Killina Presentation Convent in Rahan has always been synonymous with serving the community, and now is set to be leased by a community group. The convent was opened in 1817 and after generations of nuns, and of pupils at the schools run by them, the convent closed last year. A steering group has been looking into other uses for the site and following a public meeting the needs have been established and plans are being made.
"As Catholics we are unapologetically pro life and are proud and honoured to stand up for the voiceless," said the Tullamore Parish Facebook post that prompted an apology.
In 1862, the first Mercy Sisters arrived in Rochfortbridge from Tullamore to set up their convent and now 154 years later the last three Sisters are leaving to join Mercy convents elsewhere around the country.
The parish priest, who was devastated at the theft in 2013 of the oil paintings by the renowned artist Evie Hone, expressed his joy on hearing that they had been recovered.