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Kilcummin locals plan to hand petition to bishop

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TOP TABLE: Claire Fleming (Kilcummin Pastoral Council), Cllr Marie Moloney and Donal O'Sullivan at the top table at a public meeting in Kilcummin Recreational Hall on Tuesday night to discuss the loss of the area's resident parish priest. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin parishioners are not going down without a fight – with plans to hand deliver a 1,200 signature petition to Bishop Ray Browne.

The action comes after locals held another public meeting on Tuesday night in their continued fight against theloss of their parish priest.

A delegation from the Pastoral Council had met with the Bishop last week in an effort to reverse his decision.

Parishioners were left shocked and angry last month to learn that they’d no longer have a resident priest after the Bishop made the decision to move Fr Eamon Mulvihill to the parish of Castlegregory.

[caption id="attachment_27395" align="aligncenter" width="3650"] ALL IN FAVOUR: Parishioners in Kilcummin display a show of hands to vote in favour of delivering a petition of signatures to the bishop's House, Killarney, at a public meeting in Kilcummin Recreational Hall on Tuesday night to discuss the loss of the area's resident parish priest. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

Priests from the Killarney area will now serve the Kilcummin parish – which is one of the biggest in Ireland with three schools, two nursing homes and two cemeteries.

It is all part of a restructuring project, initiated by the bishop, due to the lack of new priests coming through the ranks.

Tuesday night’s public meeting organised by the Pastoral Council explained to locals the outcome of the recent meeting with the bishop.

“There was a suggestion from the floor that our next step is to take the petition to the bishop,” Cllr Moloney told the Killarney Advertiser.

It is understood that a large proportion of those who signed the petition would accompany members the Pastoral Council when they hand in the petition.

However, Cllr Moloney and other council members pointed out that this would not be an organised protest and that attending the hand-over was up to each individual.

“It is up to the people if they want to join us, but we won’t be rallying the troops either,” Cllr Moloney added.

Six priests, three from Killarney and the respective parish priests from Fossa, Glenflesk and Firies will look after the Kilcummin parish in an on-going six week rota system.

Locals believe this cannot work and cited a similar issue in Keel, Castlemaine where the priests are on a four-week rota.

Locals believe that the priests will be too busy looking after their own parish and that their visits to other parishes will suffer.

“There was no priest available to say 10am Mass at Keel Church on Tuesday morning this week,” said concerned local John Foley. “Three days in to a new system and it is already not working. The same will happen in Kilcummin. There are six priests serving the 15,000 people in the Killarney area, so what happens if one of the priests on rota is too busy with duties in his own parish. That is why the people of Kilcummin are up in arms.”

There are also concerns that the pastoral house in Kilcummin will be left idle, with some locals calling for it to be made available to retiring priests.

It is understood that Bishop Browne agrees with this in principle, but that it would be up to each retiring priest if he wanted to accept relocating to Kilcummin not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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