The Beaufort parish priest, his curate and the Waterville parish priest were heading out golfing. The housekeeper was going along for the spin.
My father, Brendan Joy, aged 14, was minding the presbytery for the day. He had left Cullina School that year to work there. “I’d get whatever the priest wouldn’t ate and the tae would be cold,” he said. “Arrah, it was alright.”
That morning, the housekeeper left a ‘bit of grub’ ready for him. When he was putting the delph away in the pantry, he noticed a little barrel with a tap.
He waited 16 months but little Timmy Donovan had the biggest celebration of his life at his Christening recently in St Mary’s Cathedral - where he lapped up all the attention.
Little Timmy’s mom, Patricia O’Donoghue, said that her small boy had a blast, and even had parish priest Fr Kieran O’Brien, who delivered the service, in stitches, he was enjoying his special day so much.
Mom Patricia and dad Timmy Donovan, from Ballycasheen, Killarney, already postponed their wedding twice, and had been waiting for a date to have their son christened.