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Former parish priest’s generosity helped fund TV project

Prince of Peace Church in Fossa

THE landmark Prince of Peace Church is Fossa is about to embrace modern technology by broadcasting Mass online and directly into people’s homes.

The initiative of Canon Tomás Ó Luanaigh and Fossa Parish Pastoral Council, the newly installed live-streaming service will cover all public liturgies and it is available by logging on to churchmedia.tv.

The camera has been installed and it is hoped that live broadcasts will commence early next week.

“This will be of great outreach service to many at this time and, in particular, for weddings and funerals in the parish into the future, Canon Ó Luanaigh said.

The Prince of Peace Church is one of the most popular in the country for wedding ceremonies.

Canon Tomás Ó Luanaigh
Fr James Galvin

Under current restrictions and the two-metre rule, just 69 people are allowed into the church for services and they are seated on a first come first served basis.

As the special dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in place, people are being encouraged to attend weekday services instead and the elderly or vulnerable are advised to link up with the online Mass at home so the new service will prove very valuable.

Canon Ó Luanaigh said the parish of Fossa is deeply indebted to the great generosity of the late Fr James Galvin, the popular former parish priest, and his sisters, Dr Mary and Kathleen, whose bequest has enabled Fossa to fund this important service.

When he passed away in 2001, Fr Galvin had also left over €90,000 for the development of an all-weather sports facility at Fossa National School and his generosity helped the community to turn the project into a reality.

Born in Dingle 102 years ago, Fr Galvin was educated in Dingle CBS, St Brendan’s College, Killarney and in Maynooth. Following his ordination, he served in Caherdaniel, Glenflesk, Moyvane, Dromtariffe and Rathmore before he transferred to Fossa where he was parish priest for over quarter of a century.

A passionate GAA man and a former Kerry minor midfielder, he was also chairman and, later, president of the East Kerry Board.

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