Bishop of Kerry issues New Year message

The Catholic Bishop of Kerry in his New Year message says in this, the year of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, we should pray for the peace and wellbeing of everyone in Ireland and across the world. Dr Ray Browne recalls the county’s involvement with the Easter Rising including those who drowned off Ballykissane Pier and Ballylongford’s The O’Rahilly who was killed in action during the rebellion. Bishop Raymond Browne Dr Browne also recalls another centenary – on July 1st, 1916 300 thousand soldiers, including thousands of Irishmen, lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme during World War I. In his letter, the Bishop asks what faith does God play in life in Ireland today. He says celebrating the Rising can renew our commitment to the values and hopes expressed in the 1916 Proclamation.