GRAVEYARD MASSES: Dates of Graveyard Masses (i) Friday 14 July: Blessing of Graves at 7pm in Ardfert Church graveyard and at 7.30 pm in the Abbey (New) Cemetery followed by Mass at 8 pm in the Cathedral Graveyard weather permitting & will move to Church if necessary. (ii) Friday 28 July 8 pm in Reilig Naomh Erc (Kilmoyley New Graveyard).  Please take this opportunity to tidy up family graves. 
ST. BRENDAN'S ATHLETIC CLUB: This weekend 8th & 9th July saw Day 1 & 2 of the National Juvenile competition taking place in Tullamore. St. Brendan's AC had three athletes compete over the weekend. First on day 1 was Aaron Malik fresh from winning gold at community games. Aaron was competing in the U17 Discus competition, unfortunately it wasn't to be his day as he placed in 4th place just outside of the medal position. Day 2 saw Darragh Courtney competing in the u17 high Jump. Darragh jumped very well but wasn't near his best as he placed 2nd in the competition. Looking forward to seeing what Darragh will produce next year. Finally Lauren O'Grady in the U18 Discus came 3rd in what was a very tight competition between 2nd & 3rd place with only 4cm in the difference! Lauren was very close to her personal best. Well done to all athletes & enjoy a very well deserved rest! Full results available on St. Brendan's AC Blogspot. 
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Growing Old Gracefully: Welcome to a Guided Participative Experience facilitated by: John Dunne & Kathy Cunningham. Friday 28th-Sunday 30th July. Contact 0667134276.
Enrich your Faith: Foyer of Light, Charity and Love. Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne, Aug 7th-13th. Contact Helen 0861678027.
CLOTHES BANK: Note from the Tidy Towns Group. The Hope Foundation have recently removed the clothes bank that was located in the Abbey graveyard car park.  This bank was well supported by the majority of donors but its misuse by a few meant that filthy and unusable clothes and shoes were dumped into or adjacent to the bank rather than disposed of through refuse channels. This meant that Hope were using their meagre funds to collect and dispose of said clothes and shoes.  The Hope collector, who collected in Cork and Kerry, labelled this bank as consistently the worst he had to sort through. Therefore, unfortunately, the village has lost a valuable recycling facility owing to misuse by the few.  In future any usable recycled clothes can be taken to the charity shops in town.
PARISH FUNDRAISER – SALE OF RELIGIOUS PICTURES & OBJECTS from the Old Presbytery, Ardfert (also copies of ‘The Diocese of Kerry formerly Ardfert’ by Fr Kieran O’Shea) – Thurs or Fri mornings 9.30am – 1.30pm).  After the renovation of both Ardfert and Kilmoyley churches the parish debt now stands at €371,422.  We hope you will support this fundraiser and take a little bit of Ardfert history home with you – no reasonable offers refused!
ARDFERT YOUTH CLUB: We are hoping to get the Ardfert Youth Club back up and running in the Autumn. We need new leaders and helpers. Training will be provided by KDYS if there are enough leaders. It would be fantastic if we could get the club back  up and running in Ardfert again. Please check out our facebook page Ardfert Youth Club for updates and also send message through FB with any questions. 
Local news 10/7/17
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