Category Archives: Horse Fair

Another Lively Liveline Debate on AHAR Today

Another Lively Liveline Debate on AHAR Today

Maybe there were charities in the history of the state which polarised opinion like the Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR) seems to nowadays. But they would have been few and far between and not heard of near as much as the Crag West, Castleisland facility has been over the past couple of years. What’s incredible… Read more…

Two-Day June Racing Festival and Associated Events Planned

Two-Day June Racing Festival and Associated Events Planned

The annual general meeting of Castleisland Horse and Pony Race Committe was held on Friday night. The meeting heard of plans for the return of the two-day racing festival in June along with a raft of associated events. Some of these are at the planning stages at present and will be revealed in good time. Committee… Read more…

The Horse Fair Day – There’s Nothing Else Like It

The Horse Fair Day – There’s Nothing Else Like It

Castleisland’s annual and only surviving fair, the November 1st Horse Fair was an outstanding success. It’s the last of its kind here – there’s nothing else like it. Under a near cloudless sky for its duration, the fair attracted its audience from all corners of the globe – if you took in the accents and… Read more…

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival October 28th to 31st

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival October 28th to 31st

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will be held in Castleisland from Friday, October 28th to Monday, October 31st inclusive. There have been some years when the Gods have only barely concealed their collective sense of devilment and black humour. In that handful of occasions they steered the annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival into… Read more…

Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival Ready to Go

Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival Ready to Go

The annual Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival ‘kick-off’ time is getting very close and a full programme of events has been compiled. The festival starts tomorrow evening, Thursday August 11th. with Tiny Tots races at 7pm. This will be followed by Bonny Baby and Glamorous Granny competitions. At 9pm. There’s an Arm Wrestling competition in O’Connor’s Bar.… Read more…

Talking Points Linger After Great Fair

Talking Points Linger After Great Fair

There is a good handful of lingering memories hanging over from this year’s November Horse Fair. Foremost is the wonderful weather conditions in which it was held. There were people wandering around the street until well after dark. The sights and sounds of full pubs and restaurants and the sheer success of the day were… Read more…

Weather Looking Good for Monday’s Horse Fair Day

Weather Looking Good for Monday’s Horse Fair Day

It’s looking increasingly likely that the weather will have cleared up considerably and considerately even as Castleisland’s annual Horse Fair takes to the streets of the town early on Monday morning. The surly appearance of the sky this morning wouldn’t give one any great hopes. However, even though we’re in the season for this type… Read more…

Castleisland’s Chamber Alliance is Up and Running

Castleisland’s Chamber Alliance is Up and Running

Castleisland Chamber Alliance has been formed after a predicted process of three public meetings. The aim of the alliance is to facilitate the development and promotion of Castleisland. And the public meetings had been facilitated by Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell and Niamh O’Sullivan, Killarney Municipal District Officer, Kerry County Council. These meetings were chaired by Michael John Kearney. The initial meeting on September 15th heard advice on the formation of a similar… Read more…

November Horse Fair Day – Never on a Sunday

November Horse Fair Day – Never on a Sunday

The old greek song, ‘Never on a Sunday’ could stand as a reminder to Castleislanders that our only remaining fair day, the November 1st Horse Fair is never held on a Sunday when the 1st falls on the day of obligation. Then, tradition dictates that it goes out to the following Monday. The fair may… Read more…

Scene Set for Second Chamber Alliance Meeting

Scene Set for Second Chamber Alliance Meeting

There was a head-lice scare once upon a time when I was at national school. I can’t remember the exact details of it now but I know our class members – at least – were given notes to take home one evening and for some kind of root-and-branch examination to be done there. I do… Read more…

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Category Archives: Horse Fair

Another Lively Liveline Debate on AHAR Today

Another Lively Liveline Debate on AHAR Today

Maybe there were charities in the history of the state which polarised opinion like the Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR) seems to nowadays. But they would have been few and far between and not heard of near as much as the Crag West, Castleisland facility has been over the past couple of years. What’s incredible… Read more…

Two-Day June Racing Festival and Associated Events Planned

Two-Day June Racing Festival and Associated Events Planned

The annual general meeting of Castleisland Horse and Pony Race Committe was held on Friday night. The meeting heard of plans for the return of the two-day racing festival in June along with a raft of associated events. Some of these are at the planning stages at present and will be revealed in good time. Committee… Read more…

The Horse Fair Day – There’s Nothing Else Like It

The Horse Fair Day – There’s Nothing Else Like It

Castleisland’s annual and only surviving fair, the November 1st Horse Fair was an outstanding success. It’s the last of its kind here – there’s nothing else like it. Under a near cloudless sky for its duration, the fair attracted its audience from all corners of the globe – if you took in the accents and… Read more…

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival October 28th to 31st

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival October 28th to 31st

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will be held in Castleisland from Friday, October 28th to Monday, October 31st inclusive. There have been some years when the Gods have only barely concealed their collective sense of devilment and black humour. In that handful of occasions they steered the annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival into… Read more…

Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival Ready to Go

Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival Ready to Go

The annual Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival ‘kick-off’ time is getting very close and a full programme of events has been compiled. The festival starts tomorrow evening, Thursday August 11th. with Tiny Tots races at 7pm. This will be followed by Bonny Baby and Glamorous Granny competitions. At 9pm. There’s an Arm Wrestling competition in O’Connor’s Bar.… Read more…

Talking Points Linger After Great Fair

Talking Points Linger After Great Fair

There is a good handful of lingering memories hanging over from this year’s November Horse Fair. Foremost is the wonderful weather conditions in which it was held. There were people wandering around the street until well after dark. The sights and sounds of full pubs and restaurants and the sheer success of the day were… Read more…

Weather Looking Good for Monday’s Horse Fair Day

Weather Looking Good for Monday’s Horse Fair Day

It’s looking increasingly likely that the weather will have cleared up considerably and considerately even as Castleisland’s annual Horse Fair takes to the streets of the town early on Monday morning. The surly appearance of the sky this morning wouldn’t give one any great hopes. However, even though we’re in the season for this type… Read more…

Castleisland’s Chamber Alliance is Up and Running

Castleisland’s Chamber Alliance is Up and Running

Castleisland Chamber Alliance has been formed after a predicted process of three public meetings. The aim of the alliance is to facilitate the development and promotion of Castleisland. And the public meetings had been facilitated by Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell and Niamh O’Sullivan, Killarney Municipal District Officer, Kerry County Council. These meetings were chaired by Michael John Kearney. The initial meeting on September 15th heard advice on the formation of a similar… Read more…

November Horse Fair Day – Never on a Sunday

November Horse Fair Day – Never on a Sunday

The old greek song, ‘Never on a Sunday’ could stand as a reminder to Castleislanders that our only remaining fair day, the November 1st Horse Fair is never held on a Sunday when the 1st falls on the day of obligation. Then, tradition dictates that it goes out to the following Monday. The fair may… Read more…

Scene Set for Second Chamber Alliance Meeting

Scene Set for Second Chamber Alliance Meeting

There was a head-lice scare once upon a time when I was at national school. I can’t remember the exact details of it now but I know our class members – at least – were given notes to take home one evening and for some kind of root-and-branch examination to be done there. I do… Read more…

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