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The emerging and uncontainable force of Kerry football, David Clifford, inspires fellow citizens from the Kingdom to register for the GOAL Mile this Christmas.

GOAL Miles in Kerry will take place at Killarney, Castleisland, Killorglin, Kenmare, and Listowel.

Kerry All-Ireland champion, David Clifford, in partnership with Monika Dukarska, Olympic Rower and Jimmy Deenihan, former Minister, Kerry footballer and five-time All-Ireland winner and GOAL Board Member are lining up with students from St Brendan’s College in Killarney to encourage communities across the Kingdom to sign up for GOAL’s hugely popular Christmas fundraiser, The GOAL Mile.

Now a hardy Christmas tradition, The GOAL Mile will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. The Mile has seen tens of thousands of people run or walk a mile (2,000 steps) in villages, towns, and cities across Ireland and around the world, to raise funds for GOAL humanitarian programmes in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and now Ukraine.

"I was honoured to be asked to support the 40th anniversary of the GOAL Mile and encourage my fellow Kerry men and women to sign up for a Mile this Christmas," David Clifford said.

"I’m also delighted that Kerry is now home to five GOAL Mile events located in CastleIsland, Killorglin, Kenmare, Killarney, and Listowel. The Mile is a fantastic way to bring people together during the holidays and have some fun while supporting our Irish born humanitarian aid agency."

Jimmy Deenihan added that "last year GOAL provided aid to 18.5 million of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable adults and children across GOAL’s 14 countries of operation".

"This would not be possible without the generosity of the Irish people, thousands of whom carry on the much-loved tradition of the GOAL Mile every year."

To register to take part in a GOAL Mile near you this Christmas, please visit www.goalmile.org.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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