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Killarney girl receives letter from the Pope

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POPE'S LETTER: Tiffany O'Brien from Killarney is thrilled to have received a letter from Pope Francis.

By Michelle Crean

Young Tiffany O'Brien from Killarney may have been disappointed that her communion didn't get the go ahead this year due to COVID-19 - but a very special letter has cheered her up.

The nine-year-old, who is a pupil in St Oliver's NS, wrote a letter to Pope Frances in January asking him for a blessing for her First Holy Communion. Months passed and she thought because of COVID-19 that Pope Frances would be unable to return a reply.

However, to Tiffany’s surprise she received a reply from him signed by Monsignor Luigi Roberto Cona.

"A lot of thought went into this letter as it arrived just one day before Tiffany’s holy communion so that I would be able the present it to her," he dad Richard O'Brien told the Killarney Advertiser.

He added that it was a very kind gesture from Pope Frances.

"On the day the letter has brought Tiffany great joy and it shows that Pope Frances is a true servant of God never forgetting any of his flock even in these most strange and difficult times."

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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