This Month

Self Heal, also known as ‘Heal All’ and ‘Ceannbhán beag’, this low-growing (to 20cm) little perennial of bare and grassy places is widespread throughout Ireland.

August/Lúnasa (Lammas Celtic Harvest Festival) 2019
1st August/Lúnasa is a harvest festival and one of the pagan festivals that split the year into four. It is the forerunner of the autumn harvest festivals. The month of August earned its name in English from Roman Emperor Augustus but the character of August is better epitomised by its Irish name: Lúnasa/Lughnasadh or Lughnasa is named after one of the most popular Celtic gods: the sun god Lugh.
2 August/Lúnasa

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

“On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, around 3,000 Roma men, women and children from the ‘Gypsy family camp’ of Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered in the gas chambers. They were among the estimated 500,000 Roma victims of the Holocaust killed by the Nazis and their allies. The Roma were one of many groups who fell victim to the holocaust. It is in memory of all these innocent victims and the horrific injustice they suffered and died from that the European Commission commemorates the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.

Action: Offer a hand of friendship to men, women or children of the Roma community who live near you or whom you meet in your daily life.

August/Lúnasa (until 15 August/Lúnasa)

Draft Kerry County Council -Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024
This plan is available for inspection during normal office opening hours at the
following locations from Thursday, 18th July 2019 to Thursday, 15th August 2019 until
5.00 p.m. inclusive:
• Roads, Transportation and Marine Department, Room 115, Kerry County Council,
County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee,
• Kerry County Council Municipal District Offices and Local Area Offices
• Kerry County Council’s website

Submissions / Observations in relation to the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy, SEA Screening Report and AA Screening Report, may be made in writing until 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 15th August 2019 to: • The Administrative Officer, Kerry County Council, Roads, Transportation and Marine, Room 115, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry, or • email to

Action: Read the document and have your say until the 15th of August.


6 August/Lúnasa

Feast of the Transfiguration / Hiroshima Day

“While he was praying his face changed in appearance & his clothes became dazzling white” Luke 9:29

“This is our cry this is our prayer… Peace in the World”

Prayer on the statue of little Sadako in Hiroshima Peace Park. She managed to fold over 600 hundred paper cranes before she died from the radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on August 6th 1945.

Action: Learn to fold a paper crane and while you do it say a prayer for peace in the world.

Paper Crane image

9 August/Lúnasa

Nagasaki Day 66th Anniversary /

Edith Stein and  Franz Jagerstatter

Edith born Oct 12th 1891 into a Jewish family. A saintly Carmelite, profound philosopher and brilliant writer, had a great influence on the women of her time. She lost her life in the Auschwitz Death Camp on August 9th 1942.        “The mystic is simply a person who has experiential knowledge that God dwells in the soul” E. Stein.

Franz, was an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II, and was sentenced to death and executed.

Action: Get to know more about Edith and Franz.


Hajj Starts

The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims should complete at least once in their lifetime.

Pilgrimage has been defined as “a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance” and the practice is almost as old as recorded history. In Ireland the pilgrim journey has strong historic resonance with early Christian scholars coming to Clonmacnoise; medieval penitents journeying to Lough Derg, and Glendalough, while others sought heightened spirituality by visiting Skellig Michael or climbing Croagh Patrick.

Action: Consider walking a pilgrim path in Ireland. We have 3 of the five paths in Kerry-Cork.


11 August/Lúnasa

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare walked the same path as St. Francis, and indeed defines herself as the “little plant of the most blessed father Francis”. She sees Francis as the farmer who planted and cultivated her and as the root through which she is/was nourished. Founded the Order of Poor Clare’s

Action: Continue your reading of Laudato Si’. Care of Our Common Home, the encyclical of Pope Francis.


12 August/Lúnasa

Eid Ul-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice marking the end of Hajj. This is a four-day holiday.


14 August/Lúnasa

St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Be brave & steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord your God, who marches with you, he will never fail you.” Deut. 31:6.

Action: Pray for the people of Central Europe this week.

Tabhair fáilte to those from Central Europe seeking a new home in Kerry and rejoice today for God is doing great things for you.


15 August/Lúnasa

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Rev. 12:1.

Action: Allow Mary to be a gentle presence in your life.

and also on the same day…Thursday August August 15th.

St Francis

Concert in Killarney at 8pm: ‘The Canticle of Creation’

“Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in the heaven you formed made them clear and precious and beautiful”. St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Mary’s  Church of Ireland, the Church of the Sloes, is bringing back the modern setting of St. Francis of Assisi’ “Canticle of the Sun” to Killarney. The piece—called the “Canticle of Creation”—is a musical setting and performed by Vincent Kennedy (trumpet) accompanied by Marina Cassidy (harp). Given that it is the“Season of Creation” from 1st Sept to 4th Oct (St Francis’ Feast Day) it is very appropriate to have this concert at the peak of the tourism season, to raise money for worthy eco-charities in Kerry. The major beneficiary is Transition Kerry. Tickets €20 on the door or on Eventbrite (come early for a good seat).

Action: Come along for a wonderful evening at 8pm.


16 August/Lúnasa

World Ozone Day
“…the air is precious to us … the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports”  Chief Seattle

Action: Breathe in joy. Pass it on! Visit to learn more about the challenges faced by the lungs of our ‘common home’ and what you can do.

Ensure your life contributes to the well-being of the larger community.


17 August/Lúnasa

Kerry Islamic Outreach Society (KIOS)  Cultural Exhibition, Brandon Hotel, Tralee 12 noon-5pm

All Welcome

Action: Consider attending…Have your name written in Arabic calligraphy, meet others, strengthen our sense of local and global community with people of all faith traditions.


19-27 August/Lúnasa

National Heritage Week

Is coordinated by the Heritage Council, the agency tasked with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage.

Action: This year the theme of National Heritage Week is ‘Irish Pastimes of Past Times’.

Visit for details of national and local events.


26 August/Lúnasa

The 109th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Action: Do something beautiful for God today.



Closing days of Holiday Time
“Rising early next morning, Jesus went off to a lonely place in the desert;

there he was absorbed in prayer”.  Mark 1:35

Action: Rise early, greet the sun or rain with prayer and gratitude.



1 September – 4 October: ‘The Season of Creation’, incorporating our former Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry, will be celebrated across the dioceses of Ireland and the Christian world.

All parishes in the Diocese of Kerry will receive a leaflet with information and suggestions for action.

Theme in the Diocese of Kerry: ‘Climate Change…Crisis’, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis) and ongoing statements by Pope Francis.

1 September: Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Organise a little gathering and give thanks)

17 September: ‘Food, Floods and Faith’ An  Evening on the Climate Crisis and Invitation to Action  @ 8pm, John Paul 11 Centre, Killarney, with a market place of local action groups.

Climate Crisis Awareness Workshop poster 2019

20 September: Global Day for Climate Action …..What are you planning to do?

Greta Pope Francis