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…

Castleisland Railway Reminescenses from August 21-1960

Castleisland Railway Reminescenses from August 21-1960

Delving back through files on the long lost Castleisland Railway recently I found some photographs I’d forgotten about. One in particular stands out as I remember a copy of it came up for discussion one night in Brennan’s Bar. That copy hung on the wall of the bar which operated straight across the Killarney Road…

College Reports 20% Increase in Enrolment Numbers

College Reports 20% Increase in Enrolment Numbers

The Tralee based Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) has reported a remarkable twenty per cent increase in post leaving certificate enrolments this academic year. The college, which operates under the auspices of Kerry ETB, has recently been granted independent status as the first standalone designated college of further education in Kerry. 745 Adult Students…

College Gaelic Football Blitz with Participation a Priority

Castleisland Community College has organized a Gaelic Football Blitz with participation as its key priority. The event will be held on this Monday, May 18th at Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club pitch at Moanmore. Eight  local local primary schools and over 230 primary school children will be participating in the event. Jack O’Connor Will Attend Former…

A Strange All-Ireland Final Sunday and the Ref from Laois

A Strange All-Ireland Final Sunday and the Ref from Laois

While the county basks in the glow of yet another great GAA harvest it is no harm to remember that this was the year the experts told us that our time had not yet come. Sunday was a bitter-sweet day for my siblings and myself as we had laid our mother to rest in Kilbanivane…

Huge Welcome Home Awaits Our Heroes

Huge Welcome Home Awaits Our Heroes

 Fireworks will illuminate the night sky in Tralee and Killarney this Monday night with thousands of jubilant supporters expected to line the streets to welcome home the warriors that carved out Kerry’s 37th All-Ireland title in Croke Park on Sunday. The victory parade, with the team and mentors on board an open-top bus, is expected…

Schools GAA Coaching Initiative Launched

Schools GAA Coaching Initiative Launched

Jack O’ Connor, Kerry football minor team manager, will provide football coaching for Kerry ETB schools commencing in September. The initiative, which was developed in conjunction with Kerry ETB schools and Kerry GAA, was launched in Castleisland Community College on Thursday evening. The incoming Principal of Castleisland Community College, Carmel Kelly – in her first…

Castleisland Fire Brigade 1984

Castleisland Fire Brigade 1984

One from the Files: Members of Castleisland Fire Brigade pictured after dealing with a suspected gas leak in the old railway yard. The gas-like smell surfaced in the area of the railway yard from time to time and could be quite strong and many people found it sickening. It was thought that it came from…