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“From a tiny seed planted 50 years ago, a great tree gives shade to many”

“From a tiny seed planted 50 years ago, a great tree gives shade to many”

Saint Mary of the Angels celebrated 50 years of caring for the community as over 500 people gathered on Tuesday July 17th 2018 to commemorate its Golden Jubilee.

Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Divine Motherhood as a home for children with profound intellectual disabilities, Saint Mary of the Angels provides residential, respite and day services for in excess of 300 adults and children throughout Kerry.

Assembled residents, families, supporters and friends of the service heard General Manager Claire O’ Dwyer speak of how the tremendous support of the community, from 1969 right up to the present day, is vital to the service.

Mícheál Ó’ Muircheartaigh, along with former Kerry footballers Aidan O’ Mahony and Marc Ó Sé, planted an oak tree to symbolise growth for the future, while messages of congratulation were sent by former Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson.

Mrs McAleese told of how she and her husband Martin had spent an entire day of their honeymoon in March 1976 visiting a friend who worked in the centre, saying

As St Mary of the Angels celebrates a big birthday it is impossible to quantify the debt Ireland owes its staff, supporters, fundraisers, donors and community.”

Sister Mary Rose Doyle, whose parents gifted the land in Beaufort, spoke for everyone when she said:

“It is a great honour to see all these people who have been helped and have helped others, its absolutely beautiful.”

The Jubilee received extensive media coverage featuring on Nuacht, Radio Kerry, The Kerry Eye, Killarney Outlook and The Kerryman. The coverage, along with a selection of additional media may found at the following page:


The full text of Mary McAleese’s message of congratulation may be found here:









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