Playground Should Be Locked At Night And Requires Major Overhaul: Cahill

A Kerry County Councillor has called for Killorglin Playground to be locked at night. Councillor Michael Cahill said the Playground is a place for children to play and enjoy themselves and is not a place for anti social behavior, drink and drug parties, etc, at night time.

“I have been contacted by a number of mother’s in the Killorglin area who have stopped bringing their children to the Playground as they deem it to be unsafe.” “I have been informed that it is quite common to find broken bottles and glass, graffiti, empty cans, used condoms and all types of rubbish in the playground,” stated Councillor Cahill. The Fianna Fail Councillor said it was very disappointing as a lot of work went into the provision of a Playground in Killorglin by Kerry County Council and a hard working local  committee at the time.

“It would be great if a local group could take responsibility for the closing of the playground every night, however we tried that before to no avail,” stated the Rossbeigh Councillor. The Local Councillor said the only option now available to stop the anti social behavior is to lock the Playground at night.

Councillor Cahill also said the Playground needs a major overhaul as he has received a number of complaints that it has now become rundown and unsightly looking.

Call For Permanent Caretaker At Rossbeigh Beach

During a debate on the Litter Pollution Act at this month’s meeting of Kerry County Council, Councillor Michael Cahill called on Council Senior Management to provide a Full-time Caretaker at Rossbeigh Beach. Councillor Cahill said the Council provide a Caretaker every year from the 1st of June to the end of September and the beach is well maintained. Outside of this period the refuse bins and dog fowling bins are removed and this has become a big problem for dumping and dog fowling, stated Councillor Cahill.

The Fianna Fail Councillor who resides in Rossbeigh said the beach has become increasingly busy off season with the success of the Wild Atlantic Way and with the public becoming more health conscious.

There has been an alarming increase in the number of people walking dogs on the beach in recent years and it is quite common to see up to 50 or 60 dogs on the beach on any one day stated Councillor Cahill. “Our beaches are a very important part of County Kerry’s economy and need to be maintained to the highest of standards and the only way this can be achieved is by having a permanent Caretaker who will ensure amongst other things that the bins are put out and emptied on a weekly basis.” The Local Councillor said that he believed the increase in illegal dumping across the county was as a result of price increases, the fact that not all routes were being serviced and sheer recklessness by members of the public.

The Fianna Fail Councillor called on the Government and the Private operators to implement a price freeze and on Kerry County Council to do likewise in regards to their Transfer Stations.

Tickets selling fast for “Sister”

The talented actors of Saint John of God Kerry Services are preparing to thread the boards of Siamsa Tire yet again on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 8pm in their musical production of ‘SISTER’. 

This show provides individuals with a musical platform to showcase their acting, dancing and singing talents. The Director of the show is Jackie O Mahony and the Music Director is Lauralee Curtin.

The show will also feature students from the TY year in Mounthawk School in both the dancing and chorus with our service users.

“This is a wonderful event and we look forward to the great support of families, friends and members of the public. Tickets are selling fast so get them quick.” Lauralee told the Outlook

Tickets, €15, on Sale from Siamsa Tire on 066 7123055 or at

Divanes to Sponsor Tour de Ballyfinnane Cycle

Local Castleisland business Divanes have renewed their sponsorship with the Tour de Ballyfinnane annual cycle and Minister 

Brendan Griffin helped launch the event at their Volkwagen showroom on Saturday.

“We are delighted to have this long established local business as our host sponsor. Divanes are the Main Volkswagen dealer for Kerry since 1954, the Castleisland based family business has been providing an exceptional service” organiser Sean Lally told the Outlook.

Following the resounding success of previous year’s cycles, ‘Tour de Ballyfinnane’ Cycle will take place again this year on Saturday, 6th April 2019 @10am.

“This is the 6th year of the cycle which is organised by the parents of the children at

Ballyfinnane National School with the support of the school board, the local community and local businesses.” He added


“We want to take this opportunity to thank the community, local businesses and not least the cyclists who take part in the event and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Ballyfinnane on the 6th of April.”


For further details please log on to our website or check out our Facebook page-Ballyfinnane Cycle.

Route 1 – 70km @ €25. Route takes you west to Castlemaine, Inch, Annascaul, Gleann na

nGealt, Camp, Tonevane, Caherleaheen, Farmer’s Bridge & over the final climb of the day at

Garraun on the return to Ballyfinnane.

Route 2 – 45km @ €20. Route takes you east to Currans, Castleisland, Ballymac, Tralee and Camp;

back to Ballyfinnane via the Killarney Road and Camp; Gortatlea.

Castleisland Community College now part of National CSPE Action Guide

The Fairtraders of Castleisland Community College have been working with Fairtrade Ieland on a new CSPE (Civic Social and Political Education) Action Guide which is now available to all secondary schools nationally. The topic of Fairtrade is also studied in other subjects for both Leaving and Junior Certificate  eg Geography and Business.

The CSPE Action Guide is being posted out to all post primary schools nationally. Fairtrade Ireland have also included the Action Guide on their website under the downloadable section for secondary school resources- ‘A CSPE Fairtrade  Guide’. The school is solely featured on page 14 as an example to other schools of the activities they can undertake to become a Fairtrade School and how to work with the wider community to become a Fairtrade Town. Quotes from the students and teachers involved are also included to illustrate the learning involved by undertaking the various tasks.  

The Fairtraders were invited to lunch in Dublin by Fairtrade Ireland to launch Fairtrade Fortnight. They presented to various businesses such as LIDL, ALDI, Tesco, Bewleys, Butler’s chocolate, Bord Bia, Londis and Insomnia before lunch commenced. Sara Montoya, a coffee farmer from Columbia and Blas Arismendis Marcelinos, a banana farmer from the Dominican Republic explained to the audience regarding the benefits of Fairtrade.  Fairtrade, for example allowed them to keep their children in education instead of working on the coffee and banana plantations. The Fairtraders were praised by the CEO of Fairtrade Ireland, Peter Gaynor, for their initiative and work in making Castleisland a Fairtrade town.    

Sliabh Luachra Music Trail Musician in Residence

Eoin O’Sullivan, the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail musician in residence has been busy visiting national schools in Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

 He brings his fiddle and his stories of musicians past and present, giving the young students an insight into their unique musical and cultural heritage as residents of Sliabh Luachra. He is also recording tunes with the children for the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Eoin has been invited to Abbeyfeale, Áth na Bláth, Barraduff, Ballydesmond, Boherbue, Brosna, Cullen, Dromtrasna, Kilmurry, Kiskeam, Knockaclarig, Knocknagree, Loughfouder, Meelin, Meenkilly, Meentogues, Millstreet, Newmarket, Raheen, Rathmore, Scartaglin, Shrone and Templeglantine as part of his schools outreach programme. 

“It’s been a huge pleasure to visit the schools and see the interest the children have in learning about Sliabh Luachra music. It’s very heartening to see the amount of musical talent in the schools, and I’d love if even more could be done to help children learn the tunes from their local areas. I think every child in Sliabh Luachra should be helped to learn their own music.”

Legends come to Castleisland to honour another

David Hall from the FAI and Castleisland AFC Club Chairman Patrick O’Rourke along with players past and present gathered at Tom McCarthy’s bar on Tuesday night to launch their “Legends for a Legend” event  which will take place on April 27th.

It was also announced on the night that the new Astroturf pitch which is based at Castleisland Community College will be named after the clubs founder the late Georgie O’Callaghan and that FAI CEO John Delaney will attend the opening.

This Legends Game will be followed that evening by a Gala dinner and live music till late in the River Island Hotel Castleisland where soccer commentator George Hamilton will MC the event which will include a Q&A with the Legend Players along with untold stories and banter of what goes on behind the scenes on tours. 

Club Chairman Patrick O’Rourke thanked the community and the businesses of the Castleisland area for supporting the club with the opening, ‘’We would not be able to hold such a prestigious event without their support, its a massive undertaking for the club but if is only right that we pay tribute to the legacy of the great man Georgie O’Callaghan and I would like to thank John Delaney and David Hall for all their help in securing real legends of Irish soccer for the game’’. 

Teresa Lonergan acting Principal of Castleisland Community College said that “This excellent new facility will benefit students, local clubs, and the wider community and we will certainly use the space to enrich our students lives for many years to come’’.   

Tickets for game are on sale at EVENTBRITE.IE and there is already huge demand for them . For more information and updates you can check out Castleisland AFC webpage on

Bake parties to raise funds for brain injury rehabilitation: Let’s Raise Some Dough in Kerry

On your marks, get set, bake! There’s a rush on flour and eggs as hundreds of families and friends touched by brain injury get ready to raise some dough to support the life-changing work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland right here in Kerry.

Once again, the people of Kerry are encouraged to organise a bake party to raise funds for this special cause that touches so many lives after serious brain injuries from stroke, road traffic accidents, falls and brain tumours.

Bake parties are set to sweep the nation and it’s all happening as part of National Brain Awareness Week, 11-17 March. This year marks the seventh annual bake party fundraiser by the national brain injury charity which provides rehabilitation and family support services right across the country.

In Kerry, the local Acquired Brain Injury Ireland team is hosting bake parties to raise funds and all are welcome:

13th March, 12-1.30pm at Milltown Secondary School

14th March, 11am-2pm at Castleisland Resource Centre

Jonathan Power, Head of Fundraising with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland said: “We’re looking for people to join in the fun and embrace the ‘flour power’ for our annual ‘Bake for Brain Injury’. Hosting a bake party or coffee morning between 11-17 March is a great excuse to catch up with friends at home, work or school while raising vital funds for our charity. Your support or donation will make a real difference to people who need our help after their lives are turned upside down after brain injury. Monies raised will go to support our local services so we can provide more personalised rehabilitation programmes to more brain injury survivors.”

Every year in Ireland an estimated 19,000 people acquire a brain injury. Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them but according to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland it happens to 52 people here every day.

Mr Power added: “Brain injury is a hidden phenomenon in Ireland often because many people with brain injuries have problems that people can’t see. That’s why our rehabilitation services are so important. We help people manage difficulties with memory, fatigue, judgement and we support them in relearning everyday activities to increase their independence. Thanks to the generous donations from events like this, we can help even more people get their lives back. Last year more than 50 bake parties took place in homes and communities around Ireland raising more than €10,000 and this year with your help, we can beat it!” To register your own bake party for this year please go to

St Patrick’s Day Gala Concert planned local School

Some of the biggest names in the world of local music, song and dance are joining forces with a local primary School to raise funds to complete a vital part of the schools infrastructure this St Patricks Day.

Gaelscoil Aogáin Princiapl is Tomás Ó Conchúir and he explained the reasons behind the concert to the Outlook, this week, when we caught up with him for their press launch.

“Gaelscoil Aogáin was originally established back in 1987 when we moved into the old vocational school on College road with just 9 pupils. Since then we have gone from strength to strength with a current enrolment of 200 pupils and a very vibrant and active Naíonra.”

Over the years, the school has had one major fundraiser which was to put a new roof on the school at the time.

“To date we have a very successful and dynamic school, which we are extremely proud of. However, we don’t have any playing area for most of the year as the current field is too wet and mucky. Even with this fine spell of weather, we still cannot use this playing field, which restricts our pupils to participate in physical activities.”

The Parents Association have decided that they would fundraise for a new all-weather playing area, which would be fenced in at all times. The cost of the project is around the €50,000 price tag. To date the School has managed to collect  €27,000 and now they are gearing up for one final big push to get over the line.

“We are organising a Concert in the River island Hotel on St Patrick’s night (8-10pm). This will be a huge night of entertainment with all musicians, dancers and singers giving their services for free” Ó Conchúir concluded

The full list of performers: CEOLTÓIRÍ:Nicky McAuliffe, Ann McAuliffe, Celia Regan, Paddy Jones, Tony Hallsall, Mary Fleming, Con Moynihan, Tom O Connell, P.J Teahan, Michael Culloty, Emma Flynn, Marie Flynn, Keavagh O Donnell, Micheál Ó Sé, Caitlín Ó Sé, Robert Fell, Ceoltóirí na Gaelscoile.

RINCEOIRÍ: Mary Philpott dancers, Michael Murphy, Mary McLaughlin, Bláthnaid Coakley, Mary O Connell.

SEANCHAÍ: Marie Flynn, Jimmy Culinane, Daisy Kearney, Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

Tickets on sale from the Scoil, Crowley’s Pharmacy & The River Island Hotel and cost €10

‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’

Killorglin CYMS Players are currently in the final stages of rehearsal for their forthcoming production of Jimmy Keary’s comedy ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’. This hilarious comedy is not to be missed, featuring an all-star local cast.

The show will be staged at the CYMS Community Hall Killorglin Wed 3rd, Thurs 4th, Fri 5th April 2019 and Wed 10th, Thurs 11th, Fri 12th April 2019. (Opening Night Special Offer 3rd April Seats Only €8)

Contact the ticket office 0669762053. Adm: €12

Curtain: 8pm Sharp (Doors Open 7pm) (Unreserved Seating)

BOOK NOW To Avoid Disappointment.

A comedy that promises to have you shaking in your seats and begging for more!

The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley is set in Aggie Foley’s farmhouse in rural Ireland. Aggie is close to seventy and is keen that her only son, Gabriel – now past forty – will find himself a wife. Gabriel is not opposed to the idea and, to improve his chances, joins the nearby town’s newly established Drama Society – ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’. There he meets Hazel, and quickly becomes infatuated with her, much to the displeasure of Chrissie McCabe from the neighbouring farm, who has always had her eye on Gabriel.

When circumstances warrant that a rehearsal has to be held at Gabriel’s home, the action shifts into full comic gear, with neighbouring farmer, Liam Gavigan, and Aggie’s sister, Lucy Lacey, playing their part in stirring the pot! Adding spice to the mixture are the posh writer and director, Morag Dellamere, and Clive Snell, a self-important member of ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’ who, co-incidentally, also has his eye on Hazel! The part of Aggie Foley is played by Bridget Cahillane.

Donal Pigott plays the bachelor farmer, Gabriel Foley. Martha Fleming plays Chrissie McCabe, the girl from the neighbouring farm. Liam Gavigan, the neighbouring farmer, is played by Brian O’Sullivan. Irene Kavanagh plays the temptress, Hazel Myers.

Aunt Lucy is played by Gina O’Shea. Mike Moriarty plays the pompous, self-absorbed Clive Snell, and Sarah Pigott plays Morag Dellamere.

The play is directed by Brendan Reidy who is no stranger to Drama. Brendan was a thespian with Sliabh Luachra  Drama Group for many years before moving to Killorglin and getting involved in the CYMS players. He was part of the cast of ‘An Trial ‘ and ‘It Runs in the family’ before last year taking to the helms as producer of ‘No body’s talking to me’.   Brendan brings his own unique style of direction and  stunning set design to this production.  Following record breaking  crowds at last year’s production it is advisable to book early  to avoid disappointment.

For more information follow us on our FB page ‘Killorglin CYMS Players’.