Heart-warming and Meaningful Service at St. Stephen’s

Heart-warming and Meaningful Service at St. Stephen’s

Every day you learn something new is a good day. The attendance at the Ecumenical Service and Blessing of Graves Ceremony at St. Stephen’s Churchyard here in Castleisland on Tuesday evening learned that the day marked the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Patron Saint of Bee-keepers and Candle-makers. Wearing the Geansaí The information came…

Parish Council Organising Fr. Dan’s Farewell to Castleisland

Parish Council Organising Fr. Dan’s Farewell to Castleisland

An official statement was issued earlier today by the Castleisland Parish Office with the news that Monsignor Dan O’Riordan’s official duties as a Parish Priest will conclude with the Vigil Mass on Saturday, July 13th. As a preamble to the statement, the office also provided some background on ‘Fr. Dan’s’ career. “Fr. Dan’s retirement comes…

Is Catherine a Hospice Hero or a Hospice Heroine ?

Is Catherine a Hospice Hero or a Hospice Heroine ?

Congratulations to Catherine Horan of Castleisland Hospice fundraising branch. Catherine was recognised as a Hospice Hero at a special presentation in the Palliative Care Unit in University Hospital Kerry on Thursday night. Is Catherine a Hospice Hero or a Hospice Heroine – either way the distinguished honour applies. A Founding Member Catherine is a founding…

Cast Members of All Ages Needed for Good Friday Passion Play

Cast Members of All Ages Needed for Good Friday Passion Play

I got a call from Castleisland Parish Chairman Jack Shanahan with a request to remind the people of the district that rehearsals will get underway on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm for this year’s Good Friday Passion Play. Female, male and children who would like to join the cast of the passion play are invited to…

Born for Hardship Does the Business for Hospice Foundation

Born for Hardship Does the Business for Hospice Foundation

Only weeks after the launch of his second book Born for Hardship, Johnnie Roche found feedback from stockists trickling in. The book, which he launched at the River Island Hotel on January 12th last, is an account of his life and written without fear or favour and with disarming honesty. All Positive The feedback was…

Castleisland RFC Presents Bucket Cheque for €1,149 to Hospice

Castleisland RFC Presents Bucket Cheque for €1,149 to Hospice

As promised by ‘the bucket crew’ from Castleisland RFC the Palliative Care Unit of the Kerry Hospice Foundation was the beneficiary of its half of the innovative ‘Split The Bucket Draw’ on its first event of 2019. The presentation of the cheque was made last week by club representative, Denis Cronin to Jack Shanahan, Chairman…

Flower Show to Favour Two Great Kerry Charities

Flower Show to Favour Two Great Kerry Charities

Renee McCarthy and friends are arranging A Floral Demonstration by Kathleen Reidy for the River Island Hotel at 7.30pm on December 4th. Tickets €5 available on the door on the night. Kathleen, a native of Ballyduff, North Kerry and living in Camp, Castleisland is a multi award winning florist/flower arranger. Féile Na mBlath She holds…

Castleisland Hospice Walk – The Best Yet

Castleisland Hospice Walk – The Best Yet

Navigational glitch and all included, the annual Good Friday morning Kerry Hospice Foundation Walk, Castleisland style, was an outstanding success – one of the best in its near 20 year history. The sheer numbers which showed up for the start alone alerted the organisers that they had one of the best ever ‘walk days’ on…

New Starting Point for Hospice Walk 2018

New Starting Point for Hospice Walk 2018

After breaking with its traditional Kilbanivane / Churchtown route last year, the annual Good Friday Hospice Walk is introducing a new starting point again this year. Off street, off road starting points for events like this are now all the go on health and safety grounds. Away from Passing Traffic Grounds where cars can be…

Volunteers Wanted for the Passion and Death of Christ

Volunteers Wanted for the Passion and Death of Christ

For the second, successive year, Jerome Stack has gone from the frying pan to the fire in terms of major local productions. He has just put the 31st Kerry Drama Festival behind him and now he’s into the production of Castleisland’s Good Friday Passion Play. Appeal for Volunteers On that note, Jerome is putting out…