Castleisland Street Fundraiser for Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee

Castleisland Street Fundraiser for Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee

A street bucket collection will be held in Castleisland on the coming Saturday, September 24th from 10am to 5pm. Organiser Michael Burke is looking for volunteers to help out on the day and any help would be greatly appreciated he assured. People can volunteer by calling into The Crown Bar and leaving their contact details…

Castleisland Mass for the Late Meghan Burke, South Carolina

Castleisland Mass for the Late Meghan Burke, South Carolina

On Friday, July 8th. Meghan Burke peacefully passed away in her sleep in South Carolina. She was just 35 years old. A daughter of the Castleisland based, Sligo native, Michael Burke, Meghan is survived by her nine-year-old daughter Peyton; parents Kathleen Burke and Michael Burke; grandmother Angela Burke; siblings Tara Burke, her identical twin sister;…

Margaret Horan wins €1,028 as Castleisland RFC Prepares for January 1st €2,000 Roll-over

Margaret Horan wins €1,028 as Castleisland RFC Prepares for January 1st €2,000 Roll-over

The latest winner of the Castleisland RFC Split the Bucket draw is Margaret Horan, Carhue, Castleisland. Margaret won €1,028 from the envelope she filled, addressed and posted in Daly’s Fish Shop here in Castleisland. Last week’s winnner, Michelle Burke sent dad Michael to the Shoemaker Bar on Saturday night to collect her second time winnings where…

Michael Burke’s 32 County Odyssey with 9/11 Jersey Charity

Michael Burke’s 32 County Odyssey with 9/11 Jersey Charity

The Bronx, New York born Michael Burke didn’t just arrive on the scene in Castleisland in late 2005. He burst onto its Main Street business stage and took over the running of a public house and put his name across over the front door and windows. He entertained his customers with stories from the dark…

Remembering Dessie and the Brennan’s Bar Tour to Inishbofin in 2003

Remembering Dessie and the Brennan’s Bar Tour to Inishbofin in 2003

    There are times when I wonder a lot about the Man above – He who pulls all our strings and I’m often highly impressed with his sense of humour. Danny O’Mahony invited me to drop into the Radio Kerry studios on Monday night as he was doing a Desmond ‘Dessie’ O’Halloran special on…

Safety Scheme Survey for College Road – Cllr. O’Connell

Safety Scheme Survey for College Road – Cllr. O’Connell

The rumbling issue of pedestrian safety and traffic congestion on Castleisland’s College Road got another airing in council chambers recently when Cllr. Bobby O’Connell raised the matter thus: “That Kerry County Council will carry out an audit on pedestrian safety at College Road and refer the matter to the road design office.” In Reply: “Kerry…

Children’s Summer Drama Course at the Ivy Leaf

Children’s Summer Drama Course at the Ivy Leaf

A Children’s Summer Drama Course for eight to 11 year olds is being organised for the famed Ivy Leaf Art Centre stage in Castleisland for July 4th., 5th. and 6th. from 10:30am to 1:30pm each day. Michael Burke and Redmond Roche will be familiar to people who have attended performances by the Island Players in…

Gardaí Launch Investigation into Ivy Leaf Art Centre Fire

Gardaí Launch Investigation into Ivy Leaf Art Centre Fire

Gardai here in Castleisland confirmed today that an investigation has been launched into how last night’s fire on the western face of the Ivy Leaf Art Centre was started. Locals, convinced that the fire was deliberately started on the ivy clad wall and belfry, condemned the act as that of wanton vandalism. Quell the Blaze…

Amateur Drama Circuit – An Important and Valid Irish Art Form

Amateur Drama Circuit – An Important and Valid Irish Art Form

Crowds from throughout the county are complimenting some great theatre all this week at the Kerry Drama Festival at Castleisland’s Ivy Leaf Art Centre. The nine-night long event got off to a flying start on Friday evening as festival director, Jerome Stack with adjudicator, Brendan Murray and guest Kevin O’Shea took to the stage. Three…

Ramping Up the Safety Issue at College Road

Ramping Up the Safety Issue at College Road

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell believes that the school-time traffic crux at College Road can be solved by a greater presence of a traffic warden at crucial times; the demolition and moving back of the front wall of Gaelscoil Aogáin; the creation of a drop-off point for pupils and a strictly enforced no parking area at the…