Castleisland Community College Receives Third Well-Being Amber Flag

Castleisland Community College Receives Third Well-Being Amber Flag

Castleisland Community College received its third Amber Flag for its promotion of positive mental health. The Ambassador Schools Programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan. The student council has an active role in achieving these goals. Various school events took place throughout the year to achieve this…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Invitation To Scoil Mhuire Brosna – Official Opening The board of management of Scoil Mhuire, Brosna, wishes to invite you to the official opening of the new extension today, October 6th at 1pm. The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, will be present for the proceedings. Food and refreshments will be provided directly afterwards. The extension…

31 Drive to Return to Cordal Community Centre Tonight

31 Drive to Return to Cordal Community Centre Tonight

The first 31 card game in two-and-a-half years will be held in Cordal Community Centre on this Wednesday night, October 5th at 9pm. “This is the first game since March 2020 due to Covid 19. Please spread the word to all card players. “it will be great to be back for the cup of tea…

The Late Beatrice Walsh, nee Pembroke, Lower Rossmore, Carlow and Castleisland

The Late Beatrice Walsh, nee Pembroke, Lower Rossmore, Carlow and Castleisland

The death has occurred of Beatrice Walsh, nee Pembroke, Ballinard House, Lower Rossmore, Carlow and formerly Castleisland, Co. Kerry. On October 4th 2022. Peacefully and surrounded by her loving family at the Hermitage Clinic, Dublin. Dearly loved wife of David, adored mother of Patrick, Clodagh and Christopher, and cherished only daughter of Tom and Helen…

Walk On Wednesday and Travel Initiatives at Presentation Castleisland

Walk On Wednesday and Travel Initiatives at Presentation Castleisland

People may have noticed that the traffic in Castleisland was lighter on a recent mid-week as the students and teachers of Presentation Secondary School did their Walk on Wednesday to school as part of a Green-Schools’ sustainable travel initiative. Those who travelled by bus or car didn’t miss out but instead got out at designated…

The Late Ursula Burke, Killahalla, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

The Late Ursula Burke, Killahalla, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

The death has occurred of Ursula Burke, Killahalla, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on October 4th 2022. Peacefully, Ursula, née O’Donnell, loving wife of the late Jeremiah ‘Jerh’ Burke, Castleisland cherished mother of the late Jeremy ‘Jer’ Burke. Ursula will be sadly missed by her loving son Leo, sister Helen Chapman in Toronto; daughter-in-law Maren, grandchildren: Cormac,…

Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Run Raised €6,475 for Day Care Centre

Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Run Raised €6,475 for Day Care Centre

Even seasoned charity fundraisers got a suck-in on Sunday afternoon as the revived and 11th Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and All-Vehicle Run proceeds were counted. This year’s chosen beneficiary, Castleisland Day Care Centre, will receive a cheque for €6,475 from the ad-hoc organising group which set up the event in 2012 in memory of their…

Connie Murphy Bows Out after 31 Years Service to An Garda Síochána

Connie Murphy Bows Out after 31 Years Service to An Garda Síochána

There was a low-key farewell party at Castleisland Garda Station on Thursday night for the retirement of one of the most respected members of the force, Garda Connie Murphy. That’s just how the Killarney native would have wanted it and his colleagues knew this well. Though mostly associated with the Farranfore station, Garda Murphy’s lines…

Headley’s Bridge Winner of Split the Bucket Draw

Headley’s Bridge Winner of Split the Bucket Draw

One of last week’s lucky Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket winners, Joanne O’Toole  from Currow collected  her winnings of  €920  from Denis Cronin, Castlemeats. The other winner, Joanne  Buckley wasn’t available at the time of the draw. Proprietor, Denis Cronin pulled out this week’s winner, Mary Moynihan  from Headley’s Bridge and she will collect a cheque for €900 next week. It…

Sliabh Luachra Club Boxer Mary McDonagh to Fight for European Gold

Sliabh Luachra Club Boxer Mary McDonagh to Fight for European Gold

On the Friday evening before she joined the almost 30 strong Irish boxing squad to fly out to the European championships in Montesilvano in Italy, Sliabh Luachra Boxing Club member and Tralee native, Mary McDonagh was one of Fr. Mossie Brick’s Padre Pio devotees at Castleisland parish church. Mary was there as a member of…

All Invited to Free Green Ribbon Walk at The Mart on Sunday Morning at 10am

All Invited to Free Green Ribbon Walk at The Mart on Sunday Morning at 10am

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and Coilte have linked up to host the 11th Green Ribbon Walks as part of the nationwide ‘Let’s Talk and Walk’ initiative. This year, Castleisland is one of the many towns involved in the movement which is part of Mental Health Ireland’s national events programme and the walks have been…

Organisers Thrilled with the €5,824.60 Hospice Coffee Morning Support

Organisers Thrilled with the €5,824.60 Hospice Coffee Morning Support

Over a week after the event and the organisers of the Kerry Hospice Coffee Morning are still buzzing since its return on Thursday, September 22nd. An amazing €5,824.60 was raised thanks to the generosity of everyone who called in and supported the venture. This year they were set up in the Good Table restaurant kindly…

European Commission Ramps up its Threat Against Rural Ireland and Turf Cutters

European Commission Ramps up its Threat Against Rural Ireland and Turf Cutters

The Irish Times reports today that the European Commission says dialogue with Ireland on the bog issue has been ‘long’, having started in 2011. The commission has stepped up the pace of its action against Ireland because of the State’s failure to halt the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation. “The commission has…

History Made at Scoil Íde Curranes National School

History Made at Scoil Íde Curranes National School

During the recent junior infants photography tour of the local schools I congratulated all at Scoil Íde, Curranes National School on their fine new extension. I promised that, as soon as the mad rush with the juniors’ photographs was done for this year, I’d call back to record the new classroom and its first batch…

Budget 2023 is Bad for Kerry and for the State

Budget 2023 is Bad for Kerry and for the State

“In General Election 2020, the key issues for Kerry were healthcare, housing and rural infrastructure. This has not changed but government seems to have no will to address the core problems,” according to Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly. “In health, Budget 2023 will not deliver one single additional acute bed with only €4.2…

The Late Eilish ‘Elizabeth’ Geaney, nee Guiney, Knocknadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry

The Late Eilish ‘Elizabeth’ Geaney, nee Guiney, Knocknadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Eilish ‘Elizabeth’ Geaney, nee Guiney, Knocknadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry and formerly of Glountane Brosna. Peacefully in her 96th year on September 27th 2022 in the wonderful care of the Rathass Ward staff at University Hospital Kerry and with her dearly loved family by her side. Predeceased by her loving husband…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Scoil Mhuire Brosna – Official Opening The board of management of Scoil Mhuire, Brosna has issued an invitation to the official opening of the new school extension on Thursday, October 6th at 12:30pm. The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, will be present for the proceedings. Food and refreshments will be provided directly afterwards. The new…

Sunday is Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor Run Day from Cordal at 1:30pm

Sunday is Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor Run Day from Cordal at 1:30pm

A Saturday bucket collection on the streets of Castleisland from 10am to 4pm will precede this Sunday’s 11th Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor Run. The event, which has raised close to €100,000 for local charities since it was founded in 2012, has adopted the motto ‘if it has wheels bring it along.’ It’s also open to…

One Good School Launch Day at Presentation Castleisland Secondary

One Good School Launch Day at Presentation Castleisland Secondary

On Friday, in Presentation Secondary School Castleisland, there was an air of excitement for students and staff as the One Good School launch day took place. Jigsaw Kerry’s One Good School initiative is a two year comprehensive initiative which strives to support the mental health and well-being of young people, and those around them by…

HSE Recruitment Process Impacting on Essential Services for Kerry Children – Michael Healy Rae, TD

HSE Recruitment Process Impacting on Essential Services for Kerry Children – Michael Healy Rae, TD

Deputy Michael Healy Rae has charged the HSE with a failure to do better when it comes to Kerry children who are availing of essential psychology services after it was revealed to him that at least 467 Kerry children are still waiting psychology services. While no records are available from the Disability Services as they…

Tuesday Evening Commemoration for Bertie Murphy in Castleisland

Tuesday Evening Commemoration for Bertie Murphy in Castleisland

The Castleisland Sinn Féin Cumann will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Republican plot in Kilbanivane cemetery Castleisland on Tuesday evening September 27th. at 7pm. Bertie was murdered by free state forces in Killarney while being held prisoner on September 19th 1922. He was one of the earliest Republican casualties of the civil war.…

Split the Bucket Gesture of Good Will and Both Joannes to Receive €920

Split the Bucket Gesture of Good Will and Both Joannes to Receive €920

Last week’s Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket winner Pamela Kinahan collected her winnings of €925 from club player and committee member Kevin Lenihan. This week’s draw was held at the Kingdom Bar on Saturday night and there was a good crowd present as bar staff member Katie McGaley obliged on behalf of the bar. An online entry…

A Proud Day for Loughfouder National School and Its Young Footballers

A Proud Day for Loughfouder National School and Its Young Footballers

  Yesterday, Friday, September 23rd was another proud day for Loughfouder National School community as the school’s football team became the Cumann na mBunscol Two Teacher District Champions. At Ballymacelligott GAA Club grounds they were up against Knocknagoshel, Derryquay and Clogher national schools and they won each of their three matches. They played really well as…

An Ríocht AC 50/50 Fundraising Draw Results

An Ríocht AC 50/50 Fundraising Draw Results

An Ríocht Athletic Club congratulates its latest  50/50 club fundraising draw winner, Noreen O’Sullivan who will collect her cheque for €405 at next Monday’s draw at the club house. Joe Walsh also contributed a spot prize this week from Walsh Bros Expert and former staff member, Ann Boyle was the lucky winner of a pink…

Castleisland Desmonds Planning an Early November Celebration Social

Castleisland Desmonds Planning an Early November Celebration Social

As the darker evenings set in, the training pitches in Castleisland Desmonds have become much quieter. Last weekend saw a very busy and successful round up to the football year for many of the teams.  The men’s junior team lined out against John Mitchels in the McElligott Shield final on Friday night last in Ballymac…

Browne’s Bar Back-Room Sessions Return With An Unmissable Gig

Browne’s Bar Back-Room Sessions Return With An Unmissable Gig

Oh Folk! is envisaged to be a series of gigs with a folky and intimate vibe which will be held in the back room of Browne’s Bar in Castleisland. The venue, which has previously hosted the very successful ‘Island Sessions’ has been lauded by top artists who have played there such as: Mick Flannery, Mundy…

Scartaglen Culture Night Events Have Been Cancelled

Scartaglen Culture Night Events Have Been Cancelled

The advertised Culture Night connected, Scartaglen launch of the 2022/23 series of Handed Down concerts and lectures on Friday night has been cancelled due to a set of unforeseen circumstances. Because of this, organiser, PJ Teahan was unable to present the advertised programme of events on this Friday night and he was forced to cancel…

The Late Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Clifford, Clasheen and late of Scartaglen, Killarney, Co. Kerry

The Late Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Clifford, Clasheen and late of Scartaglen, Killarney, Co. Kerry

The death has occurred of Jeremiah ‘Jer’ Clifford, Clasheen and late of Scartaglen, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Beloved husband of Chris and loving father of Tim, Michéal, Máiréad and Eilish. Sadly missed and dearly loved by his family, daughters-in-law Linda and Gillian, son-in-law Seamus and Eilish’s partner Aidan, his grandchildren Marcus, Fionn, Noah, Evie, Sadie and…

Ballymac Vintage Runs Proceeds Going to Glanageenty Walkways

Ballymac Vintage Runs Proceeds Going to Glanageenty Walkways

On two consecutive and recent Sunday mornings, vehicle runs gathered on and left the grounds of Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott. Participants in a tractor run covered a local route from Ó Riada’s and finished at The Halfway Bar. Gathering and registration began at 9:30am and the vehicles set out on the hour-long…