The Fire and Rescue community in Kilkenny came together recently to pay tribute to all members, current and retired.
A special annual mass and social evening was held this year in Castlecomer Fire Station and at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer.
The evening began with the celebration of mass by Fr Doyle. Members of the service took part in the mass - Chief Fire Officer for Kilkenny, John Collins, did the first reading and Castlecomer Station Officer, Martin Carroll, did the second reading. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by current members of the fire service.
Following the mass the congregation moved to Castlecomer Fire Station for an open evening. Locals were invited to visit their fire station and it was a wonderful opportunity for the retired members of the fire service to catch up and chat about old times. Many retired members went along on the evening and their contribution to the fire service was recognised. Some members retired more than 30 years were there on the night.About 70 people attended this year's open evening.
Every October the Kilkenny Fire Service hold their annual mass. It's a special night for all in the fire and rescue community, and if one of their number has passed away in the intervening year there are tributes to them. The venue moves between fire stations in the county - last year the mass and social evening were held in Callan and next year they will be held in Graignamanagh.