FIFTY years of the Cistercian Monks in Bolton Abbey was celebrated by the local community of Moone recently who also celebrated the reopening of their newly renovated community hall.
The seven monks, who are now resident in the abbey, attended a mass which was celebrated in the local church by Bishop Eamonn Walsh . This was followed by the official reopening of the hall and a community celebration according to one of the event organisers Sean Cleary.
“The event was really about the people of Moone celebrating the presence of the monks within our community over the past 50 years. We also took the opportunity to reopen the hall as well. Following the mass Bishop Walsh cut the ribbon and by that time the barbeque was ready.
“We had seats and chairs set up outside the church for everyone who wanted to sit outside and we had the barbeque out in the open air and we had a meal inside for the monks. There was a bouncey castle at the back of the car park and it was a really sociable day for everyone. They were able to meet their neighbours and catch up, there was a great atmosphere.”
Presentations were made to the monks to mark the occasion according to Seán. “A bronze panel on a walnut background modern art piece depicting the resurrection was presented to the monks. Each of the monks was also presented with a gold medal to mark their golden jubilee in Moone.”
A presentation was also made on behalf of the community to Fr Frank McEvoy who is taking over as parish priest of Athy.
Seán outlined the changes that have happened at the hall since it was closed for four months over the summer.
“The hall was built we think in the 1930s and it was used as the school up until the 1960s. It was a typical old school building which needed a lot of TLC because it was cold and not really ideal for what we needed. We have had it insulated, new heating has been put in and a new floor has been put in. We now have two meeting rooms, men’s and women’s toilets, a kitchen and a disabled toilet. All walls have been straightened and plastered and the hall which used to look like a shed now looks more like a house.”