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Glenflesk is perfectly pitched for politicians’ battle

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IT’S rare that politicians get the chance to do battle in the great outdoors but that’s just what’s about to happen in Glenflesk this weekend.

See which public representative has what it takes when it comes to showing sporting prowess in a three-legged race and a wheelbarrow challenge as MEP Sean Kelly along with TDs and senators go head-to-head this Sunday, August 13.

The fun is all part of GlenFest – a daylong celebration to mark 40 years of Glenflesk GAA Club’s pitch.

This will be the last great sporting event to be held on Glenflesk’s 40-year-old GAA pitch, said Derry Healy, club chairman.

GlenFest is being organised to mark the end of the current pitch in Glenflesk which his about to be dug up and redeveloped for future generations.

“The pitch represents much more than the GAA club’s focal point – it also stores a wealth of treasured memories and local history,” said Derry.

Throw-in for the free day of entertainment is at 2pm when open-air Mass will be celebrated on the field with many former priests of the parish and former club chairpersons in attendance.

“It’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ to so many people who have got us to where we are today. I’m sure there will be mixed feelings as we say goodbye to one chapter and look forward to the next with great enthusiasm,” Derry added.

Entertainment will include movies in the local hall, with a movie for teenagers being chosen by an online vote.

The premiere of the official DVD of the hit drama ‘Patrick’ – filmed live at the INEC and featuring numerous local performers – will be at 8pm.
 


 
Above: Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, James Furlong, Derry Healy, Deputy John Brassil, Michelle Morris, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, Marie O'Connor, Peggy Horan, MEP Sean Kelly and Danielle Favier. PICTURE: DYLAN CLIFFORD

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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