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St Patrick’s parade in Ballyspillane

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Children living in Ballyspillane got a chance to partake in their own parade on Thursday last.

St Patrick's Day at Ballyspillane Community Centre for preschoolers and their teachers. Pictured from l-r were: Kirsty O'Carroll Christian Gabbett CJ McCarthy Noa Klesnik Paksec and Karen Foley. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Beautiful blue eyed Blondie Burke displays her artwork for the preschool’s 'pre' St Patrick's Day Parade at the Ballyspillane Community Centre on Thursday morning. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A smile from preschoolers Amelia and Ivy O'Brien with their own version of ‘Ireland’s Call’ for parents at Ballyspillane Community Centre ahead of their very own pre-St Patrick's Day Parade for the neighbours surrounding the centre who received a personalised invitation. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Recently appointed Ballyspillane Centre Manager Derek O'Leary (right) greets the centre's preschoolers as they return from their very own St Patrick's Day Parade with their teachers and supervisors. From l-r were: Sophie Haighway Karen Foley Ewa Lenarczuk and Kirsty O'Carroll. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying dress up day at the Ballyspillane Community Centre for St Patrick's Day were: Aliya Brosnan Teacher Karen Foley and Emma Wozniak. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre for St Patrick's Day were: Alexander Waskiewiez Dylan Coffey Christopher Coffey and Santiago Gonzalez Leonor. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Teacher Kirsty O'Carroll pictured with her daughter Rosie on dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre getting into the spirit of things for St Patrick's Day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Happy St Patrick's Day from preschoolers Amelia and Ivy O'Brien at Ballyspillane Community Centre pictured on dress up day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Preschoolers Aliya Brosnan and Blondie Burke sing ‘Irelands Call’ to parents at Ballyspillane Community Centre ahead of their very own pre-St Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A hug during dress up day for St Patrick's Day at the Ballyspillane Centre. Pictured are Layna and Sharon O'Leary. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Morgan O'Brien enjoyed dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre for St Patrick's Day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The private pre-St Patrick’s Day parade came by invitation only for the lucky residents living in the square area of the Ballyspillane Community Centre.

A sea of green, white and gold and the melodious voices of 18 preschoolers and their teachers was a very special treat for the residents who enjoyed a unique version of ‘Irelands Call’ and ‘Molly Malone’ as they passed by dressed in their vibrant artwork which each child created earlier in the week.

“[It was] a busy week of artwork in Ballyspillane as the children prepared for mothers day also,” their teacher Karen Foley said.

Well known as one of The Three O’s and with the Musical Society, newly appointed manager of the centre Derek O’Leary said he was very pleased with the children’s level of creativity in the preschool and was waiting with applause on their return.

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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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