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Scartaglin Craft Fair on Sunday November 30th

The second annual Scartaglin Craft Fair will be held on the Sunday afternoon of November 30th between 2pm and 5pm. The special event this year is a slow bicycle race. The event will be attended by over 18 tables of different, seasonal crafts. There will be: mulled wine and hot chocolate; a Santa grotto; story-telling; the official lighting of village Christmas Tree and Crib and  lots fun and crack.

Spike Players to perform in Rambling House    

The Knocknagoshel based Spike Players will perform Jack Furey a one act play by Bryan MacMahon. They will perform the play in an old world setting at the Rambling House, Knocknagoshel on this Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday 23rd at 8pm.  Tea and scones will be served on the night and are included in the admission fee of €10. Booking is essential as places are limited to 25 persons per night. Bookings on 087 18 011 18.

Maurice Takes Connemara Steps to Bruach Na Carraige 

Sean Nós dancing classes will start in Bruach Na Carraige in Rockchapel on the coming Saturday, November 22nd and will continue each Friday evening at 6pm. The classes will be conducted by Maurice O’Keeffe from Brosna who is a well-known,  young traditional Sean Nós dancer. Maurice immersed himself in the authenticity of the ancient skill in Carna in Connemara. He brought the secrets and the steps from the Devanes – the famed Sean Nós dancing family up there.

Castleisland Golf Club Men’s Club Notes 

Sunday November 16th   Turkey Competition 12 hole

1st Liam Martin (9)   29pts. 2nd Pat Ruane (10)   28pts

3rd Brendan Hickey (19)   28pts


Sunday November 23rd. Turkey Competition 12 hole

Joint Captains’ End of Season Party in the club house on Saturday November 22nd at 8pm.

Tickets available from committee members. Cost €10.  Men’s Club AGM will take place on Sunday December 7th at 3pm in the Club House. Full details

will be posted in locker room notice board and in club house.  SENIORS: Castleisland Seniors every Monday at 11am.

Ladies’ Golf Club Notes

Fixtures: 12 Hole re entry throughout winter months, play holes 7 through 18 but make sure to use the Old score cards. Joint Captain’s end of year party will be held on Saturday November 22nd at Castleisland Golf Club 8pm. Music by The Voice competitor Roel. Tickets @ €10 can be purchased at the club house or by contacting Captain John or Lady Captain Margaret. Ladies Club AGM on Wednesday 26th November.

Bunratty Castle Christmas Banquet Tour     

Marie Walsh was in touch about her latest tour and she sent some early details: On Saturday, December 13th and on  Friday, December 19th. Marie will take her tour to the Bunratty Castle Christmas Banquet for a: Mulled wine reception; three course dinner; Red and White wine and soft drinks; entertainment by the Bunratty Singers; choice of entertainment available after banquet in Durty Nellies, The Creamery or Bunratty Castle Hotel; Free draw on bus for 10 spot prizes. The cost is €60. Collection details: Saturday 13th. Horan Centre, Tralee 5.30pm. SuperValu, Castleisland 5.45pm. Abbeyfeale – across from the church at 6.15pm.  Friday 19th: Castleisland 5.15pm Tralee 5.30pm and Listowel Arms Hotel 6pm. As booking is required to get on the coach, Marie can be contacted on 086 103 24 36

Brosna Comhaltas Christmas Party 

Brosna Parish Christmas party, ‘ceoil, craic agus rince’ with Brosna Comhaltas & friends. Save the date and join us on the 12th of December in our local parish hall from 8pm. Tea/Coffee and festive treats served on the night. Raffles and prizes galore. More details to follow.

River Island Hotel Cards Results   

Results of the card game held in The River Island Hotel on Sunday night : 1st. Noreen Fleming & Patsy O’Connor; 2nd. Eamon & Micheal O’Connor. Ladies: Maureen Fitzgerald & Kathleen McCarthy. Gents: Jack Murphy & John O’Sullivan. Mixed:  Eileen & John O’Connell. Spots: Seamus McKenna & Eddie Barrett, John McMahon & Dave Mahony, Pat & Dom O’Donnell. Cards continue next Sunday night at 9pm sharp.

Social Dancing at the River Island Hotel

Social Dancing at the River Island Hotel here in Castleisland continues every Thursday night from 9pm to 11-30pm. On recent Thursday nights the likes of,  Co. Clare native, PJ Murrihy played here as did TR Dallas. On this Thursday night, November 20th Jason Travers will be on stage and the following week, November 27th. Shay O’Callaghan will provide the music. Admission is €8 and the doors open at 9pm.

Community College Musical Treat in Store  

Castleisland Community College Choir and Musicians will feature at the public mass in the Church of Saints Stephen and John on Saturday December 6th at 6:15pm.

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