History Making Male Principal Appointed at Muire Gan Smál

History Making Male Principal Appointed at Muire Gan Smál

Muire Gan Smál Primary School announced its delight and welcome for Seamus Moynihan as its newly appointed principal. Seamus is a graduate of Mary Immaculate College and he also holds an honours degree in maths and science from the Open University. A native of Killarney, Seamus began his teaching career in Cork City and moved…

Student Council Celebrates Presentation Day in Castleisland

Student Council Celebrates Presentation Day in Castleisland

This year’s student council at Presentation Castleisland was officially revealed at a combined event in the school’s sports hall on Friday. The event began with a prayer service lead by the student council to mark Presentation Day. Members of the school choir and musicians accompanied each prayer, lead by music teacher Deirdre O’Brien. Following the…

The Late Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Long, Gortroe, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry

The Late Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Long, Gortroe, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Long, Gortroe, Knocknagoshel, Kerry. Predeceased by his parents, Denis and Eily, Jeremiah ‘Jer’ will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary, sons, James, Denny and Diarmuid, daughters, Anna Marie and Eileen, son-in-law, Eddie, daughters-in-law, Norma, Joanne and Amy, grandchildren, Shauna, Jamie, Adam, Jody, Andy, Emma, Chloe, Lauren…

Róisín and Stephen Receive their Split the Bucket Draw Cheques

Róisín and Stephen Receive their Split the Bucket Draw Cheques

The winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw held in Castlemeats on Saturday, November 21th was David Enright. David won €737. The two latest entrants to the bonus draw for €1,000 to be held on January 2nd are: Doris O’Sullivan and Michelle O’Sullivan. The next draw will be held in MP Moran’s at…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

A Date For The Diary James Doran, who won gold in the European Masters Championship Half Marathon recently in Portugal, will be given a formal escort from Páirc na Féile, down through the village on Saturday, December 5th at 8.30pm. Everyone is invited to stand, socially distanced, along the street to congratulate James for his…

The Lyreacrompane Journal – Looking Back – Moving Forward

The Lyreacrompane Journal – Looking Back – Moving Forward

Lyreacrompane and District Journal is on the shelves again – thirty years after it first appeared. This Lyre Journal is the largest yet – 108 pages packed with local history accounts and photos old and new. The articles deal with local history from the general area and also takes in stories and accounts from as…

The Late Christy Brosnan, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry

The Late Christy Brosnan, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Christy Brosnan, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry Predeceased by his sister, Hannah-mai, brothers, Joe and Mike, Christy will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Kathleen, sons, John, Timmy, Mikey, Patrick, Brendan and Noel, daughters, Mary and Catríona, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, Jack and Pat, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives,…

Healy Rae Concerned over Removal of Yet Another UHK Service

Healy Rae Concerned over Removal of Yet Another UHK Service

Independent Deputy Michael Healy Rae has said that he is disappointed and concerned that yet another medical service has been relocated away from University Hospital Kerry (UHK) with confirmation that Histopathology service will now be carried out at Cork University Hospital (CUH) UHK Services Being Eroded  “Over the years vital services which have been carried…

Signs, Repairs and Upgrading for Loughfouder National School

Signs, Repairs and Upgrading for Loughfouder National School

Cavan native and avid county GAA supporter, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly sent a note to express his pleasure at being in a position to help the management of Loughfouder National School, Knocknagoshel regarding the lack of directional signage for the school. School Signs Secured “As part of my councillor’s allocation I was delighted to contribute €850…

It’s Séamus Begley’s Turn on TG4’s Sé Mo Laoch on Sunday Night

It’s Séamus Begley’s Turn on TG4’s Sé Mo Laoch on Sunday Night

Sé mo Laoch is TG4’s flagship traditional music series which ably tells the stories of some of Ireland’s greatest musicians and singers. “Each of the five one-hour documentaries celebrates the musicianship and creativity of some of our most well-known and respected performers,” according to the station’s related output. Diversity of Music and Musicians The series,…

Local GAA Clubs Unite in Bloody Sunday Commemoration in Castleisland

Local GAA Clubs Unite in Bloody Sunday Commemoration in Castleisland

The centenary of one of the bloodiest, darkest days in the history of Ireland’s war of independence against the forces of the crown was commemorated In Castleisland on the actual date of its occurrence yesterday. However, today marks the day so appropriately named ‘Bloody Sunday’ ever since. Special Commemoration In a special commemoration at the…

Broad Support and €50,000 to Revitilise Glounsharoon Viewing Point – Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae

Broad Support and €50,000 to Revitilise Glounsharoon Viewing Point – Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae

“The view from the Glounsharoon is one of the most spectacular in our county and, since being elected in 2019, the issue of revitalising this area has been a top priority for me,” said Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae in the wake of this week’s Castleisland – Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District on-line meeting. €50,000 Tab For…

Deputy Pa Daly Laments the Continuing Dearth of IDA Visits to Kerry

Deputy Pa Daly Laments the Continuing Dearth of IDA Visits to Kerry

Pa Daly, Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, has sharply criticised the lack of IDA visits to Kerry over the last number of years.  “I asked Minister Varadkar recently about the number of IDA visits to Kerry since 2016, including the year to date in 2020,” said Teachta Daly.   Kerry Neglected by IDA “Kerry is…

Science Foundation Ireland Award for Curranes N.S.

Science Foundation Ireland Award for Curranes N.S.

There was cause for celebration at Curranes National School on Friday when the school was presented with a prestigious plaque. The school was awarded the Discover Primary Science & Maths plaque from Science Foundation Ireland for excellence in the subjects. On Line Ceremony The awards ceremony was held on-line due to Covid-19. Pupils and their…

Councillors Welcome CLÁR Fundaing of Over €14,000 for Knocknagoshel Meals on Wheels

Councillors Welcome CLÁR Fundaing of Over €14,000 for Knocknagoshel Meals on Wheels

Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald and Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae both welcomed the announcement that a sum of €14,800 has been allocated to the Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Group for their Meals on Wheels programme.  The funding, announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, is being provided under the CLÁR programme and it…

Council Calls for Applications for Arts Act Grant Awards for 2021

Council Calls for Applications for Arts Act Grant Awards for 2021

The Kerry County Council Arts Grants application process is now open for projects and activities taking place in 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Thursday, December 17th 2020. Under the Arts Act 2003, funding is allocated to individuals or groups where activities, projects and undertakings stimulate public interest in the…

Schools in Kerry Reminded of ActionTalks Competition

Schools in Kerry Reminded of ActionTalks Competition

Students in Kerry are reminded to submit their entries to ActionTalks, a national speech writing competition organised by ActionAid. The competition, which opened for entries on October 14th, is aimed at secondary school students aged 14 to 17. ActionAid has already had a lot of interest from students across the country and hopes for more…

Castleisland Community College Receives Four Kerry Enterprise Awards

Castleisland Community College Receives Four Kerry Enterprise Awards

Castleisland Community College students received four awards for their entries to the Kerry Enterprise Awards Competition. Micheál O’Shea of Transition Year was runner-up in the senior category with the educational board game which he designed. The board game entitled Climate Conquest is an innovative approach to learning about climate change. Lesson Plans for Primary School…

Castle View Footpath Repairs Welcomed by Cllr. O’Connell

Castle View Footpath Repairs Welcomed by Cllr. O’Connell

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell dropped a note and a photograph to let us know that the bad section of footpath at Castle View on the Cordal Road is being repaired. “I have been campaigning for this since 2017 submitting notices of motion during that time,” said Cllr. O’Connell. “It is one of the most frequently used…

Kerry College and Cidesco Team in Support of Beauty and Spa Sector

Kerry College and Cidesco Team in Support of Beauty and Spa Sector

Kerry College of Further Education and Training (Kerry College) has announced a new fee-free and fully funded skills development programme focused on sterilisation and sanitation for the Beauty Therapy and Spa industry. Given the ongoing pressures on this sector due to COVID-19, Kerry College and CIDESCO International felt that schools, students, salons, spas and members…

Cllr. Farrelly Welcomes Funding Announcement For Local Groups

Cllr. Farrelly Welcomes Funding Announcement For Local Groups

Local Independent Kerry County Councillor Charlie Farrelly sent a note to welcome recently announced Leader Funding of €43,426.80 by the Kerry Local Action Group (LAG) of which he is the only elected member from the Castleisland Municipal District. Successful Recipients Cllr. Farrelly listed the successful recipients as: Kielduff Community Co.Op Ltd for Kielduff Community Centre…

What’s on the Agenda for Today’s Castleisland / Corca Dhuibhne District Meeting

What’s on the Agenda for Today’s Castleisland / Corca Dhuibhne District Meeting

The next meeting of the members of the Municipal District of Castleisland / Corca Dhuibhne will be held today Thursday, November 19th at 10am via MS Teams to consider the under mentioned items. Ceantar Bardas Oileán Chiarraí – Corca Dhuibhne / Municipal District of Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Notices of Motion 1. Cllr. Michael O’Shea: To ask…

Councillors Welcome Community Enhancement Programme Grant Announcements

Councillors Welcome Community Enhancement Programme Grant Announcements

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) Round 2, which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, has provided €155,358 for projects in Kerry in 2020. The grants have been welcomed in messages to The Maine Valley Post by Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald, Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell in that order. Grant applications were…

‘Desmonds Avenue Water Quality Issues Should be Dealt With’ – Taoiseach Micheál Martin

‘Desmonds Avenue Water Quality Issues Should be Dealt With’ – Taoiseach Micheál Martin

An Taoiseach Michéal Martin has agreed with Deputy Michael Healy Rae that the issue of up to ten houses in a Castleisland housing Estate currently using water that contains six times the allowable iron levels “Should be dealt with” as it presents a clear health risk. Deputy Michael Healy Rae raised the matter of Desmonds…

Front-Line Workers in Cork and Kerry Featured in Video Appeal

Front-Line Workers in Cork and Kerry Featured in Video Appeal

Front-line workers in Cork and Kerry have issued a heart-felt video plea to their communities to continue to keep their guard up in order to stop the spread of Covid-19. In a new video launched on Tuesday, the front-line workers remind everyone of what communities have achieved already by working together. The video, an inter-agency…

The Late Mary B O’Sullivan, Currans, Farranfore and Meenleitrim, Knocknogoshel

The Late Mary B O’Sullivan, Currans, Farranfore and Meenleitrim, Knocknogoshel

The death has occurred of Mary B O’Sullivan, Cragg, Currans, Farranfore, Co. Kerry and formerly of Meenleitrim, Knocknogoshel, Co Kerry. On November 15th 2020, suddenly. Predeceased by her partner Richie Kingston. Sadly missed by relatives, neighbours and many friends. Rest In Peace. Working Life in Castleisland The late Mary B. O’ Sullivan began her working…

Presentation Castleisland Launches STEM Role Model Videos for Primary Schools

Presentation Castleisland Launches STEM Role Model Videos for Primary Schools

Presentation Castleisland is the only secondary school in Kerry to be chosen to participate in a STEM school digital excellence programme. The students are STEM role models for pupils in local primary schools in their cluster and a range of videos are available on the school’s social media outlets. Science Week Video Launch The first…

Kerry County Council Launches Local ‘Keep Well’ Campaign

Kerry County Council Launches Local ‘Keep Well’ Campaign

As part of the Government’s Resilience Campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerry County Council is inviting people in the county to participate in and avail of a programme of events and initiatives which are being rolled out across Kerry under the national ‘Keep Well’ campaign. Online Information The local authority will be providing information online…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

A Sobering Thought It’s the time of year when Drink Aware runs campaigns to remind everyone to be consciously aware of the amount of alcohol they consume.  A very surprising fact, considering the pubs have been closed for long stretches of 2020, is that alcohol consumption in Ireland has increased significantly during the past months.…

Split the Bucket Surprise for Stephen in Knocknagoshel Draw

Split the Bucket Surprise for Stephen in Knocknagoshel Draw

The winner of the Castleisland Split the Bucket draw held in Kieran’s XL, Knocknagoshel on Saturday, November 14th was Stephen Kearney. Stephen won €802. The two entrants to the bonus draw for €1,000 to be held on January 2nd were: Erin Murphy and Bridget Broderick. The next draw will be held at Castlemeats on Saturday…