Castleisland Confirmation Class Faces and News from May 1979

Castleisland Confirmation Class Faces and News from May 1979

We have another blast from the past this week with the Martin Downey supplied Castleisland Boys National School Confirmation class photograph from May 1979. While the boys were preparing and subsequently celebrating their big day and their meeting with Bishop Kevin McNamara the world went on revolving and the news was as varied as ever.…

Castleisland Boys NS from 1959 – A Test for Historians

Castleisland Boys NS from 1959 – A Test for Historians

Timothy Murphy and myself had cause to collaborate on a project before Christmas and as we were winding up our work on that, he kept the conversation going with this gem of a picture from the boys national school classes six and seven from 1959. The photograph would, most likely, have been taken by one…

Castleisland District Heritage Website and Fundraiser Launched

Castleisland District Heritage Website and Fundraiser Launched

A new website has been launched this week to preserve and showcase the rich and varied history of the Castleisland area and its hinterland. The need for the new site has grown from the sheer depth and scope of material left by the late Michael O’Donohoe (1936 – 2008). While his material has been digitised…

Sunday 26th is Drive-In Bingo Day – Mark II

Sunday 26th is Drive-In Bingo Day – Mark II

You could say that our habit of striking while the iron is hot goes all the way back to the iron age – couldn’t you ? The most modern day application and result was forged by Cllr. Charlie Farrelly at the recent record breaking break-out by the Drive-in-Bingo players from this and neighbouring counties on…

Organisers ‘Blown Out of It’ by Support for Castleisland Drive in Bingo

Organisers ‘Blown Out of It’ by Support for Castleisland Drive in Bingo

Bingo addicts from all and every corner of this and neighbouring counties converged on Castleisland on Sunday afternoon to indulge in their passion for the first time since everything closed down in mid spring. A count of cars alone came to 312 and each of those cars had parties of two, three or four players…

Invitation to Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary Open Evening

Invitation to Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary Open Evening

The staff and pupils at Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary, Castleisland are pleased to invite you to an open evening in the school, on Thursday, January 30th between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. During the evening you will have an opportunity to explore the school and its facilities. Prospective pupils will get a chance to meet other…

College Road Final Phase Work from October 29th to November 2nd

College Road Final Phase Work from October 29th to November 2nd

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell relayed news from Kerry County Council of the next phase of the rehabilitation of College Road in the wake of the Irish Water pipe replacement works there during the summer and early autumn. Final Phase of Work “The second and final phase of works on the 2019 restoration improvement project at College…

‘The Boys’ Check out a Bug’s Life For a Day

‘The Boys’ Check out a Bug’s Life For a Day

Pupils and teachers at Castleisland Boys National School enjoyed a visit from Killarney National Park Education Centre on Tuesday. Centre representative, Shonagh Gray arrived with a large collection of stuffed animals. Predator/Prey Adaptations The boys learned about predator/ prey adaptations, mammal ecology and conservation and they enjoyed the hands-on experience. When the rain cleared up,…

Heroic Efforts from Team and Coaches Secures Blitz Title for ‘The Boys’

Heroic Efforts from Team and Coaches Secures Blitz Title for ‘The Boys’

The annual St Anne’s National School Basketball Blitz took place on Sunday in Farranfore. Castleisland Boys’ National School Senior team was drawn against St Anne’s Bulls in the first game. The whole team from Naomh Chárthaigh took to the floor and put in a great performance to beat ‘The Bulls’ on a score line of…

Castleisland Boys are ‘The Masters’ at Coderdojo

Castleisland Boys are ‘The Masters’ at Coderdojo

Scoil Naomh Charthaigh / Castleisland Boys’ National School has just established a link to the truly global world of the Coderdojo Movement. The CoderDojo movement is based on the belief that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world. That it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and…