Play on Lyreacrompane Bog Drainage Scheme of 1752 – Rehearsals in Full Swing

Play on Lyreacrompane Bog Drainage Scheme of 1752 – Rehearsals in Full Swing

Richard Walsh from Ballybunion is currently theatre artist in residence at St. John’s Theatre in Listowel – a post funded by the Arts Council with support from Kerry County Council. His theatre company NoKe Theatre (North Kerry Theatre) has been founded to develop theatre that unravels the landscape of North Kerry and the effects of…

Minister Foley Welcomes over €200,000 for Kerry in Infrastructure Scheme

Minister Foley Welcomes over €200,000 for Kerry in Infrastructure Scheme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley welcomes the Government announcement of an allocation of €210,341.78 for 11 Kerry projects as part of an investment in adventure and rural tourism. The funding, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will further enhance our unique natural amenities and support Rural Ireland as a destination for…

Ballymac Luckily Lands €10,000 Winnings Windfall For Castleisland Day Care Centre

Ballymac Luckily Lands €10,000 Winnings Windfall For Castleisland Day Care Centre

Last July at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee the final of the Pestana@stud and Droopy’s Kennels Hospital stake was run off. The result of that race triggered a series of positive reverberations for Castleisland Day Care Centre and just this week saw the presentation of a donation of €10,000 to the centre by Fr.…

Inefficiencies in the Handling of Parcels and Packages – Daly

Inefficiencies in the Handling of Parcels and Packages – Daly

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, has called out inefficiencies causing financial and environmental waste that is occurring in the handling of parcels and packages. Teachta Daly said that there are two issues affecting parcel deliveries in Ireland, however the common theme is a scandalous waste of money and environmental resources in delivery of…

Kerry Airport in Top Three But Needs More Votes to Win Travel Award

Kerry Airport in Top Three But Needs More Votes to Win Travel Award

Kerry Airport has been shortlisted in the Top 3 Irish Airports for the upcoming Irish Travel Trade / Travel2Ireland.ie Awards. It follows the initial round of public voting which ended last week and once again, everyone is being asked to go online and vote for Kerry Airport as the Best Irish Airport before Monday 25th…

Currow Rural Development Group Holding A Scrap Saturday Fundraiser

Currow Rural Development Group Holding A Scrap Saturday Fundraiser

Currow Rural Development Group will hold a Scrap Metal Collection day on Saturday, October 30th 2021 from 9am to 3pm at the Creamery Yard in Currow Village to fundraiser for the ongoing work of the group.  The group’s work involves maintaining and improving common areas in the village for the benefit of all of the…

Expressions of Interest Sought on Men’s / Women’s Shed Idea for Castleisland

Expressions of Interest Sought on Men’s / Women’s Shed Idea for Castleisland

Plans are afoot to setup a men’s and women’s shed movement in the Castleisland area. “The plan was first discussed a couple of years ago but Covid-19 put everything on hold for us,” said a spokesperson for the potential organising group. “Interest in the idea is developing again so this time we are going to…

Full Programme Planned for O’Keeffe Festival Weekend

Full Programme Planned for O’Keeffe Festival Weekend

It is impossible to predict what this weekend’s Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will be like. But then, there’s nothing new in that as each and every one of the preceding October bank holiday weekend festivals have been different in their own delightful ways. This one will be entirely different to anything that went before…

The Late John A. Nolan, 2 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The Late John A. Nolan, 2 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of John A.Nolan 2 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. An ex-employee of Rhyno Mills, Castleisland, John A. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 19th 2021, in his 92nd year. Beloved father of the late Denis and Liz. Sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret, sons: Donal, John, Brendan…

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s Ladies Register First Super League Win

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s Ladies Register First Super League Win

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s ladies took their first Super League win by defeating Fr. Mathews 73 – 58 in Castleisland on Saturday evening. By: Bríd Kenny The first quarter saw Fr. Mathews get off to the better start, taking a six points to two early lead. The home side had some great chances but the…

All Kinds of Vehicles Welcome in Sunday’s Kilmurry NC Tractor and Vehicle Run

All Kinds of Vehicles Welcome in Sunday’s Kilmurry NC Tractor and Vehicle Run

A gathering of pupils, teachers and parents at Kilmurry National School in Cordal on Saturday evening joined organisers, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly and Joe O’Connor in announcing their own fundraising tractor and vehicle run. The run will leave Cordal GAA Club grounds at 1pm on the coming Sunday, October 24th but the gates to the grounds…

Pa Daly TD Welcomes News on HSE Recruitments

Pa Daly TD Welcomes News on HSE Recruitments

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly has welcomed the HSE recruitment drive for home help staff and a key appointment at University Hospital Kerry. Teachta Daly said that in the midst of much depressing news regarding the HSE lack of resources lately and the ongoing crisis at UHK, he was delighted to hear from…

The Late Cornelius ‘Neily’ Reidy, Cordal West, Castleisland and Torquay, England

The Late Cornelius ‘Neily’ Reidy, Cordal West, Castleisland and Torquay, England

The death has occurred of Cornelius ‘Neily’ Reidy, (74) Cordal West, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and Torquay, England. Peacefully, on October 14th 2021, in Torquay, England. Predeceased by his parents Maurice and Nora, his sister Kitty and his brothers Moss and Sonny. Sadly missed by his daughter Noreen, son John, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Timmy and John,…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Car Raffle on Saturday I am delighted to say that the raffle for the fabulous VW Golf is taking place by live stream from Divanes Castleisland on the coming Saturday, October 23rd. The particulars of the draw, which is being conducted using correct and supervised protocols, will be advised over Brosna GAA Club’s social media channels…

Minister Foley Expresses Sadness at the Death of Brendan Kennelly

Minister Foley Expresses Sadness at the Death of Brendan Kennelly

Like admirers and lovers of the arts everywhere, Minister for Education Norma Foley expressed her sadness at the passing of Ballylongford’s, Kerry’s and Ireland’s Brendan Kennelly. She sent the following note: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Brendan Kennelly. A proud Kerryman and giant of the world of literature. A wordsmith beyond compare blessed…

Frances Black for October End Concert in Ballymacelligott

Frances Black for October End Concert in Ballymacelligott

Frances Black is the latest big name on the Irish music scene to grace the stage at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott. The member of the famous Dublin musical family will appear there for two dinner and show combinations on Saturday, October 30th. The first dinner sitting is at 5pm and the Frances…

Padre Pio, October Devotions on this Tuesday at 7:30pm

Padre Pio, October Devotions on this Tuesday at 7:30pm

The Padre Pio, October devotions will be held on this Tuesday, October 19th at 7.30pm. The witness will be provided by Michelle Culloty of Glanmire and Kilcummin. Michelle’s theme will be: “San Giovanni, the trip of a life time and words cannot express the sense of peace and tranquillity that came over me.” St. Padre…

John O’Connell, Cordal – Another Second Time Split the Bucket Winner

John O’Connell, Cordal – Another Second Time Split the Bucket Winner

This week’s winner of the Castleisland Rugby Club Split the Bucket draw held at Kieran’s XL in Knocknagoshel was John O’Connell, Cordal. John won €934 and is lucky enough to have won for the second time. He last won in April when the prize was €749. Next weekend’s draw will be held at Kearney’s Bar…

Success on the Double and Medals for Currow Ladies U-12s

Success on the Double and Medals for Currow Ladies U-12s

In a week that the Currow Ladies GAA Club mourned the passing of their president and founder, Tadhg Walsh, there was joy in the juvenile ranks when the all conquering U-12 team members were presented with their medals at a function in the GAA club grounds. By Con Dennehy The panel of 22 players were…

Jimmy O’Brien’s Contribution to Sliabh Luachra Marked at O’Keeffe Festival 2014

Jimmy O’Brien’s Contribution to Sliabh Luachra Marked at O’Keeffe Festival 2014

Killarney publican  and singer, the late Jimmy O’Brien stood behind the counter of his celebrated bar for a couple of years with a half  century.  The bar closed in the summer of 2013 and just two years after the institution had celebrated its 50th year in business.  After a few years spent in America in…

Blitz Blow for Castleisland as St. Mary’s Make Tough Call – Again

Blitz Blow for Castleisland as St. Mary’s Make Tough Call – Again

  For the second year in succession, the committee of St. Mary’s Basketball Club has had to make a responsible but tough decision regarding its 51st Christmas Blitz. Normally preparations for the five day event would begin in early September; however, this year was no different to 2020, and after many meetings and much discussion…

Castleisland Chamber Alliance Announces Exciting Town Marketing Plan

Castleisland Chamber Alliance Announces Exciting Town Marketing Plan

Castleisland Chamber Alliance is promoting a new marketing and branding campaign which will bring a revitalised approach to local retail, businesses, tourism and heritage stakeholders. “We are delighted to share the news that we have appointed Bespoke Business Support Collective to lead and manage this new branding and marketing initiative,” said chamber Chairman, Michael J…

The Late Marjorie Drumm, nee O’Mahony, Cordal West and late of Camp, Castleisland.

The Late Marjorie Drumm, nee O’Mahony, Cordal West and late of Camp, Castleisland.

The death has occurred of Marjorie Drumm, nee O’Mahony, Cordal West, Castleisland and late of Camp, Castleisland. Peacefully at home on October 14th 2021 in her 95th year surrounded by her loving family. Reunited with her husband Jack and infant son John. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her family Kathleen Campbell in Galway; Nora,…

The Late David ‘Davy’ Sheehan, Cordal West and Coolegrane, Brosna

The Late David ‘Davy’ Sheehan, Cordal West and Coolegrane, Brosna

The death has occurred of David ‘Davy’ Sheehan, Cordal West, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Coolegrane, Brosna. Peacefully, on October 12th 2021, in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry. Beloved husband of the late Maureen and brother of the late Kathleen Enright and Tom Sheehan. Sadly missed by…

Castleisland Well Represented at Dan Tim’s Freedom of London Sheep Drive

Castleisland Well Represented at Dan Tim’s Freedom of London Sheep Drive

The story of teenager Dan Tim O’Sullivan uprooting from his South Kerry home with the shirt on his back and a few pounds to tide him over is one that could be applied to so many others from rural Ireland. That was 50 years ago. Where Dan Tim’s story differs from so many others is…

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics in Tralee Today and Monday

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics in Tralee Today and Monday

With concerning news on increasing Covid-19 levels this morning  comes a short bulletin from the HSE about ‘walk-in’ vaccination clinics in Tralee later on today and on Monday. Walk-in vaccination clinics will take place at the Kerry Vaccination Centre (former Borg Warner site) at Monavalley, Tralee on: Thursday, October 14th from 3pm to 5pm and…

Sustenance for Starving Artists at The Crown During Music Festival

Sustenance for Starving Artists at The Crown During Music Festival

With all the talk of starving artists in the months past, the mind wanders to thoughts of the famine pot or the soup kitchen – and with good cause. The Crown Bar here in Castleisland is planning a ‘musicians’ soup kitchen’ for the duration of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival weekend which is due…

Castlemaine Fair Day Revival An Outstanding Success

Castlemaine Fair Day Revival An Outstanding Success

Castlemaine Events Committee hosted the revival of Castlemaine Fair Day on Sunday, October 10th in memory of the late John O’Donoghue. The location was in Griffin’s Car Park, Castlemaine and it was a terrific success with the splendid sunshine drawing people from near and far to the event. “There was plenty of entertainment on the…

Fifth Green Flag for Travel Awarded to Castleisland Community College

Fifth Green Flag for Travel Awarded to Castleisland Community College

The Green School Programme is student-led and it promotes long term, whole school action to protect the environment. Teacher Doreen Killington began the programme with Transition Year students 10 years ago along with Mary O’Sullivan, housekeeping and Maurice Casey, caretaker, when the school obtained its first flag for litter and waste. This was followed by…

Team Garvey’s Tough Opener against Glanmire

Team Garvey’s Tough Opener against Glanmire

Team Garvey’s was no match for Glanmire when they met them in the first game of the ladies MissQuote.ie superleague on Friday last. It was always expected to be a tough challenge given Glanmire’s years of experience at this level. Glanmire had a huge first quarter hitting 28 points to the Castleisland side’s 13. Gigi…