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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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