Around the Districts: Farranfore-Firies to Kenmare –

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Tracy Fitzpaptrick, Inver Service Station Cahersiveen presenting a a cheque for €1,000 to Denis Thirion,Chairman Iveragh Eagles RFC and Deirdre O Connor, Child and Welfare Officer, Iveragh Eagles RFC
President Michael D Higgins signing his book 'Reclaiming the European Street' for Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin in the Skellig Hotel on Friday night, where the President was the highlight speaker of the Dingle Literary Festival. Photo by Declan Malone

November 24 2021 02:00 AM
Sympathy is extended to John and Nancy Brosnan, Gortavillen and family on the death of John’s sister Phyllis Riordan (nee Brosnan), St Stephen’s Park, Castleisland and formerly Knockeen. Requiem Mass took place on Monday morning in Castleisland Parish Church followed by burial in St John’s cemetery. May Phyllis rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family, relatives and friends of John O’Sullivan, London and formerly Dromadeesirt and Mangerton View, Killarney.
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May John rest in peace.
GAA Lotto
Draw on Monday 15th November, numbers drawn were 3 13 15 25. The jackpot was not won. 30 euro each Tony Marshall, c/o Aherns; Mike Moriarty, Farranfore; Bobbyjane and Kerri Breen, c/o Bridie; Katie Doe, Firies; Stephen O’Brien, Goullane.Thanks to all supporters of the lotto.
Cnoc an Doire or Cnoc a’Doire in Irish means the hill of the oak wood / oakhill. One gets a good view of Knockaderry as you travel along the N22 Farranfore to Killarney road with the glen formed by the Féith Fionn river on your left and the hill on your right. The townland extends from a little North of the cross-roads in Farranfore Village which is 141 feet above sea-level to the top of the hill at Scahies turn which is 393 feet above the sea. Farranfore townland and Dromore lie to the North; Dromore and Scahies to the West; Scahies and Boulicullane to the South; with Boulicullane and Killeagh to the East. It was in old Molahiffe Parish. The old Turn-pike at the cross-roads and part of Farranfore Village is in Knockaderry. The Turn-pike was a gate where road-users paid a toll and the Bianconi coaches changed horses here in the early 1800’s. Up until the mid 1900’s, Farranfore Village was always referred to as “The Pike”. Knockaderry townland has long associations with schooling. The first “National School” which had an earthen floor was built in 1841 about 100 metres from the cross-roads close to the river. Teachers were paid £8 per annum (untrained) and £15 per annum (trained). That school was replaced by a bigger school nearer to the road in 1888 at a cost of £800. Again, it had two rooms one for the boys and one for the girls. Segregation of boys and girls was discontinued after 1950 and the dividing wall in the playground was demolished.
There were private or hedge schools in the area prior to the National Schools.
The new school in Farranfore was opened in 1998. There were at least three Ringforts in Knockaderry one was on an East facing slope with views Northwards to Farranfore. This circular Rath had a diameter of 35 metres (approx). There were also remnants of an external fosse (ditch/moat) and probably a Fulacht Fia in the interior. There was also a large boulder – Cloch Liath or Grey Stone in the same area. This is thought to be the site of an ancient battle and burial place of a king. There are two more Ringforts on the Southern side of the townland. One has a diameter of 30 metres (approx) with the embankment and fosse preserved although a little overgrown.
The third was about 27 metres in diameter and the circular form can still be traced as the grass has been kept under control. Close to the forts was the Sean Chúirt (Old Court). The Bastables lived there about 300 years ago and owned Knockaderry, Killeagh and Dromore. Their tomb is in Molahiffe. There was an old passage Bóthar Glas or Green Road from Knockaderry to Killeagh, a liitle further South from the present bohereen.
There is another large Boulder closeby. Not far away on the Farranfore side of the Bóthar Glas was a field known as Ceapach na Lobhair the Lepers’ Plot.
Clounalour in Tralee gets its name from Cluain na Lobhair (field of the lepers).
Ballyhar Dynamos FC
Teams – On Saturday last our U13s travelled to Iveragh FC where after a competitive first half we trailed 0-1 where we found the home goalkeeper in fine form throughout the game. The home side doubled the lead mid way through the second half to secure the points. In what was a good squad performance Donnacha Lynch, Issac Vickers, Kevin O’Sullivan and Conor O’Leary impressed.
On the same day the clubs U15s made the trip to Fenit Samphires where the game was scoreless at the break with Sean McConologue making a fine penalty save. Liam Griffin, Michael Lynch and David Burke had chances to take the lead before Fenit broke on our corner kick to take the lead. Close on full time, Fenit secured the win with a disputed penalty and added a third on full time.
Squad: S McConologue, O Walshe, S O’Sullivan, E Corbett, S O’Sullivan, T Daly, G O’ Connor, L Griffin, G Long, B Burke, M Lynch, E Deniel and D Quilter.
On Sunday our seniors welcomed Castlegregory to Murt Scott Park where we lost 0-5. We were solid and competitive nearing half time with the better of the half chances and more of the possession, all changed five minutes before the break when we conceeded two goals. When we conceded the third on the hour mark it was a long way back but we kept battling away for the ninety minutes. Late chances by Diarmuid Brosnan and Sean Cooper should have got us off the mark. On the positive we had four eighteen/nineteen year olds on duty and the important thing is they stick with it into the future.
Squad: T O’Shea, J Power, K O’Sullivan, P O’Connor, M Brosnan, D O’Sullivan, N Mccarthy, D Brosnan, M O’Donoghue, P Cosgrave, S O’Sullivan, C Henderson, E Cosgrave, S Cooper, P O’Connor, N Ashe and A McKenna.
GAA club AGM
The Fossa GAA AGM will be held on Sunday, December 12th at 6.00pm, at the clubhouse. The AGM is the most important meeting of the year and every effort should be made to attend. It is desirable that all members attend the AGM.
East Kerry championship: Kenmare 1-15 Fossa 4-05. Hard luck to our minors who put up a brave fight but came up short away to Kenmare, Fossa goalscorers were Rian Colleran and Finn Kennelly 2 each.
Numbers drawn were 6,7,21,28 €40 Winners Eileen Hickey, Dublin; Pauline O’connor, Coolick Kilcummin; Tim Cronin Carpets, Curragh; Eamon Leslie, Aghacurreen Fossa; Mary Kearney, Kenmare.
Next weeks jackpot €6,600 Tickets on sale from Foleys Spar Fossa, the Golden Nugget and usual sellers thanks for playing.
Kerry Library will host a number of free online events for children during December.
Bedtime Stories: Authors Katie O’Donoghue and Roisin Meaney will do 4 live Bedtime Storytelling events each on select evenings at 7pm.
Art: Lisa Fingleton will host a Wild Child creative nature and drawing workshop on Saturday 11thDecember at 11am. This is also a live event.
Yoga/Pilates: Pre-recorded beginner yoga and pilates classes for families will be available throughout the month of December on the Kerry Library website.
Booking for the live events is available is via the following link:
Hospice Christmas Cards
Now available in Glencar PO, Glenbeigh PO and Sheahan’s Centra Glenbeigh. Please support by buying these Christmas Cards as every cent raised by the sale will help Kerry Hospice. Your support is great appreciated.
Shanacashel Community Centre
The AGM of Shanacashel Community Centre CLG has been postponed until further notice.
East Kerry Championship u17
Spa 2-8 Glenflesk 1-13. Glenflesk qualified for the semifinals of the East Kerry Minor Championship after surviving a strong second half comeback from Spa in a fiercely competitive game where three superb goals stood out as the highlight.SENIORS: Our Seniors are playing Spa in the Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday 27th November. Best wishes to team and mentors.
GAA Lotto
No winner of Glenflesk Lotto which took place tonight 15/11/2021 in Glenflesk Hall. Jackpot €6,000 The numbers drawn were 11, 15, 16, 17, There was no winner. Consolation prizes 1. Mike Fitzgerald, Raheen, Rathmore. 2. Corner Bar ( Sellers’ Prize). 3. Flor O’Donoghue, Salmon Leap, Clonkeen 4. Jimmy Gleeson, Headford ( Yearly Ticket).
Next draw will take place in Glenflesk Hall on 29/11/2021 Jackpot will be €6,000 Thank you to all who support our Lotto and to our sellers.
Lotto Tickets can be bought from our ticket sellers or Local shops and pubs or online at:
Killarney Library
Kerry Library will host a number of free online events for children during December.
Bedtime Stories: Authors Katie O’Donoghue and Roisin Meaney will do 4 live Bedtime Storytelling events each on select evenings at 7pm.
Art: Lisa Fingleton will host a Wild Child creative nature and drawing workshop on Saturday 11th December at 11am. This is also a live event.
Yoga/Pilates: Pre-recorded beginner yoga and pilates classes for families will be available throughout the month of December on the Kerry Library website.
Booking for the live events is available is via the following link:
Athletic Club news
Lotto: No winner of our lotto draw 19/11/2021, numbers drawn were 7, 9, 22 and 26. Sellers prize winner hickey’s Centra Rathmore, €50 Y/Y prize winner Joan O’ Sullivan c/o Lorna O’ Sullivan, €50 Thomas Cooper Cullen, €40 each to Marianne Cronin Shronebeg, Paul Moynihan Rathmore and Louise, Shelia and Mary Casey Rathmore. Bonus numbers were 27, 28, 29 and 30, Denny Donnelly Coom Lower was the luck winner of €1,000. Next week’s jackpot €20,000 plus €1,000 bonus. Jerry and Una O’ Connor Knockanes was the winner of €200 surplus prize.
Christmas Hampers: We will have our 4 * draws for Christmas Hampers, 1 each week commending December 3rd. Be sure to have your tickets in.
Keel GAA
Club AGM – Keel GAA Club will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on Thursday the 25th November at the clubhouse. New members particularly welcome and if you are interested in helping out with the club in any way, please contact any of the officers or just attend on the night.
Zoom Bingo – Keel GAA Zoom Bingo will take place this Friday the 26th at 8pm. However, there will be some changes to the Bingo. There will be 6 games on the nights so that Bingo is finished early before the Late Late Toy Show. Money raised will go towards investing in gym equipment and a small café for the club. Bingo books are available in all local shops. We hope you can join us to be in with the chance of winning lots of prize money.
Local businesses – A big thank you to David Clifford, Roofing and Contracting LTD and Danny Murphy Carpentry and Joinery for their sponsorship of prize money for Keel GAA Zoom Bingo. If anyone would like to sponsor prize money or spot prizes for our bingo please contact our social media, or any of our club officers. Thank you to Bensons, Helenas Local XL, Cronins and Topshop Milltown for selling our Bingo books. There are two more bingo nights before Christmas so we would appreciate your support if possible.
Club Lotto – There was no winner of the jackpot of €4,500 on Monday the 15th of November. The two €50 winners were Mary Heffernan, Castledrum and Coleman Corcoran, The Mall. The next lotto draw will take place on Monday the 22nd of November at 8pm. Lotto results will be posted on social media and the results will be in the notes next week. Thank you to everyone who supported our club lotto last week. Tickets are available in usual outlets and available from club officers.
Chime Outreach Clinic
This Friday, November 26, 10am to 1pm at Kenmare Family Resource Centre.
This is a free support service where we carry out maintenance and minor hearing aid repairs. We also supply hearing aid batteries and accessories and provide information on hearing loss, entitlements, guidelines for good communication, assistive technology, Irish Sign Language and Tinnitus. Booking is essential.
Call or text Rion on 086 0105200 to make an appointment.

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