Following 50 years of unbroken service as Sacristan at St. Colman’s Church, Ballintotis, Josie Knowles was feted last Sunday morning at Ballintotis Community Centre. Family, friends and familiar faces gathered to congratulate Josie on her golden jubilee, as did Parish Priest, Monsignor Jim Killeen. Josie, originally from Churchtown North, started her role as Sacristan in February 1969 and, since then, has shown unwavering service and dedication to her parish. Apart from Josie’s role as Sacristan she has been an outstanding community activist for many decades in Ballintotis, working closely with numerous community organisations.
Josie, who’s never voluntarily stepped into the limelight, was staggered by the wonderful reception she received last weekend, as the people of the local parish flocked to show her their appreciation. Pictured: Jean O’Gorman congratulates Josie Knowles. Further coverage inside this week’s Midleton & District News.