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Gerard Profit PEI R.I.P.

The relationship between Monaghan and PEI has been well documented and is still developing. Three decades ago when Seamus McCluskey, Brendan O’Grady and Benny Hackett were chatting little did they think that the two areas would become so closely connected. Many contacts were made at that time and much of it was on an academic level but it was there that the foundations were laid for the full-blown joining of hearts and minds.
Willie McKenna and the Late Tommy Makem, R.I.P. made the initial official contacts on a social level and the rest is history. Monaghan became twinned with PEI and North Monaghan became a must-visit centre for visitors from PEI. The tomb of Canon Moynagh was a reminder to all of how PEI shared an Irish heritage with Monaghan and many PEI citizens were able to trace their ancestors to the Emyvale or Truagh regions. Premier Ghiz and Premier Pat Binns visited and delegations from Monaghan returned the visits. Public representatives and ordinary citizens visited each other and relationships developed. Groups came from there for our St. Patrick’s day celebrations and Monaghan groups travelled to PEI to celebrate the Irish festival there. One of the first groups to go therein 1991 came home with tales of hospitality and friendship. It was described as a ‘home away from home’ and this encouraged others to travel there. Another group to go in 1999 was the Barratitoppy Ceili Band together parents and friends. Again they reported on a wonderful trip and again close friendships were formed. People were accommodated in private homes and this cemented relationships.
One of the families to host members of the Irish group was the Profit family and Kathleen and Gene Murray maintained contact with their hosts over the years since then. Unfortunately they received sad news at Christmas when they learned of the death of Gerard Profit, which occurred suddenly on Christmas Eve 2010. Kathleen and Mary Connolly decided to organise a Mass for Gerard and as support for his family. This was celebrated in Knockatallon on Saturday, January 15th and it coincided with the Months Memory Mass being celebrated at the same time in PEI. Celebrant was Fr. Earley and Darragh Mullen was Alter-server. Kathleen Murray was Reader and Damien Murray read the Prayers of the Faithful, which had been composed by Josephine Treanor (more below). Cathal McKenna and Gene Murray brought the Gifts to the Altar and Mark McGee, Mary McKenna and Peter McKenna were Eucharist Ministers. Hymns were rendered by the choir led by Nicholas and Colette Johnston and family. It was a solemn occasion and the thoughts and prayers of all were directed to Gerard’s family. Those who had travelled to PEI were present though some, including Josephine, were unable to attend due to prior commitments. Willie McKenna and wife, Nancy, were also present.
Afterwards the group had supper in the local Sliabh Beagh Hotel and they express appreciation to the Sliabh Beagh Committee for that.
We add our condolences to Gerard’s wife, Lissa, and to his children - Gregory, Jordan and Ryan and to his many friends in PEI and here in Ireland. Ar dheis Dé to raibh a anam dílis.

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Our picture shows the group of people who have been to PEI and attended the Mass in memory of the late Gerard Profit.
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      Willie McKenna                     Damien Murray                    Kathleen Murray                      The Choir