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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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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