Heartbreak for priests
MOVING elderly priests to a new parish is "bordering on desperately unfair", a leading cleric has claimed.
Fr Gerry O'Connor, of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), said moving to a new parish later in life was "breaking the hearts" of some priests.
The Redemptorist father from Cherry Orchard in Dublin was responding to the movement of a priest in the Diocese of Limerick, despite a petition that had been signed by over 2,000 parishioners. He said there should be an age limit of 70 on having to move parish.
He said: "The Church is expecting them to work up until they are 80 or as long as there is breath in their voice and they can stand."
Gardai fire heroics
THREE gardai have been hailed as heroes after they rescued an elderly man from his burning apartment.
Gardai Ronan Kelliher, Aoife O'Connell and Frank Stafford gained entry to the apartment in College Cross in Listowel, Co Kerry, by breaking the glass on the front door.
The 61-year-old man, who was sleeping at the time, was unharmed.
A member of the public had alerted gardai after she noticed smoke coming from the building at approximately 1.55am yesterday.
It is thought the blaze was caused by an unattended saucepan that had caught fire on a cooker.
MOre than 150 people turned up at a public meeting last night against a proposed windfarm in north Kerry.
The meeting is the latest in a series of protest events organised by the North Kerry Wind Turbines Awareness Group.
They are objecting to plans by Stacks Mountain Windfarm Ltd to construct 10 wind turbines at Ballyhorgan.
Their campaign has been stepped up as the September 17 deadline for making submissions approaches.
Death of photographer
HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of well-known Kerry photographer, author and publisher Paddy MacMonagle today.
Mr MacMonagle (94) passed away at his home on Contess Road, Killarney, on Wednesday, just one month shy of his 65th wedding anniversary to his wife, Lil.
Mr MacMonagle was the eldest son of Daniel MacMonagle, who founded the family photographic agency a century ago.
Three generations of the family have supplied photographs to the Irish Independent.