Diarmuid and Shane: Gardening Together at Parknageragh House

Diarmuid and Shane: Gardening Together at Parknageragh House

Gardening Together is a new television series on RTÉ One and BBC One Northern Ireland and the coming Friday night’s episode on RTÉ One at 8pm will feature Castleisland’s Shane McAuliffe and the fruits of his relatively recent conversion to the joys of gardening. Presenter, Diarmuid Gavin will focus on Shane’s massive and time consuming…

Mundy To Follow Sharon’s Trail to Ó Riada’s in Ballymac

Mundy To Follow Sharon’s Trail to Ó Riada’s in Ballymac

Following the success of Sharon Shannon’s recent two-night stint at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott her stablemate and fellow musician, Mundy is scheduled to appear at the popular venue on Saturday evening, August 22nd. This on a date which, in normal times, would see the Festival of Kerry in full flight. As with…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

Knocknagoshel in Junior Championship Quarter Finals   Knocknagoshel qualified for the quarter finals of the Junior Championship following an easy victory over Sneem / Derrynane in Beaufort on Saturday evening.    Sneem / Derrynane opened the scoring with a point from play by Denis O’Sullivan. A point by John Walsh and two points each by…

Brosna GAA Club News Round-Up – Kerrie Browne Memorial Run Raised €10,300

Brosna GAA Club News Round-Up – Kerrie Browne Memorial Run Raised €10,300

Kerrie Browne Memorial Run Raised €10,300 The Browne, Kiely and O’Sullivan families wish to thank everyone who contributed in so many ways to Kerrie’s run on 5th January last.  An impressive €10,300 was raised and is being shared among the organisations so close to her heart. Special thanks to Noel Lane, Duhallow Running Club and…

Delia adds her Pottery Studio to Castleisland’s Main Street at No. 94

Delia adds her Pottery Studio to Castleisland’s Main Street at No. 94

It’s unlikely that Castleisland has ever had a serious potter of its own. One who made pots and plates and jugs and mugs for the people of the locality. The nearest we’ve ever had were ‘earthenware merchants’ Thomas Kearney and John Riordan both on Main Street in the late 1880s. They may well have been…

Elma Bryant. nee Cooper, Castleview Drive, Castleisland

Elma Bryant. nee Cooper, Castleview Drive, Castleisland

The death has occurred of Elma Bryant (nee Cooper) Castleview Drive, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on August 7th 2020, at University Hospital Kerry. Beloved wife of the late Ernest. Sadly missed by her loving daughter Jane, son Simon, son-in-law David Khavia, her adored grandchildren Adam, Ben and Ella, brothers Don and Pat, sister Ruth, sisters-in-law…

Photographers Challenged to Put Kerry’s Built Heritage in The Frame

Photographers Challenged to Put Kerry’s Built Heritage in The Frame

Kerry County Council has launched a photography competition as part of this year’s Architecture Kerry Festival and which invites participants to submit their images of Kerry’s built environment. Architecture Kerry is held during the last weekend of September and it features talks, guided tours and exhibitions to showcase the extraordinary built environment on offer in…

From Social Care Studies to the Silver Screen – Laura Reidy’s Storyboard to Date

From Social Care Studies to the Silver Screen – Laura Reidy’s Storyboard to Date

A few weeks ago The Maine Valley Post was contacted from London by Castleisland native, Áine Nelligan with a tip-off that I should look at what her former St. Joseph’s Secondary School classmate, Laura Reidy is doing in the related areas of film, theatre and writing. Apart from the tip-off, Áine also provided a summary…

Get Your Entry in For Saturday Evening’s Split the Bucket Draw

Get Your Entry in For Saturday Evening’s Split the Bucket Draw

The winner of the Split the bucket draw held at Sue Ryder’s on Saturday, August 1st was Liz O’Connor. Liz won €730. The next draw will be held in Castlemeats Deli at 4.30pm on Saturday, August 8th. A big thank you to our supporters and retailers. How to Play Split the Bucket The ‘How to…

The Late John Culloty, Ballydwyer East and Arabella, Ballymacelligott

The Late John Culloty, Ballydwyer East and Arabella, Ballymacelligott

The death has occurred of John Culloty, Ballydwyer East, Ballymacelligott, Tralee, Co. Kerry and formerly of Arabella, Ballymacelligott. John died peacefully on August 6th 2020, surrounded by his loving family in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry. Beloved father of the late Maurice and Baby Sean. Sadly missed by…

Mary ‘Maria’ Reidy, (1922 – 2020) – Cherished Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Mary ‘Maria’ Reidy, (1922 – 2020) – Cherished Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Mary (Maria) Reidy – 1922-2020 ‘Cherished wife, mother and grandmother who loved the simple life’ Born in Glenlara, Newmarket in County Cork in September 1922, Mary (nee McAuliffe) made the move to Kerry in the mid 1940s where she began working at the AI Station in Castleisland. A loving tribute by her grand-daughter, Marisa Reidy…

Reidy’s Plot in Kilbanivane Cemetery – A Call for Help

Reidy’s Plot in Kilbanivane Cemetery – A Call for Help

I got an email from Scartaglin based, Brendan Reidy who is giving his father John a hand with a rather sensitive matter regarding the family burial plot in Pembroke’s side of Kilbanivane Cemetery here in Castleisland. Many of John’s relations are buried there and, unfortunately, in an unmarked grave and it isn’t accounted for currently…

Danny Healy Rae ‘Outraged as a Publican and a TD’ at Rural Pub Saga

Danny Healy Rae ‘Outraged as a Publican and a TD’ at Rural Pub Saga

It wasn’t unexpected that Kerry Independent Teachta Dáila, Danny Healy Rae would be out banging the drum and his chest in indignation at the latest deferral in the pub re-opening saga as announced by the government on Tuesday evening. Outraged as Publican and TD “I am outraged as a publican and as a TD representing…

Cordal and Scartaglen Play to a Draw – A Fair Result in the Rain

Cordal and Scartaglen Play to a Draw – A Fair Result in the Rain

Cordal and near neighbours Scartaglen finished in stalemate with a final score of nine points apiece with a Brian Reidy free for Cordal leveling matters late on in the County Junior Football Championship at the weekend. By: Tim O’Donoghue, Cordal PRO Eddie Horan opened the game with a wonderful point in the second minute from 30…

Garda Raid Makes Sense of Social Media Alarms on Stolen Dogs

Garda Raid Makes Sense of Social Media Alarms on Stolen Dogs

A report on the RTÉ news today made sense of the almost persistent social media warnings of dogs being stolen in the general Castleisland area and around West Limerick in particular.  Other posts had men offering to buy dogs from people or suspicious activity around houses with dogs since the beginning of the year. Most…

Enhanced Restart Grant Details Available from Local Authorities this Week

Enhanced Restart Grant Details Available from Local Authorities this Week

Cllr. Charlie Farrelly send a message to alert business people in the qualifying categories that details of an ‘Enhanced Restart Grant’ will be available from all local authorities this week. “The groups eligible for this enhanced grant will include those in the bed and breakfast and sports club businesses. “The grant scheme will also look…

Council adds New €280,000 Road Paver to Its Fleet

Council adds New €280,000 Road Paver to Its Fleet

Kerry County Council has added a new €280,000 road-finisher paver to its fleet of machinery. The new unit will assist in the rollout of the annual Roads Programme across the county and was in operation in the past week on the Listowel to Ballylongford road. “The paver is a strategic item of plant for Kerry…

Kerry County Council’s Book of Condolences for John Hume – Man of Peace

Kerry County Council’s Book of Condolences for John Hume – Man of Peace

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen has opened an online Book of Condolences for the late Nobel laureate and peacemaker, John Hume. Cllr. Connor-Scarteen said that John Hume made an immense contribution to peace on the island of Ireland and that he was pleased to afford the people of Kerry the…

The Late Mary O’Connell, née Horan, Bawnaskehy, Castleisland and  Scartaglen, Co. Kerry

The Late Mary O’Connell, née Horan, Bawnaskehy, Castleisland and Scartaglen, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Mary O’Connell, nee Horan, Bawnaskehy, Castleisland and formerly of Knockeenahone, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, at home on Sunday 2nd of August 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Thade, son Tim and brother Denis. Dearly loved mother of Hugh, Joan Ring, Tullylease; Dan and Denis. Mary will…

Brosna Seniors Triumph over Locals in Picturesque Churchill

Brosna Seniors Triumph over Locals in Picturesque Churchill

Birthday Greetings to Ann A very special birthday wish to Mrs. Anne Curtin who reached a milestone birthday last week. No doubt, Anne is looking forward to the ease in travel restrictions when her family members who are abroad can visit Brosna to celebrate her birthday in person and in style. GAA Round Up The Brosna senior…

Knocknagoshel Seniors Prevail Over Kilgarvan in Tense Away Game

Knocknagoshel Seniors Prevail Over Kilgarvan in Tense Away Game

Knocknagoshel prevailed in a tense round two junior championship game against the local side in Kilgarvan on Sunday afternoon.  Kilgarvan, lining out without Kerry U-20 star Donal O’Sullivan were first on the scoresheet with points by Daniel Casey and Richard O’Sullivan. Knocknagoshel responded scoring 1-4 in a ten-minute spell. Points by Edmond Walsh (2), James…

€25,000 to Help Castleisland be Street Wise in New Normal

€25,000 to Help Castleisland be Street Wise in New Normal

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD has just announced the first towns and villages to benefit from the new July Stimulus Package of COVID-19 supports. The fact that Castleisland got €25,000 and is among those included the first tranche of the support scheme has been welcomed locally by: Cllr. Bobby O’Connell,…

St. Mary’s Basketball Club Ladies Back in the Big Time

St. Mary’s Basketball Club Ladies Back in the Big Time

Following the recent news that St. Mary’s Basketball Club will be competing in the women’s Super League in the 20/21 season the club is delighted to announce that it has secured Garvey’s SuperValu, Castleisland as main sponsor and will be known as Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s. By: Liz Galwey, St. Mary’s PRO The club has…

‘Extras’ Invited to Contact New TV Show Vikings: Valhalla

‘Extras’ Invited to Contact New TV Show Vikings: Valhalla

T.J. Duffy from the extras department on the new TV show Vikings: Valhalla is looking for extras. The show is a spin off of the hit show Vikings and anyone interested can apply on-line. “We announced this week that we will be looking for extras soon and we were wondering if this was something you…

Denny Premier A: Castleisland AFC Fight to Hold Fenit at Bay

Denny Premier A: Castleisland AFC Fight to Hold Fenit at Bay

Denny Premier A:  Fenit 3 Castleisland AFC 4 The A team travelled to Fenit on Thursday night looking to bounce back from a bad result four days earlier. By Neil O’Sullivan, PRO The game was always going to be a true test of the character within the squad after coming off the back of a…

Explore Our Waterways – Women on the Waters of Kerry Initiative

Explore Our Waterways – Women on the Waters of Kerry Initiative

With the reopening of our county, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, is delighted to announce a new programme designed for women, Kerry’s Explore Our Waterways – Women on the Water. “Kerry’s abundant Waterways provide an ideal environment for people to get outside and get active – which is a key objective of the sports partnership…

‘Where is Glenlara?  John Twiss of Castleisland – From a Cork Perspective

‘Where is Glenlara? John Twiss of Castleisland – From a Cork Perspective

As the descendants of John Twiss and the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project await the outcome of the application for the Presidential Pardon of John Twiss, project manager Janet Murphy reflects on the other victim in this affair, the murdered James Donovan, widower and father of two. The Ardmona, Cordal born, John Twiss was hanged…

New Group to Promote Employment Creation and Retention in Kerry

New Group to Promote Employment Creation and Retention in Kerry

A new inter-agency group has been established to promote employment creation and retention in Kerry. The working group is one of the many initiatives in place to help to reboot the Kerry economy and to support businesses through the current economic challenges. The Employment Creation and Retention Working Group has been welcomed by the Cathaoirleach…

Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket Weekly Draw Results

Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket Weekly Draw Results

The winner of the Split the Bucket draw held at Moloney’s Cake Shop on Saturday, July 25th. was John O’Callaghan. John won €715. The next draw will be held at Sue Ryder’s, Lower Main Street on this Saturday, August 1st at 5:30pm. How to Play Split the Bucket The ‘How to Play’ instructions have changed…