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Ballyspillane residents plan 40 year celebration

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS: Residents from Ballyspillane will host a special day on Sunday as they celebrate 40 years since the estate was built. Pictured front l-r were: David Foran (Chair of the Residents Association), Lorraine O'Donoghue, and ƒadaoin Moynihan (SKDP). Back l-r were: Neily Jones, Ann Buckley (KCC), Kathleen Moriarty, Michael Moriarty and Marian McCabe (Ballyspillane FRC). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

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Ballyspillane residents are planning a big celebration this Sunday to mark 40 years since the estate was built.

It will begin with a Mass at 2pm in the field behind the Family Resource Centre, and then locals and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy refreshments in the centre and have a chance to view a special photo exhibition marking years gone by.

And not only that, but locals have created a unique booklet which will be distributed to every house in the estate.

“Mass will be celebrated by Fr Niall Howard in the field, weather permitting,” David Foran, Chair of the Residents Association, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It will be a nice community gathering and everyone is welcome including past and present residents.”

Funding for 330 copies of the booklet was provided by Kerry County Council and will be distributed for free to the 216 houses on Saturday, he explained.

In it, there’s a copy of the original planning permission dated 1978, prior to building the estate, photos of when the first residents moved in in 1979, the first Residents Association set up in 1983 and photos of locals through the years.

“We printed extra copies which will then be given to councillors and others on the day. A number of residents have given their story and photos. Superintendent Flor Murphy gave us a piece and Connie O’Leary, the coordinator of the FRC, also gave her story. We also have lots of photos including a visit by President Mary McAleese in 2011, the Pride of Place Awards in 2012 and the Community Award in 2011, as well as the first preschool in the estate.”

 

 

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