*Canon Brendan O Donoghue, Frs.Joy, Anthony,Francis Xavier,Fionnuala Riordan, Frs Tom Ryan, Rexon and James. Photograph: Joe Buckley

A large gathering of people came together on Monday night in SS John & Paul Church Shannon for a Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Fr Francis Xavier, the first Indian priest to serve in Shannon.

Fr Francis came to Shannon on December 1st 2017 and for the past four and a half years endeared himself to the people of Shannon and the Tradaree Pastoral Area.

Next week he will take up a new appointment as Parish Priest of Toomevara, Co Tipperary.

After the mass, the gathering moved to Wolfe Tones GAA clubhouse where a presentation was made to Fr Francis.

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