Pres Castleisland Responds to St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal 2021

Pres Castleisland Responds to St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal 2021

After last year’s phenomenal response, Presentation Castleisland teamed up again this year with their Church Street neighbours the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to support their Christmas Hamper Appeal 2021. This year demand will be higher than ever for their Christmas food hampers because of rising food and other domestic costs as well as…

November 30th 1985 – Last Date on Castleisland Cattle Breeding Station Stamp

It must be over three decades ago since I found an old office stamp, quite literally, on the grounds of the former Castleisland Cattle Breeding Station or Glebe House. I was up there on a conker collecting mission and I actually stood on the round handle of the stamp and thought it was another nut…

Winning Streak for Community College Junior and Senior Girls Basketball Teams

Winning Streak for Community College Junior and Senior Girls Basketball Teams

The junior and senior basketball teams from Castleisland Community College are on a winning streak with both qualifying from the semi-finals of the South West division of the All Ireland A Post Primary Schools Basketball League. Both teams remain undefeated to date having secured wins against Coláiste Mhuire Ennis, Mounthawk Tralee, Cresent Comprehensive Limerick and…

Report on the Wind Down of the Season for Castleisland Tidy Towns

Report on the Wind Down of the Season for Castleisland Tidy Towns

Castleisland Tidy Towns group members declared themselves more than pleased with their results this year especially as there was no physical judging. All the judging and marks allocations was done virtually. And the marks allocated have been a great source of satisfaction for the hardworking group. The categories and the criteria on which the points…

Stage Set for Radio Kerry SVP Christmas Jumper Day 2021

Stage Set for Radio Kerry SVP Christmas Jumper Day 2021

The eighth annual Radio Kerry Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul, in association with Garvey’s SuperValu will take place on Friday, December 10th 2021. Over the past seven years the generosity of individuals, school communities and businesses across the county has led to over €120,000 being raised, every cent of which goes…

Pres Students Celebrate Presentation Day in Castleisland

Pres Students Celebrate Presentation Day in Castleisland

Presentation Castleisland marked the celebration of Presentation Day on November 22nd with a number of events throughout the day. Presentation Day is a day in honour of the Presentation Sisters and Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Order. Visiting the Sisters “Second year students visited the Presentation Sisters in the nearby convent. A large…

St. Pat’s Castleisland and Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra in High Scoring Joe O’Connor Final

St. Pat’s Castleisland and Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra in High Scoring Joe O’Connor Final

St. Pat’s Castleisland 5-8 to Sliabh Luachra Rathmore 4-6 St. Pat’s Castleisland and Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra contested the Joe O’Connor Cup Final in Cordal. Conditions were tough for both teams but it was St. Pat’s who stormed into an early lead with the aid of the wind. Jack O’Donoghue and Shane Browne kicked some great…

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

Knocknagoshel GAA Club News Round-Up

Lotto Jackpot Holding Tough at €11,400 Our November lotto draw took place over the weekend and there was no winner of the jackpot. The lucky dip winners of €30 were:  Mary Long, Gortroe; Antoinette O’Keeffe, Brosna; Mikey Brosnan, New York; Tom Morrissey, Knocknagoshel and the Stewart family, Cratloe West, Abbeyfeale. December’s jackpot for €11,400 will take…

Cordal Community Preschool and After-school Blessed and Celebrated

Cordal Community Preschool and After-school Blessed and Celebrated

Cordal Community Preschool and After-school committee and staff recently welcomed former Parish Priest of Castleisland Fr. Dan O’ Riordan and school Principal Thérèse Kearney to their new childcare premises on the grounds of Kilmurry National school. Father Dan was delighted to return and blessed the new building for the community and his role was acknowledged…

Did Locally Based Authors Make Publishing History in Castleisland on Sunday ?

Did Locally Based Authors Make Publishing History in Castleisland on Sunday ?

The now Castleisland based husband and wife writing team, David Butler and Tanya Farrelly believe they may have created a first in Irish publishing circles. How? On Sunday evening at the River Island Hotel, Dubliners, David and Tanya both launched their books of short stories – which, they feel, makes them unique and their achievements…

Welcome for Cabinet Advice to President Higgins to Grant John Twiss a Pardon

Welcome for Cabinet Advice to President Higgins to Grant John Twiss a Pardon

Minster for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley welcomes today’s cabinet decision to advise President Michael D. Higgins to grant Kerry native John Twiss a posthumous pardon 126 years after his execution. John Twiss from Cordal, Castleisland was hanged in Cork County Gaol in 1895 for the murder of John Donovan. Mr Donovan was a…

Parents’ Association Seeking Talks with Mart on Telecommunication Mast Siting

Parents’ Association Seeking Talks with Mart on Telecommunication Mast Siting

The parents’ association of Muire Gan Smál Primary School is to seek an urgent meeting with the bord of Castleisland Co-Op Livestock Mart to discuss its decision to accept a proposal by the company known as Vantage Towers Ltd.  to go to the planning stage for a 24metre telecommunications pole / mast on its grounds.…

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…

Castleisland Desmonds Men Make Club History in Brosna on Sunday

Castleisland Desmonds Men Make Club History in Brosna on Sunday

Desmonds 1-14 Ballydonoghue 1-7 Castleisland Desmonds made history on Sunday in the deferred North Kerry Championship final for 2020. They beat Ballydonoghue by seven points to snatch the ‘double’ for 2020 – the North Kerry League and championship titles. By Eilish O’Leary This has never been done before by the club and as Captain Maurice…

Knocknagoshel Winner of Castleisland RFC’s Split the Bucket Draw

Knocknagoshel Winner of Castleisland RFC’s Split the Bucket Draw

This week’s winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw held at Circle K was Anna Marie Curtin from Knocknagoshel. Anna Marie, whose son Jamie plays with the club’s under 16s, won €1,016. The next draw will take place in the Kingdom House Bar on Saturday, December 3rd at 9pm.  A huge thank you to…

Kerry’s Heroes of 2021-  Nominations Sought by Radio Kerry and Fexco

Kerry’s Heroes of 2021- Nominations Sought by Radio Kerry and Fexco

In its efforts to encourage the people of the county to nominate their heroes of 2021, Radio Kerry has teamed up with Fexco to honour those nominated.  “2021has continued to be a challenging year for everyone in Kerry. But through it all, some individuals and groups have shown outstanding community spirit, courage, vision and leadership,”…

Minister Foley Welcomes over €1.6 Million in Funding for Kerry Sheep Farmers

Minister Foley Welcomes over €1.6 Million in Funding for Kerry Sheep Farmers

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has welcomed payments of €1,667,125 to 1,535 Kerry farmers under the Sheep Welfare Scheme. The rollout of the balancing payments brings the total paid under year five of the Sheep Welfare Scheme to over €16m to some 18,000 farmers. The scheme is co-funded by the European Union…

Government Must Address Issues of Rights of Way and Easements – Daly

Government Must Address Issues of Rights of Way and Easements – Daly

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Law Reform, Equality and Integration, Pa Daly, has  outlined the party’s support for speedy passage of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2021. Teachta Daly said that he called, a number of months ago, for the government to address the situation surrounding rights of way and easements. “This Bill addresses…

Pres Girls Triumph Over Old Adversaries in All Ireland U-16 Quarter Final

Pres Girls Triumph Over Old Adversaries in All Ireland U-16 Quarter Final

The Presentation Castleisland U-16 basketball team hosted the mighty Scoil Chríost Rí from Portlaoise on Monday. There’s a lot of history between the two schools, having met many times over the years in the late stages of national competitions. Home team and management knew this was going to be a hard fought contest. The game…

Business Owners, Service Providers Urged to Clear Main Street for Customer Parking

Business Owners, Service Providers Urged to Clear Main Street for Customer Parking

Retail business owners, professional service providers and their staff are being urged not to use the town’s Main Street as an all-day car park. It seems that customers are complaining that there is insufficient parking when they visit the town. They feel it is not good enough to have the available spaces filled with staff cars when…

Breahig to Cordal Pipeline Work Began this Morning

Breahig to Cordal Pipeline Work Began this Morning

Having broken 31 different times at different places along its route from Breahig Cross to the church in Cordal, the problems with the old water supply pipe have left the road like a patch-work quilt. Cllr. Charlie Farrelly was delighted to announce the start-up of the supply pipe replacement work at Breahig Cross early this…

Pres Castleisland Students Selected to Water Ambassadors’ Programme

Pres Castleisland Students Selected to Water Ambassadors’ Programme

Presentation Castleisland third year students: Ailbhe Fleming, Caoimhe Scanlon, Colene O’Callaghan, Amber Foley, Jasmine O’Sullivan and Emily Walsh were among the 158 applicants nationwide, to be chosen to represent their school in the National Water Ambassador Programme. The aim of this programme is to engage directly with second-level students on the topics of water conservation,…

Fountain Damaged, Lamp Standard Knocked Sideways on Main Street

Fountain Damaged, Lamp Standard Knocked Sideways on Main Street

Standing, looking at the pitiful sight of the badly wounded body of the Fountain on Sunday, a memory of the late Anthony Cronin standing there immediately hit me with force. I remembered him standing there over a decade ago with a glass of water on the very day on which then Cllr. Danny Healy Rae…

Anyone in the Castleisland Area with Yorkshire Terrier Pups for Sale?

Anyone in the Castleisland Area with Yorkshire Terrier Pups for Sale?

I was recently asked if I knew of a person in the Castleisland area who sells Yorkshire terriers. As I didn’t then and still don’t, I’m relying on the goodness of the readers of The Maine Valley Post to bail me out on this occasion. Speaking of goodness, it is out of the goodness of…

 Castleisland Desmonds Ladies Advance over Waterford Champions

 Castleisland Desmonds Ladies Advance over Waterford Champions

Castleisland Desmonds ladies had a two-point victory over Waterford county champions, Kilrossanty/Brickeys on Sunday afternoon in Castleisland. By Gerdie Murphy The home side opened the scoring with an early point from Lorraine Scanlon and the visitors scored the first goal from play three minutes later through Eileen Kirwan. Desmonds drew level with points from Kayla…

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Brosna GAA Club and Parish News Round-Up

Hitting all the Right Notes Congrats to Colleen Lanagan who has just graduated from the prestigious UCC with a BA Hons in Music.  Colleen, as part of her degree gave music lessons in Brosna NS.  She would take two buses to travel from Cork to Brosna to complete those Ukulele lessons.  Determination and commitment like…

Glounsharoon Contract Signing: A Giant Leap for Viewing Area Development

Glounsharoon Contract Signing: A Giant Leap for Viewing Area Development

The straws in the wind which blew good news the way of the development of the viewing area at Glounsharoon were hardened up considerably on Friday evening at the River Island Hotel. There, three men sat at a table and signed a contract which cleared the way for work to commence at the greatly admired…

Tralee Native Julianne Spring Heavey Chartered Tax Advisor Joins CDS Law & Tax LLP Office

Tralee Native Julianne Spring Heavey Chartered Tax Advisor Joins CDS Law & Tax LLP Office

“I want to stay in Kerry for the rest of my life” – a great endorsement from Julianne Spring Heavey for her native county where she is a Chartered Tax Advisor with CDS Law & Tax LLP in Tralee. Julianne recently joined the law firm which specialises in in taxation, mergers, acquisitions, corporate structuring, and…

Castleisland’s New Market Town Brand Embraces Heritage With a Twist

Castleisland’s New Market Town Brand Embraces Heritage With a Twist

Castleisland Chamber Alliance launched its new town branding initiative with its overarching call to action of Castleisland Market Town – Pride in all we do. This sentiment is further reflected in its pre-Christmas campaign as the chamber promotes Castleisland’s Great Shopping Experience and proudly announces Kerry’s Friendliest Shops along with its unique offering of Best…

Richard’s Castleisland and Kerry Christmas Cards on Sale Locally and On Line

Richard’s Castleisland and Kerry Christmas Cards on Sale Locally and On Line

“It’s been another long crazy year, for everybody…. very quite for me in both business and in general, so I decided to do the town Christmas cards again a lot of people really enjoyed them last year, and loved sending them to relatives and friends abroad, and were nice enough to tell me that during…