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Land purchase to extend graveyard hits “stumbling block”

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Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Cahill believes that the people of Beaufort are extremely worried by the news that negotiations to purchase land adjoining Churchtown Burial Ground to provide more grave spaces has hit a stumbling block, when everybody thought that a deal had been agreed.

“The land in question is the perfect fit for what is required in this case and everybody had been confident that the major problem of no more local spaces available for burials in Beaufort, had been solved. Somehow, a hiccup has appeared and I am now making a special plea to all sides to sit around the table and iron out any difficulties or misunderstanding that may have presented themselves. I will offer to act as Chairman for such a meeting, if required, as I did previously,” said Councillor Cahill.
Speaking at a recent meeting of Kerry County Council where he raised the matter, Councillor Cahill said:
"This is the single biggest issue in the Parish and families are extremely concerned that loved ones will have to be buried in a different Burial Ground outside the Parish. It is also my understanding that there are only one or two plots left and this needs to be resolved at the earliest possible date.”

“I have had many representations from residents of Beaufort on this most sensitive of issues, as well as from Beaufort Community Council and Tidy Towns and of course the Churchtown Burial Ground Committee, all of whom are extremely worried by the lack of grave spaces in their own Parish. It has been reported that the remaining spaces are allocated on an internal pathway, in a section that was previously prone to flooding. This is absolutely not good enough and we must sort the land purchase out urgently,” said Councillor Cahill.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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