Deputy Danny Healy Rae’s Education and Skills Joust with Minister McHugh

Deputy Danny Healy Rae’s Education and Skills Joust with Minister McHugh

Deputy Danny Healy Rae sent a report on an engagement between himself and Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, TD. Deputy Healy Rae opened the engagement by thanking the Minister for being engaged and responding as best he can to every query and for how he seems to be on top of everything. “For…

Funeral of the late Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue at 10:30am from Tangney’s this Morning

Funeral of the late Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue at 10:30am from Tangney’s this Morning

A reminder that Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue’s funeral will leave Tangney’s Funeral Home here in Castleisland this morning at 10:30am and proceed up along Church Street and onto Main Street before heading to Shannon for a private cremation service. People wishing to express their condolences and solidarity with the family can do so from the street…

Council Civic Amenity Sites To Fully Reopen Monday, June 8th

Council Civic Amenity Sites To Fully Reopen Monday, June 8th

Kerry County Council has advised that from next Monday, June 8th, all civic amenity sites around the county will fully reopen for business. The civic amenity sites in Kerry have been reopened on a phased basis since Monday, May 18th, but were only accepting domestic black bag waste and recycling at the depots as well…

Castleisland: Preparing for Life on the Streets – But Not as we Know It !

Castleisland: Preparing for Life on the Streets – But Not as we Know It !

Members of Castleisland Chamber Alliance held a conference call with representatives of the Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District recently. What transpired between them mightn’t be the most reassuring reading today if you’re looking out a window or door on a rain and windswept street. However, optimism reigns in the former, indomitable market town in an…

Learn from Nature, Fear Not and Sing Out Loud – Lisa Geraghty

Learn from Nature, Fear Not and Sing Out Loud – Lisa Geraghty

I was thinking today about how much I miss driving. I wasn’t quite sure why at first. I suppose, no more than the rest of us, I have lockdownitis. By Lisa Geraghty But no, it’s more than that. The car is where I sing. It’s where I turn on my favourite playlists and shamelessly belt…

The Late Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue, Castleisland and Glenealy, Co. Wicklow

The Late Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue, Castleisland and Glenealy, Co. Wicklow

The death has occurred of Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue, 10 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. Unexpectedly, on May 29th 2020. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Hannah, his sisters Kathleen, Hilary and Mary Geraldine and his brother Pa. Sadly missed by his heartbroken partner Marie O’Toole, Emmet, brothers: Eddie, Denis, Joe,…

Castleisland Community College Gesture of Hope and Gratitude to Tralee Nursing Unit

Castleisland Community College Gesture of Hope and Gratitude to Tralee Nursing Unit

Castleisland Community College staff, students and teachers sent their hearts to Tralee Community Nursing Unit recently as a gesture of appreciation, hope, support and thanks. “The school community united to send a combined message of thanks to our front-line workers and to also lift the spirit of the elderly in Tralee Community Nursing Unit,” said…

Castleisland Stands and Plays in Tribute to Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Player Paddy Jones

Castleisland Stands and Plays in Tribute to Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Player Paddy Jones

The late Sliabh Luachra fiddle player and music teacher, Paddy Jones, of Knightsmountain, Knocknagoshel and late of Kilcusnan, Castleisland got a send-off worthy of the contribution he made to the music of his locality as his remains left Castleisland this morning. It wasn’t the first time that the highly accomplished musician drew a crowd around…

Paddy Jones, Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Player and Teacher, RIP

Paddy Jones, Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Player and Teacher, RIP

The death has occurred of Paddy Jones, Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Player, Knightsmountain, Knocknagoshel and late of Kilcusnan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on May 30th 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee. Sadly missed by his loving partner Rose, his children: Deirdre, Reuben, Sarah and their mother Teresa, his adored grandchildren:…

A Covid 19 Time Re-discovery of a Varied Collection of Photographs

A Covid 19 Time Re-discovery of a Varied Collection of Photographs

While on another voyage of rediscovery upstairs recently I found a package of photographs and old negatives. Some were from the late 1940s and others are relatively new, from 1974 and from the Castleisland confirmation ceremony of that year and a couple of the pictures were there for no explicable reason. The package I rescued…

Tuesday’s Final Padre Pio Devotion Evening Until September 1st.

Tuesday’s Final Padre Pio Devotion Evening Until September 1st.

The final Padre Pio Devotion for this season will take place in Castleisland Parish Church on this Tuesday, June 2nd. at 7.30pm. The witness on the night will be a recording of one delivered by Mickey Harte the Tyrone senior football team manager when he visited Fr. Mossie Brick in Lixnaw on March 2019. A…

New Zealand Farmers Turning to Dr. John Roche for Reassurance

New Zealand Farmers Turning to Dr. John Roche for Reassurance

Ministry for Primary Industries chief science adviser, Dr John Roche, in an article in the Rural News in New Zealand believes that the country is winning its fight against the bacterium, Mycoplasma bovis. This can cause a range of serious conditions in cattle including mastitis that doesn’t respond to treatment, pneumonia, arthritis, and late-term abortions.…

When Mick Galwey and Tomás Ó Sé Sat Down to Talk……

When Mick Galwey and Tomás Ó Sé Sat Down to Talk……

Currow’s Mick Galwey, an All-Ireland winner with Kerry in 1986 as a teenager, turned rugby international captain, joined former Kerry great Tomás Ó Sé in his Benetti Menswear Live question and answer session to talk all things GAA,  Munster and Irish rugby, world travel and Kerry. Now sporting a beard – which he described at…

Cruinniú Project to Highlight Challenges and Dreams of Young People in Lockdown

Cruinniú Project to Highlight Challenges and Dreams of Young People in Lockdown

  Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership is supporting Cruinniú Na nÓg in a unique way this year with a project that will highlight the challenges and dreams of young people in lockdown. ‘Windows On Our Lives’ is a video slideshow which will feature work by young people in video, sound, music, poetry and art and…

Tribute to Con on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of The Irish Press

Tribute to Con on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of The Irish Press

While there was never a fear that it wouldn’t eventually get out there, an online tribute to the great Con Houlihan was ambushed on its first attempt by the kind of gremlins he so often mentioned in his back page or Tributaries columns in the Evening Press. The tribute was mounted by way of an…

Two National Titles for Pres Entrepreneurs for a Third Consecutive Year

Two National Titles for Pres Entrepreneurs for a Third Consecutive Year

Presentation Castleisland has scooped third place in the Junior Category and second place in the Intermediate Category in the Student Enterprise National Finals. The school has an outstanding record of achievement in all strands of the competition over the past few years. The various entries and entrants have been shown the way and guided by…

‘Hold Firm’ Appeal from Front-line Workers to Members of the Public

‘Hold Firm’ Appeal from Front-line Workers to Members of the Public

Front-line workers across Cork and Kerry have joined together in a video plea to people in both counties to “Hold Firm” in their efforts to contain Covid-19. The video, an inter-agency project between an Garda Siochana, the HSE, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry County Council features front-line workers asking people in Cork…

Supporting Local Strawberry Growers in Season – Cllr. Farrelly

Supporting Local Strawberry Growers in Season – Cllr. Farrelly

“After all the hullabaloo about Keeling’s flying in overseas workers to harvest their strawberries, I am encouraging people to now help support a local business by buying Sliabh Luachra Strawberries,” said Cllr. Charlie Farrelly with no little encouragement and without his customary loudhailer. “Grown locally on John O’Sullivan’s farm just up the road in Dicksgrove,…

An Urgent Appeal to Dog Owners Using An Riocht and the River Walk

An Urgent Appeal to Dog Owners Using An Riocht and the River Walk

Good morning John, can you please put up a gentle, anonymous reminder to the lovely dog owners of Castleisland to please pick up after the dogs. “I have seen loads of places supplying the bags for this purpose free of charge in the area,” said the worried mom. “Is it really too much to ask…

Fianna Fáil Reversal on State Pension Age is Despicable – Deputy Pa Daly

Fianna Fáil Reversal on State Pension Age is Despicable – Deputy Pa Daly

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Pa Daly has described reports that Fianna Fáil may renege on commitments to defer the increase in the age of eligibility for a State pension next year as despicable. “Sinn Féin is the only party that will guarantee a state pension at 65,” said Deputy Daly. Fianna Fáil May Renege…

Extra Machinery Needed to Meet Roads Progamme Demands – Cllr. Healy Rae

Extra Machinery Needed to Meet Roads Progamme Demands – Cllr. Healy Rae

Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae tells us he’s delighted to see that the road works programme for the Castleisland area has started. Works began with the road from Dicksgrove Cross to Farranfore Village which has already been resurfaced. “This is following us, as councillors, having adopted the 2020 Road Works Programme at the March meeting of…

Presentation Castleisland School Yearbook Launched in Remarkable Climate

Presentation Castleisland School Yearbook Launched in Remarkable Climate

The whole school community of Presentation Castleisland this week celebrated the wide range of activities, successes and opportunities afforded to students in the academic year 2019/2020 as the annual school year-book was launched. The honour of the cover design fell to Emily Walsh of first year. Emily is from Tobairmaing and a daughter of Noreen…

Community College Team All Ireland Runners Up at Eco Unesco Competition

Community College Team All Ireland Runners Up at Eco Unesco Competition

The Castleisland Community College Global Gang consists of fifth year students involved in environmental projects throughout the school year. Their 2019/20 project tackled the subject of climate change and how to live a more sustainable life and it earned them the runners up spot at last week’s Eco Unesco National Awards. The students believe that…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-up

Church Open Daily from 9:30am to 5pm We are delighted to announce that our beautiful Church of Saint Carthage is open daily between the hours of 9.30am and 5pm. There is a notice at the entrance that explains the safe practices to be employed by anyone wishing to enter the church for a quiet prayer.…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club’s 200k in a Day Fundraiser

Knocknagoshel GAA Club’s 200k in a Day Fundraiser

Knocknagoshel GAA Club members would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated so generously to the 200k in a Day fundraiser. Donations came in from Knocknagoshel, surrounding parishes, throughout Ireland and around the world. The number and value of donations far exceeded expectation and €5,280 was raised for Knocknagoshel Meals on Wheels. This will make…

The late Joan Lacey  – The Last of Her Generation of the Buckley Clan

The late Joan Lacey – The Last of Her Generation of the Buckley Clan

Castleisland native, Joan Lacey née Buckley passed away peacefully in her sleep at Fairmount Nursing Home in Shipley, West Yorkshire this week on Thursday 21st May aged 88 years. She was predeceased in 2015 by her husband, Edward – a native of Listowel and by her son, Edward and is survived by her children: Patrick,…

Kaylem’s Day in the Bog – Doing What Comes Naturally

When you think of family associations with occupations you could reel off the likes of Boland’s and Jacob’s with biscuits, Ahern’s and Divane’s with cars and the Cremins name with turf. In fact the Cremins name is as synonymous with keeping the home fires burning around here as is Bord na Mona up the midlands.…

Kerry County Council Planning Offices to Re-open on Monday

Kerry County Council Planning Offices to Re-open on Monday

As part of Kerry County Council’s gradual resumption of services, the council’s planning offices in Áras an Chontae will reopen on Monday, May 25th. The opening of the planning offices to the public will be by appointment only, and customers are advised that full planning services continue to be available by telephone, email and online.…