bawnmore, Michael emigrated to America at a very young age and when World War 1 broke out as America joined with Britain and France in 1917 he was conscripted into the American Army and served in France and Belgium. Exactly two weeks before the war ended the vehicle he was driving struck a land mine and both Michael and his commanding officer were killed. Their bodies were never found so there was nothing to remember them by. The erecting of the plaque is the U.S. Army tribute. Members of the U.S.Army were present and the last post was sounded. Present at the ceremony were members of the Holmes family still living in Johnstown, nephews Billy and Paddy Holmes, nieces Peggy Sharkey and Hannah Grace, grandnieces and grandnephews and relatives from Cork. Michael was given a lifetime tribute.

Whist Drive - The annual Whist Drive in aid of the North Kilkenny branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Friday Nov 16th. First game at 8.30.

Safeguarding children - The Parish safeguarding reps for this parish have now been accredited. They are Cora Hughes at 0863192881 and Kathleen Renehan at 0863272288. The role of the parish reps includes being available to accept concerns or complaints about the welfare of children and to pass this on to the relevant authorities for investigation.

Three counties Christmas Market Festivities - An Exhibition of local amateur artists is being held in Galmoy Parochial Hall on Sunday, December 2 as part of the three counties Christmas Market Festival. If you are a local amateur artist and are interested in exhibiting your work please contact Brian Boyle, Principal, Galmoy National School..ph..0568831481.

Sympathy - We offer our sincere sympathy to Michael and Breda Glendon, Ballyspellan on the sad unexpected death of Michael’s brother Dan. Dan died suddenly at his home in Newmarket on Fergus last Sunday morning. Son of the late Michael ans Mary Glendon, Dan had lived in Co. Clare for many years but was a regular visitor to Ballyspellan. He attended his nephew Michaels wedding three weeks ago and was to visit Ballyspellan again on the day of his death. Predeceased by his wife Margaret, brothers Jim and Liam and sister Hannie, his untimely death has been a shock for his surviving family. His passing will be deeply felt by his daughters Jacqueline and Annette, sons in law Martin and Randal, grandchildren Laura, Elise and Gavin, brothers Michael and Peter, sisters Peggy , Ststia and Lily, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Burial took place in Lemenagh Cemetery, Co. Clare. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to Rita Ryan and the McCormack family on the death of her brother John who lived in Dublin and formally from Glashare Castle. May he also rest in peace.