Four decades of friendship and camaraderie were celebrated when the Thomastown Senior Citizens group marked its 40th Anniversary, on October 14.
A day of great fun and entertainment, the special event marked a wonderful milestone for the group.
The special day began with mass at 11am, celebrated by parish priest Fr Dan Bollard. Members of the Senior Citizens group took part in the ceremony as readers, Eucharistic Minsters and also bringing the offertory gifts to the altar.
Among the offerings were symbols of the group, including their committee minute book, the group logo and a clock to represent the time they spend together.
Among those celebrating were two ladies who were founding members of the group and still active with it - Alice Minogue and Carmel Kavanagh. They were presented with beautiful bouquets of flowers to mark the occassion.
Presentations were also made to Moira Hughes and Helen Murphy who were involved when the group was set up, 40 years ago, and after some years away from the group have recently returned as active members.
Joining the Senior Citizens were Mayor of Kilkenny Peter 'Chap' Cleere and some of his fellow councillors, Michael Doyle and Breda Gardiner. Also in attendance was Garda Sergeant Ted Hughes.
Music and dancing for the afternoon was by Chawkie White and his band, and the delicious dinner was provided by Alan Cullen of ‘Cullen's Kitchen.’