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Friars postal service is a big hit for community

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INUNDATED: Br Pat Lynch pictured with office administrations Ann-Marie O’Leary and Marguerite Herlihy at the Friary which has been inundated for its services. Photo: Michelle Crean 

By Sean Moriarty

The Franciscan Friary in Killarney is inundated with requests for postal and online Mass offerings. With its office closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Brothers and Friars are now providing a Mass card and Mass offering service via email and traditional postal services.

Each day, the Friars broadcast a live Mass at 10am via their social media channels.

Members of the community can order from a range of Mass cards at the Friary Office or send in their own card of choice. Masses are dedicated to the people on the list.

The combined online Mass and card service is uniting the community in an unprecedented fashion. Staff at the Friary office are processing two mail bags everyday – each bag contains at least 80 cards - and are connecting with people all over the county and as far afield as Cork and Limerick.

“We are trying to connect with people. It is our way of giving back to our community,” Br Pat Lynch told the Killarney Advertiser.

Additionally the Friary church remains open for private prayer between 7.45am and 7pm each day.

“A team of volunteers sanitise the church at regular intervals every day,” added Br Pat.

Mass offerings and Mass cards can be arranged by telephone, email or post, between 9.30am – 4pm Monday to Saturday by contacting 064 6631066, killarney@franciscans.ie, or via the postal services to The Franciscan Friary, Killarney.

Mass is celebrated each day on at 10am by searching Killarney Franciscans on Facebook and Masses can be downloaded and viewed at a later time too.

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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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