In August, Saint John of God Kerry Services held a Rights Awareness Workshop. It was a fantastic occasion and a large crowd attended. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness in relation to our rights as human beings and our entitlement to live lives of equality and respect regardless of who we are and where we come from.

Guest speaker Ms. Maria Walsh M.E.P. attended and we are very grateful to her for taking the time to visit.  The Rose of Tralee Festival Committee was very supportive and we are grateful to them for their co-operation, in particular the four Rose of Tralee finalists and their escorts who also attended.  Ms. Áine O’Sullivan from Disability Federation Ireland contributed and a big thank you to her and all who attended for taking time out of your busy schedules to support us.  The morning was a huge success, it was the first such event here in Kerry Services and I hope it will not be the last.  Many thanks to everybody involved in organising and supporting the event.

Maria Walsh M.E.P. with some of the service users & staff from Saint John of God Kerry Services


On a beautiful sunny day in September, the 19th to be precise,  Saint John of God Dominic Street Day Programme service users took part in the National Beach Clean Day initiative on Banna Beach.  This stunning stretch of beach is located just outside Tralee town and is a joy to visit at any time of year but on a particularly superb day like today it is just exquisite. 

This hard working group of litter busters is regularly seen enthusiastically picking up litter around Tralee town and the group is very willing to do its share in contributing to a cleaner, healthier world for all of us.  Members of the group get support from Tralee Chamber of Commerce who supply the litter collection bags, the litter pickers and the high vis jackets.  The group is also involved in a green flag project where members learn about the dangers of plastics in the sea. “ We don’t what any animals mistaking this plastic for food” says participant Eddie Balfry and “These plastics can get into our food also when we eat the fish” .

The group is very proud of the fact that Tralee went from 30th place in the rankings in January right up to 5th place in the overall rankings in the recent  IBAL campaign (Irish Business Against Litter)  .  The biggest jump of any town in Ireland.

Well done everybody.

Left to right –Back row . Colm Noble,Mark Bolger,Billy Galvin, Eddie Balfry, Catherine Conway
Laft to Right- Front row. Aíne Murphy, Liz Cronin, Melissa Griffin, and Bryan Mc Mahon


A wonderful day was had by all at St John of God Annual fun sports day held at An Riocht Sports & Leisure club Castleisland on Tuesday 2nd of July. The Fun day was hosted by Oilean Beo/ Castleisland Day Programme. A big thank you goes to all the Participants, volunteers and staff, and to An Riocht Health and Leisure Club who gave us the use of their facilities free of charge and to Lidl Castleisland who provided the water & Ice Cream for the day.
This fun event raised € 275 which was Presented to Emer O Mahony on behalf of Chernobyl Children's Trust.

Summer is here and it’s time to get outside, enjoy the sun and play some golf! This year we are delighted to announce our Golf Classic on Friday 9th of August 2019 in O’Mahony’s Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
Service users and staff from Saint John of God Kerry Services who visited Knock Shrine on 7th June 2019
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A big thank you to Tom Randles and all the fabulous dancers at Kilcummin GAA Country Dance Club who donated €500 to Saint Mary of the Angels Dancing every Wednesday night in the GAA club with a big welcome for all.
Radio Kerry Competition winners of two tickets to our musical Sister
L-R Sheila McCarthy, Helena Conroy (Day Service Manager Saint John of God Kerry Services) and Trish Horan.
Mary Neligan from Castleisland is taking on the lead role in the St. John of God Kerry Musical production ‘Sister’ at Siamsa Tíre on March 26th and 27th at 8pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The talented actors of Saint John of God Kerry Services are preparing to thread the boards of Siamsa Tíre again this year on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 8pm.

They’ll do so in their musical production of Sister and Mary Neligan of the Castleisland centre is taking on the title role.

Talent Showcase

“The show aims to provide individuals with a musical platform to showcase their acting, dancing and singing talents,” said spokesperson, Angie Kissane.

The director of the show is Jackie O’Mahony and musical director is Lauralee Curtin.

The show will also feature students from the TY year in Mounthawk School in both the dancing and chorus with St. John of God service users.

A Great Storyline

“This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great support and there’s a great story-line running through Sister.

“The story: A professional singer, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, a murder committed by her long term ‘married’ boyfriend Curtis Jackson.
Deloris finds herself in the witness protection programme in the most unlikely place, a convent!
She struggles to adapt to austere convent life and soon she is at odds with Mother Superior.

Singing Sensation
Before long Deloris and her fellow sisters become a singing media sensation, much to the dismay of officer Eddie O’Shea
With her secret location compromised, Deloris must move on but first she must come clean to all the nuns.
Meanwhile Curtis and his boys now know where Deloris is hiding, and they make plans to get her,” Angie explained.

Tickets at €15 each are on sale from Siamsa Tíre on 066 71 23055.

Wishing Paddy all the best in this competition From all the staff and residents in Woodview/Roselodge.