Do You Know the Young Man in the Early 1980s Castleisland Street Photograph ?

Do You Know the Young Man in the Early 1980s Castleisland Street Photograph ?

The attached photograph of the Main Street, Castleisland shops of O’Herlihy’s and Prendiville’s was sent to me on request by Timothy Murphy with an explanation of how the image came to be taken. I had a discussion about the photograph with Tomo Burke and the sisters, Eilish Conway and Anne Foran recently as it now…

Castleisland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Plans Hatching Nicely

Castleisland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Plans Hatching Nicely

After a prolonged period of announcements, unforeseen circumstances, bumps on the road, cancellations, postponements, protests and downright despair at times, we are at the dawn of a most welcome new era. It’s an era with its own set of unknowns but it’s an era in which responsibility for the welfare of one’s health is in…

Seán Keane’s Return Takes in Two Concert Date at Ó Riada’s in Ballymac

Seán Keane’s Return Takes in Two Concert Date at Ó Riada’s in Ballymac

For the second time in under six months, Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott is about to prepare its stage space for Seán Keane and his band. It was involved in the very same preparations for the very same performers for a two night stint there last mid October but Covid restrictions intervened. The…

Castleisland and Killorglin Golfers ‘Mixing Well’ Since Amalgamation

Castleisland and Killorglin Golfers ‘Mixing Well’ Since Amalgamation

This time two years ago members of Castleisland and Killorglin golf clubs were staring at the writing on their walls and were rivers apart. In the heel of the hunt the writing was larger and more ominous for the Castleisland club and it slid into oblivion just before Covid 19 raised its head. The Killorglin…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Do The Right Thing Our cemeteries are places of repose.  Quiet corners of our parish where our loved ones are laid to rest.  It’s heartening how well cared for the graves are. It’s especially touching to see the unique displays of flowers, plants are memorabilia.  There’s only one area of discord and it’s in the corners…

Man Apologetic and Embarrassed After By-Pass Rubbish Accident

Man Apologetic and Embarrassed After By-Pass Rubbish Accident

I was contacted by the person responsible for the rubbish found on the Castleisland By-pass after the article appeared here on Monday. The man was on his way to Higgins’ waste disposal facility in Tralee to recycle and dispose of his cargo with an uncovered trailer. A cardboard box and a bag of household rubbish…

Maskey Review Into Care at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Maskey Review Into Care at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

The HSE has published the Maskey Review into the care received by children and young people at South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health services between July 2016 and April 2021. The report was commissioned by Castleisland native, Michael Fitzgerald, Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, which has responsibility for HSE mental health services…

Team Garvey’s Take on  DCU in Castleisland on Saturday Evening at 6:15pm

Team Garvey’s Take on DCU in Castleisland on Saturday Evening at 6:15pm

Team Garvey’s / St. Mary’s will play DCU in Castleisland Community Centre on this Saturday evening, January 29th with the tip-off at 6.15pm. Team and management would appreciate local and vocal support as they’ve had some outstanding and agonisingly close games against top-class opposition without much luck on the score-board in recent weeks.  For example:…

The Late Paul Reece, Cahereen Heights, Castleisland and Birmingham, England

The Late Paul Reece, Cahereen Heights, Castleisland and Birmingham, England

The death has occurred of Paul Anthony Reece, 36 The Avenue, Cahereen Heights, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery, 22 Main Street, Castleisland and Birmingham, England. Unexpectedly on January 24th 2022 at University Hospital Kerry. Sadly missed by his loving sisters, Jane in Cahereen’s Heights Castleisland and Carmel in the…

Mental Health and Well-being Support Booklet Planned by S.C.C.

Mental Health and Well-being Support Booklet Planned by S.C.C.

The Show Castleisland Cares local community group is compiling a booklet of mental health and well-being support available in the local community. This will include sports, recreation and holistic therapies and inclusion in the booklet is free of charge if your service falls into the category above. If you wish to have your business /…

The Late Matt Jnr. O’Donnell, Knockafreghane, Brosna, Co. Kerry

The Late Matt Jnr. O’Donnell, Knockafreghane, Brosna, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Matt Jnr. O’Donnell, Knockafreghane, Brosna, Co. Kerry Peacefully in the utmost gentle care of the palliative care team, University Hospital Kerry and surrounded by his loving family. Pre-deceased by his father, Matt. Beloved son of his heartbroken mother, Joan, loving brother to Mary Teresa, Ann Marie and Martina ‘Tina’ and…

Consignment of Rubbish from Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale on Castleisland By-Pass

Consignment of Rubbish from Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale on Castleisland By-Pass

There are many by-products of the periods of lock-down and restrictions – good and bad. The good ones were nearly all carried out behind the scenes in society with the good ones helping out neighbours to make light of daily chores. The bad ones have prevailed right through the periods mentioned and the worst of…

Mary Prendiville Wins €1,038 in Split the Bucket Draw in Scart

Mary Prendiville Wins €1,038 in Split the Bucket Draw in Scart

This week’s Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket winner is Mary Prendiville, Limerick  Road, Castleisland. Mary’s winnings from the Saturday night weekly draw amounted to €1,032. The draw was held at at Lyons’ Bar in Scartaglin. Catheriona O’Connor-Daly collected Cathleen Reidy’s draw winning cheque for €1,008 from last week’s draw at Diarmuid’s Butchers and she handed…

Minister Foley Announces Funding for Kerry Schools Programme 2022

Minister Foley Announces Funding for Kerry Schools Programme 2022

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has just announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under her Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. Minister Foley said that she is…

Proceeds of Castlemaine Fair Day Presented to Kerry Hospice Foundation

Proceeds of Castlemaine Fair Day Presented to Kerry Hospice Foundation

The revival of Castlemaine Fair Day was held on Sunday, October 10th 2021 in memory of the late John O’Donoghue, The Village, Castlemaine. It was a resounding success and a fitting tribute to a pillar of the community who sadly passed away on January 13th 2021 in the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.…

Local Businesses Come up Trumps for St. Mary’s and 2022 Season

Local Businesses Come up Trumps for St. Mary’s and 2022 Season

At the start of the 2021/22 season St. Mary’s Basketball Club issued an appeal for sponsorship of new gear. “A huge amount of new members had registered with the club and so, to be able to accommodate the extra teams, we required several sets of gear,” said club PRO Liz Galwey. “The response was heart-warming.…

The Late Charles Curtin, Rathanny, Tralee and Knockback, Knocknagoshel

The Late Charles Curtin, Rathanny, Tralee and Knockback, Knocknagoshel

The death has occurred of Charles Curtin, Carrignafeela, Rathanny, Tralee and Knockback, Knocknagoshel. Charles, beloved husband of Mary and dear father of John and Catherine. Deeply regretted by his loving family – his wife, son, daughter, grandchildren Micheál and Seán, son-in-law James, extended family, neighbours and wide circle of friends. May He Rest in Peace…

Recovery Haven Kerry Invites New Members to Women’s Cancer Support Group

Recovery Haven Kerry Invites New Members to Women’s Cancer Support Group

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, is reaching out to women experiencing cancer to join their dedicated cancer support group. Facilitated by counsellor Kay Lynch, the free online group meetings offer a safe and friendly space for women experiencing cancer to explore issues affecting them, while also offering and gaining support from other women on…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

GAA Club AGM on Sunday Afternoon on Zoom The Knocknagoshel GAA Club’s annual general meeting will take place on this Sunday, January 23rd at 5pm on zoom.   Please send your email address to Secretary John O’Keeffe so that he can send you the relevant paperwork and the link for the meeting.   Any motions…

St. Patrick’s Transition Year Students Learn Life Saving Skills

St. Patrick’s Transition Year Students Learn Life Saving Skills

St. Patrick’s Secondary School in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation have embarked on an ambitious training drive in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills. “All school staff are fully trained in CPR and Transition Year students have undertaken training in CPR as part of the CPR4Schools programme,” said school spokesperson, Tim Long. The programme provides students…

Cathleen Wins €1,000 Plus Split the Bucket Pot at Diarmuid’s

Cathleen Wins €1,000 Plus Split the Bucket Pot at Diarmuid’s

Cathleen Reidy is the latest winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw held at Diarmuid’s Butchers on Saturday afternoon. Cathleen won €1,008. Diarmuid also presented Brendan Nolan with a cheque for €835. Brendan accepted the cheque on behalf  of his niece Zoe – for whom he filled and entered the winning envelope in the draw. The next Split the Bucket…

‘Shake it Up, Shakespeare’ at Castleisland Community College

‘Shake it Up, Shakespeare’ at Castleisland Community College

The Creative Schools Club at Castleisland Community College took to the stage recently for their debut performance. The group performed an original script, ‘Shake it Up, Shakespeare’ – a modern take on some of Shakespeare’s classics, with a comic Kerry twist! The script was written by Mary Quirke from Qwerkreations. Mary visited the school every…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Congratulations Tim Murphy Our very own Tim Murphy has been elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the GAA Munster Council. For a term of three years, Tim will be bringing his vast experience from his tenure as chairman of Kerry County Board to this important office.  It’s a great honour for both Tim’s family,…

Have Your Say on Speed Limits on Local Roads – Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald

Have Your Say on Speed Limits on Local Roads – Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald

“Members of the public are entitled to have their say on speed limits on the roads they use and live beside. I believe there should be a process always open for the public to have its say and query speed limits on roads used on a daily basis,” so said Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald, Fianna Fáil, …

Death of Castleisland Nurse Jean Browne in India 50 Years Ago Today

Death of Castleisland Nurse Jean Browne in India 50 Years Ago Today

It’s 50 years ago today that the tragic news of the sudden death of a 24 year old Castleisland nurse in India reached home to her family, friends and the wider community. Jean Browne was looking forward to spending Christmas 1971 in Castleisland with her family but a call from a refugee camp near Calcutta…

Padre Pio January Devotions on This Tuesday Evening at 7:30pm

Padre Pio January Devotions on This Tuesday Evening at 7:30pm

The third Tuesday of the month, Padre Pio January Devotions will be held on this Tuesday, January 18th at 7:30pm. The Witness will be delivered by Tom ‘Pa’ O’Connor of doggy fame. “He will share with us his story in managing a terminal illness. It’s a story of courage, hope and positivity and it Can’t…

The Late Ashling Murphy, Cully, Blueball, Co. Offaly – Mass to be Live-streamed

The Late Ashling Murphy, Cully, Blueball, Co. Offaly – Mass to be Live-streamed

Due to the outpouring of empathy and sympathy shown throughout the country after the tragic ending of Ashling Murphy’s young life last Wednesday, many people would like to know that her funeral Mass will be live-streamed from St. Brigid’s Church, Mountbolus from 11 am on Tuesday morning. People can click on the link here: http://www.memoriallane.ie/livestream…

Perfect Match as Cara Credit Union Sponsors St. Bridget’s U-7 Academy

Perfect Match as Cara Credit Union Sponsors St. Bridget’s U-7 Academy

The Currow based St. Bridget’s Basketball Club members were delighted to be awarded the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Award from Cara Credit Union. The Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards were set up in 2017 to support community based projects initiated by organisations within the credit union’s common bond. To date 33 organisations in Tralee, Castleisland,…

Paris Moving to Tennessee – Big Announcement in Kerry Basketball Circles

Paris Moving to Tennessee – Big Announcement in Kerry Basketball Circles

St. Mary’s Paris McCarthy has just announced that she has committed to East Tennessee State University (ETSU) having secured a full scholarship in the NCAA division one college – which she will take up in August of this year. An absolutely thrilled Paris said “It’s crazy, this is something I have dreamed about since I…

Vigil Organiser Deirdre Planning Working Group to Tackle Female Abuse Issues

Vigil Organiser Deirdre Planning Working Group to Tackle Female Abuse Issues

Vigil Organiser Deirdre Planning Working Group to Tackle Female Abuse Issues   The organiser of Friday evening’s candle-lit vigil in memory of tragic murder victim, Ashling Murphy in the Co. Offaly town of Tullamore, is to press on with plans to set up a working group to urge politicians to shake up the laws around…