A residents’ association in a Castleisland housing estate which won a volunteering award a few years ago is now well in the throes of preparations for this Saturday evening’s Corpus Christi Procession.
Cahereens West Residents’ Association won the ‘Best Volunteer Group’ award for 2012 at a local Tidy Towns awards ceremony in April 2013. The award gelled the association and now preparations are well advanced and coming to a successful conclusion on the 36 house estate as the annual procession prepares to visit on Saturday evening.
Await Our Turn
“We applied to have the procession here a couple of years ago and there was a couple of places in before us and we had to await our turn. We were delighted to hear that we were to get a visit this year and a group of us started the preparation then,” said association member, Mary Horan.
“We got all this started about three years ago and the Tidy Towns award was a great boost to us. We just got our grotto finished and the lads did great work on it and we’re getting it blessed by Monsignor O’Riordan after the procession on Saturday evening. We have another team working down at the other end of the estate maintaining a mound we planted and turned into flower and shrub beds a couple of years ago. The altar will be placed there for Saturday evening and we want to have the place looking its best,” said Mary.
Work and Materials
“We got great help with work and materials from: Kerry County Council; Browne’s Agri and Builders’ Providers; MP Moran; NEKD and Mary O’Connor of Castleisland Carpets supplied us with paint. We’re very grateful to Dan Lynch for providing us with a statue of the Blessed Virgin – which we believe came all the way from Rathmore and to: Dónal Daly, John Nolan, Daniel Jarza, Brendan O’Shea and Timmy Murphy for their great work on getting the grotto finished on time. Now we’re just hoping for a fine evening for Saturday. Did anyone of ye hear the forecast? Mary asked in conclusion.