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Catherine O'Connell will conduct Cookery Classes for Teens at An Riocht from Wednesday, June 18th at 7-30pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Catherine O’Connell.

Christmas Cookery Class at An Riocht 

Get ready for the Christmas Season at An Ríocht Health and Leisure with a cookery class on this Monday night, December 8th at 7pm. The class will cover seasonal topics like: the preparation of finger food, mulled wine and non-alcoholic punch. It runs for two hours and pre booking is recommended. You can book your place by contacting An Ríocht on 066 71 42199 or Catherine on 087 29 98 164.



 Bryan O'Leary. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Bryan O’Leary. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Bryan O’Leary in Concert in Rockchapel 

There will be a concert in Bruach Na Carriage Rockchapel on Friday the 5th of December.This will be special Sliabh Luachra concert featuring TG4 young musician of the year Bryan O Leary and friends and starts at 8.30pm




New captain, catherine Horan (left) with the outgoing, Margaret Moloney.
New captain, catherine Horan (left) with the outgoing, Margaret Moloney.

Castleisland Ladies Golf Club 

Best wishes to our new Lady Captain, Catherine Horan as she takes over for the coming season. Catherine will be no stranger to the job having captained the Killorglin ladies in 2002.  Marian O’Connor has been announced as vice-captain. At the recent AGM outgoing lady captain Margaret Moloney thanked everyone for their support during her term and wished Catherine the very best for the coming season.

Results of November 12 hole re-entry: 1st: Ann Stuart (20) 24 points; 2nd: Maria C O’Connor (13) 22 points and 3rd: Mary Ann Downes (36) 20 points

12 Hole re-entry continues throughout the winter months (holes 7 through 18)



Denis O'Donovan provides the men's updates from Castleisland Golf Club.
Denis O’Donovan – men’s club news.

Castleisland Golf Club Men’s Club News

Sunday November 30th     Turkey Competition 12 hole

1st Con Murphy (24)   31pts

2nd Tom McNiece (15)  30pts

3rd James Coughlan (15)   29pts

Monday November 24th Seniors 12 Hole

1st Kevin Fitzgerald   29pts

2nd Moss Lyons   28pts

3rd John O’Connell   26pts


Sunday December 7th     Turkey Competition 12 hole

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. 


Results of An Ríocht Members’ Draw.

Good Luck Strikes Twice: George and Joan Glover, Ballymacelligott - both won €50 prizes in the same An Riocht AC Members' Draw. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Good Luck Strikes Twice: George and Joan Glover, Ballymacelligott – both won €50 prizes in the same An Riocht AC Members’ Draw. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The following are the results of the September, October and November Draws.

€100 Ms. Karen McKenna, Cahernard, Castleisland.

€50 Mr. Brendan Brosnan, Tullig, Castleisland.

€50 Ms. Brenda Griffin, Breahig, Cordal, Castleisland.

€50 Mr. George Glover, Ballymacelligott, Tralee.

€100 Mr. William O’ Connor, Knockananlig, Castleisland.

€50 Mr. Jimmy Downey, Cragg, Castleisland.

€50 Mr. John Downey, Lower Main St. Brosna.

€50 Ms. Mary Casey, Nohoval, Castleisland.

€100 Mr. Steve Key, Lake View Park, Currow.

€50 Mr. Pius Fleming, Knockananlig, Castleisland.

€50 Ms. Joan Glover, Ballymacelligott, Tralee.

€50 Mr. Teddy Walsh, Cordal, Castleisland.

If you’re looking for a gift for a loved one this Christmas why not give them the gift of fitness? A one-year membership of the athletic track costs just €60. Along with use of the track they will also be entered into the monthly draw. The top prize for June and December is €1,000. The track is a very safe environment to exercise in for the young and not so young. Gift cards and membership forms are available at the reception desk of An Ríocht Athletic Club. Tel: 066 71 42199

Cordal Resource Centre Cards

John O’Connell – Cards Results from Castleisland and Cordal.

The following are the results of the card game held in the Cordal Resource Centre.
1st.  Ritchie Walsh and John O’Connell. 2nd. Noreen & Seamus Fleming, Noreen Reidy and Helen O’Callaghan, Theresa Lenihan and Kitty Healy, Pat Dee and Seamus O’Connor, Andy ??? and Dick Sheehan.

Ladies:  Margaret O’Sullivan and Peig Burke. Gents: John O’Callaghan and Seamus McKenna. Mixed: Nuala O’Shea and Denis Clifford. Spots: Tommy Broderick and Mamie O’Sullivan, Annie O’Connor and Micheal ??? Philip Horan and Eamon O’Connor. Cards continue every Wednesday at 9pm sharp.

The River Island Hotel Sunday Card Results

1st: Mary Barrett and Timmy Brosnan, 2nd: Nuala O’Shea and Denis Clifford, Johnny O Connell and Jerhmiah Kerins, John McMahon and Dave Mahony, Annie O’Connor and Micheal McElligott.

Ladies: Peggy Flynn and Kathleen O’Connor, Mairead Nolan and Theresa Lenihan. Gents: Jack Murphy and Sean Walsh, Paul and Joe Geaney. Mixed: Eileen and John O’Connell,Tess Brosnan and Peter Tagney.

Spots: Margaret O’Sullivan and Mike Mangan, Jimmy Breen and Donie  Ruane, Charlie Farrelly and Patrick O’Donoghue. Cards continue next Sunday night at 9pm sharp.

Brosna Comhaltas Christmas Party 

Christmas Party invite from Brosna Comhaltas.

Brosna Parish Christmas Party le ceoil, craic agus rince with Brosna Comhaltas and friends.

Save the date and join us on the 12th of December, in our local parish hall from 8 o’clock. Tea/Coffee and festive treats served on the night. Raffles and prizes galore. Any donations would be gladly appreciated. Please contact any member of Brosna Comhaltas.

 Weeshie on GAA History Trail in Farranfore

Weeshie  9-12-2011
Weeshie Fogarty – chasing GAA history in Farranfore.

It is interesting how history often times repeats itself, even on the sporting calendar. This year’s All Ireland Final victory for Kerry marks the centenary of another win, when the Kerry team were the victors at a replay against Wexford on November 29, 1914. This team was trained by Currans native Jerry Collins, a name almost overlooked in the annals of Gaelic football in Kerry. However Jerry’s sporting prowess and those of his brothers Tim, Mick and Jack will be recalled and celebrated at Herlihy’s Bar, Farranfore on Saturday, December 6 from 7pm when Weeshie Fogarty will be recording an episode of his Radio Kerry programme Terrace Talk based on the story of the Collins family.

Launch of Sliabh Luachra Journal 2014

Donal Hickey – Launch of Sliabh Luachra Magazine.

The 16th issue of the Sliabh Luachra Journal will be officially launched in the Denis Murphy Memorial Hall, Gneeveguilla, on this Friday November 28, at 8.30pm, by leading traditional musician Matt Cranitch. Everybody is welcome.

Published by the local history society, Cumann Luachra, the biennial journal includes a wide range of articles on the history, life and lore of a storied area straddling the Cork/Kerry border, best known for its poets and traditional music.

The 120-page journal also has a large collection of old photographs. This time, the package includes a separate, smaller publication by John Stephen O’Sullivan on the poet Eoghan Rua O Suilleabhain, who died 230 years ago and whose work continues to be celebrated.

 Bunratty Castle Christmas Banquet Tour

Marie Walsh Coach Trips 22-8-2014
Marie Walsh. Want to sample Christmas – Bunratty Style?

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 6 pm. As booking is required to get on the coach, Marie can be contacted on 086 103 24 36

Scartaglin Craft Fair on Sunday

Christmas in Scartaglin
Sample Christmas Fun in Scartaglin on Sunday.

The second annual Scartaglin Craft Fair will be held on this Sunday afternoon,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.

Community College Open Night

Principal, Carmel Kelly Castleisland Community College
Principal, Carmel Kelly – Open Night at Castleisland Community College.

Castleisland Community College will hold its annual open night on Thursday, December 11th between 7pm and 9pm. Fourth and fifth class students and their parents are welcome to attend. There will be an information session at 8pm provided by Principal, Carmel Kelly and Deputy Principal, Teresa Lonergan.