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Fr Peter McVerry to speak at this weekend’s Diocese Mission

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Social activist, advocate for the homeless and Jesuit priest, Fr Peter McVerry, is one of the guest speakers who'll take part in the Diocese of Kerry Mission taking place online this weekend.

From January 24 to 29, the Mission, called 'Be Christ’s Joy', will offer an opportunity for people to gather in reflection and prayer, online and in the home. Like the traditional Parish Mission, all are welcome to participate, inclusive of all age groups and those involved with church or those who have disengaged with church.

The elements of the Mission include a Mission booklet available online on dioceseofkerry.ie or in hard copy from the parish churches.

A schedule of Mission activities for each day Sunday to Friday invites participants to a morning reflection online, daily prayer, Mission Mass at 10.30am live-streamed from six different locations in the diocese, children’s pray and play online, evening reflection online, and a Mission talk each evening at 8pm.

Speakers for the week include John Connell, author, journalist and farmer on Sunday January 24, Martina Lehane Sheehan, spiritual guide, psychotherapist and author on Monday January 25, social activist, advocate for the homeless and Jesuit priest, Fr Peter McVerry on Tuesday January 26, Jane Mellet the Laudato Si’ Officer with Trocaire on Wednesday January 27, Br Richard Hendrick, Franciscan Brother, spiritual teacher, poet and blogger on Thursday January 28, and Olive Foley, widow of Axel Foley and ambassador for Children’s Bereavement Services, Limerick on Friday January 29.

Schools will be provided with class/activity plans. A YouthDoK Instagram competition for 16 to 30-year-olds invites them to submit their 'Vision of the Future' in art, poetry, photography or a one minute video. There is a prize for each category.

"Soon it will be a year since the Coronavirus first impacted on all our lives. A difficult year, but a year that leaves us with a good feeling too. Technology has made possible this Diocesan Mission. I thank the team at the diocesan pastoral centre for their good work. May the Mission be a time for reflecting together on the past year, evoking both gratitude for how our country has responded, and trust in God for what lies ahead," Bishop Ray Browne said.

Register with dioceseofkerry.ie to get your daily Mission schedule emailed directly to you and in that way you can participate in the Mission.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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