Scartaglin far too good for Na Gaeil as they are crowned champions

The Division 2 U16 County League Final took place in Currans Kerry Centre of Excellence, a very sporting game played in front of a large Scartaglin following.  

Scartaglin have remained unbeaten in the Division so far and got off to a great start scoring 1 – 5 in the opening 11 mins without reply. Scartaglin had a very strong midfield unit with Jane Lawlor and Shauna Tangney showing their dominance throughout the game, with excellent score coming from Emma Kerins and Leah Boyle in the first half to mention a few.  We led at the half time whistle 3-10 to 5 points kicking into the breeze.  The second half started off at a blistering pace with star forwards Leah Boyle and Tara Kerins showing their skills with two further goals and 3 points with no response.  Although Na Gaeil were quiet a young team they hit a purple patch and tested our backs and keeper Bernadette O Mahony but she kept her composure with some fantastic kick outs to get Scartaglin back on track. It must be said a fantastic, solid, stoic performance from Rachel O Sullivan joint captain sealed Scartaglin’s faith on the night. With some exceptional young talent coming from Scartaglin Ladies such as Katie Kerins, Mikaela Buckley and Ellie Mai Walsh its exciting times ahead for the rural club. Scartaglin remain unbeaten with the final score line speaking for itself 7-18 to 2-6.  A special mention of thanks and congratulations to their coaches Pat O Connor, Tom Boyle, Anna Kerins  and Mary Collins.

Team lineout: 1. Berndatte O Mahony, 2. Aoife Walsh, 3. Grainne Walsh, 4.Katie Kerins, 5. Muireann Walsh, 6. Rachel O Sullivan(c), 7. Abbie Mahony, 8. Jane Lawlor, 9. Shauna Tangney, 10. Tara Kerins, 11. Emma Kerins, 12. Caz Summers, 13. Abbie Kelliher, 14. Leah Boyle, 15. Muireann Rahilly, 16. Ellie Mai Walsh, 17. Maire Collins, 18. Mikaela Buckley, 19. Jessica Riordan, 20. Ciara Casey, 21. Mollie Mahony – Joint Captains Rachel O Sullivan, Jane Lawlor

Creativity to the fore at Cruinniú na nÓg

Killarney children and teenagers were among hundreds who enjoyed free cultural and creative events as part of Cruinniú na nÓg last Saturday.

Creativity was to the fore at all the events and workshops which were all well subscribed and feedback from participants has highlighted the demand for more creative activity choices for our young people in Kerry

“Feedback tells us that there was a great choice of activity this year and parents were very pleased to be able to access quality free events for their children”, stated Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council, stated.  The event was organised by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council and brought about as a result of Creative Ireland funding through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Mayor of Kerry Councillor Niall Kelliher acknowledged the significance of the day and the fact that in its second year there were hundreds of children and young people involved in events right across Kerry. “We are grateful to all our creative professionals, partners and venues who organised events in many towns across the county”, Councillor Kelliher went on to say. Attendances were up on last year with some workshops over-subscribed.

Events at Inch Beach offered up not only creative fun but fresh air and fine appetites as a group of exuberant teens created large land art pieces on the beach. A drumming circle rounded off a day well spent in the open air. Events in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel were all well attended and a young group of filmmakers in each town got a quick immersion into the busy world of filmmaking through film, costume and stage make up information. One parent remarked “He is determined to make movies and you know I think today’s workshop actually taught him the bones of how to do it”.  Visual art, craft, puppetry workshops in Ballinskelligs, Cromane, Ballyferriter, Castleisland and Waterville were all well attended, and parents were pleased to see the results in exhibition form as well as creations ready to bring home. Siamsa Tíre ran an environmental drawing workshop with the apt title ‘How to Save The World’ where young enthusiastic participants responded using creative materials to the big questions affecting our world.  The Wetlands had a great turn out to their pottery and bird making workshops and Kerry County Museum hosted a fully booked creative journalling workshop with Annemarie Ní Churreáin. Meanwhile Killarney House hosted five key events including performances, an exhibition and workshops with Ballet Poulet by the Fanzini Brothers a bit hit among younger audiences.

Overall the day was a creative celebration across the county. With over 35 imaginative events in 13 locations, Cruinniú na nÓg is fast becoming a cultural force in Kerry.

Local Ladybirds’ celebrate at Fota!

Members of Lily Ladybirds and Kilcummin Ladybirds, Killarney, were among 300 girls to celebrate Ladybirds’ 30th birthday at Fota Wildlife Park  at the weekend.

Ladybirds are the youngest members of Irish Girl Guides aged five to seven.

Ladybirds travelled from all over  Munster to take part in the birthday bash. A further 300 Ladybirds from other counties travelled to Dublin Zoo for a simultaneous celebration.

Ladybirds, who meet each week in their local community to take part in activities, games, songs and crafts, loved the opportunity to meet up with Ladybirds from other counties to celebrate their milestone birthday.

“All the girls had a fabulous day with music, dancing and a big cake at each event,” said Monica McDonnell, Chair of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) Ladybird Branch. “There was a brilliant atmosphere and everyone had a great time.”

“The Ladybird programme encourages girls to care and share, to think of others and to contribute to their local communities,” said Monica, who is Leader of Cúchulainn Ladybirds in Drogheda. “Each girl is encouraged to try her best and learn new skills and is rewarded for doing the best she can.

“The girls can earn badges for all kinds of things, like Road Safety, Healthy Mind, Performing Arts, Environmental Awareness, Voting and STEM. During their time with us, we see the Ladybirds grow in confidence and independence while making new friends and having a lot of fun.”

Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5+ and volunteer Leaders from age 18+. No previous experience of Guiding is necessary. See for more information or tel: 01 6683898.

Temporary road closure between Torc and Dinis

The N71 Ring of Kerry road between Torc Waterfall and the carpark for Dinis Cottage will be closed to all traffic from Monday, 24 June 2019 to Friday, 5 July 2019.

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate emergency repairs to a section of the retaining wall and road at Dinis. The contractors engaged will also be carrying out night-time work to minimise the duration of the road closure.

A diversion will be in place via the N22 (Cork Road) and Kilgarvan (R569) and advisory signage will be erected.

Access will be maintained from Killarney to Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and the ‘Cardiac Steps’ walkway. Access to Ladies’ View and Moll’s Gap will be maintained from the Kenmare/Sneem side. Businesses affected by the closure will be kept fully briefed on the works.

Kerry County Council, in consultation with the contractor, is endeavouring to minimise the duration of the road closure, in particular for local businesses, tourism operators and the upcoming Ring of Kerry Cycle which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 6 July 2019.

Regular updates will be provided through local media, social media and the council’s website. Kerry County Council regrets any inconvenience this road closure may cause.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Holy Family School Rathmore Capture Division 3 Hurling Title

Holy Family School Rathmore played Sliabh A’ Mhadra N.S. Ballyduff in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division Hurling Final in Abbeydorney on Thursday evening last in dry but windy conditions. From the outset this final was keenly contested with scores at a premium as both sets of players went all out to deny their opponents clean possession and when their opponents did win possession they were hassled and hooked and blocked and denied clear shots at goal. Callum Carey Sheehy did break free to score two first half points for Sliabh A’ Mhadra and Adam Lynch turned and stole forward to land another. Rathmore who had top performers throughout landed their opening score through Shane Daly and a well worked team goal cleverly dispatched to the net by Ross Moriarty saw them lead 1-1 to 0-3 at the break. 

Jack Galway registered the opening goal of the second half and he followed up with a point to put Sliabh A’ Mhadra a goal ahead as they piled on the pressure. However, Pádraig Moynihan tightened up on Jack Galway and the Rathmore outfit settled and a goal and a point through the influential Leah Daly put them ahead. A well taken point by Adam Lynch left the teams deadlocked as we entered the final minutes. Holy Family went on the attack and Shane Daly went through to score a brilliant goal. Sliabh A’ Mhadra went in search of the equalising goal but the Rathmore defence stood resolute and with the last play of the game Conor Moynihan extended the lead with a fine point to ensure the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol shield headed to the Sliabh Luachra District. Final score: Holy Family: 3-03; Sliabh A’ Mhadra: 1-05.

Air Ambulance to go Airborne within weeks

Air lifting seriously ill patients from rural areas will be just one of the tasks of the new Air  Ambulance following the announcement by the Department of Health that a service contract has been signed – and Ireland’s first community Air ambulance will be airborne within weeks.

Welcoming the announcement, ICRR said it looked forward to working is strong cooperation with the Department of Health and HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) to deliver a world-class service which will save lives.

ICRR is a charity and needs to fundraise €2m annually to pay for the helicopter, the pilots, the airbase at Rathcoole, Millstreet in Co. Cork and the fuel. The ICRR  is a ‘community’ Air Ambulance so to keep this service in the air, the charity will be reliant on the public’s long-term support .

The HSE NAS is providing the medical staffing for the aeromedical service and it will be tasked centrally through the NAS 999 / 112 call system. While Munster based it will be available for missions nationwide and coordinate with the existing Athlone based Emergency Aeromedical Service.

The Air Ambulance is expected to respond up to 500 calls per year, and bring the population of a 10,000 square mile area within 20 minutes of critical medical care.

Examples of incidents which the Air Ambulance is expected to respond to include:

Retrieval & Transfer: The airlift of a seriously ill patient from remote and rural medical hubs or accident scenes to specialist hospital care.

Trauma: Injuries sustained in road traffic accidents, equestrian, agricultural, industrial and sporting incidents, falls and impact injuries.

Medical: Including cardiac medical events, strokes, anaphylaxis, etc.

Since 2008, ICRR has also developed a network of over 250 land based volunteer doctors and ten Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs), across the country, to deliver critical medical interventions which prevent serious injury or death.

Fiddles to the ready for the Fleadh

All roads lead to Milltown this Friday as Fleadh Cheoil ‘19 provides a free family-friendly festival of music and fun over the weekend. Spin City funfair is in town all week, and Saturday provides a free drumming workshop for kids in Muintir na Tíre Hall at 2. “Time to Party” frolics for kids is on Sunday from 1 to 4, and the Science Worshop will run at the same time, with fun experiments. As well as free stuff, kids have a chance to win cash courtesy of Rathmore and District Credit Union who sponsor the Dennis Courtney Street Entertainment Competition with €500 in prizes. Details on and in fleadh programme. Tune up the instruments and join in- open to under 18’s.  As well as the kids events, three major acts will play for free, Ceilidh with the Shandrum Ceilí Band on Friday night and Sunday with Uí Bhriain, and the world renowned KÍLA, who will rock the town on Saturday night. Music sessions in all local pubs all week so don’t miss Kerry’s premier music event of 2019- all for FREE!

Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits at Castleisland Races

The 160th annual Castleisland Races took place at the Powell’s Road Fields last Sunday afternoon and it was a spectacle so remarkable it had to be witnessed live to truly enjoy the action on display. Skilled jockeys, most of which who were in their early teens, bravely raced their trusty steeds in ten races for certificates, trophies, cups and €5,000 in prize money.

Words and Pictures 

by Sean Cronin 


Gerry Daly was MC and commentator for the event and Pat Collins duly lifted Gerry 15 feet into the air on his JCB Platform, which allowed him to survey the entire racecourse. The RTE weather forecast predicted that heavy rain would assault the area at 3pm but as it arrived at 2.30pm and worsened, Gerry had to return to terra firma for safety and comfort from the torrential downpour.

Bookmakers Ray Ruane and Derry O’Neil had to seek shelter under umbrellas fixed to their bookmaking screens with another huge umbrella sheltering Pat Hartnett, Gerry Daly and Charlie Farrelly, the Chairman and Director of the Castleisland Races. This was also to shield the many impressive trophies on display to be bestowed later, the largest trophy cup of which was very soon filled with rain water. Though severe, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the racing fans attending, both young and old.

The winner of the most prestigious race, the Two Mile Island Derby, was Daniel King from Kilbrinn in County Cork riding “Bubba Watson” the horse.

During the event, Charlie Farrelly said that the rain would not cause him to cancel the races and as he didn’t, the races were an afternoon of fun and excitement as was evident by the enthusiastic roars of encouragement and approval heard around the race course at Powell’s Road as the exhilarating event took place.

“Duck Race defies weather to make a BIG Splash”

Promoted as “The Great Killarney Duck Race” and indeed it didn’t disappoint as the Deenagh River on Port Road in KiIlarney became the race track for hundreds of yellow coloured ducks.

“It was a sight to be seen as 350 plastic ducks passed some of the native ducks that looked on bemusedly at their plastic counter parts” joked Derek O Leary, chairperson of Kilcummin Parents Association and one of the organisers of this fundraising event.

“We had a great turn out of about 100 people to cheer on the 350 ducks as they made their way from the playground bridge to the main Deenagh bridge and this was in-spite of a deluge of rain that fell, just prior to the start of the race – great weather for the ducks but not so good for the spectators” Derek went on the say.

The ducks took just 8 minutes or there about’s, to cover the the half kilometre distance with both banks allowing the gathered crowd to survey the race and to cheer on the ducks to their conclusion, with duck number 103 making it to the finish line in first place, closely followed by duck number 17 and 374. The temporary owners of the ducks were Eoin Murphy (103) who won a family over night break in Kilkenny city, Aoibhe Sheehan (17) and Mary O Connor (374) who won a gift voucher each. Ava O Sullivan, bedecked in all things yellow won the best costume prize on the night.

“The Parents Association in Kilcummin wanted to run a fun family event that anyone could join in and we might generate some money along the way to support activities and facilities for the children in Kilcummin National School” Claire Troth, treasurer went on to explain. “ Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and we managed to raise over €1500 for the school from the event”.

Derek O Leary wanted to thank the Kilkenny Ormonde hotel who sponsored the first prize, the premises that helped to sell the ducks, the people who bought a duck and the office of public works/national parks who facilitated the use of the river for the event.

The group now plan to make it an annual event and advise everyone to put it in their diary for the same time next year where the same “quacking event” will be run all over again!

Local Kerry Businesses partner with Cycle Against Suicide

LOCAL KERRY BUSINESSES, TLI Group and Kerry Coaches, Ireland’s leading Luxury Coach Company, were proud to sponsor the recent 780km main cycle organised by national charity Cycle Against Suicide, in which hundreds of cyclists took part.

The Kerry businesses have been stalwart supporters of Cycle Against Suicide and the success of this year’s cycle is thanks to the involvement and commitment of families, friends and the wider community, including businesses such as TLI Group and Kerry Coaches.

Using pedal power to promote conversations about mental health and suicide awareness, the 2019 main cycle saw hundreds of cyclists, travel through 63 towns and villages across Ireland. TLI Group and Kerry Coaches provided multiple vehicles for leading and supporting all aspects of the 10-day cycle, demonstrating their strong commitment to driving positive social outcomes in the Kerry community where they live, work and serve.

These steps in raising awareness on mental health are helping to break down the barriers around mental illness, connecting those affected with available treatment options and breaking down, one day at a time, the stigma attached to mental illness.

Cycle Against Suicide is currently introducing an evidence-based Schools’ Programme that educates students on mental health issues, helps build resilience and empowers young people to become mental health champions for their peers.

Local Kerry Businesses partner with Cycle Against Suicide