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Friary mourns the passing of Fr Fintan

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By Sean Moriarty

The Franciscan Friars in Killarney are in mourning after one of their own, Fr Fintan, passed away on Monday after a very brief illness.

Born in Killarney in 1939, Michael O'Shea OFM was educated in Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath.

He entered the Franciscan novitiate in his native town in September 1958 and received Fintan as his religious name.

He celebrated his First Profession on September, 8, 1959.

After studies in Galway and Rome he was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on March 5, 1966.

As well as ministering in various friaries in Ireland, Fintan was part of the Irish Franciscan missions in Chile and later in El Salvador. While stationed in Dublin he was, for a time, chaplain to Dublin Port, and for many years chaplain to CIE Dublin.

He was a member of the well-known MD ‘Mackey’ O’Shea's business family in the town.

Only three weeks ago Fr Fintan paid a visit to his colleagues at the Friary in Killarney.

“He enjoyed his trip home when he visited his family’s businesses and this was a big part of our conversations over dinner at night,” Br Kevin Lynch, the Killarney Friary’s Guardian, told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was booked to come and visit us again in three weeks time.”

Fr Fintan will be laid to rest at Aghadoe Cemetery tomorrow morning (Thursday) following 12pm Requiem Mass at the Franciscan Friary.

He is sadly missed by his brothers Dona and Tim, and sister Peggy (Coghlan), as well as brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, his Franciscan Brothers, relatives and his many friends.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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