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Around the Districts: Ballylongford and Brosna


Attending the Eddie Carmody commemoration at Ballylongford on Sunday were Marie and Emily McCarthy,James Fitzgerald,Aishling McCarthy with Avril and Aiden Carmody.Photo Moss Joe Browne.

Attending the Eddie Carmody commemoration at Ballylongford on Sunday were Marie and Emily McCarthy,James Fitzgerald,Aishling McCarthy with Avril and Aiden Carmody.Photo Moss Joe Browne.

Attending the Eddie Carmody commemoration at Ballylongford on Sunday were Marie and Emily McCarthy,James Fitzgerald,Aishling McCarthy with Avril and Aiden Carmody.Photo Moss Joe Browne.



Church arrangements

Thankfully as we continue with the current eased restrictions that are in place since the Government announcement on Tuesday, October 19th, we earnestly hope that the current surge in the virus will not affect people from going to mass in our churches throughout the dioceses and beyond in these coming weeks.

Therefore, attendance at masses in both St Michael the Archangel Church in Ballylongford and the attendance arrangements for Masses in St Mary’s Church in Asdee will continue to remain in place so all “Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place. This is a very positive measure, however it is imperative that all other Covid-19 protective measures remain in place in order to protect all members of our communities/congregations Premises should be well ventilated, hand sanitiser will be provided.

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Places of Worship will continue to use separate entry and exit routes and face masks must be worn. Congregations are encouraged to spread out as much as possible when attending Places of Worship and those experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms should be discouraged from attending. As the capacity of Places of Worship and numbers attending varies greatly, the onus will be on each Place of Worship and community to consider what they are comfortable with and what best suits their congregation.

This will be particularly relevant for funerals/special ceremonies, with large congregations in attendance. Attendees on these occasions should not be permitted to stand in the aisles or doorways and hand shaking and the use of condolence books/sharing of Booklets etc. must be seriously avoided. Choirs or soloists performing in Places of Worship should be limited in line with the size/capacity of the venue and should adhere to 2 metre social distance from other singers, the choir master, the congregation and any other individuals in the setting (as they will not be wearing face masks during performances). Sunday Obligation: If anybody feels sick or unwell you are asked to please avoid attending as the dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation remain in place for those sick or unwell. One has the choice to watch Mass on Television, listen to it on the radio or on other forms of media.

Those who are attending Mass can fulfil their Sunday obligation at any of the weekday Mass if they so wish. Let a weekday Mass be your Sunday worship, at least for another few weeks. Please continue to be alert and open to this new way of attending Church. People attending are required to sit 3 per seat.

Family groups from the one household may sit together if they so wish but please maintain social distancing at all times. Parish Collections: Thank you for your contributions. Parish envelopes and Priest Salary envelopes can be handed in to the parish office or dropped into the presbytery letterbox. Live Streaming of Masses: Masses are streamed live from St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 11.30am. Weekend Masses are streamed live from Ballybunion - Saturday at 7pm and Sunday 11.30am. Mission Sunday is celebrated next Sunday.

Please continue to follow all of the public health guidance in relation to Covid-19 so as to reduce the spread of the virus.

Masses at St Michael the Archangel Church for this coming Weekend are as follows: Friday 26th November 10.00am November Private Intention. Saturday 27th November Vigil Mass at 7.00pm Annie Curtin Birthday Remembrance, John, Ellen and Liam Morrissey Main Street. Sunday morning. 28th November 10.30am Fr. John Enright Anniversary Mass, and Fr John Walsh Ballyline. Masses in St Mary’s Asdee are as follows: Thursday 25th November at 10.00am. Sunday 28th November 9.30am. Michael Moran, late of Shannon.

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the First Sunday in the Church’s year. November the Month of the Holy Souls: As we quickly approach the Month of the Holy Souls, we are encouraged to pray for those who have gone before us, family and friends. However, it does not end there for we are asked also to pray for those who may have no one to pray for them. In this way we are joined to others in the Christian family and reminded that we are a wide community united in our belief in Jesus and his Resurrection.

Those in purgatory cannot pray for themselves but one day they may be able to pray for us when we are in the same position. Perhaps this is why Pope St John XXIII wrote the following words “The devotion to the memory of the dead is one of the most beautiful expressions of the Catholic spirit.” Also visiting cemeteries is a significant way we can devote ourselves to the Holy Souls this November. Beginning with our own deceased family members and friends, visiting their graves is an opportunity for reflection and meditation. Personal offerings, such as candles and flowers, or just keeping the family plot clean and tidy and it also gives us an opportunity in keeping our graves in check so why not make a visit even in these last days of the month of the Holy Souls. The Holy Rosary is said each day in November for the Holy Souls at 4pm in St Michael the Archangel Church.


Deepest Sympathies are extended to Liam and Mary Purtill and family of Main Street, on the sad passing of Liam’s beloved nephew Simon O’Connor R.I.P. who sadly passed from this life very recently. Simon was son of Margie (Née Purtill) and the late John O’Connor R.I.P. who had returned to Ireland from the U.K. in the 70’s and set up a very successful foodstore in Charleville, in Co. Cork where they operated for many years, in later years they retired to Newtownshandrum from where Margie and her daughter Juliette reside. Simon had worked in London as a property manager, but visited regularly, like most of his siblings he had spent a good deal of his childhood in and around Ballylongford visiting his Uncles and cousins for holidays and became very popular and made many friends around the Community. Sadly Simon lost his dad John R.I.P. in 2013 this unfortunately followed with the very sad passing of two of his brothers in earlier years with the sad passing of the late Vincent R.I.P. who was only 13 years of age when he died as a result of a tragic accidental drowning incident in Beale and then his brother Kevin R.I.P. who was taken far too young from his family and wide circle of friends both here and in Charleville when he was only 38years of age. To Simon’s heartbroken family of wife Amalia, son Daniel, daughter Suzanne, mom Margie, sister Juliette, Uncles Liam (Ballylongford), Vincent (Ballybunion), Aunt’s Mary (Galway) and Juliette (Dublin), cousins, family relatives, and wide circle of friends we extend our deepest sympathies. Simon’s funeral will take place in London. May the light of heaven shine on him and may he Rest in Peace.

Volunteers needed

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver? Do you have Two (2) hours to spare to support older people in your community to access day care services? Do you have a full clean driving license and access to a car? Ard Chúram Day Care Centre, North Kerry in conjunction with Local Links Kerry are seeking volunteer Drivers for their volunteer Social Car Scheme. For further information could you please contact Molly at Ard Chúram Day Care Centre on 068 22986.

It is looking very much like Christmas

Yes it is looking very much like Christmas even though we are still in the month of November. Again, this year the wonderful volunteers that are involved in “Lighting Up Bally” for Christmas are very hard at work already. This year’s Christmas Tree is in place at the Church Gate, but has to be decorated as yet, and a number of preparation jobs such as power lines etc are been put in place. In a bid to alleviate some of the huge costs involved and in a bid to add new items to the Village the organizers have set up a GoFundMe page on Facebook and can be accessed by the following link where you can learn more and donate to this wonderful work that is being carried out by such marvellous people. It is also nice to see that Patsy O’Connell and family are busy also preparing their residence for their spectacular Annual Christmas Lights display. Well done to all concerned and again your generous support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Craft Fair

Please note that Ballyduff Christmas Craft and Food Fair will take place on this coming Sunday November 28th at The Community Centre Ballyduff commencing at 11am and closing at 5pm. There will be lots of exhibitors who will have plenty of great Christmas goods and presents for sale.

Inclusion of items

If you wish to submit items for inclusion in the Weekly notes please note that all items must be submitted by 8pm on Sunday evening prior to publication anything later will not guarantee that such items will appear. Items for inclusion can be emailed to either or or contact Numbers (068) 43938 or 087 9528919.


Sharing the love

I am collecting donations for the wonderful Adapt House who offer refuge and support to women and children who have to flee their homes due to domestic violence. For their Christmas Appeal, Adapt House are looking for items like toiletries, clothing for children all ages and women, beauty gift sets for teens and mums, toys, pjs for children of all ages. Pretty much anything that will help give a Christmas to these women and children who are living in temporary accommodations.

I will be in the Square in Brosna on Saturday morning, 27 November between 10am and 11am if you wish to pass anything to me. Monetary donations can be made direct to Adapt House but I can pass that on too if you wish. Call me on 086 859 6409 if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support for such a worthy cause.


The very cute baby Fionn Michael Finnegan arrived to the Parish about a week ago. I predict this little bundle of joy is going to be spoiled by his adoring older sisters Chloe and Sarah who are already a great help with him. Our congratulations to Marie and Pa on their new arrival.

Glam Time

Just what we all need, a reason to dress up and enjoy a fabulous evening of glamour. Kate Pat’s is hosting a fashion show on 4th December commencing at 7.30pm.

LandT Accessories and Carraig Donn will be showcasing on the night, with a pop up shop and prizes to be won. Now what will I wear?

Hitting all the right notes

Congrats to Colleen Lanagan who has just graduated from the prestigious UCC with a BA Hons in Music. Colleen, as part of her degree gave music lessons in Brosna NS. She would take two buses to travel from Cork to Brosna to complete those Ukulele lessons. Determination and commitment like that promises a very successful future for Colleen. Well done.

GAA news

Brosna v Duagh: It’s NK season and Brosna opened up the 2021 campaign with a definitive win against Duagh at home on Saturday last. Brosna dominated the game and regardless of a number of wides finished with 2 12 on the scoreboard. Duagh put the game up to Brosna in the third quarter, scoring 1 05 in that period alone but the gap was too wide to close. FT Brosna 2 12. Duagh 1 09. Well done to all involved.

Brosna v Beale - coming up: Brosna is now in a NK quarter final against Beale that’s taking place in Duagh on Saturday 27th November at 2.30pm. Get your flags and scarfs out and be there to lend your positive and vocal support. Go Brosna!

NK 2020 final: If you’re looking for an exciting neutral game, then you’re in luck. The NK Final of 2020 is being hosted in Brosna on Sunday 28th at 2pm. Ballydonoghue meet Castleisland Desmonds in what promises to be a cracker.