Bryan’s Hours of Glory Go On and on…

Bryan’s Hours of Glory Go On and on…

His every move is surrounded by music and friends – and very musical friends. I mentioned here that there was to be a Fáilte Abhaile before Bryan O’Leary as he returned home with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Ceoltóir Óg trophy last Sunday night. There was and it was quite a celebration and a wonderful gatheringRead more…

The Mystery of May 16 & 17

The Mystery of May 16 & 17

Castleisland’s PJ Teahan is a confirmed disciple of Caoimhín Mac Aodha for the past couple of years. He, PJ that is, took a leaf from the Donegal man’s book in May 2013 and created a thing of beauty that impacted on Castleisland and Scartaglin. That single, downward stroke enriched the already deeply cultural bedrock ofRead more…

Good Friday Favourite & Spare an hour for Hospice!

Good Friday Favourite & Spare an hour for Hospice!

Because our Friday Favourite is usually about looking back through the files we thought we’d do so on this Good Friday morning with a dual purpose. This morning’s 11am start to the annual Hospice Walk is the reason for the duality. The Kerry Hospice Foundation is preparing for its annual Good Friday Morning Walk.  TheRead more…

Easter Weekend Golf Club Fundraiser

Easter Weekend Golf Club Fundraiser

A quick reminder that golfers from everywhere within striking distance and beyond are invited to Castleisland for this weekend’s Easter Fundraiser. Castleisland Golf Club will host a four day fundraiser over the Easter weekend.  The competition will run from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.  The competition is open and teams of three are invitedRead more…

The Sky Won’t Fall With New Reforms – Cllr. O’Connell

The Sky Won’t Fall With New Reforms – Cllr. O’Connell

Those who attended the North and East Kerry Development support meeting on Tuesday night would be forgiven the perception that the sky would fall if the company folded. That there would be a pall of sadness and sorrow bordering on grief in the wake of its demise. A procession of volunteers spoke with great passionRead more…

NEKD Funding Review by Department – “All Bullshit” – Mitchell

NEKD Funding Review by Department – “All Bullshit” – Mitchell

News that a funding issue involving North & East Kerry Development is under review by the Department of the Environment is likely to darken the mood of a meeting called for the River Island Hotel in Castleisland at 8pm this evening. Of course it’s not an agenda the NEKD would wish for – while reeling fromRead more…

Scart Rambling House Party Tonight

Scart Rambling House Party Tonight

It sounds dangerously close to the ‘Any excuse for a Party’ category but a celebration to mark the third anniversary of the founding of the Sliabh Luachra Rambling House in Scartaglin will be held in the village heritage centre tonight at 8-30pm. Bridie Garvey issued an SOS earlier for musicians, singers, storytellers and ramblers toRead more…

Castleisland Film-Maker’s ‘Uisce Beatha’ on TV Tonight

Castleisland Film-Maker’s ‘Uisce Beatha’ on TV Tonight

Uisce Beatha is the title of a short film from the Cork-based creative team of Castleisland native, Shaun O’ Connor and Tadhg Hickey. You can see the film just after mid-night tonight on Shortscreen on RTÉ Two 12:05 am. Set in 1912, ‘Uisce Beatha’ is the true story of Tom, a young man who leaves his home in ruralRead more…

7-30pm Browne’s Bar Special this Evening – Spread the Word

7-30pm Browne’s Bar Special this Evening – Spread the Word

The best back-drop for a session of music is that of celebration. The scene setter for this evening’s, loosely planned session at Browne’s Bar truly is such an occasion. Bryan O’Leary is on his way home to Toureencahill with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year title and trophy. He’ll be accompanied byRead more…

If You’re Not In You Can’t Win !

If You’re Not In You Can’t Win !

  We’re just off the bus and in the door from an amazing day at the RTE studios in Donnybrook where my better-half, Cathleen took part in the National Lottery RTE 1 Game Show, Winning Streak. Since her ticket was pulled from the draw drum on Saturday night of last week, we have been inundated and overwhelmed withRead more…