Remembering Dennis Lane – a Great Castleisland Athlete in Australia

Remembering Dennis Lane – a Great Castleisland Athlete in Australia

An article in a Sydney newspaper from years ago reminds me of the sporting heroics of a Knocknagore neighbour of whom I had often heard as a child. It wasn’t until the late Anthony Cronin, himself an accomplished athlete, gave me the newspaper version of the remarkable story of Dennis Lane / Leane of Knocknagore…

POSTPONE Your Visit to Kerry During Public Health Emergency

POSTPONE Your Visit to Kerry During Public Health Emergency

Kerry County Council has issued an unprecedented appeal for people not to travel to Kerry over the Easter Weekend and to postpone their visit to Kerry for the duration of the current COVID-19 travel restrictions. Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell issued the appeal to those contemplating travel to the county over the Easter holidays amid…

Council Closes Public Car Parks at Beaches For Easter

Council Closes Public Car Parks at Beaches For Easter

Following consultation with An Garda Síochána, and in the interests of limiting the spread of the coronavirus, Kerry County Council will close all public car parks at beaches around the county for the Easter weekend. Public Health Advice The decision follows the issuing of clear national public health advice that members of the public should…

Community College Celebrates its Emailed Enterprise Awards News

Community College Celebrates its Emailed Enterprise Awards News

Castleisland Community College received the news of its successes via email from Kerry Enterprise Awards. Transition Year student, Micheál O’Shea was runner-up in the senior category with the educational board game which he designed. The board game, Climate Conquest is an innovative approach to learning about climate change. “The game certainly promotes the ethos that…

Covid-19: Castleisland Among Community Assessment Hubs for Cork and Kerry

Covid-19: Castleisland Among Community Assessment Hubs for Cork and Kerry

Statements just in from HSE communications manager, Mary Smithwick and Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae confirming the imminent opening of the assessment hubs in centres in Cork and Kerry. The centres will be located as follows: Castleisland – Castleisland Primary Care Centre, Limerick Road; Bantry – Bantry Primary Care Centre; Ballincollig – Old Fort Road and…

Tonight’s Padre Pio Devotions on Church TV from Castleisland 7:30pm

Tonight’s Padre Pio Devotions on Church TV from Castleisland 7:30pm

This evening’s fourth in the series of Padre Pio Devotions was supposed to follow in the path of its three previous, monthly Tuesday night occasions since the start of the year. Who would have thought that Fr. Mossie Brick would be taking to the altar in the Church of Saints Stephen and John and facing…

Credit Unions Reaching Out to Help Their Current Account Holders

Credit Unions Reaching Out to Help Their Current Account Holders

Last October, Cara Credit Union and Killarney Credit Union launched a much sought after Current Account with a globally accepted Mastercard Debit Card with ‘Contactless’ Payments. Both credit unions have reported great interest in this current account which is no surprise given that credit unions offer something different to other financial institutions in terms of…

Three-in-a-row for Pres Castleisland Student Entrepreneurs

Three-in-a-row for Pres Castleisland Student Entrepreneurs

Presentation Castleisland has claimed the top prize at the Kerry Enterprise County Final in the Junior Category – for the third year in a row. For the second year in a row, they have claimed the top prize in both the Junior and Intermediate Category and also claimed the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year for…

Castleisland’s Rás Tailteann Summer Stage End Postponed Due to Virus

Castleisland’s Rás Tailteann Summer Stage End Postponed Due to Virus

Castleisland’s summertime losses are mounting this week with the announcement that the Rás Tailteann – for which a stage end and start were scheduled in the town on June 11th. and 12th. – have been postponed due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Covid-19 virus. Cáirde Rás Tailteann “Following the recent developments and recommendations from…

Katie Wins South Category Green School Water Poster Competition

Katie Wins South Category Green School Water Poster Competition

Congratulations, yet again, to Ballymacelligott teenager, Katie O’Connor – a Castleisland Community College Transition Year student who won the South Category of the second level Green School Water / Art Competition. Katie has won a tablet computer to the value of €250 euro and a professionally mounted and framed copy of the poster. Forward to…

Holy Week Ceremonies at Castleisland Parish Church on Radio and TV

Holy Week Ceremonies at Castleisland Parish Church on Radio and TV

You can follow Easter Ceremonies from Castleisland Parish Church all this Holy Week on the Parish Radio or on the webcam/streaming with mass on line through the link below. The parish office has issued an invitation to join the parish community for the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. “Follow the journey of Jesus from Palm…

HSE Message as Castleisland Facility Converts to Community Assessment Hub

HSE Message as Castleisland Facility Converts to Community Assessment Hub

As two Castleisland facilities are being prepared to cater for the expected rise in the incidents of the Covid-19 virus, HSE management has issued a message of thanks to the people of the county and country for their support of staff during the current crisis. Preparations have been ongoing for the past couple of days…

Castleisland Races Cancelled – Town Festival on Longest Finger

Castleisland Races Cancelled – Town Festival on Longest Finger

One of Ireland’s oldest horse and pony race meetings due to be held in Castleisland on Sunday June 7th. has been cancelled for 2020. “We were looking forward to the running of our annual races which have raised €144,555 for local charities over the past 15 years,” said committee spokesman, Pat Hartnett. Races Depend on…

High Powered Boat Stolen from Farm Shed in Cordal

High Powered Boat Stolen from Farm Shed in Cordal

In the normal course of thought, boats and Cordal simply do not occur to us. Why would they you could ask. However, as the month of March was making its way through the 2020 calendar, a theft involving a power boat was committed in Glenlarhan in Cordal just outside Castleisland in Co. Kerry. Stolen From…

White Button’s Bright Idea Has Face Mask Production Sewn Up in Castleisland

White Button’s Bright Idea Has Face Mask Production Sewn Up in Castleisland

Necessity, being the mother of invention, is weaving her prowess and skills in all kinds of means, directions and ways. In Castleisland, The White Button – a sewing company set up just three years ago by local couple Agata and Peter Michno, found that they had all the components necessary to make masks for the…

Recovery Haven Launches 10th Anniversary Art and Photography Competition

Recovery Haven Launches 10th Anniversary Art and Photography Competition

As part of Recovery Haven Kerry’s 10th anniversary plans in 2020, the cancer support charity has announced details of its inaugural ‘Haven Art and Photography Competition. A haven is a resting place, a refuge on a journey and Recovery Haven Kerry aims to provide a safe confidential space for people and families dealing with cancer.…

Cara Credit Union: Changes to Office Opening Times and Procedures

Cara Credit Union: Changes to Office Opening Times and Procedures

Following the latest COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the Government, credit unions wish you to know they are still listed as an essential service and are here to help you during these unprecedented times. However, there are changes to opening times and Cara Credit Union management asks its customers, in the interest of public health and…

Desmonds GAA Club Signed up to Community Support Service

Desmonds GAA Club Signed up to Community Support Service

Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club members have signed up to the Community Support Service according to the club PRO Eilish O’Leary. “Our members are available to do non-medical tasks for vulnerable members of our community. “If you require your shopping, fuel or medicine to be collected please ring 1800 807 009 and you will receive assistance.…

An Garda Síochana Safety Advice During Covid-19 Isolation Period

An Garda Síochana Safety Advice During Covid-19 Isolation Period

Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald sent Covid-19 Home Crime Prevention Advice leaflets published from An Garda Siochána and distributed by Pobal.ie Because of last week’s scare about scammers in boiler suits calling to people’s homes in various parts of the country the following advice is particularly timely. Unexpected Callers – Keep Them Out Keep Unexpected Callers Out…

O’Brien’s Lighting Up Glebe Lodge with Searchlight Donation

O’Brien’s Lighting Up Glebe Lodge with Searchlight Donation

Seamus and Eileen O’Brien of O’Brien’s Lighting were recently invited to Searchlight Electrical Ltd 75th anniversary celebrations dinner. As part of the celebration dinner SEL Ltd held a raffle in which guests whose names were pulled out in a draw could nominate charities of their choice to receive money. Glebe Lodge Nominated To their delight…

Castleisland Members Golf Club Winding-up Statement

Castleisland Members Golf Club Winding-up Statement

The following is the statement issued by the ‘steering committee’ of Castleisland Members Golf Club which recommended winding up the affairs of the club on financial grounds and to avoid the liabilities of deeper debt creation and of reckless trading. The much praised Tulligubeen facility, first mooted in the late 1990s, was eventually converted from…

Headley’s Bridge Creamery Opened in 1970 on this Day

Headley’s Bridge Creamery Opened in 1970 on this Day

  On this very day and date, April 1st.1970 on a site on the Wood Line Road between Headley’s Bridge and Knocknagoshel Village the ‘new branch creamery’ was officially opened and blessed by Knocknagoshel PP Fr. Bob Walsh. I know because I was there from the digging of the foundations to the capping and painting…

The Late Michael Coffey, Clounclough, Currow and London

The Late Michael Coffey, Clounclough, Currow and London

News has reached home that Clounclough, Currow native, Michael ‘Mikey’ Coffey has died suddenly in England at the age of 57. A family member said on Saturday that he had been talking, only on Friday, about coming home as soon as he possibly could and was looking forward to making the trip. A Dinger of…

April 6th Set as Castleisland Golf Club Closure Date

April 6th Set as Castleisland Golf Club Closure Date

Castleisland’s ailing fortunes of recent years have been dealt another hammer blow this week with the announcement that the local golf club and course at Tulligubeen is to close finally on April 6th. On the cusp of its 18th birthday, Castleisland Members Golf Club has, like many of its equals around the country, struggled to…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club Members – We’re Here to Help !

Knocknagoshel GAA Club Members – We’re Here to Help !

Knocknagoshel GAA Club members are willing to collect groceries, fuel or prescriptions for anyone self-isolating at this time. Please contact: Dan on 087 64 11 397, John on 087 71 76 698 or Mike on 086 19 29 558. We would like to acknowledge the excellent service that Kieran’s XL is providing to the people…

Castleisland Day Care Centre Services – Just a Phone Call Away

Castleisland Day Care Centre Services – Just a Phone Call Away

As a result of a mandatory order for everyone to stay at home for a two week period and for all those over 70 years to ‘cocoon’ Castleisland Day Care Centre can no longer accept elderly clients who would normally avail of its day care services. Stay at Home “We are asking everyone to remain…

Phelim Drew’s Island Sessions Concert Reset for July 31 at Browne’s

Phelim Drew’s Island Sessions Concert Reset for July 31 at Browne’s

Like every other event of its kind, Phelim Drew’s gig at Browne’s Bar in Castleisland originally scheduled for Friday, March 27th has had to be postponed. The rescheduled date is Friday July 31st. at 9pm and at the same venue. All tickets remain valid for the new date and ticket holders can also request a…

Buy the Book – MacNamee Award for The Story of Brosna GAA

Buy the Book – MacNamee Award for The Story of Brosna GAA

What an achievement for our club.  The amazing book that is The Story of Brosna GAA has just won the MacNamee Award for Best Club Publication 2019. Seeing off very strong competition from many other clubs across the country, our incredible book ended up taking the top prize. Anne, Carl and the Two Marys Congratulations…

Over 70s! Please, Please, Please Stay at Home – Jack Shanahan, MPSI

Over 70s! Please, Please, Please Stay at Home – Jack Shanahan, MPSI

An urgent appeal / message just in from Jack Shanahan at the Haven Pharmacy in Garvey’s SuperValu complex on Church Street, Castleisland. “I am worried that many over 70s are not heeding the ‘Stay At Home’ message,” said Jack – and he continued: “This morning, in the first hour, I had a 79 year old,…

Covid-19 Community Response – New Freephone Line

Covid-19 Community Response – New Freephone Line

A new telephone helpline has been launched in Kerry this morning to assist members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical services and to provide support and advice to people during the current public health emergency. The free, confidential phoneline service has been established by the new COVID-19 Kerry Community Response Forum which includes…