The Twiss Family of Ballahantouragh, Scartaglin and Their Connections

The Twiss Family of Ballahantouragh, Scartaglin and Their Connections

‘Has justice been done? Well, a day shall come, When a different judge shall try …’ Ballahantouragh, a townland in Kerry, lies near the village of Scartaglen, a few miles outside Castleisland. By Janet Murphy* John Twiss of Cordal, Castleisland, hanged in 1895 for the murder, in 1894, of James Donovan, was descended from a…

John Twiss Pardon – A Huge Step Closer after Ministerial Letter

John Twiss Pardon – A Huge Step Closer after Ministerial Letter

When President Michael D. Higgins signed the posthumous pardon for Myles Joyce – or Maolra Seoighe as gaeilge – in early April 2018 it was the first case of its kind from before the foundation of the state to be so examined and signed off. Maamtrasna Murders Joyce was who was one of three Connemara…

Councillor Warns Kerry Fans on Dublin Hotels Over Pricing

Councillor Warns Kerry Fans on Dublin Hotels Over Pricing

While welcoming Kerry’s qualification for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final for 2019, Councillor Michael Cahill has called on the Government to crack down on ‘Rogue Hoteliers’ in Dublin who are quoting exorbitant prices to coincide with the All Ireland final weekend. “There appears to be some kind of agreed pricing system between many of the…

Young Fine Gael Buoyant After Enjoyable Garret FitzGerald Summer School

Young Fine Gael Buoyant After Enjoyable Garret FitzGerald Summer School

Young Fine Gael (YFG) is the youth wing of the Fine Gael party for people aged 15 to 35. As an autonomous youth organisation, it has the advantage of embodying the values of the Fine Gael Party, while maintaining the independence to express views of young people. By: Siobhán Brosnan, PRO Last weekend Kerry Young…

Kerry TDs Ferris and Griffin Clash on Employee Tips Bill

Kerry TDs Ferris and Griffin Clash on Employee Tips Bill

Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has hit out at local Fine Gael TD., Brendan Griffin who is set to vote against a bill today, which aims to give hospitality workers in Kerry a legal right to the tips they earn. “This is a simple but important piece of legislation and an important step forward…

Endangered Species Emerge as Georgie O’Callaghan Park Officially Opens

Endangered Species Emerge as Georgie O’Callaghan Park Officially Opens

After Saturday’s amazing day-long event, surrounding the official opening of the Georgie O’Callaghan Park, there’s a new endangered species in the Castleisland area. Soccer fans with wellingtons are likely to be consigning their boots to the shed or worse as the new astro turf pitch takes over. It was a day of non-stop activity to…

Transport Initiative Aims to Give Rural Ireland a Lift

Transport Initiative Aims to Give Rural Ireland a Lift

The little village of Boolteens / Keel / The Mall has produced many a good native in its time – and I just had a cupán tae and a piece of her baking with one of them. While we sat down to tea her phone alerted her to a great idea being piloted in her…

O’Rourke Scores First Senior Goal in Georgie O’Callaghan Park

O’Rourke Scores First Senior Goal in Georgie O’Callaghan Park

Some things are simply ordained to fall the way they do – and often long before they do.  Last July, Patrick O’Rourke joined Teresa Lonergan in turning the first sod on the site of the new Astro Turf / Georgie O’Callaghan Park Last week he scored the first senior team goal on the finished pitch.…

Michael O’Donohoe Project Seeking Pardon for John Twiss and Poff and Barrett

Michael O’Donohoe Project Seeking Pardon for John Twiss and Poff and Barrett

At a meeting of the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Historical Committee earlier this year, and in consultation with the relatives of the men involved, it was decided to apply for a full pardon for the blatant miscarriages of justice which resulted in the hangings of the three men. The now infamous hangings of cousins, Poff and…

The 26th Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Goes Joyfully Down the Slipway

The 26th Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Goes Joyfully Down the Slipway

We evoked memories of those passed and celebrated the moment with glasses filled to the brim at the launch of the 26th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival last night. On my way down town, a full moon, with a small sup out of it, declared itself from behind an ominous looking cloud. Breezy Composure…