The arrival of Easter will be celebrated in dramatic style in north Kerry this Sunday as both Tarbert and Lixnaw hold dawn masses and bonfires to mark the occasion.
The annual Tarbert dawn mass will take place this Sunday, March 31 at 6am at St Mary's Cemetery. The bonfire will be set alight before the celebration of Easter Mass and hundreds are once again expected to travel from across north Kerry and west Limerick for the event. After mass visitors are welcome to have tea and refreshments at the local community centre.
As is tradition in Tarbert, Sunday's dawn mass celebrations will be preceded by the annual Tarbert Soup Kitchen on Good Friday, which will operate at the community centre from 11am to 2pm. Proceeds from this year's event will go towards Recovery Haven in Tralee and the Listowel branch of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association.
Dawn Mass will also be celebrated with bonfires in Kiltomey graveyard, Lixnaw, on Easter Sunday morning at 6am. Lixnaw parish priest Fr Mossie Brick will officiate and is looking forward to another huge congregation showing up for the event. Last year, was the first dawn Mass in the area and over 800 people attended. The mass will be well signposted from all routes.