Split the Bucket Draw Strikes Twice for Lucky Martina

Split the Bucket Draw Strikes Twice for Lucky Martina

Martina McCarthy, Castleisland was the winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw held at Hughes’ Bar, Cordal on Saturday. Martina already won the draw last August and she won €960 on this occasion. The next draw will be held at Pat Scannel’s Barbers in the Island Centre on Saturday 24th at 4.30pm. AGM…

Bobby O’Brien Memorial / Munster Rugby Award for Dan Casey

Bobby O’Brien Memorial / Munster Rugby Award for Dan Casey

An almost private but hugely important occasion was organised at Castleisland Rugby Club headquarters by Munster Junior Rugby Club Delegates Chairperson and Kanturk RFC club-man, P.J. Cremin on Tuesday evening. It was an event that would have filled the Castleisland RFC bar and car-park and a good streak of the adjacent field on any other…

Podcast: Mag Recalls Heart Transplant On Donors’ Memorial Day

Podcast: Mag Recalls Heart Transplant On Donors’ Memorial Day

  Click on the bar above to hear the podcast. The helicopter which took Margaret ‘Mag’ Mitchell to Dublin on the Tuesday afternoon of April 29th 2014 left the sod of The Crageens with cheers and tears and waves and wishes.  As the chopper lifted, the still gathering crowd shouted and waved its wishes after…

Morris Corporation’s Rugby Tour No. 6 …and Counting

Morris Corporation’s Rugby Tour No. 6 …and Counting

I’m convinced for years now that Ireland’s big tourism picture is made up of little dots. Pockets of pixels – or clusters of grain – if film is your thing. These pockets of human decency and warmth so vastly populate the landscape that the overall picture only becomes apparent when stepping away after an up…

Successful Inaugural General Meeting for Camera Club

Successful Inaugural General Meeting for Camera Club

Castleisland Camera Club had a very successful inaugural general meeting on Thursday night January 11th. The officers elected at the foundation of the club last April were returned: Chairman Pat Hartnett; Secretary Sheila Hanrahan; Treasurers: Annette O’Connor and Mary O’Donoghue; PRO, Breda McGaley. Excursion Co-ordinators Mairead O’Keeffe and Joan Cullinane were voted in as excursion…

Con’s Legacy Lives on Throughout Castle Island

Con’s Legacy Lives on Throughout Castle Island

The late Con Houlihan was celebrated, remembered and his most quoted quips chosen and encased in glass plaques at 14 points around Castle Island. All was revealed at the Con Houlihan Remembrance Day on Saturday. A beautiful, autumnal day allowed the full programme of events to go ahead unfettered and visitors came from all quarters…

Traffic Stopping Performance by Galway Street Club

Traffic Stopping Performance by Galway Street Club

The Mad Ones from The Mad Ones transported them down from Galway; they stopped traffic on Castleisland’s Main Street this afternoon; Betty watered them; Den Joe fed them; They’re brilliant; They’re the Galway Street Club. Welcome to Castleisland, Saturday July 1st 2017. There is many a great saying about music and its hold over those…

Bank Holiday Monday Return for Crageens Car Boot Sale

Bank Holiday Monday Return for Crageens Car Boot Sale

After a tentative introduction to the culture of the locality last year, the Car Boot Sale experience is set to return on the coming Bank Holiday Monday, June 5th. Castleisland RFC member, Brian O’Sullivan introduced the idea as a club fundraiser and it was held on the grounds and drew an enthusiastic following of buyers…

Old Boys Rugby Rivals are Back in Town

Old Boys Rugby Rivals are Back in Town

The touring US based rugby club from New Jersey, whose members have become expert stout tasters through contact with Castleisland natives, are on their way back here with a mission in mind. The Morris Rugby Corporation members have, in fact, two missions in mind and both are of equal importance. They will take on the…

Sunday, July 10th 1921 – 95 Years On

Sunday, July 10th 1921 – 95 Years On

Today, Sunday, July 10 marks the 95th anniversary of the deaths of Jack Flynn, Jack Prendiville and Richard Shanahan in a War of Independence engagement with British forces. A fierce gun battle raged along the streets and lanes of the town on that fateful Sunday night in 1921 It culminated in the deaths of the…