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Glenflesk locals bid farewell to Fr Hayes

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By Michelle Crean

The community of Glenflesk paid tribute to their hardworking priest as he prepared to move to his new parish in Kenmare this week.

Fr George Hayes has spent the last five years in the parish of Glenflesk. He ministered in the three churches, Clonkeen, Glenflesk and Barraduff, and was very involved in the management of the four schools in the parish, Raheen, Glenflesk, Barraduff and Knockanes.

As part of the new Diocese of Kerry appointments announced by Bishop Ray Browne, Fr Hayes moved to his new parish on Wednesday. Fr Kevin McNamara, who has been based in Moyvane for the last number of years, has now become Parish Priest in Glenflesk.

Local man Denis O'Sullivan made a presentation to Fr George on behalf of Glenflesk Parish Council on his departure from the parish.

"It was with surprise and sadness that the parishioners of Glenflesk learned that Fr. George Hayes was to move to Kenmare," Seamus Healy said.

"Fr George came to us in 2016 and quickly endeared himself to all in the community, both young and old. He devoted a great deal of time to the Parish Council and Liturgy Group. In addition, there was the considerable administrative work involved in the day to day running of the parish."

He added that parish life was busy for Fr George, but he put great effort into ceremonies, especially with children. "We greatly appreciated his weekly 'Pastor’s Ponderings, which always gave us something to think about for the week. We thank Fr George for the time and energy he put into his work here and for the kindness and consideration he showed to all in the last five years. We wish him every health and happiness in his new parish in Kenmare. We welcome Fr Kevin Mc Namara and hope he will have many happy years with us."

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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