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Fr Liam says farewell to Friary and Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will bid farewell to popular Franciscan Guardian Fr Liam McCarthy, who has been transferred to Clonmel, as this week the Franciscan Friary announced a raft of new changes.

The biggest change is the transfer of Dubliner, Fr Liam, who was a popular figure during his three-year stint in Killarney.

Fr Liam (84), has been appointed the vicar of Clonmel and will be succeeded as the Killarney Guardian by Fr Pat Lynch who returns to Killarney after a spell in Athlone.

Fr Liam’s transfer will close another chapter in his Killarney story. He was first appointed to Killarney in 1978 before long stints in Africa, Rome and Belfast.

He returned to Killarney three years ago to set up the order’s Inter-Provincial Novitiate which resulted in several priests and brothers from Germany and The Netherlands coming to Killarney.

“I loved my time in Killarney, the Friary, the people and the beautiful rural hinterland,” Fr Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “After my first time in Killarney in 1978 I was transferred to Clonmel and return there after over 40 years.”

Fr Liam, a native of Rialto in Dublin, is well respected in the locality. He famously won a wager ahead of last year’s All-Ireland football final which resulted in the Kerry flag being flown at half-mast in the Friary’s garden following the Kingdom’s loss against Dublin. If his native county lost the final the blue flag would have been given the same treatment.

He also devised the live online broadcasts of religious ceremonies from The Friary during lockdown at a time when worshippers were unable to attend Masses.

Other changes include Fr Claus Scheifele who has been appointed to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

Fr Antony Jukes will take up the position as Killarney vicar and will replace outgoing vicar Fr Vincent Finnegan who has been transferred to Rossnowlagh in Donegal.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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