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Tuesday 27 June 2017

In their stride sun shines on punters and priests

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

THE stunning south-west was the place to be this weekend as holidaymakers -- including a group of young seminarians from around the globe -- enjoyed the stunning vistas off the Co Kerry coastline.

In Waterville, 23 novice priests based at the Legionaries of Christ seminary in Leopardstown, south Co Dublin, took a stroll along the picturesque strand after singing hymns for locals attending Mass at St Finian's Church yesterday.

The seminarians hail from as far afield as France, North America, South Korea, Chile and El Salvador.

Retreat

They took time out from their studies to enjoy a three-week retreat at the Cillin Liath hostel outside Waterville.

Fr Mathew Bracket (37), a missionary who hails from the Boston area, said the group was having a fantastic time visiting the local attractions, including visits to Valentia Island and hikes up the Macgillicuddy Reeks.

"It's been great. We don't care too much about the weather and we're just enjoying the beautiful scenery and the people," he said.

Meanwhile, thousands of punters flocked to the annual Dingle Races at the Ballintaggart Racecourse.

It is one of the top meetings of Ireland's horse and pony circuit with more than 200 entrants taking part in 20 races over three days for a total prize fund of €40,000.

Along with attracting Ireland's top 'flapper' enthusiasts, the annual event is also a bit hit with families thanks to its fair-like atmosphere.

Irish Independent

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