A Busy Easter Weekend in Castleisland and in Neighbouring Parishes

Good Friday Morning Hospice Walk Reminder

The first item on Castleisland’s busy Easter weekend agenda is the local branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation reminding its friends and supporters of its annual Good Friday morning walk at 11am this morning.

The walk will commence and finish at the library car park beside the entrance to the library and civic offices.

Walkers are asked to gather in the car park by 10.50am for an 11am start. The walkers will go straight up through the town heading out Cordal Road, around Tullig and back to the starting point.

Pictured at Dornan HQ  for the the launch of the Dornan Rás  ©Photograph: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD .

RÁS Mumhan Today

Next on the timeline of local events today is the time trial start of Stage 1Aof the 2024 RÁS Mumhan in Currow from just minutes after 12 with a stage finish on the Scart Road, Castleisland.

Stage 1B will get underway from An Ríocht Athletic Club, Castleisland at 15:50pm with a ceremonial start through Main Street.

Brosna will get a taste of the excitement as the peloton, its colour and excitement flashes through the village. This will be followed by five laps of circuits in Knocknagoshel with finish on the main street in the village at an estimated 5:30pm.

The remaining stages will be played out through Killarney and Killorglin and Sneem via the magically named Bealach Óisín and Cuam a Ciste passes.

Fr. Mossie Brick, PP Castleisland leads members of his flock with cross bearer, Michael Murphy from the presbytery to the church as part of the 2023 Good Friday services. ©Photgraph: John Reidy

Easter Religious Ceremonies

Later today on this Good Friday, people are encouraged to come to the Castleisland Presbytery Lawn at 2.30pm.

A procession will be led by a cross-bearer and the Rosary will be recited en route to Castleisland Parish Church for Liturgy at 3pm with a commemoration of the time that Jesus died for us.

The Good Friday Liturgy: The Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Time for private prayer on your own until 12midnight in Castleisland Parish Church.

Easter Saturday night Vigil on March 30th 2024 at 8pm with Mass and ceremonies for the Vigil of Easter in Castleisland Parish Church only.

On Easter Sunday morning at 6am., Scartaglen will celebrate its first dawn Mass at the village cemetery.

People who need to sit down at the Dawn Mass are advised to ‘please bring your chair.’

Easter Sunday Mass Times: in Cordal at 9am. in Scartaglen at 10.15am and in Castleisland at 11.30am.”

Garda checkpoints will likely be a regular feature of the weekend as road deaths reach alarming levels.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

An Garda Síochána Warning on Accident Risks

With devastating road deaths in Ireland in 2024 threatening to set new records throughout the country, An Garda Síochána has issued warnings.

A statement of acknowledgement of the worsening numbers of road deaths so far includes a warning that the risk of a fatal or serious injury collision is highest between 3pm and 6pm during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The highest risk day for a fatal or serious injury crash over the course of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is Saturday. The speed of traffic on the roads these days is a topic of conversation now with more high-powered, status indicator cars ruling the roost on both motorway and bóithrín

Expect to meet Garda checkpoints and speed vans on your travels. Take your time.

Oh! Don’t Forget to Fix the Clock

Oh, and don’t forget that the clocks are going forward by an hour tonight or early on Sunday morning and there will be an extra hour of spring time light and summertime on Sunday evening

Happy Easter.

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