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New priest appointed to Fossa parish as Fr Tom retires

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RETIRING: Fr Tom Looney pictured in June 2019 celebrating his Golden Jubilee Mass with Bishop Ray Browne at the Church of Christ, Prince of Peace. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Michelle Crean

This week, Bishop Ray Browne announced clerical changes for a number of parishes across Kerry including a new Parish Priest for Fossa.

Fr Niall Geaney from Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church in Tralee will, on Wednesday, August 5, take over from Fr Tom Looney in Fossa, due to his retirement.

Speaking about the new appointments Bishop Ray Browne said this week that he had hoped for very few changes in light of the current pandemic.

"My hope was to have very few new appointments this summer. This became even more a priority in the light of the Coronavirus. Amid the Coronavirus the welcomes and farewells are difficult for the priests and their communities. Sadly, in recent months two of our priests died, Fr Liam Comer and Fr Michael Fleming. Both were faith-filled, capable priests and much loved by their communities. Sincere sympathy to their families and to their parish communities."

He also thanked Fr Tom Looney for his dedicated years to the communities he served in and wished him well.

"Fr Tom Looney is also retiring this year. We thank him and wish him well. Our priests demonstrate a great spirit of willingness to accept new appointments, in the interest of best serving all the 53 parishes in the diocese."

This week Fr Looney had a message for his parishioners.
"I am delighted to let the people of Fossa know that as I shall be retiring from August 5 next Bishop Ray Browne has appointed Kiltegan Missionary Fr Niall Geaney, who is a native of Castleisland, as Parish Priest of Fossa. We wish naoi gcéad mile fáilte to this veteran Missionary who has served Pobal Dé in Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, and also every blessing and good health in his new appointment. Can I sincerely thank you for all your co-operation and great help during my Fossa years."

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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