Recognition for two Castleisland Hospice Branch Members

Recognition for two Castleisland Hospice Branch Members

Two members of the Castleisland Hospice fundraising branch were honoured at a recent appreciation day which was held in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. Both Jack Shanahan and Marian O’Connor have been dedicated volunteers for many years and were nominated by their colleagues in Castleisland. Jack has been a member of the Castleisland fundraising branch for…

Johnnie Adds to his Literary Repertoire with Saturday Evening Launch

Johnnie Adds to his Literary Repertoire with Saturday Evening Launch

I’m of Kerry, reminiscences of Johnnie Roche was launched in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland on Saturday evening. By Janet Murphy It scores a hat trick for Mr. Roche, who has in recent years published Listowel to the Liffey and Born for Hardship – with a fourth book, Terryfaha, in the pipeline. Johnnie, who is…

Crowds Flock To Castleisland’s First Easter Sunday Dawn Mass

Crowds Flock To Castleisland’s First Easter Sunday Dawn Mass

Castleisland’s first Easter Sunday Dawn Mass was welcomed by the huge crowd which congregated at St. John’s Graveyard before the break of the special day. The weather was less than welcoming but it could have been worse – as was promised / threatened in the forecasts on Saturday night. Varying degrees of soft rain fell…

Wanted: Volunteers of All Ages for Good Friday Pageant Meeting

Wanted: Volunteers of All Ages for Good Friday Pageant Meeting

A note issued by Jack Shanahan is calling on volunteers to take part in the planned revival of the Good Friday Pageant in the Church of Saints Stephen and John on April 15th. “As normalcy is continuing to give us huge spikes of Covid, we are looking to bring back a recent tradition,” said Jack.…

An Act of Profound Human Kindness from Memory Lane Group

An Act of Profound Human Kindness from Memory Lane Group

Members of the Lixnaw based Memory Lane Theatre group staged a cheque presentation ceremony there on Tuesday evening as the unfolding and tragic events of their neighbourhood were about to cloud and shock the parish. Cheques for €4,100 each were presented to Lixnaw Hospice and to the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry University Hospital. Jack…

Sacrifices of Flynn, Prendiville and Shanahan Remembered in Castleisland 

Sacrifices of Flynn, Prendiville and Shanahan Remembered in Castleisland 

Tributes were paid and wreaths laid in memory of Richard Shanahan, Castleisland; Jack Prendiville, Cordal and Jack Flynn, Gortatlea on the centenary of their deaths in a gun battle with British forces on curfew patrol in Castleisland on Sunday evening of July 10th. 1921. There were two separate but intertwining ceremonies in Castleisland on Saturday…

Race Committee Fundraising Prowess – Often Copied, Never Equalled

Race Committee Fundraising Prowess – Often Copied, Never Equalled

God and the government willing, the next Drive-in-Bingo in Castleisland will be held on the May bank holiday weekend. There is lots of time to be thinking about starting times and jackpots in the meantime. Often copied, never equalled was a well know advertising slogan a few years ago and it could well apply today…

The Breahig Dugout Escape – A Century  Ago Today

The Breahig Dugout Escape – A Century Ago Today

There are many stories about the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence and, around Castleisland, the most remarkable is the one about the Breahig Dugout. Breahig is a townland of the Cordal district where the tight knitted community worked together in tough times. By Éamonn Ó Braoin There was always a tradition of freedom…

Kerry Hospice Launches its Light to Remember Christmas Tree and Card Collection

Kerry Hospice Launches its Light to Remember Christmas Tree and Card Collection

The Kerry Hospice Foundation has launched its Light to Remember Christmas Tree fundraiser. The idea is to allow people to help light up the tree in memory of someone special. On the site you can remember a loved one and pay a tribute or leave a special message. “We have left the amount open so…

Castleisland Links to Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Castleisland Links to Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Thursday, September 19th is Ireland’s biggest coffee morning.  The annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers for Hospice through the country each year. Lower Main Street The Castleisland fundraising branch of Kerry Hospice will hold its coffee morning in the former Esmy Boutique premise on Lower Main Street – near Tomo Burke’s – from…