CHARITY SALES: Ann Marie O’Leary and Fr Eamonn O’Driscoll of the Friary office which will sell Trócaire’s Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’ this festive season. Photo: Sean Moriarty

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney’s Franciscan Friary is the only local outlet to offer Trócaire’s Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’ this year. The development agency sells a range of Christmas gifts which allows the charity to provide families in the developing world with clean water, essential tools, livestock and help with education.

There are 17 Trócaire gifts to choose from, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps, ranging in price from €5 to €1,000.

Due to restrictions The Franciscan Friary office now offers a telephone and email service for Mass Cards and this service will be expanded to include the sale of Trócaire gift packs.

“Christmas is a time of giving and we are delighted to offer this service to the people of Kerry,” Fr Eamonn O’Driscoll told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Dubliner, who joined the Killarney Friary this summer, can trace his family roots to Valentia Island.

Between 1985 and 1991 he spent five years on a mission in Zimbabwe.

“I have seen first-hand the work of Trócaire,” said Fr Eamonn, who celebrated his 69th birthday on Wednesday.

PRIVATE PRAYER

The Friary will remain open for private prayer between 7.30am and 7pm each day and the Friars also broadcast a daily Mass at 10am via its Facebook page.

“The Killarney community have been very good to us and this is our way of giving back to them,” recently appointed Guardian Fr Eamonn added.

While the parish office remains closed, staff will be on hand between 10am and 4.30pm each day to answer queries and process Mass offerings.

The office can be contacted on 064 66 31066 or killarney@franciscans.ie.