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PROFESSIONS: Br. Ronan Sharpley OFM and Br. Denis Aherne OFM, were professed at a special ceremony at the Friary on Saturday.

 

The Friary welcomed two brothers into the Franciscan Order on the occasion of their Solemn Profession.

Br. Denis Aherne OFM, a native of Listowel, and Br. Ronan Sharpley OFM from Ballinamore in County Leitrim were professed at a special ceremony at the Friary on Saturday.

Denis entered the order shortly after leaving secondary school and spent two years in the Postulancy in Killarney. From there he moved to do his novitiate year in Wisconsin in the United States.

After his first Profession in the USA he moved to the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury, England where he spent a year and on return to Ireland moved to the Friary, Athlone where he spent four years there doing various courses and completed his Formation as a Friar.

“Br Denis is a very talented artist and a writer of Icons,” Brother Pat Lynch told the Killarney Advertiser. “He made the two habits that both Ronan and he wore at their Solemn Profession.”

After competing a Civil Engineering degree at UCG Br Ronan went to El Salvador, Central America with Viatores Christi where he worked for four years on a couple of engineering projects in the Gotera area. It was there that he met an Irish Franciscan Friar, Alfred Loughran OFM from Limerick. He returned to Ireland and entered the Franciscan postulancy in the Friary, Killarney, this was followed by his novitiate year in the Friary, Ennis.

After making his first Profession he too moved to Canterbury, where he did a year of Franciscan Studies. On his return he was based in the Friary Athlone while studying in Maynooth.
“Ronan has just completed three years of theology studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome and during his three years there he lived in St. Isidore’s College,” added Brother Lynch.

Both Denis and Ronan will take up their first assignments as Solemnly Professed Friars in a new Youth Initiative in the Franciscan Friary (The Abbey), Francis St, Galway.

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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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