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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Coffey

They Shout for Joy and Sing

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

We tried to go to church this morning. Google maps needs a bit of updating. We were just about 158 years late for the service since that was about how long ago the last service was held there. I'm not the most punctual person, but that's a new record for me! Only a cemetery remained, and it looked like it had been many decades since it had seen a new headstone.

Ruins Remains of Saint Mary's RC Church Ireland Drone photography aerial view HoverHigher
The remains of the Saint Mary's RC Church

Ruins Remains of Saint Mary's RC Church Ireland

Ruins Remains of Saint Mary's RC Church Ireland graveyard gravestone
This was one of the older ones that we could read, but clearly there were older still.

There was a newer church just across the street that was built in 1860, and unfortunately their service had just ended when we arrived. Hopefully they'll still be around the next time we visit this town!

newer 1860 Saint Mary's RC Church Ireland
The "newer" church built in 1860.

This time of year many of the small communities have harvest festivals. We saw a sign for one in the nearby town of Bengour so we headed in that direction. This festival to give thanks for the harvest donates the proceeds to cancer research, care & treatment.

It was my pleasure to meet the organizers of the event and to offer them drone footage and photos. They happily accepted and here is the result. Double click when the video loads to see it in full screen. It may take a bit to load. Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube at

Although we didn't make it to a church service, we were able to celebrate with the community and to give thanks.

A Harvest Praise from Psalms 65:

8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

9 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. 11 You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. 13 The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

Hugs from Bengour and Lissarda!

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