TR Dallas returns to the River Island on Thursday night

TR Dallas returns to the River Island on Thursday night

The ’Social Dancing’ phase of Castleisland’s evolving history is only being created now and before our eyes. Dancing of one kind or another was always part of the fabric of life here. Now the Willie Buckley christened and created Social Dancing scene is off to a flying start at the River Island Hotel every ThursdayRead more…

Munster Intermediate Title for Desmonds Ladies

Munster Intermediate Title for Desmonds Ladies

Castleisland Desmonds 1-14 Kilmihill 1-9   Report and photographs by Pat Hartnett.  Desmonds Ladies are Munster Intermediate Football Champions following their five-point win over Clare Champions, Kilmihill In the Munster final played in Kilmallock on Sunday. Kilmihill got off to a quick start and lead by two points after as many minutes. Andrea Murphy raised Desmonds first whiteRead more…

Readings of Con Houlihan’s Writings get Festival Slot

Readings of Con Houlihan’s Writings get Festival Slot

Maybe it’s because so many people have been talking about revival plans for Castleisland recently that Con Houlihan’s Herculean efforts in promoting his native town came to mind. I’ll write it as Castle Island for the purpose of this piece – if you don’t mind and in deference to the great man himself of course. Read more…

A Festival Menu of Fine Traditional Fare

A Festival Menu of Fine Traditional Fare

There is no fear that Patrick O’Keeffe will be forgotten at the festival in his honour next weekend. He wouldn’t mind in the least if the spotlight is turned on his old friend and fellow musician, Johnny O’Leary on this the 10th anniversary of his passing. The launch of the Terry Moylan penned book: Johnny O’ Leary ofRead more…

Castleisland Community College progress in Moynihan Cup

Castleisland Community College progress in Moynihan Cup

Castleisland Community College Gaelic Football team put two victories back to back against St. Michael’s College, Listowel 7-09 to 4-10 and against St. Joseph’s, Secondary School, Ballybunion 2-14 to 0-11. This  secured them a quarter final place against the runners up of group B which will be the winners of St. Patrick’s College Castleisland or CausewayRead more…

The Master’s Collection Launch

The Master’s Collection Launch

An incredibly detailed account of life in and around Castleisland going back to famine times and beyond has been taken into professional care and is in the process of being digitised. A launch will be held at the River Island Hotel on Saturday night, October 25th at 9pm at which Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister of StateRead more…

Take in Kearney’s Country on Sunday Nights

Take in Kearney’s Country on Sunday Nights

In the course of its long and chequered history the house we now know as Kearney’s Bar gave rise to the legendary Castleisland Medium. This is believed to be in the 1940s and ’50s when the bar and house was occupied by the Wrenn family. Only in McHale’s lovely little pub in Castlebar did IRead more…

International Credit Union Day to fundraise for Ebola

International Credit Union Day to fundraise for Ebola

Tralee Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day by highlighting this year’s theme “Local Service, Global Good” to launch their support for the Ebola crisis. “The best way we feel that our ‘local service’ as a credit union can do ‘global good’ right now is to fundraise and get local support for the Ebola crisis inRead more…

Second Chance Coffee Morning for Kerry Mental Health

Second Chance Coffee Morning for Kerry Mental Health

Approaching its first full year of official operation at Upper Main Street, the Second Chance Thrift Shop and Mental Health information hub has forged a great association with the area. The street-side face of the Castleisland and District Branch of the Kerry Mental Health Association was officially opened on Saturday morning, November 9th 2013 byRead more…

Festival Tickets on Sale at River Island Hotel

Festival Tickets on Sale at River Island Hotel

Because of the special nature of this year’s Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Concert the demand for tickets is well past that of other years. Tickets for the Johnny O’Leary Memorial Concert can be had at €20 each from the River Island Hotel on 066 71 42555. The Sunday night, October 26th., concert will be pureRead more…

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