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Locals vow to fight bishop’s decision

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HANDOVER: Kerry Diocesan Secretary Fr Nicholas Flynn greets parishioners from Kilcummin at the Bishop's house, Killarney, on Wednesday night when they delivered their petition. Included are John Foley, Cllr Marie Moloney and Pat O'Sullivan. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty

Parishioners from Kilcummin, who presented a petition to the bishop’s residence in Killarney on Wednesday night in protest at his failure to appoint a resident priest in their parish, say they will now take their fight to the Archbishop of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland.

Over 1,200 parishioners have signed the petition while hundreds called to the Bishop of Kerry’s door in Killarney town, and although Dr Ray Browne was unavailable to meet them, the petition was received by Fr Nicholas Flynn at St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney, who was unwilling to comment on the on-going dispute.

Locals are up in arms following the bishop’s decision last month to serve the parish with priests from neighbouring parishes, leaving Kilcummin without a resident priest.

Two public meetings in Kilcummin have been attended by hundreds of people but the bishop remains steadfast in his decision.

“The challenge that all of us face together is to provide the best service to all 53 parishes in the diocese with the resources we have,” the bishop said in a statement.

Collections at Masses are also down significantly since the stand-off began.

Local councillor Marie Moloney is one of many locals fighting to change the bishop’s mind.

“We are hopeful that the bishop will respond to our petition and take on board the concerns of our parishioners,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “We had advised him that we were coming on Wednesday night but Fr Nicholas told us he had a previous engagement. Our next move is to write to the archbishop.”

 

[caption id="attachment_27485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] BIG TURNOUT: Parishioners from Kilcummin at the Bishop's house, Killarney, on Wednesday after delivering a petition highlighting their 'Save Our Parish: Save Our Priest' campaign. In front are: Cllr Marie Moloney and Pat O'Sullivan. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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