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

Celebrating the love of cars for 40 years

The Kingdom Veteran Vintage &Classic Car Club (KVVCCC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Formed by Tom Twohill and P. J. O Riordan in September 1979, the club had its first run in the Rose of Tralee run in August 1979.

The club now has over 200 members and Garrett Foley, Club Secretary explained that the club is holding its social in Ballyroe Heights Hotel and is “the first event of 2019 of about 13 events the Club will be running during the year. We have over 100 tickets sold already.

There will be two member’s cars at the social in the dining hall and both cars are owned by club members. People are coming from Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Dublin to attend the social. Our next big event will be the Ring of Kerry Run in May but we’ll have a number of ‘Cars and Coffees’ and evening runs in between.”

“On the 10th of March, we will have our first Cars and Coffee event of 2019 and it will be organised by Tralee man Gerry Casey. At the social, non-members are welcome and can buy tickets by contacting me or by buying them on the night, next Saturday at 7.30pm.”

Enquiries to Garrett Foley, Club Secretary on Phone (087) 6455293 or visit

Irish Soccer Legends are coming to Castleisland

As part of the Official Opening of Castleisland AFC’s new artificial turf playing pitch constructed in collaboration with Castleisland Community College, Irish Legend stars from Italia 90, USA 94 and Japan 2002 will be descending on Castleisland on 27th April 2019.

The new pitch will be named after former founder and father figure of the club Georgie O’Callaghan who sadly passed away in April 2018. On the anniversary of his passing and in conjunction with the Official Opening of the pitch stars including Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Mark Kinsella and Stephen Hunt will play an Irish Legends game against a Castleisland Select on the new state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of Castleisland Community College. FAI CEO John Delaney will also be in attendance.

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 Q&A with the Legend Players along with untold stories and banter of what goes on behind the scenes on tours.      

Tickets for both events will be limited and will be on sale in the coming weeks. For more information and updates you can check out Castleisland AFC webpage on

Joint venture revives local Castleisland History

Hugh congratulations to the Transition Year students of Castleisland Community College, their teacher Aidan Joy and Sheila Hannon & Mary Walsh of Castleisland Tidy Towns on their joint venture of reviving the history of the Castleisland Railway Station. 

This train is situated at the site of Castleisland Railway Station. The Castleisland Railway Company was set up in 1872 as a result of local concerns that this thriving market town was bypassed by the Killarney/Tralee railway line. A full-gauge branch line was authorised and a 4.5 mile branch line was soon constructed. The first train left Castleisland on 6th September 1875. The Castleisland/Gortalea line holds a unique place in Irish railway history as it was the first ‘light’ railway line in Ireland. A specially designed vehicle which combined both engine and coach was used in the early years. It was capable of drawing up to 30 cattle trucks for the great fairs which were held in the town. After the Great Southern and Western Railway Company took over the line in 1879 two more of these special vehicles were added. 

All three were numbered 90, 91 and 92. Both passenger and goods services continued until January 1947. From 1957 the line was worked by a small 4 wheeled Deutz diesel locomotive (No. G602) made for use on short lines. However, the decline of the fairs and competition from road freight resulted in a decline in rail traffic. The line finally closed in November 1976.

The Castleisland Community College Transition Year students built the train using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) pressure treated timber which promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labelling them as eco-friendly.

The wheels of the train were donated by Tom Murphy’s Garage, Farranfore whose daughter Julianne is presently in Transition Year with her sister Rachel in second year. The wheels were cross braced in metalwood by welding a steel bar across them for support. The front barrel planter was donated from Christopher O’ Sullivan’s Family Farm in Currow. Christopher a student in fifth year delivered the train from the school to its present position. It is fixed to the ground using the school’s old goal post anchors that are no longer needed with the school now having a brand new AstroTurf pitch instead.  

A sign with the history of the railway station is presently being designed by Castleisland Tidy Towns and will be placed beside the train. The train is certainly adding to the aesthetics of the town, the town’s history and to promote FSC wood and paper. Check out the FSC logo when buying any paper related items e.g. photocopying paper, envelopes and kitchen roll. 

By Doreen Killington