Cllr. Farrelly Gets High Court Thumbs Up for Disputed Vote Review

Cllr. Farrelly Gets High Court Thumbs Up for Disputed Vote Review

The recent controversy which arose as a result of a vote that was taken at the on-line November monthly meeting of Kerry County Council to elect two councillors to the board of North, East & West Kerry Development took another twist today On the day, three councillors were proposed and seconded for the positions; one…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

The national and international athlete of great note, Jerry Kiernan, passed away last week and many tributes were paid to him across media channels in Ireland.  His achievements in athletics were extraordinary and well-documented. Here’s a small story about Jerry that was revealed this week. During my career in Dublin, I worked for one of the…

The Late Jack O’Connor: Remembered by Neighbour and Friend Denis Brosnan

The Late Jack O’Connor: Remembered by Neighbour and Friend Denis Brosnan

It was with great sadness that the district of Castleisland heard of the death of Jack O’Connor. Jack (75) was like a breath of fresh air as he walked through the streets to Barrack Street, always smiling and cheerfully saluting everybody. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He was born in the Latin Quarter…

Motorists Asked to Watch out for Walkers as Icy Conditions are Forecast

Motorists Asked to Watch out for Walkers as Icy Conditions are Forecast

With the weather taking a dive and road conditions getting more dangerous, Gardai are advising motorists to be vigilant for pedestrian traffic on our roads. With the prolonged lock-down and the 5k restrictions, more people are taking to the roads in their localities for their daily exercise. There was also a suggestion recently that many…

Garda Patrol: Almost 1,000 Travel Fines Issued for 5K Limit Breaches

Garda Patrol: Almost 1,000 Travel Fines Issued for 5K Limit Breaches

Kerry Gardaí are continuing with the OperationFanacht checkpoints throughout the county. On Thursday at a checkpoint at Castleisland, Kerry Roads Policing Unit arrested a man on suspicion of drug driving. A quantity of suspected cannabis and cocaine was found in the car. Unnecessary Journeys Close to 1,000 fines have been issued for non-essential travel by…

The Late Leo Suijkerbuijk, Breahig, Castleisland and late of Holland

The Late Leo Suijkerbuijk, Breahig, Castleisland and late of Holland

The death occurred last week of Leo Suijkerbuijk, (60) Breahig, Castleisland and late of Holland. It was a case of the Dutchman, going Irish as Leo came to terms with our habits and lifestyles and the traditions of the area he now called home. Leo, a civil engineer, worked in some of the biggest projects…

The Late James ‘Jim’ Ryan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Holycross, Co. Tipperary

The Late James ‘Jim’ Ryan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Holycross, Co. Tipperary

The death has occurred of James ‘Jim’ Ryan, Castleview Drive, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Galbertstown, Holycross, Co. Tipperary and Coillte. Peacefully on January 20th 2021 in the excellent care of the staff at Our Lady of Fatima Nursing Home Oakpark Tralee. Sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, his adored sons: Kevin, Colm,…

National Grassland Farmer of the Year Award for David O’Leary

National Grassland Farmer of the Year Award for David O’Leary

Castleisland farmer David O’Leary won the Young Farmer category of the Grassland Farmer of the Year awards. David is a new entrant to farming as well as dairying and he started milking on a 32 hectares leased farm in 2018 on an existing dairy operation and he aims to milk 80 cows this year. Grassland…

Irish Olympian Jerry Kiernan Has Died at 67 – RTÉ News

Irish Olympian Jerry Kiernan Has Died at 67 – RTÉ News

The RTÉ news website has announced the death of the Brosna born international athlete and commentator, Jerry Kiernan at the age of 67. He represented Ireland at the 1984 Olympics and later became one of our foremost commentators on athletics on RTÉ radio and television. “A long-distance runner, the Listowel native represented Ireland at the 1984…

Names Being Taken for the Next ‘Belfast Bus’ – Danny Healy Rae, TD

Names Being Taken for the Next ‘Belfast Bus’ – Danny Healy Rae, TD

Deputy Danny Healy Rae is now taking names for seats on the next ‘Belfast Bus’ following representations he made to the Taoiseach and the Government. “I’m glad that the arrangement has been put in place to ensure people can continue to travel to Belfast for procedures such as cataracts, hip, knee replacements, tonsil removal,” said…

New Autism-Friendly Communication Board in Tralee Town Park

New Autism-Friendly Communication Board in Tralee Town Park

Tralee is aiming to become an Autism Friendly Town and, as part of achieving that ambition, Tralee Municipal District has installed a Communication Board in the playground at Tralee Town Park. The board, which is the first of its kind in Kerry County Council managed playgrounds, will assist those with disabilities to communicate in different…

Castleisland Boys NS from 1959 – A Test for Historians

Castleisland Boys NS from 1959 – A Test for Historians

Timothy Murphy and myself had cause to collaborate on a project before Christmas and as we were winding up our work on that, he kept the conversation going with this gem of a picture from the boys national school classes six and seven from 1959. The photograph would, most likely, have been taken by one…

New 12 Month Health Scheme Deal – Hope in Dark Times – Michael Healy Rae, TD

New 12 Month Health Scheme Deal – Hope in Dark Times – Michael Healy Rae, TD

Michael Healy-Rae T.D. has warmly welcomed news this morning that a new Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme, which will run for 12 months, will operate on the same parameters as the EU Cross Border Directive scheme, which ceased due to Brexit. It will ensure patients needing operations ranging from cataracts to orthopedic will once again…

The Late Anne Moloney, née Geaney, Kilkee, Co. Clare and Brosna, Co.Kerry

The Late Anne Moloney, née Geaney, Kilkee, Co. Clare and Brosna, Co.Kerry

The death has occurred in the wonderful care of the staff at Milford Hospice, Limerick of Anne Moloney, nee Geaney, Bella, Kilkee, Co. Clare and formerly of Knocknadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry. Daughter of the late Mikey Geaney and sister of the late Davy, Noreen and Breda. Sadly missed by her loving husband Joe and daughter…

News from 1934: Castleisland Never Lost its Tradition for Music !

News from 1934: Castleisland Never Lost its Tradition for Music !

Castleisland’s tradition for music and enterprise didn’t go unnoticed by the town’s notes writer for the Kerry Champion Newspaper in 1934. In the Saturday, August 11-1934 edition of the paper, which was founded in 1928 and ran for 30 years until 1958, the notes writer, signed as L.B., described the initiative of the band members…

Castleisland Community College Students Enter Design a Home Competition

Castleisland Community College Students Enter Design a Home Competition

Past pupil and CEO of Madden and Mangan Construction Ltd, Lee Mangan, visited Transition Year students before the Christmas holidays to go through the optimum home building type. He also provided advice on costs, materials, alternative building techniques, building time frames and advice on everything from foundations, insulation, windows and doors and roofing materials to…

Laura Joins Split the Bucket Winners’ List

Laura Joins Split the Bucket Winners’ List

The winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw held at Moloney’s Cake Shop on Saturday, January 16th was Laura Enright, Currow. Laura won €683. Laura’s uncle David was a previous winner in November 2020 when he won €737. The next draw will be held in Diarmuid’s Butcher’s on Saturday 23rd at 3.30 pm.…

Cara Credit Union Included in Government Scheme to Boost Local SME and Agri Lending

Cara Credit Union Included in Government Scheme to Boost Local SME and Agri Lending

Seven of Ireland’s largest credit unions, including Cara Credit Union, have been approved under the Government’s COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme (CCGS) to provide low-cost loans for SMEs, with credit decisions being made at local level. Cara Credit Union is a member of Metamo – the first Credit Union Group to offer loans under the Scheme…

Officers Elected by Zoom at Knocknagoshel GAA Club AGM

Officers Elected by Zoom at Knocknagoshel GAA Club AGM

The AGM of Knocknagoshel GAA Club was held on Saturday, January 16th 2021 and was well attended via zoom.  The following officers were elected for 2021: President; Lar Hickey; Vice Presidents: Micheál Walsh, Richie Walsh, Thomas O’Connor, Eamon Walsh, Dan Neligan, Sean Lyons and Paud Scanlon. Patron; Fr. David Gunn; Chairperson, Dan Roche; Vice Chairperson, Noel Brosnan;…

And Now for Something Completely Different – Pound Road on RTÉ in 1966

And Now for Something Completely Different – Pound Road on RTÉ in 1966

In early1966 the residents of Pound Road here in Castleisland were deemed to be living in primitive housing conditions. The conditions of the houses and the lack of urgency regarding the building of new houses in the area was highlighted by The Kerryman at the time and on the Frank Hall fronted ‘Newsbeat’ programme on…

Safety Barrier Construction Welcomed by Deputy Danny and Cllr. Maura Healy Rae

Safety Barrier Construction Welcomed by Deputy Danny and Cllr. Maura Healy Rae

Following several motions and representations to Kerry County Council and the Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the provision of safety barriers at various locations, both Danny Healy Rae, TD and his daughter, Cllr. Maura Healy Rae have welcomed the follow up work this week. Badly needed safety barriers have now been erected at a number of…

Improvements to Glanageenty Walkways Access Road Welcomed – John Lenihan

Improvements to Glanageenty Walkways Access Road Welcomed – John Lenihan

Thinking and acting along the lines that local and potential tourist attractions could do with all the help they and their promoters can get, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell heard and heeded an appeal on behalf of Glanageenty Walkways. But then the signatory to the appeal was none other than John Lenihan – a former world hill…

Keep an Eye Out for Lizzie – She’s  Gone Missing – Again

Keep an Eye Out for Lizzie – She’s Gone Missing – Again

I got the following message in earlier with the appeal for a missing dog. “My friend Eileen’s dog Lizzie is gone missing from the Cordal area since Wednesday. Could you post it on your page for people to keep an eye out for her.” She went missing before in the run-up to Christmas with another…

More Driving Testers Urgently Needed in Kerry – Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae

More Driving Testers Urgently Needed in Kerry – Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae

A Kerry County Councillor is calling on the Government to urgently increase the number of driving testers in the county before the waiting list for driving tests gets ‘totally out of hand.’ Information released to Cllr Jackie Healy Rae – and correct as of 10th January 2021 from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) shows that…

The Late Jack O’Connor of Marathon House, Castleisland and late of Barrack Street

The Late Jack O’Connor of Marathon House, Castleisland and late of Barrack Street

  The death has occurred of Jack O’Connor of Marathon House, Knockananlig, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of Barrack Street, Castleisland. Peacefully at home on January 14th 2021 in the loving care of his family. Sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, his adored daughters Orla and Tara, his cherished grandsons Caden and Sean, son-in-law…

Calls and Good Wishes Pouring in for Mikey’s 90th Birthday

Calls and Good Wishes Pouring in for Mikey’s 90th Birthday

Around this time a decade ago, a bar full of family, neighbours and friends at ‘The Fountain’ wished Michael ‘Mikey’ Conway a happy 80th birthday and they wished him many more. They got their wish and now 10 years on today he’s marking his 90th and looking and sounding more like a man half of…

Cordal Community Facility Reaches Targets in the Toughest Year Ever

Cordal Community Facility Reaches Targets in the Toughest Year Ever

Early last summer a group got together under the title, Cordal Community Pre-school and After-school Committee with a major local plan for funding and a very single-minded attitude. It was, and still is, a community run project and a non-profit childcare facility which operates on the grounds of Kilmurry National School in Cordal, Castleisland, Co.…

Cllr. Fitzgerald’s Eye Opening Motion for Fundraisers and Donors

Cllr. Fitzgerald’s Eye Opening Motion for Fundraisers and Donors

The next ordinary meeting of Kerry County Council will be held on-line on the coming Monday, January 18th from 10:30am. Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald has an eye-opening motion which will be of huge interest to the many fund-raisers and donors around the county. It seems that bogus fund-raising sites are targetting well meaning and innocent donors…

Knocknagoshel Strengthens its Historic Parnellite Links Through Art

Knocknagoshel Strengthens its Historic Parnellite Links Through Art

Knocknagoshel has strengthened its historic links with the republican leader and politician, Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 – 1891) with the unveiling of a mural in the village by the multi talented and Tralee based artist, Mary J. Leen. A collaboration of ideas and mindsets between Ms. Leen and Knocknagoshel man Anthony McAuliffe and Mary’s dad,…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Congratulations to Rebecca and Tom Christmas might be over but there are bells still ringing – wedding bells, to be exact.  Sending our very best wishes to Tom Fitzgerald and Rebecca Sutherland who announced their engagement over the holidays. A happy news story showing that life simply goes on regardless of pandemics or lock-downs. New…