Emotional service for Fr Sweetman
FAMILY and friends of the late Fr. John Sweetman who died tragically last month, gathered in Bride Street Church for an emotional remembrance last Saturday evening.
A special Mass was held in the church where Fr. Sweetman served as curate at the start of his clerical career. For the first time in 30 years, members of the original Bride Street Folk Group reunited on the altar.
They lifted the rafters with songs carefully chosen from Fr. Sweetman's favourites , some of which he brought to Wexford from his time in Australia.
The Mass was celebrated by Marken and Fr. Johnny O' Brien.
The folk group was led by Ian Grey with Therese Harnett and Linda Keeling singing solos. Prayers were read by Elaine Mccourt (Mcevoy), Tony Fleming, Richard Roche and Madeleine Kavanagh (Dooley).
A eulogy prepared by folk group member Helen Hartigan (Roche) was read by Catherine Walsh.
She recalled Fr. Sweetman's time in the parish and how much he influenced and encouraged the first Bride Street Folk Group.
He had a genuine interest in group members and their families, visiting their homes in good times and bad.
He quietly and discreetly helped many Wexford families and never asked for anything in return.
Helen remembered how Fr. Sweetman had a great way with young people.
His door was always open as a priest, counsellor and friend to all who were privileged to know him.
The group expressed their deepest sympathy to the Sweetman family.