Farewell to Fr. Pat Gilbert On Wednesday Bishop Fintan announced his clerical changes for the Diocese of Killaloe, These changes impact on Birr Parish and the Brendan Cluster of parishes with the retirement of Fr, Pat Gilbert as school chaplain to St. Brendan’s Community School. Fr. Pat is undertaking a sabbatical for a year with a view to returning to pastoral ministry in the Diocese in 2022. Fr. Pat will be greatly missed. He has been central to the lives and families of so many whilst serving in the role of school chaplain for 32 years. He has celebrated the joyful moments with the marriages of so many of his past students and the baptising of their children. His enthusiasm and love of sports and music enabled him to make many connections. In his school role as a teacher he had a profoundly positive influence, nurturing the faith and religious formation of our young people. Fr. Pat has been there for the painful and sad occasions bringing solace and hope. His wise and reflective counsel has been a great light and strength to so many, We wish him every blessing on the next stage of his journey. May he have continued good health and inner serenity. We thank him for his work and ministry as a good and faithful priest here in Birr Parish and with sadness bid him farewell.