Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

2020 North Kerry Final The misty conditions couldn’t dampen the fizz of excitement that washed over Brosna on Sunday.  Castleisland Desmonds took on Ballydonoghue in an intense encounter in Páirc na Féile that saw 2020 deferred final reach its natural conclusion. It was Brosna’s first time hosting this prestigious competition and let’s just say we…

Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland to Take In Sliabh Luachra on Sunday Evening

Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland to Take In Sliabh Luachra on Sunday Evening

John Creedon has become the saviour of the meaningful, musical place-names and town-land addresses which are in grave danger of being wiped off the maps of Ireland again. You’re far more likely to be asked for your Postcode these days than for your postal address. The Postcode has its advantages, of course, in cases of…

Chamber Alliance Calls Meeting on Plans for District Heritage Centre

Chamber Alliance Calls Meeting on Plans for District Heritage Centre

A reminder that Castleisland Chamber Alliance wishes to invite all interested individuals and organizations to a public meeting at the River Island Hotel on this Friday, November 22nd at 8pm. The purpose is the setting up an independent organisation to put in place a heritage and exhibition centre for the locality, Tentative plans are being…

Jimmy’s ‘Hillside Scribbler’ Collection Launch in Cordal

Jimmy’s ‘Hillside Scribbler’ Collection Launch in Cordal

Cordal native poet, Jimmy Cullinane is launching his book of poems titled ‘The Hillside Scribbler’ this weekend. The launch will take place at Hughes’ Bar, Cordal on Saturday and will start at 2pm with a top class music session afterwards by Jimmy’s son, Dónal along with Emma O’Leary and Bryan O’Leary. Everyone is welcome. Inspired…

Castleisland Chamber Alliance and its List of Priorities

Castleisland Chamber Alliance and its List of Priorities

Since the Municipal District elections in May, Castleisland Chamber Alliance has been working closely with the locally elected councillors and with the municipal district manager. “Our aim is to get the priority projects which we have identified on to the Kerry County Council agenda,” said chamber Chairman Michael John Kearney. List of Priorities Mr. Kearney,…

Mike Kenny – A Celebration of his Work on his Eighth Anniversary

Mike Kenny – A Celebration of his Work on his Eighth Anniversary

Today, August 12th. 2019 marks the eighth anniversary of the death of Castleisland native, artist, sculptor and event organiser, Mike Kenny of Killarney Road. While on a different mission altogether a couple of days ago I happened across a batch of negatives dated Mid July 1992 and labelled ‘MK Work Done’ and it was timely.…

Micheál Ó Súilleabháin – his Words of Praise Meant the World to Mike Kenny

Micheál Ó Súilleabháin – his Words of Praise Meant the World to Mike Kenny

The bonds of friendship are close in the world of music in Ireland. It’s a small world. Traditional music, in particular, draws its own circles and tightens those bonds. Castleisland came firmly within that circle midway through the last century with the activity of the likes of Patrick O’Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford and many…

Peter Browne and the Handed Down Milestone in Scart

Peter Browne and the Handed Down Milestone in Scart

The long and fruitful association between RTÉ Radio and the musicians and custodians of the culture associated with the Sliabh Luachra area marked and stood another important milestone in Scartaglin on Saturday night. Appreciation from Sliabh Luachra The start of the fifth Handed Down Traditional Music Lecture and Concert series was billed as ‘Peter Browne…

Matt’s Sunday Miscellany Broadcast on O’Keeffe

Matt’s Sunday Miscellany Broadcast on O’Keeffe

In an excerpt from a programme from the long-running RTÉ Radio One, Sunday morning series, Sunday Miscellany, Matt Cranitch broadcast a distillation from his years of study of Patrick O’Keeffe, his life and music. In the ‘music special’ programme, broadcast in June 2016, and in the strict time allotted to him, Matt covered all aspects…

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Programme Released

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Programme Released

Details for Castleisland’s  25th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival have just been released. A comprehensive programme of activity has been put together by the committee under the chairmanship of Cormac O’Mahony for the October bank holiday weekend from Friday 27th to Monday 30th. The usual added warning that it’s subject to changes applies. The…