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Media Update for the Funeral Mass of the late Big Tom McBride


Information update for media on the Funeral Mass for the late Big Tom McBride RIP

At 11.00am tomorrow, Friday 20 April 2018, the Funeral Mass for the late Big Tom McBride RIP, of Oram, Castleblayney, will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Church, Oram, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in the Parish of Muckno, Diocese of Clogher.  Fr Leo Creelman, C.C., Castleblayney, will be chief celebrant of the Mass which will be attended by family, neighbours, friends and by the local community.  Many people associated with the world of music will be in attendance also, as will public figures. Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., will be represented by their respective Aides de Camp.

The Mass will be followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

As the Church has a limited capacity of two hundred seats, attendance inside the Church is strictly reserved for family, relatives and close friends only. Out of respect for the solemnity of the Mass, and to provide privacy and space to the family, the use of camera equipment by media within the Church, or its grounds, is forbidden during and after the Funeral Mass.  A designated area has been reserved – and clearly identified – for use by camera journalists and other media at the front of the Church. Photography will not be permitted outside this area.

Public Safety

In conjunction with An Garda Síochána, stewards will facilitate mourners and help to direct traffic. Parking is very limited and priority will be given to members of the family, relatives and close friends.  The co-operation by everyone in attendance would be appreciated.


Shannonside – Northern Sound (local radio station) will broadcast the celebration of this Funeral Mass (with commentary).  For inquiries about audio feeds please contact Martin Howard on +353 (0) 43 334 9353.

Outdoor audio feed support (in the outdoor media area) will be available via an RTE mobile unit. This may facilitate stations wishing to broadcast for lunchtime news bulletins. Please note that the audio feed may contain some of the commentary which Shannonside – Northern Sound is providing. For inquiries with RTE on this please contact Tom Drury at 00 353 87 257 5602.

A public address system will be in place to relay the Mass to those attending outside of the Church.

Information on the Funeral Liturgy

Information for media on the liturgy for the Funeral Mass of Big Tom McBride RIP, including the homily, will be published by the Diocese of Clogher tomorrow morning.  This information will be embargoed until 11.00am.





Big Tom McBride RIP

Following the death of the country music star, Big Tom McBride from Oram, Castleblayney, the Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Clogher, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness has issued the following statement on behalf of the diocese.

Easter Raffle Winners

  St. Mary’s Church Renovation Fund

Easter Raffle Raises €5,910


Raffle Winners

1st Prize Dinner, B&B for 2 people Tracey’s Hotel: Pauric Bannigan, Loughmorne

2nd Prize €200 Food and Drink Hamper: Sandra Dodd

3rd Prize €100 Home Heating Oil: Carmel Trehy, Castleblayney

4th Prize Easter Eggs & Teddy: Emma Mc Quillan, Ballybay

5th Prize Easter Eggs & Teddy: Ann Marie Connolly, Killygola, C/blayney

6th Prize Doll & Easter Egg: Leanne Harvey, Castleblanyey

7th Prize Men’s Beauty Hamper: Bridie Mc Fadden, Rockcorry

8th Prize Chocolate Hamper: Oisin and Daithi O Brien

9th Prize Delph Hamper: Mary Poyntz, Castleblayney

10th Prize Beauty Hamper & Easter Egg: E Duffy, Castleblayney

11th Prize Cosmetic Hamper: The Mc Kenna Girls, Monaghan.

Congratulation to all our winners, the sponsors for their continued  help in our fundraising efforts and a big thank you to all who supported this parish event.


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