The evening of Friday 15 April marked a very special celebration for Dunboyne and Rathmolyon Parish Union as it marked the official opening of a new Parish Centre in Dunboyne. The official opening was performed by Bishop Pat Storey, Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare.
A large gathering from across the community and the dioceses joined with members of the Parish Union to celebrate the opening. The gathering included TDs, clergy from local catholic parishes and the Presbyterian Church, as well as clergy from the dioceses.
Rev Janice Aiton (Rector) introduced the evening and compered a range of excellent musical items from local talent to mark the event. Performances came from Sarah Bass, St Peter’s National School, Dunboyne Consort and Sean Boylan Jr.
After the musical items Rev Aiton thanked the wider community, parishioners, the Select Vestry and the planning team led by Jonathan Goodwin for all their dedication and hard work in making the new centre a reality. She said, “The official opening is a celebration of the faith and generosity of all who made the new Parish Centre a reality”. Mr Jonathan Goodwin talked of his hope that the new facility would be used by both the parish and the wider community.
Bishop Pat Storey said, “The building of this new Centre has been a tremendous act of faith by the parish. It serves as an inspiration to us all – showing what is possible when we have courage to step out in faith”.
Bishop Storey and Holly Blick then cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the Centre. Following this a plaque was unveiled by Marvyn Henry and Lauren Prole. A special cake was then cut by Rev Colin McConaghie (Curate). The evening concluded with refreshments being served for everyone present.