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Five parishes in Kerry now without a priest

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Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne.

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FIVE parishes in the diocese of Kerry are now without a priest as two more parishes lost a priest this year. Announcing the clerical appointments today, Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne said: “The appointments involve two more parishes without a resident priest. I realise that this in particular will cause upset and be unsettling for both priests and people. The total number of parishes without a resident priest is now five.”

The Bishop of Kerry said parishes now face a challenge to have “the fullness of Church life in a time of less and less priests”. “If in a pastoral area there are four parishes and just three priests, then no priest is full-time in his own parish. A quarter of each priest’s time is dedicated to the fourth parish that is without a resident priest,” said Bishop Browne.

Bishop Browne said he had tried to keep the number of new appointments to a minimum this year, mindful that there were a large number last year.
Father Bill Radley, parish priest, Glenflesk retires this year. Fr George Hayes, vice-rector, Irish College Rome, will now become parish priest of Glenflesk.

Monsignor Sean Hanafin, PP, St John’s Tralee, will be on sabbatical until July 2017. Fr Tom Leane, parish priest, Ballyheigue, moves to Dromtarriffe as parish priest. Fr Liam Comer, PP, Dromtarriffe, has been appointed parish priest of Ardfert. Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald, PP, Ardfert, is the new parish priest of St John’s Tralee. Fr Pat Moore is to retire as PP of Duagh due to health reasons. Newly ordained deacon Rev Sean Jones goes to Listowel pastoral area on his pastoral placement.

Following the transfer of Fr Tom Leane, PP, the parish of Ballyheigue will be served by the priests of the Naomh Bhréanainn Pastoral Area, with Fr Liam Comer as moderator.

Following Fr Pat Moore retiring as PP of Duagh, the parish of Duagh will be served by the priests of the Listowel Pastoral Area with Fr Declan O’Connor as Moderator. Priests of all pastoral areas of the diocese will take up different responsibilities outside their own parishes in the pastoral area.

Voluntary service is playing an ever-increasing role in parishes, added Bishop Browne. “The fullness of parish life in each parish is only possible because of the faith, generosity and commitment to their parish of so many individuals and families,” said Bishop Browne.

He added: “Overall it is clear that more and more responsibility for life in the parish is in the hands of the laity. It is the same spirit of service to the parish that we see in all areas of local community life: the GAA, amateur drama, Kerry Parents and Friends and bridge clubs.”
In the past nine months five priests of the Kerry diocese have died. “All were retired and of a good age and had given long years of great faith-filled service,” said Bishop Browne.

“Last year three priests of our diocese retired having passed the age of 75. This year one priest retires on this ground. At the moment three of our priests are coping with long-term serious ill health.

“Within the next year, God willing, Sean Jones will be ordained a priest for the diocese. It will be exactly ten years since our last priestly ordination. Just one priest of our diocese is under forty. Thankfully we have four other students preparing for priesthood. I ask that we all continue to pray for these students and for vocations to the priesthood in the diocese.”
 


 
Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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