The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Castleis­land branch of the Pi­o­neer To­tal Ab­sti­nence As­so­ci­a­tion played host to a Mun­ster coun­cil meet­ing in the rooms of the St Vin­cent de Paul build­ing re­cently.

Del­e­gates from Beau­fort, Cur­row, Bal­ly­desmond and Castleis­land it­self were wel­comed by Tom Ho­ran and a spe­cial wel­come was ex­tended to mem­bers of the Mun­ster coun­cil.

“De­spite the fall in num­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion, those present felt that the move­ment is still rel­e­vant in to­day’s so­ci­ety,” said Tom Ho­ran.

“Due to the loss of the Kerry PTAA So­cial, it was sug­gested that a Sun­day lunch be held in dif­fer­ent ar­eas over the year for the ben­e­fit of mem­bers to meet and so­cialise.

“It was also pro­posed that branches within Kerry should amal­ga­mate to strengthen the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Next year marks the 120th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion and plans were dis­cussed to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion.

“It was an hon­our for the Castleis­land cen­tre to hold the meet­ing and it con­cluded with tea and re­fresh­ments,” said Mr Ho­ran.

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