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St Mary of the Angels celebrates 50 years of care

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Over 400 people gathered for a milestone birthday this week as St Mary of the Angels celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Ray Browne with Archbishop Dermot Clifford as parents, family and friends expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful care provided by the facility, which is located in Beaufort and is home to 76 people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

St Mary of the Angels was founded as a residential facility for children with varying degrees of disability by the Franciscan Sisters in 1968 on land donated to them by local couple Denis and Mary Doyle. Thanks to the pioneering vision and forward thinking of the Franciscan Sisters it gained widespread recognition as a model of care unlike any other. In May 2005, services and ownership were transferred from the Franciscan Sisters to the Hospitaller Order of St John of God. Today it is operated by Saint John of God Community Services Limited.

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[caption id="attachment_22607" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Micheál O'Muircheartaigh, Sr Mary Rose Doyle, and resident Robert McCarron.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22608" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Residents sing 'Reach for the Stars'.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22609" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Sr Mary Rose Doyle with Archbishop of Cashel Dermot Clifford and Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22610" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Br Donatus Forkan, Provincial and Chairman of the Board, SJOG, Sr Mary Rose Doyle and Br Liam Twomey, SJOG.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22611" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Sr Mary Rose Doyle with fellow sisters, Sr Marie Kidney, Sr Finola Kidney and Sr Colm Sheils.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22612" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Sr Mary Rose Doyle and resident Robert McCarron. Pics: Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

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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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