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Icon’s pilgrimage from Rome to Kerry

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Pope Francis blessing the Mother of Perpetual Help Icon in Rome on Holy Thursday with Redemptorist Fr Seamus Enright, Rector Mount St Alphonsus, Limerick. PICTURE: OBSERVATOIRE ROMANO

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Pope Francis blessing the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon in Rome on Holy Thursday with Redemptorist Fr Seamus Enright, Rector, Mount St Alphonsus, Limerick. PICTURE: OBSERVATOIRE ROMANO
 


 
THE Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon is visiting St Mary’s Cathedral today and tomorrow. The icon’s pilgrimage to Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Ireland commenced in Limerick on Monday after the Pilgrim Icon was blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on Holy Thursday and taken back to Ireland by the Irish Redemptorists the following day.
This pilgrimage is being organised by the Redemptorist order in conjunction with all 26 Cathedrals and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and its custodianship by the Redemptorists during this time.
The icon visits St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, today, Wednesday, where a Mass of Welcome will be celebrated by Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne at 6.15pm.
After that the faithful will have the chance to venerate the icon with petition writing opportunities also available. A healing service takes place at 8pm followed by prayer.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Mass at 7am will be followed at 9.15am by a prayer service for secondary school children and Mass at 10.30am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available afterwards. From Killarney, the icon travels to Cobh.
The original “Mother of Perpetual Help” icon was presented to the Redemptorists in Rome by Pope Pius IX in 1865. It was installed in the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori in 1866 and one of the first copies of the icon was received at the Redemptorists Mount St Alphonsus Monastery in Limerick in 1867. The devotion to our “Mother of Perpetual Help” quickly spread to all parts of Ireland and continues to be an important part of the lives of many Irish people and others all around the world; see www.followtheicon.ie for updates.

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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