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Little donkey to raise the roof in Glenflesk

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By Sean Moriarty

One lucky Glenflesk resident could be the new owner of the perfect nativity scene prop just time for Christmas.

St Aghtha’s Church in the parish of Glenflesk is badly in need of a new roof.

The annual Parish Christmas Bazaar takes place on November 20 as a fundraiser for the roof.

The usual list of festive fayre-like food hampers are up for raffle on the day but punters will also have the opportunity to bid for a baby donkey named ‘Conín’.

Now ‘Conín’ is no ordinary donkey.

His name comes from Gaelic meaning ‘hound’ and with the suffix - 'in' - added, it means ‘little warrior'.

Auctioning ‘Conín’ is the brainchild of local parish priest Fr Jim Lenihan who has played a very active role in his community.

“Conín was born at Easter time, and was born a mischievous little donkey, but with the influence of Fr Jim and endeavours of his parish, we are confident that Conín will mend the error of his ways, and be the best little donkey that ever was born,” said organiser Margaret Duggan.

The baby donkey was donated by her brother Michael Duggan of 'Glebe Farm' in Aghadoe.

He will deliver the donkey and supply 10 bales of quality hay to settle baby ‘Conín' in his new home. The winning bidder will have to be able to show evidence they can care for the donkey but it is hoped that Conín will stay local and will become part of the folklore of the village.

“The donkey will remain part of the weekly parish newsletter for the youth, and his story will be told and his interaction with the community will grow with Fr Jim and the parish. Both Fr Jim and ‘Conín' will be an integral part of the Glenflesk Community,” added Margaret.

Tickets are being distributed this week to local households for donations.

“We want people to know well in advance so that if a bidder is interested they can contact Fr Jim to register their interest and state their ability to care for ‘Conin’. Conín’ will be part of the Christmas and Easter events within the parish from now on, and his story and photos and will be part of the weekly Mass, and the parish Facebook page will update the story of ‘Conín' so all can remain involved,” she added.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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