Around the districts: Tarbert and Templeglantine



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There was widespread sadness and regret in the parish over the deaths over the past week of two people who died suddenly and unexpectedly. Both were born in Tarbert, raised and attended local national and comprehensive schools before embarking on their career and life choices. Ach mar a deireann an sean-fochal ‘brón ar an mbás, ní fheidir a seánadh agus is ag Dia is fearr a fhios’,

Siobhán White, née Flavin, died suddenly at her residence in Doonard Lower, Tarbert, on the morning of Sunday April 24. Siobhán was the daughter of the late Dan and Gretta Flavin, née Flaherty. She rested at home on Tuesday, April 26. His Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s Church in Tarbert on Wednesday April 27 by Father Michael Hussey and Father John O’Connor. After the mass, the burial took place in the new adjoining cemetery in the presence of a large assembly. Siobhán operated a hairdressing business in Tarbert for several years and had a lovely cheerful and pleasant personality.

The sympathy of the community is offered to her husband Tom, her sons Tomás, Donal and Tony, her daughter Maireád, her sister Teresa Culhane and her husband David Spaight, her grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces , relatives and friends.

Gerard Griffin, Bishopstown, Cork and formerly of St Patrick’s Terrace, Tarbert died suddenly on Wednesday April 27 at his home aged 68. He was laid to rest at Wilton Funeral Home on Friday April 29. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday 30 April in the Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Road, followed by a cremation service at the island crematorium, Ringaskiddy. A large number of people from Tarbert attended both funeral services.

Gerard, better known as Ger, was one of eight children, five boys and three girls, born to Paddy and Kitty Griffin, St Patrick’s Terrace, Tarbert. After graduating from school, he worked in the payroll department of ESB for several years. Passionate about computers and technology, he decided to go into business. He participated in the creation of Reliable Data in 1992, which advises companies on setting up inventory and accounting computerization systems. Ger has been a systems programmer/analyst and certified public accountant for over twenty years. Reliable Data was taken over by Intact Software in 2006. As Director, Ger was appointed Director of Sales with a focus on developing and growing the business in Munster. Work colleagues and business contacts have described him as always cheerful, positive and helpful to everyone, both personally and professionally. A few years ago, he retired from the business. He was treasurer of Highfield Rugby Club where he was held in high esteem.

Community sympathy to his wife Maureen, sons Rory, Barry and Gearoid. Sympathy to his mother Kitty in her 97th year, to Breda, Pat, Noel, Teddy, Anne and Patricia. He was predeceased by his father Paddy and his brother Tony.

The community’s sympathy also extends to Rosaleen Costello, Tieraclea, on the death of her sister Teresa McDonnell, Crossmolina, County Mayo, who died on Saturday 23rd April. The requiem mass was held in Our Lady’s Church in Kilmurry on Thursday 26 April, followed by a burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Beannacht Dé agus suaimhneas síorai le h-anamacha na marbh go leir.

Rosary at the shrine

During the month of May, the Rosary will be recited every evening, from Monday to Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Marian Sanctuary on Place de Tarbert. Everyone is welcome.

Crisis call in Ukraine

The Shannonside Women’s Group is organizing a clothing drive to benefit the Ukraine crisis. Boots, clothes, handbags, shoes, curtains, etc. are welcome and can be dropped off at the church parking lot on Thursday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cuidighí linn ar shon an Ukráin.

darkness into light

At 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, Darkness into Light arrives in Tarbert with its inspiring message of hope. You can walk from Tarbert Comprehensive School to the Isle of Tarbert and savor the dawn chorus of birdsong from Leslie Wood on the way. You can register online or contact any member of the Darkness into Light team. Tarbert has been selected as one of 8 locations across Kerry for the walk. The funds raised will go to counseling and outreach services for people suffering from suicidal thoughts and depression.

social evening

There will be an evening social at Nuala Carmody’s Bar on Saturday May 14 from 9-11pm. If you can sing in tune or out of tune, play the harmonica, fiddle or accordion, tell a fun story or recite verses or just want to watch and listen, you will be more than welcome. We look forward to hearing Tom Moore from Moyvane again in the evening as well as the many local artists.

Kerry Union Choir

A concert of choral music conducted by Sharon Reidy will take place at St Brendan’s Church in Tralee on Sunday 8th May at 7.30pm. As in previous years, concertgoers can look forward to a breathtaking evening of songs from the choral union’s vast repertoire.

Tickets are priced at €10 and funds raised will go to Recovery Haven Kerry. Tickets will be available at the door in the evening, so come early to avoid disappointment.


Tidy cities

Saying goodbye to the daffodils, we say “fáilte” to the cuckoo whose soft tones announce the approaching summer. She has been heard from in her usual parish haunts for the past two weeks. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

“No Mow May” is here to give dandelions, clovers, buttercups and cuckoo flowers their day in the sun, providing a life raft for bees, insects and birds. Gorse and hawthorn fill the roadsides with colorful flowers to beautify the landscape. Rock garden flowers are fabulous right now as they feature a wide variety of colors. Every place looks splendid. Many thanks to the helpful student who did a restorative paint job on the “Failte” signs at either end of the speed limit. TTT will leverage the “Sponsor A Plant” program to raise much-needed funds for summer bedding plants. Local merchants kindly agreed to facilitate this plan by allowing boxes to be placed on counters. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Cursai Eaglelaise

The weekly schedule is Tuesday Mass at 10 a.m., followed by Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday evening Mass at 6 p.m. Memories from last Saturday night’s Mass were Eddie Dore, Abbeyfeale & Gortnagloss (Month’s Mind), Ann Scanlon, Tullig North (Birthday), Pat Murphy, Maple Grove (Birthday), Bridie Quirke, Gurteen (Birthday), Joan Rhyne ( née Sheehy) , Florida & Tullig South, recently deceased. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dá nanamacha. Parishioners who are unable to receive Holy Communion from a family member and wish to receive from a Eucharistic minister, please inform your parish sacristan.


Many branch members enjoyed the various indoor and outdoor events at Fleadh by the Feale last week. The next big event on the scene will be Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh 2022 at Athea, just a month away. Comhaltas’ annual congress took place in Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Dublin last weekend.

Buiochas – Thank you

Father Denis and Canon Ambroise wish to sincerely thank you all for your continued and generous support in the weekly offerings for the upkeep of our churches and the support of priests, sextons and their assistants, musicians and singers, readers and their leaders, the Eucharistic ministers and their leaders, those who helped in the Easter ceremonies to prepare the Easter fires. Our parish secretary, those who help with Facebook and the weekly correspondents of parish notes in local newspapers and to those who take care of our parish bulletin. Thank you to those who arrange the flowers in our churches, those who take care of the liturgical signs and who keep our churches spotless inside and out and to our stewards. Thank you to those who kept our death spots respectful and tidy. Thank you to the members of the finance and money counter teams and to our pastoral councils. We thank the school staff and parents, the board of directors and managers. A special word of thanks to the First Communion and Confirmation children who are preparing for their special day this year. We have been very uplifted by your wonderful offers to Trócaire and Ukraine.

Wild Works Training Program

West Limerick Resources invites you to take part in a free Introduction to Wild Work training programme, where you will explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our coaches will take you out into nature to experience the wild spaces of West Limerick firsthand. Here you can learn by seeing, touching and interacting with the natural world. The course has 6 sessions which will take place on the same day at the same time for 12 weeks. Training begins Friday May 13 at Broadford (10am-12pm) and at Abbeyfeale on Thursday May 12 (2pm-4pm).

Applications will be closed as soon as places are filled, so get your interest in as soon as possible by visiting No previous experience or qualifications are required to participate. For any questions contact Maeve or Caitriona at West Limerick Resources [email protected]

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