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New faces welcomed at the Friary

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By Michelle Crean

Two new friars have joined the Friary - with a third expected to join in the coming weeks.

On the Feast of the Assumption two men, Br Gytis Vaineikis from Lithunia and Br Ken Murphy from Dublin, were received into the Franciscan International Novitiate, Killarney.

They arrived on August 14, and will spend one full year in Killarney.

Br Pat, the Guardian, Br Antony Jukes Novice Master and all members of the community welcomed them.

"We hope that a third novice from Canada will join the group within the next few weeks," Br Pat told the Killarney Advertiser.

Br Joseph Condren OFM Vicar Provincial of the Irish Franciscan Province received Ken and Br Antony Novice Master received Gytis.

Their year is mainly focused on prayer and living together as Brothers in community, so as to help the novices to discern whether the Franciscan way of life is for them.

The novices will gather together with the whole community for prayer five times a day, and will also attend daily Mass in the Friary Church. In the mornings, during the week, the novices will have classes on aspects of Franciscan spirituality, history, theology, different forms of prayer, and the life and writings of Saint Francis of Assisi. The afternoons are taken up with work in the garden and other jobs around the Friary. In the second half of the novitiate year, it is hoped that there will also be the opportunity for the novices to take part in some sort of volunteer work in the local community. Towards the end of the year, the novices will have a final prayer retreat in preparation for making a commitment to this way of life.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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