Celebratory events at the club included a star-studded ceremony and a Family Fun Day

Members, visitors and invited guests enjoyed an action packed weekend at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, one of Ireland’s most prestigious and historic golfing venues.

The club celebrated a momentous weekend following the launch of the club’s newly refurbished Professional Shop and the re-launch of its Golf Academy at Lackabane.

On Friday last Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, in partnership with Synergy Golf, Ireland’s leading golf management company, celebrated the launch of the club’s newly refurbished Professional Shop with a star-studded ribbon cutting ceremony attended by members, sporting stars and invited industry guests. Following a significant €100K refurbishment investment, the new Professional Shop is set to drive a whole new golfing experience at the club.

The following day the club  hosted a very special family fun day at Lackabane to celebrate the re-launch of its Golf Academy, a home were juniors are encouraged to play and have fun through golf. Led by Head Professional Mark Heinemann, families enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles, a range of fun competitions and lots more.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Clubs newly designed state of the art Professional Shop now stocks all the top golfing brands including Nike, Footjoy, Ping, Adidas, Peter Millar, Under Armour, Green Lamb, Titleist and Oscar Jacobson etc. and boasts a coffee station and seating area where members and visitors can soak up the stunning scenery – enhancing the overall player experience at the golf club. The Professional Shop also welcomes a brand new team headed up by Pat Barrett as Business Development Manager, bringing with him his experience managing some of Ireland’s finest golf resorts such as Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort and Ballykisteen Golf Resort, alongside Mary Mac Monagle, a well-known member of the golf club and who joins the Killarney team as Head of Customer Service from her role as head concierge at the five star Great Southern Hotel.

“I am delighted to be joining the team and welcome the significant improvements already visible since the club’s partnership with Synergy Golf earlier this year. The newly refurbished Professional Shop is a place for golfers to relax, shop, grab a coffee and soak up the unbelievable atmosphere that encompasses the golf club”, Pat Barrett, Business Development Manager at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club said.

The feedback from members and visitors has been very positive and it makes my job somewhat easier when looking to attract players from home and abroad. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is a world class venue and these improvements certainly put us on the global map.”

Early this year the club announced new partnerships with Synergy Golf and Head Professional Mark Heinemann to bring a new vision to the club. This vision sees Synergy Golf manage the completed refurbishment of the new Professional Shop along with the overall management of the facility. Whilst Head Professional, Mark Heinemann, is implementing a renewed plan for coaching and practicing. Together, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and their management partners are currently investing over €200,000 into the clubhouse and playing facilities over the next few months with a drive to significantly increase business performance over the next 3 years. The focus will be on driving green fee revenue, enhancing partnerships with local enterprises and establishing an improved international footprint for the venue. The outcome will be beneficial for not only Killarney Golf & Fishing Club but will also bring a boost to tourism.

‘Exposure’ comes to Scartaglin Heritage Centre

‘Exposure’ the play comes to Scartaglin Heritage Centre on the 15th June 2019 at 8pm.  … A woman in three parts performed by Jessica Plunkett, Caroline Montgomery. Directed by Andrew Deering.

An excerpt from Elizabeth O’Farrell’s testimony post the 1916 rising.   ‘The Stronger’ by August Strindberg. ‘I dream before I take the stand’ by Arlene Hutton.

The evenings first piece is a snapshot of Elizabeth O’Farrell’s involvement in the surrender to the British officer General Lower, alongside Padraig Pearse in 1916.  We hear her brave and courageous words.  In the photograph of this historic surrender Elizabeth O’Farrell was airbrushed  from history, leaving only her shoes visible.  Who’s power was at play in this decision? Was it a fair one?  Listen to her words and then decide.  

In August Strindberg one act play The Stronger, who holds the balance of power? As one woman exposes the complexity of her relationships a question is posed, who is ‘the stronger” the woman who stays or the woman who goes?

In Arlene Hutton’s disturbing cross examination “I Dream before I take the Stand” the use and abuse of power is exposed.  Who is balancing the scales of justice?

Phenomenal supports available for new enterprises

There are phenomenal supports available for new enterprises through both South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to give them every chance to succeed. That was the message from The Busy Botanist co-founder Clair Kelly who was speaking to new start-ups at a networking evening in Killarney recently. This business has enjoyed considerable success since its foundation some two years ago in supplying organic naturally caffeine-free herbal teas to both Irish and overseas customers.

Speaking at the event organised by SKDP and which was attended by some 40 start-up businesses, Clair said that her key advice for all of them was to attend all of the events suggested by the advisers or do something they suggest as what really helps a business to grow and flourish is gaining experience and networking.

Michael Kenneally of the DEASP pointed out to those present that in addition to their weekly payment, start-up businesses could also get financial support with the costs of setting up the business through the Enterprise Support Grant scheme. Elements that are covered this scheme include capital outlays, insurance costs and accountancy costs however a person has to be approved for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme.

Enterprise Officer with SKDP Joanne Griffin added that in addition to the enterprise support grant, SKDP can also provide additional capital support for start-up businesses through a once off grant scheme offering up to 65% funding to a maximum of €500. Aisling O’Sullivan Darcy of the LEADER programme also outlined to those present the range of supports potentially available through the enterprise stream of LEADER funding.

Anyone interested in starting their own business and who is currently in receipt of a social welfare payment should contact Joanne Griffin in the SKDP Killorglin Office on 066 9761615 for further information.

New Councillors to speak at The Crown Balcony

The 4 newly elected Castleisland area councillors will make their first outing in public together this Saturday evening June 1st from 7.30pm speaking to the masses from the balcony of the Crown Bar in Castleisland at an event organised by the Crown.

The historic balcony has seen the greats like Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell address Castleisland people in the past will get a chance to see Cllr Bobby O’Connell, Cllr Charlie Farrelly, Cllrs Fionnan Fitzgerald and Cllr Jackie Healy Rae make their maiden public speech to locals.

With the creation of the new Corca Dhuibhne- Castleisland Municipal Area, all four will have plenty of work ahead of them for the next five years.

Their first big meeting will take place on June 14th when the they sit down with their west Kerry counterparts to elect a new Cathaoirleach.

Novel fundraiser launched by Rathmore GAA Club

Rathmore GAA Club have launched a novel fundraiser for the club.

The “Red Circle” lottery ticket  supports all activities in Rathmore GAA, including the upkeep and maintenance of its pitches and club facilities. As well as offering entry into the club’s weekly lotto draw, there are also some other fantastic offerings including:

€1,000 cash prize in June

€1,000 cash prize at Christmas

Chance of winning two All Ireland Senior Foootball Final Tickets (if Kerry is in the final)

Entry into all weekly lotto ticket draws from June 2018 to May 2020.

€40 weekly prize draw if jackpot isn’t won

The cost of the tickets are €90 each or three for €220.

St. Mary of the Angels to benefit from annual BBQ

Sausages sizzling and burgers barbequing along with some great tunes will be the order of the day as Barbeque season  sizzlesinto action this June Bank Holiday Monday.

The team at Scotts Hotel, along with Denis Geaney’s Ring of Kerry Cycle Group are planning to fire up the charcoal again this year and all proceeds will go to St Mary of the Angels.

Denis, founder of the Ring of Kerry Cycle, has once again mobilized a group of cyclists for the famous charity cycle. And as part of their preparations, Denis and Team Geaney are hosting a fantastic fundraising afternoon of food and live entertainment.

The barbeque costs €10 per person, and all monies raised on the day will be donated to St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort. It takes place in Scotts Courtyard from 2pm until 6pm on Monday, June 3. With live music from Rosie and Derry Healy, Dermot Moriarty, Pete Fleming, Michael O’Brien and band, Sam and Ina and more, as well as a special guest appearance by Bernard Casey, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Organiser Denis Geaney said, “All of the money raised from the barbeque will go directly to St Mary of the Angels, that’s thanks to the generous support of the team at Scotts Hotel, all the musicians and our many volunteers. We looking forward to seeing you there.”

Milltown to launch County Fleadh

All are welcome at Bleachfields Bistro, Milltown, this Friday, May 31st  at 8 pm when Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí 2019 will be launched. 

The mid-Kerry town hosts the Fleadh from June 19th to 23rd. It will be the second year running in Milltown and will again host a fantastic weekend of top-quality free family entertainment in a packed and varied program. The Fleadh will be launched by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, main sponsors Chapter 23 Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, and will feature music and special guests.

The Fleadh competitions sees the cream of Kerry traditional music vie for a place in the Munster and All-Ireland fleadhanna but is also an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the vibrant trad. scene in the county. Milltown’s street entertainment programme will feature one of the top acts in world music, Kila, playing on Saturday night, June 22nd. This is a free, outdoor gig, and will also feature support acts from around the county. Friday night and Sunday afternoon will feature the outdoor ceilidh, a great spectacle for dancers and wallflowers alike. Kids will be well entertained, with a drumming workshop specially for kids on Saturday at 2, and fun with “Time to Party” putting fun events on Sunday. “Spin City” funfair will be in Milltown all week also.

The organising committee are inviting all young musicians join in the “Denis Courtney Memorial Street Entertainment Competition”, and have a crack at winning some of the €500 prize fund, sponsored by the local Rathmore and District Credit Union. There will be sessions in the local bars all week and the annual “Singing Club” takes place in Larkins Bar on Thursday night.

Kilmurry 5km – Walk, Jog, Run but most importantly have fun

The Parents Association of Kilmurry N.S. are hosting a 5km Fun Run on Friday June 7th at 7pm. 

Registration will take place at Cordal Community Centre from 6.15pm. Race entry is €5 per person, with all primary school children going free. With 100 children on the role books next year, the school are hoping to expand its playing facilities. All monies raised at the event will go towards a new soft surface playground area. 

Kilmurry N.S. has a proud tradition of sporting excellence and athletics is no exception. Athletics is a very popular activity within the school and children compete in various competitions throughout the school year. The school has some very accomplished athletes in its midst and they will be hoping to showcase their talent in this event. 

The event will be opened by a special guest on the evening and the race route will begin at the Old Kilmurry School and go through the townlands of Kilmurry, Kilberehert, Glenlarhan, Ballyplymoth and up Ardmona, finishing at the Cordal Community Centre. 

There are numerous prizes and medals to be won on the night. Refreshments and baked goods will also be served in the Centre after the race, in which everyone is more than welcome to join.


On Sunday June 16th the Currow Cycling and Ladies Football Club’s will come together to host its annual Leisure Cycle. The Cycle is a perfect “Warm UP” for the Ring of Kerry Cycle with 3 Courses on the day over 20 Kilometers, 60 Kilometers and 100 Kilometers. This is the 6th Year of the Cycle and it has attracted big crowds every Year so we would ask you to come out and support the Cycle this year and be part of a great day out. 

The Cycle will begin at the Currow Community Centre at with registration from 9.15 am. The short course goes to Davy Roches Cross, into Castleisland, to Camp Cross, Dysert and back to Currow. The 60 KM course goes via Davy Roches Cross, Castleisland, Tralee, Castlemaine, Firies Cross, Ballyfinane, Currans, Farranfore and back to Currow. The long course goes to Davy Roches Cross, Castleisland, Tralee, Castlemaine, Milltown, The Golden Nugget, Aghadoe, Two Mile School, Firies cross, Ballyfinane, Currans, Farranfore and back to Currow. 

For details about the race or to sponsor,  see Facebook Page currowlfc or the Currow GAA Web Page.

Promoting mental Health: Loughfouder NS Promotes Positive Mental Health

Loughfouder NS in Knocknagoshel was a hive of activity on Saturday 25th May. Pupils, parents, staff and members of the local community and surrounding parishes gathered for the annual 3k/5k Fun Run & Walk fundraiser for the school. There were lots of volunteers on hand to do registration, stewarding and catering. When the runners and walkers returned there was a fabulous array of food available courtesy of the parents. After tea and some lively conversation, the medals were presented.  After that, they were honoured to have past-pupil and renowned musician Nicky McAuliffe and his wife Anne to raise the school’s new Amber Flag along with their 8th Green Flag. 

The Amber Flag is awarded to schools for their promotion of Positive Mental Health. The children took part in Mental Health programmes during the year, “Zippy’s Friends” in the Junior Classes and “Walk Tall” in the Senior Classes. Both programmes teach children how to cope with difficult situations including bullying, conflict, anxiety, loss and bereavement. A buddy bench was installed in the yard where a child can sit if they are feeling sad or excluded and the other children can cheer them up. They also took part in a number of fundraising events to raise money for Pieta House who organize the Amber Award programme. A yoga teacher also visited the school to do yoga with the children and teachers. The activities during the year were organised by senior class teacher Miss Emer O Shea and the Amber Flag Committee. On the day Nicky also raised our 8th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Marine Environment. It was 50 years and two months since Nicky had been a pupil of Loughfouder NS. He has travelled all over the world playing music since then with his wife Anne and they have won several awards including their recent Gradam Ceoil award from TG4. The day was finished off with some traditional music from the talented musicians at Loughfouder NS. It was definitely a day to remember and there’s no doubt that it was very good for everyone’s mental health and wellbeing!