THERE was a joyous air of celebration in St. Mary's Church in Dingle as a packed congregation gathered to celebrate the visit of Bishop of Kerry An t-Easpag Reámoinn de Brún who was the chief celebrant at a special Mass.
Bishop de Brún also performed a very special task while in Paróiste Naomh Mhuire, conferring Míchéal Ó Conchúir (Cluais) and Celsus Sheehy (Baile an Mhuilinn) with Pope Francis's Apostolic Blessing in acknowledgement of their 50 years of service to St. Mary's Parish.
Among the many tasks Mícheál and Celsus dedicated their time and effort over the years is the construction of the Christmas Crib in St. Mary's Church which is a source of great pride in Dingle and the surrounding parish during the festive season.
Celsus and Mícheál and their families were delighted to meet the new Bishop who took great time in greeting the many parishioners who were keen to welcome him to Dingle. After the conferral, parishioners joined Bishop de Brún, Dingle Canon Tomás Ó Lúnaigh PP and other clergy members at Gairdín Mhuire for a reception.
It was a busy Saturday for Bishop de Brún who had also celebrated Mass earlier in the day in Coláiste Íde where a special Gathering event brought together successive generations of students and staff.
'Tionól Choláiste Íde' celebrated life in the school from 1927 to 2013 and the event last Saturday also saw the official launch of 'Alumni Choláiste Íde Past Pupils Union'.
Mayor of Kerry Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald and Minister of State for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley were also in attendance.