THE PRESIDENT IS COMING!! President Michael D. Higgins will be visiting the Ardfert area on Thursday April 21st – 100 years to the day that Roger Casement landed on lonely Banna Strand. He will be attending a Memorial Service that is scheduled to be held at Banna Beach main car park at 12.noon. This is the only memorial event he will attend outside Dublin. Back in 1966 over 3,000 people attended the 50th anniversary. Now with modern media including, of course, social media the Ardfert area can expect an invasion of interested tourists. Ardfert Development Association has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, liaising with Kerry County Council, OPW and the President’s own staff to make this a very special day for all concerned. We hope to be in a position to give details of a programme of events shortly. Watch this space. DAFFODIL DAY BLOOMS IN BALLYHEIGUE: Please support our coffee morning for Daffodil Day at Kerryhead/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre on Friday 11th March from 9am-1pm. Complimentary tea,coffee and home baked treats available. We will be selling a range of Daffodil Day merchandise and our raffle has fantastic spot prizes. Please support this wonderful cause. ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Parish Lenten Reflection & Prayer Day for Glin, Tarbert & Killorglin Parish ​ on Sun. 13th March, 10am to 5pm and Evening Reflection for Fossa & ​ Knockmoyle Group on Wednesday, 16th March, 8pm to 10pm. Padre Pio ~ Michael Clifford ~ Mon. 14th March, from 7pm. Year of Mercy ~ A Course on Faith by Fr. Sean Sheehy ~(Break due to St. Patrick’s Day and Holy Week). Continues on Wednesday, March 30th at 7pm. For further details please contact 066 7134276. ​ARDFERT/KILMOYLEY COMMUNITY GAMES: ​ Tag Rugby (Non Contact) training for U11 and U14 girls and boys continues every Sunday evening at Banna Astro Turf 4.30 to 5.30. All welcome to join this fun game. We’re looking for more people to join the U14 age category. Competition takes place on Sunday, May 22nd in IT Tralee. Indoor Soccer Training for girls U10 and U13 continues every Friday in Ardfert Community Centre, 5 to 6pm. Shin Guards Compulsory. €2 per night. The U10 Girls Indoor Soccer tournament takes place in Miltown at 11am this Saturday Mar 12th . The competition for the Draughts U10, U12, U14 takes place this coming Sunday 13th of March at 10am in Listowel Community Centre. Basketball Training for the U13 boys has commenced in Ardfert Community Centre Friday evenings at 6-7pm. Anyone interested in participating in the U14 Quiz Competition, which takes place on Good Friday in Castleisland, contact the Ardfert-Kilmoyley Community Games Facebook page or message 086-4070253. COUNTY FLEADH COEL :​ As Craobh Naomh Breandain Comhaltas branch ​ is co-hosting the ​C​ ounty ​ F​ leadh in Tralee from 18th-22nd May, we are holding a fundraising clothes collection on Saturday March 12th at Cuil Mhuire Ardfert (beside the church) between 11am and 2pm. We would welcome clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bed clothes & towels which can be dropped in refuse sacks to the venue on the day. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Local notes 6/3/16
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