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Meeting to secure future of local churches

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FUTURE OF THE CHURCH: Diocesan Pastoral Council, Shane O'Donoghue, Eileen O'Mahony, Bishop Ray Browne, Jacinta O'Shea and Fr Ger Godley, as they begin the process with an invitation to attend local gatherings and take the time to listen, reimagine and plan the future.

 

The future of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kerry will be discussed at a public meeting in Killarney on Tuesday night.

The meeting, which is scheduled for 8pm at the Dromhall Hotel, is one of several taking place across the entire diocese.

The Bishop of Kerry, Ray Browne, has called the meeting to allow parishioners voice their opinion on the future of the church in the locality.

There are concerns that falling numbers entering the priesthood could have far reaching effects across the entire county.

Last June there was widespread anger in the Kilcummin parish when it was left without a resident priest following a shake-up of county parishes at that time. Kilcummin is now served by a number of Killarney-based priests rather than a live-in priest in the parish.

“The diocese is coming to the end of its current five year plan,” Mary Fagan, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Kerry, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“These meetings are the first stage of a planning process being undertaken by the diocese as it maps out a response to today’s needs. Participants’ input will contribute towards the formation of a plan of action. Opportunities will also be provided for individuals and groups who wish to contribute their ideas.”

Topics up for discussion include, the decreasing number of priests, how funerals will be celebrated in the future, who will support children presenting for First Holy Communion, who will offer pastoral care and support to the sick and the housebound over the coming years, and will churches have close.

 

 

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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