Kerry County Council Road Closures in Currow and Gneeveguilla in March

Kerry County Council Road Closures in Currow and Gneeveguilla in March

Kerry County Council has issued notice of up-coming road closures in the Currow and Gneeveguilla areas in late March. And, in conjunction with work proposed for the roads in these areas, the council is also giving notice to anyone who may wish to lodge an objection to these works in the areas mentioned here. Cllr.…

The Late Elizabeth O’Connor, nee Nolan, Lower Dromulton, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The Late Elizabeth O’Connor, nee Nolan, Lower Dromulton, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Elizabeth O’Connor, nee Nolan, Lower Dromulton, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Aged 57. Liz passed away peacefully on February 25th 2021 after a long illness bravely borne, surrounded by her loving family in the exceptional care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry. Beloved wife of Tommy and devoted mother…

North Cork Garda Alert for Toyota Corolla Van, Registration 03-WW-1556

North Cork Garda Alert for Toyota Corolla Van, Registration 03-WW-1556

An Garda Siochána Alert – North Cork, 26th February 2021. After the discovery of the bodies of two brothers on a farm in North Cork overnight,  Garda Síochána in the Cork, Kerry and Limerick – Southern Region have issued an alert this morning from the scene of a double murder of two brothers on a…

The Late Nora Mary Hickey, New York and formerly of Ballinattin, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry.

The Late Nora Mary Hickey, New York and formerly of Ballinattin, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry.

The death has occurred of Nora Mary Hickey, New York and formerly of Ballinattin, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry. Nora Mary was predeceased by her parents, Laurence and Mary Ann, sister, Sheila in New York, sisters-in-law, Mary and Phil, brother-in-law, Gerald. She will be sadly missed by her sisters, Bride Barry, Angela in London and brothers: James,…

Headley’s Bridge Crib Sets New €2,200 Record in Comfort for Chemo Collection

Headley’s Bridge Crib Sets New €2,200 Record in Comfort for Chemo Collection

In the run-up to a Christmas which promised little, the Headley’s Bridge promoters of an annual charity crib collection wondered if they should continue with their decade long, seasonal tradition. Eileen and Thomas O’Connor of ‘The Bridge’ were encouraged by neighbours and friends to carry on in spite of the cloud which hung over Christmas.…

Resources Are Available to People with Long Term Health Conditions

Resources Are Available to People with Long Term Health Conditions

At this time of Covid-19, Maeve Carmody, self-management support coordinator with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is reminding those with long term health condition that resources and services are available to support them. People living with a long-term health condition may be more at risk of serious illness if they get Covid-19 and need to take…

Currow Coiste Na nÓg and its First On-line AGM

Currow Coiste Na nÓg and its First On-line AGM

On Wednesday, February 17th the first ever Currow Coiste Na nÓg AGM was held online via Microsoft teams. There was a very good crowd in attendance on the night and the following officers were elected: By Con Enright, P.R.O. Patron – Fr. John Buckley; Presidents: Tadhg Walsh and Johnny Scanlon; Chairman:  Frank Coffey; Vice Chairman:…

Take the Pledge to Read More During Lock-down with Ireland Reads

Take the Pledge to Read More During Lock-down with Ireland Reads

Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading tomorrow, Thursday, February 25th. Kerry Library has teamed up with libraries nationwide and some local authors for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Keep Well initiative and aims to…

Prolonged Lock-down Knocks Parade for Second Year. But….

Prolonged Lock-down Knocks Parade for Second Year. But….

Last night’s state of the nation address by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the Covid-19 situation and the elongation of the current lock-down has already knocked many great social events off the 2021 calendar for sure.  Taoiseach Martin may have officially answered a thousand questions in the course of his statement – but we had…

Daly Critical of Protracted Processing Delays in Department of Agriculture

Daly Critical of Protracted Processing Delays in Department of Agriculture

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, criticised processing delays within the Department of Agriculture in Dáil Éireann last week, highlighting a range of issues affecting beef farmers, forestry and aquaculture in Kerry.  Teachta Daly said that he has been continually hearing from constituents who are frustrated with the Department of Agriculture and the Marine…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Celebration Time for Patie We extend our heartiest birthday wishes to Patie Brosnan who reaches the incredible age of 96 on Friday.  It’s a phenomenal age and a tribute to the care and love Patie receives from his family and the terrific staff in Columbanus, Killarney. Yearly Lotto New Members For an annual subscription of…

Bright Beginnings – Culture, Practice and Pedagogy

Bright Beginnings – Culture, Practice and Pedagogy

In March 2009 Bright Beginnings Preschool officially opened its doors. The preschool, which is located at Castleisland Family Resource Centre on Church Street, focuses on providing quality early intervention in small local group settings while providing encouragement for social inclusion and support for all families. (Advertorial) In 2012 the work of the centre was recognised…

Met Éireann and Kerry County Council Issue Weather Warning

Met Éireann and Kerry County Council Issue Weather Warning

I just saw the weather forecast for the week ahead and from Friday onwards it going to be kind and nice and warm. Meanwhile, it’s going to be mean and it merits warnings from Met Éireann and Kerry County Council. Met Éireann has issued the following Status Orange warning for rainfall for County Kerry and…

Solid Fuel to be Turfed Out  – Take the Survey – Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald

Solid Fuel to be Turfed Out – Take the Survey – Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald

There is now a public consultation process on the development of new Solid Fuel Regulations. The survey is available online through gov.ie or an email can be sent to the address at the end of the article here. Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald is encouraging everyone to have their say and express their own views on the…

Yvonne Keeps the Currow Flag Flying On-Line with Split the Bucket Draw Win

Yvonne Keeps the Currow Flag Flying On-Line with Split the Bucket Draw Win

The winner of the Split the Bucket draw held in Browne’s Hardware on Saturday, February 20th was Yvonne O’Connor, Currow. Yvonne won €737 and was an online winner. The next draw will take place in Castlemeats Deli at 5pm on Saturday, February, 27th. Castleisland RFC would like to take this opportunity to thank all our…

The Late Mary O’Connor, nee Murphy, Summerhill, Currow and Carker, Scartaglen

The Late Mary O’Connor, nee Murphy, Summerhill, Currow and Carker, Scartaglen

The death has taken place of Mary O’Connor, nee Murphy, Summerhill, Currow and formerly of Carker, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on 19th February 2021, in her 93rd year, in the excellent care of the staff in University Hospital Kerry, surrounded by her loving family. Mary is predeceased by her husband John and sons Eamonn and…

Castleisland and District Publicans on December 1964 Day Trip

Castleisland and District Publicans on December 1964 Day Trip

Here’s another one of the souvenir photographs from a Castleisland area publicans day trip. This one, I’m sure, is the Guinness brewery in Dublin and it was taken in December 1964 as it’s so marked on the back. There may be a few more blanks in this one compared with the Smithwicks photograph of the…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club Lotto Jackpot at €10,500

Knocknagoshel GAA Club Lotto Jackpot at €10,500

The Knocknagoshel GAA Club Lotto draw was held on Saturday February 13th. The results are as follows: Numbers drawn were 13, 17, 20 and 24 and no jackpot winner emerged. Lucky dips of €30 each went to: Mike Mangan, Behenaugh; Eamon McAuliffe, Scart; Maurice O’Connor, Meenahilia; Mary Doogan, Meenleitrim and Sarah Lynch, Castleisland – an…

Maura’s Cottage Flowers – Grown from a Love of Gardening, Colour and Country Living

Maura’s Cottage Flowers – Grown from a Love of Gardening, Colour and Country Living

Maura’s Cottage Flowers is a family run business nurtured from the seed of an idea and a love of gardening. It was established in its Tralee base in The Spa in 2015 and has expanded and grown with new offerings every year since. Now known throughout the county, the home grown business has a reputation…

Ciara Sharp-est in Radio Kerry’s MEP Schools Essay Competition

Ciara Sharp-est in Radio Kerry’s MEP Schools Essay Competition

Radio Kerry has announced the winners of a special student essay competition titled: If I were an MEP. The winning essay was written by Presentation Secondary School Tralee student, Ciara Sharp. Among the issues Ciara wrote about were: gender equality, the gender pay gap, and sexism. Former US First Lady Michelle Obama was cited as…

Government Bill on Land Development Agency is Concerning – Danny Healy Rae, TD

Government Bill on Land Development Agency is Concerning – Danny Healy Rae, TD

Deputy Danny Healy Rae has voiced his concerned about the Government bill going through Dáil Éireann at the present time. “This proposes to set up a ‘Land Development Agency’ to deliver social and affordable housing and giving them powers to take over any public lands or even privately owned land at agricultural value,” said Deputy…

Student Leadership Displayed at Safer Internet Day 2021 at Presentation Castleisland

Student Leadership Displayed at Safer Internet Day 2021 at Presentation Castleisland

Safer Internet Day 2021 took place on Tuesday, February 9th at Presentation Secondary School Castleisland and never has it been more crucial that everyone is educated about online safety.  It is a globally celebrated day to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology amongst young people.  The campaign was run this year in…

Oh The Days of the Brewery Day Trip Photographs

Oh The Days of the Brewery Day Trip Photographs

Long before the Smithwicks Experience in Kilkenny became the streamlined, modern tourist attraction it is today, publicans and their staff members from all over Ireland were treated to a ‘day trip’ to the brewery. These trips seemed to reach the height of their popularity in the 1970s and it was also a time when brewery…

My Lockdown Experience: Ryan Whelan, Muire Gan Smál, 1st Class, Age 7

My Lockdown Experience: Ryan Whelan, Muire Gan Smál, 1st Class, Age 7

Today we have the third of the ‘My Lock-down Experience’ responses from Scoil Muire Gan Smál initiated by Principal Seamus Moynihan. It’s the turn of Ryan Whelan – a first class pupil and seven years old. Q. What is lock-down like this time compared to last year? A. It’s much harder now because we are…

Former Castleisland Publican, Scartaglen Native Mike O’Rourke Dies in London

Former Castleisland Publican, Scartaglen Native Mike O’Rourke Dies in London

The death has occurred of Michael Anthony O’Rourke, born 26th February 1946 of London, Kilburn and Wembley, previously Counguilla, Scartaglen and Castleisland. Passed away peacefully at home following a short illness on Tuesday 16th February 2021. Predeceased by his parents Batt and Katty, nee Divane. He is survived by his loving wife Kathleen, son Barth,…

Cruinniú na nÓg – Youth to Have a Say in National Creativity Day

Cruinniú na nÓg – Youth to Have a Say in National Creativity Day

Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people. It is happening on Saturday June 12th. and in advance of the day, Kerry County Council’s Arts Office is looking for feedback from children and young people themselves about what they would like see included in this year’s programme. “We…

My Lock-down Story: Grace McGovern, 6th Class, Age 12, Muire Gan Smál

My Lock-down Story: Grace McGovern, 6th Class, Age 12, Muire Gan Smál

Hello, I’m Grace McGovern.  I’m 12 years old and I attend Muire Gan Smál, Castleisland. Like so many other kids and teenagers, I’m learning from home, doing zoom calls and it can get frustrating at times but it’s OK overall. I do my school work everyday,with project work every once in a while, which I…

Dying For The Cause – Remembering Robert ‘Bob’ Browne

Dying For The Cause – Remembering Robert ‘Bob’ Browne

A wreath laying ceremony was held on Monday evening, February 8th. 2021 at Knockalougha, Knocknagoshel where the body of Robert Browne was discovered by local people after being shot dead by crown forces on February 8th.1921. By Éamonn Ó Braoin In his book ‘Dying For The Cause’ Tim Horgan gives an account of Robert Browne’s…

Castleisland Community College Throws Down Fittest Family Challenge

Castleisland Community College Throws Down Fittest Family Challenge

Castleisland Community College, under the guidance of science teacher Kellie Sheehy, has invited all families in the school community to take part in its Fittest Family Challenge. The competition will take place over the coming weeks with two to four members of a family participating. Aim of The Challenge The aim of the challenge is…