Category Archives: Entertainment

When Culture Night was Handed Down in Scartaglin

When Culture Night was Handed Down in Scartaglin

There was a sublime mingling of Culture Night with more than a hint of the prevailing Handed Down mindset in Scartaglin on Friday evening. The simple, understated style of the presentation on the village square belied the months of preparation which went into the event there and in the kitchen of the nearby heritage centreRead more…

Thomas Recalls a Whirlwind Week as the Dust Settles

Thomas Recalls a Whirlwind Week as the Dust Settles

With the dust settling back around the Vale of Tralee and the weariness wearing off those who wholeheartedly partook of the Rose festivities, one Castleisland man has made enough friends and memories to last him an entire life time. When Thomas Lynch’s name tripped off Dáithí O Sé’s tongue in ‘The Dome’ that night, itRead more…

The Late Michael Twomey, Actor and Adjudicator

The Late Michael Twomey, Actor and Adjudicator

It was as an adjudicator on the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland circuit that the late Michael Twomey endeared himself to audiences at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre in Castleisland and at Siamsa Tire in Tralee. Mr. Twomey, whose acting career spanned over 70 years, died after a short illness in Cork last week atRead more…

Card Players Turn Up Trumps for Charities

Card Players Turn Up Trumps for Charities

Five charities received €1,000 each from the card players at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland on Sunday night. The funds are raised through the 31 game held every Sunday night at the hotel. The recipient charities were: Bru Columbanus; Castleisland Day Care Centre; North Kerry Alzheimer’s; Kingdom Carers and Our Lady of the Angels. ResultsRead more…

President Trump Invited to Watch Fishy Film in Abbeyfeale

President Trump Invited to Watch Fishy Film in Abbeyfeale

Glórach takes a lead from President Trump The Glórach committee has invited President Donald Trump to attend its special screening of Finding Dory at 2.30pm on Sunday August 20th. If he happens to be nearby at his golf club in Co. Clare and can attend – he’s welcome. No Fake News here. During his recentRead more…

Castleisland Race Committee Charity Donations Total €132,876

Castleisland Race Committee Charity Donations Total €132,876

Castleisland Festival and Race Committee presented cheques to nominated charities on Friday night in Tom McCarthy’s Bar. This year €8,086 was raised and presented to the charities and organisations as follows: Glebe Lodge Residential Centre received €955 from the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5k and 10k Road Race / Fun Run. Drive-In-Bingo Gaelscoil Aogáin received €1,205Read more…

Betty and The Mad Ones – What’s Next ?

Betty and The Mad Ones – What’s Next ?

The question was asked even as the The Galway Street Club played on. Will they do this or something like it again ? Betty and The Mad Ones provided the finest example of how a most unlikely business partnership can work together to bring a dream / idea to fruition – when the will isRead more…

Traffic Stopping Performance by Galway Street Club

Traffic Stopping Performance by Galway Street Club

The Mad Ones from The Mad Ones transported them down from Galway; they stopped traffic on Castleisland’s Main Street this afternoon; Betty watered them; Den Joe fed them; They’re brilliant; They’re the Galway Street Club. Welcome to Castleisland, Saturday July 1st 2017. There is many a great saying about music and its hold over thoseRead more…

Castle of the Island Society Launch GoFundMe Page

Castle of the Island Society Launch GoFundMe Page

The recently formed Castle of the Island Society held a launch at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Friday, June 2nd. This launch was held in order to promote the society which aspires to make a documentary about the history of Castleisland Castle later this summer. A number of short videos outlining the contentsRead more…

Aisling and Thomas, Emma and Michelle Shine at Glittering Dance Finale

Aisling and Thomas, Emma and Michelle Shine at Glittering Dance Finale

If you instantly cop the link between: Paddy White, Nora Fealey, Thomas ‘Harry’ Callaghan, Aisling O’Connell, Michelle Reidy, Emma Sweeney, Lezek Brozozka, Siobhán Daly, Sandra Hartnett-O’Connor and Michael ‘Trod’ Broderick – you’re well up on your history then. The three-year history of Castleisland’s involvement with the countrywide, fundraising phenomena of Strictly Come Dancing – thatRead more…