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Pioneers rally round for night of celebration in Coatbridge

Bishop Emeritus John Mone of Paisley led the Pioneer Association at its annual rally at St Patrick’s Church, Coatbridge earlier this month.

In addition to the celebration of Mass, members and guests enjoyed a dinner and an address from Catholic historian Professor Tom Devine, who spoke on the subject, Catholics in Scotland, an end to disadvantage? 1950 to the present day.

Fr Eamonn Sweeney, St Patrick’s parish priest, celebrated the Mass with Bishop Mone alongside Canon Humphrey O’Mahony, Corpus Christi, Calderbank, and Fr Jim Thomson, St Joseph’s, Stepps.

At Friday’s rally, a trio of Pioneers were recognised for their many years of membership of the association.

Patricia Connolly received the silver pin for 25 years, Hugh Doherty received the gold pin for 50 years, while Bill Carlton (below) celebrated 60 years as a Pioneer and was presented with a certificate.



—The SCO apologies for the incorrect name given to one of the Pioneer award winners in the print edition of the newspaper on Oct 19. It was Bill Carlton (above right and below) who celebrated 60 years as a Pioneer.


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