FRIDAY was a very special 13th in the calendar of locals who frequent the busy community centre in Lyreacrompane.
It was the day on which Bishop of Kerry Raymond Browne came to visit that part of his diocese. On a parish-by-parish, 'how-are-you' tour since his installation in July, Bishop Browne earned the friendship and respect of the packed hall in Lyre during his visit.
Bishop Browne joined in the mass which was celebrated by local PP Fr. Pat Moore at 11am and in the company of: Fr. Tim Grant and Fr. Tom McMahon.
Every Friday the local Over 55s meet for dinner and a game of bingo. Some take part in light exercise and others prefer to sit and chat. They also go on various outings throughout the year.
"Today was our annual Christmas Mass and dinner where 100 people enjoyed their outing at the centre with dancing afterwards to Stevie Donegan," said local organiser, Breda Keane. "We were delighted to welcome Bishop Browne to spend the day in our community - which he did till darkness fell and the music stopped. The day was made possible by the staff of the centre, the directors of Lyreacrompane Community Development and the wonderful team of volunteers from the area," she added.