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Friary packed for special blessings during nine day novena

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By Michelle Crean

It was a wonderful week at the Friary as after two years of restrictions there was a huge gathering for the solemn novena of St Anthony. 

BLESSING: Fr David Collins OFM this year's St Anthony Director pictured giving a Children's and Family Blessing to Irene Caragh Emma and Treasa O'Donoghue and Seán and Ciara O'Leary Kilcummin.

Eileen-Ann Nagle from Gneeveguilla pictured outside the Franciscan Friary.

Jane Kehoe from Killarney pictured at one of the Masses during the solemn novena in honour of St Anthony.

Timmy and Charlie Kelliher Aileen Moriarty with Noah and Freddie O'Leary from Kilcummin attended the Children's and Family blessing in the Franciscan Friary.

Fr David Collins OFM, Guardian in the Galway Friary, was welcomed with open arms by the large crowds during the different Masses and blessings in the Franciscan Friary.

The nine day novena, which concluded on Monday, included music and singing and was enhanced by Br Aldi who is from the Canadian Province, the wonderful Friary Folk Group, Sheila Quill and organist Angel Climent.

"Blessing of Children and Families was the largest attendance we have seen through the years on the feast day at 4pm," Br Pat Lynch, OFM Guardian in Killarney Friary, said.

Fr David Collins OFM, the Director of the Novena, added that he was delighted to be back to Killarney and to see such wonderful crowds.

"It was so nice to be back as Killarney holds a special place in all our hearts."

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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