Muire Gan Smál Pre School and Primary School Now Taking Enrollments

Muire Gan Smál Pre School and Primary School Now Taking Enrollments

Muire Gan Smál Primary School is one of Castleisland’s most respected seats of early learning and, in more recent years, the learning became even earlier with the rolling development of its pre-school service. “Muire Gan Smál Pre School and Primary School, Castleisland operates a full day care service from 8:15am to 5:30pm.,” as Principal Séamus…

Monsignor Dan O’Riordan Ordained 50 Years Ago Today

Monsignor Dan O’Riordan Ordained 50 Years Ago Today

Monsignor Dan O’Riordan will celebrate his Golden Jubilee as a priest on Wednesday, June 20th. He was ordained by Bishop Denis Moynihan in Killarney 50 years ago today. Also ordained with him on that Sunday in June 1968 was a Fr. J O’Donoghue and the event made the front page of The Kerryman on the…

Tara’s Grá for Religion Leads to Pastoral Ministry Certificate

Tara’s Grá for Religion Leads to Pastoral Ministry Certificate

After a weekly, Wednesday night course spanning 20 weeks Castleisland woman Tara Howarth qualified as a Pastoral Minister and was presented with a certificate by Bishop Ray Browne in St. John’s Pastoral Centre in Tralee. Tara enjoys being part of parish life and sharing her faith with the community and, like many people who choose…

Presentation Girls on ‘Life Changing’ Lourdes Trip

On Saturday, September 2nd four students and a staff member from Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland departed from Kerry Airport to Lourdes France with the Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage. The girls compiled the following report on their experience when they returned. “We spent the five days as full time volunteers looking after the sick. Our days were…

The late Fr. James ‘Jim’ Downey, Cragg, Castleisland

The late Fr. James ‘Jim’ Downey, Cragg, Castleisland

The death has occurred of Fr. James (Jim ) Downey, Cragg, Castleisland, Co. Kerry, May 23rd 2017.  Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family in the tender care of the management and staff of Fatima Nursing Home, Tralee. Predeceased by his sisters Kitty Downey and Mary Prendiville, Castleisland and Breda Prendiville, Brosna. Sadly missed by his…

The late Fr. Pat Moore – Funeral Arrangements

The late Fr. Pat Moore – Funeral Arrangements

The death has occurred of Rev Fr Pat Moore, Littor Road, Asdee, Listowel, Co Kerry. Former parish priest of Duagh and many other parishes. May 1st 2017 in the tender loving care of the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee. Beloved son of the late Mick and Peg. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers: Diarmuid and Michael,…

New Awards Initiative and Ethos Wall Launched at The Pres

New Awards Initiative and Ethos Wall Launched at The Pres

The management and teachers at St. Joseph’s Presentation Girls’ Secondary School have introduced a perpetual award for students. Cordal’s Katie Flynn was announced as  the first winner of the inaugural Ceist Award. “When the award was first mentioned we set out to establish what the award entailed; its importance in the context of the school…

Importance of Sacrament Confirmed by Attendance

Importance of Sacrament Confirmed by Attendance

The huge importance of the sacrament of Confirmation as a major day in the lives of school children and their families was clearly evident here in Castleisland on Friday afternoon. Bishop Ray Browne began the ceremony at 3-30pm with close on 100 pupils with all the primary schools in the parish represented. The packed Church…

Monsignor O’Riordan to Stay in Castleisland

Monsignor O’Riordan to Stay in Castleisland

  Monsignor Dan O’Riordan has been re-appointed to his present posting in Castleisland parish for a further six-year term. The announcement came following a re-shuffle of diocesan appointments by Bishop Ray Browne just before the weekend.   As well as Monsignor O’Riordan the following priests having completed their six-year tenures and have been re-appointed to their…

All Green and Exciting for Bishop Ray’s Visit

All Green and Exciting for Bishop Ray’s Visit

There was great excitement amongst the children at Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School, Castleisland on Thursday, June 5th ahead of the arrival of our new Bishop of Kerry to the school. The school was an absolute hub of activity all week with everyone eager to assist the dedicated Green School Committee with their ‘Spring…