A CLOUD of sadness decended over the parish during the week with the news of the death of our former curate in Asdee Fr. Michael Maher.
Fr Maher spent 10 years as curate in Asdee and retired from the priesthood 4 years ago. He was born in 1926 and was ordained in 1950 and spent 2 years in Motherwell, Scotland.
He then spent a year in Tralee and then went teaching at St Brendan's Seminary in Killarney.
He was curate in Tralee for 9 years and was then transferred to Glebeigh.
Six years later he moved to Lixnaw and 4 years later he was posted to Killorglin.
In 1978 he was appointed curate in Kilmoyley and was appointed parish priest in Allihies in 1981 which is the smallest parish in the diocese of Kerry.
After17 years of service he was appointed curate in Asdee/Ballylongford.
After 10 years in Asdee he retired from the priesthood in 2008.
Fr Maher endeared himself to the local community during his 10 year term of duty in Asdee and made a huge contribution to the local community. During this period he done much to enrich the spiritual welfare of parishioners and made a huge multitude of friends in the process. He showed a great interest in the spiritual welfare of the local community and took time out to visit all families in their homes at least once a year. He also had a great interest in the welfare of the sick and elderly and visited them in their homes and in hospitals and Nursing Homes. He also ensured their spiritual needs were accommodated and he travelled around the parish every month to bring Holy Communion to them. He also had a great love of children and was a frequent visitor to the local national school to meet the children. He also done much to promote community participation in all the church ceremonies and encouraged people to join the choir and play an active role in the running and maintenance of the local St. Marys church. He also was the driving force behind establishing Eucharistic Adoration at the church every Tuesday afternoon. A keen St Pio Devotee he was the main celebrant at all the St Pio Monthly Prayer Meeting held in Asdee. He regularly travelled out of pilgrimages to Holy places all over Europe and was the spiritual direction of the very successful Asdee Pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje. A man who enjoyed all the old values in life Fr Maher kept himself very fit and really enjoyed his walks and swims at Littor Strand.
When he retired he still kept in touch with what was happening in the area through the notes in The Kerryman.
The high esteem in which Fr Maher was held locally was reflected in the huge and widely representative congregations that turned out for the removal of his remains from Lynch's Funeral Home in Ballylongford to the nearby church.
Bishop Bill Murphy was present at the Requiem mass with all the priests from around the diocese also present.
The chief celerbant at the Requiem as Fr Michael's nephew Fr Sean Maher who is based in the United States.
He described his uncle as a great family man that liked the ordinary things in life and was a shining light in every parish he served in.
After the ceremony Fr Maher was laid to rect in the church grounds.
Deepest sympathy is extended to all his sister Anne and all other family members and relatives.
Preparations are gathering momentum for the annual Asdee Races which will be held at Littor Strand on Sunday September 30th.
This is the 10th year of the revived event and the organisers are planning to mark the occasion in style.
The prize money on offer this year is €6,000 and the big race of the day is the Asdee Derby which will feature several good local horses that should spice up the afternoon's entertainment. There will be full betting facilities at the course and stewards will be on duty all day to ensure everything goes off smoothly. Outside of racing there will be entertainment for all the family with bouncing castles and amusements for children and a shop and fast food outlet. The history of racing in Asdee goes back a number of decades with the races enjoying huge popularity during the 1960s and early '70s. When the meeting was terminated in 1971 it left a big void in the lives of the local community. However 10 years ago the event was revived again thanks to the initiative of a number of local people and now the meeting is one of the most appealing in the North Kerry area. The big thing in its favour is that conditions will be always be good for racing with the vast and scenic landscape of Littor Strand an ideal place to host horse racing.
Despite the recessionary times the organisers are confident that they will be well supported in their drive to fund the event and a comprehensive programme of racing is on the agenda.
ASDEE ROVERS UNDER 12
The 12s started a new season with a great win over Fenit in Asdee on saturday. With the winds on their backs in the second half,Asdee proved too strong for their opponents with the final score being 7-2 to Asdee. LiamMulvahill scored a stunning hat-trick with all 3 goals coming from outside the box, Paddy O'Rourke scored a brace on his debut while Ben O'Connor came on at halftime to score another 2 and round off a fantastic team performance. TEAM: Gavin Stack, Victor Flahive, Conor Carmody, Conor Breen, Rory Carmody, Robert O'Brian, Patrick Carmody, Liam Mulvahill, Shea Doran (C), Bernard O'Callaghan, Paddy O'Rourke. Subs: Ben O'Connor, Barry O'Neill, Mark Hennessy,Conor Toomey, Cody Enright, Kelvin Rohan-Kenny
Results for Sunday 9th Sept no jackpot winner numbers drawn 8, 13, 19, 20.the three lucky dip winners Mike Flavin Tullihinell Ballylongford, Mike Mason Lisselton, Bobby & Tracy O'Keeffe tralee each receiving €25
Next draw is on Sunday 23rd Sept with a jackpot standing at €400 tickets are available from your local agent.
Fixtures & Results Sat 15th Sept 12s Asdee Rovers 7 Fenit 2
14s Walkover Killarney call of game, 17s Asdee Rovers 3 Ballyheighue 2 Sat 22nd Sept 11s home to Killarney Celtic ko 2pm, 15s away to Killarney Celtic bko 12.30.
The Asdee Rovers senior team are away toLenamore Rovers and the kick off is at 11 30am.
ASDEE ROVERS UNDER 17'S
The Asdee Rovers under 17 team made history at Craughdarrig Park on Saturday when they became the first team for Asdee at this age group to compete in the Kerry under 17 league.
They done so in style also as they defeated Ballyheighue 3 – 2 in a close and very exciting game.
The Asdee scorers were Ryan Henry, Ryan Whealen and Daniel Ellis.