SKELLIG COAST - A HIKER’S PARADISEBY OONAGH WALSH“A l l w h o w a n d e r a r e n o t l o s t ” J.R.R. TolkienThe way to the Skellig Coast has been worn down over the centuriesby the pilgrims who have travelled here in search of peace andmeaning. Walks and pilgrim paths through breath taking sceneryand mountain climbs that challenge us can be found in abundance inthis region. There is a trail to suit every level of fitness and interest,from the leisurely family stroll to the elite athlete trail runner. Theimpressive network of trails running through the Skellig Coast regionincludes the famous Kerry Way, the South Kerry Trails, Pilgrim Pathto Cnoc na dTobar, Bealaí Siúloide na Sceilge through the IveraghGaeltacht and elite runners Ancient Warriors Trail. Celtic Camino section newly approved and soon to open Slí ár Sinsear - The Way of Our AncestorsA new section of the Celtic Camino has been recently approvedalong the Skellig Coast. Slí ár Sinsear is a 29km section followingthe Kerry way from St. James Church in Glenbeigh to Caherciveen.The final stage before opening up this new section includes the workon installing official Camino trail signage and setting up locationslocally where walkers can get their Camino passport stamped. Forfurther details on Slí ár Sinsear log onto caminosociety.com.New Castlequin walk added to the South Kerry Trails - Due toopen mid summer The Castlequin Loop walk located ‘over the water’ outsideCahersiveen will be the newest addition when it opens later thissummer to the network of paths called the South Kerry Trailsdeveloped by the South Kerry Development Partnership. When itopens walkers can park their cars at the South Kerry Sports Centre1km outside Caherciveen and start from there. There are 11 more amazing loop walks and paths to explore on theSouth Kerry Trails along the Skellig Coast. For details of these othertrails log onto www.southkerry.ie/trails/The Kerry WayThe wonderful Kerry Way is the well-established 210km hiking trail thattakes you all the way round the Iveragh Peninisula. To learn more aboutthe Kerry Way routes that run through the Skellig Coast region log on towww.kerryway.com. Cnoc na dTobar - an ancient Pilgrim PathStanding tall at 692m above Caherciveen town is the ancient PilgrimPath of Cnoc na Dtobar. Featured as one of the official pilgrim trails onpilgrimpath.ie this is a very popular hiking trail with both visitors andlocals. Standing on its summit, climbers are rewarded with magnificentviews over the Iveragh peninsula, the Skelligs, Valentia harbour and theDingle peninsula. To learn more about this pilgrim path and to organiseyour pilgrim passport log onto www.pilgrimpath.ie. For the Elite Runner - The Ancient Warriors TrailThis is a new 100km+ mountain run from an ancient Bronze Age wedgetomb at Derrynane on to Cnoc na dTobar and along the spine ofMacGillycuddy Reeks that was launched in the spring of 2020. Theathletes run the race autonomously and can choose to complete thecourse any time between the Spring and the Autumn Equinox. To learnmore about the Ancient Warriors Trail check out their Facebook page.A tribute to two great men from the Skellig CoastThe late Gerry Enright, local historian and pilgrim worked tirelessly torevive the ancient trail for the Celtic Camiono – Slí ár Sinsear along withthe late Paddy Casey of SKDP who died tragically March last year.Paddy also worked on organising and building of the South Kerry Trailsnetwork. With many thanks and deep appreciation for Paddy andGerrys’ work we can continue to enjoy their wonderful legacy.Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.
HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DARK SKYGUIDE THIS SUMMERBY STEVE LYNOTT, KERRY DARK SKY TOURISMThe Scelig Coast Night Sky is one of the least light polluted areas in theworld and because of this The Kerry International Dark Sky Reservewas awarded Gold Tier Reserve Status by the International Dark SkyAssociation, based in Arizona USA, in 2014. This year, as Covid restrictions and the challenges of socially distancingat night have made it difficult to organise personally guided star gazingevents, Steve Lynott of Kerrydarkskytourism.com has teamed up withJohn Flannery, Vice President of The Irish Astronomical Association, toprovide residents and visitors with some guidance and tips on what tosee and how to see it.In partnership with the LIVE Project www.ecomuseumlive.eu a series ofZoom talks hosted by Steve and John and other special guests will bepresented at 8 Pm on the first Thursday of each of the summerMonths.A stargazing guide for residents and visitors to the Kerry InternationalDark Sky Reserve will be offered, with tips each month on what is inthe night sky and the best way to see it. This stargazing guide is suitablefor beginners curious about the night sky and once we have answeredall our participants’ questions during the sessions, everyone will haveaccess to enough information to become their own Dark Sky guide.In addition, we will have some information from experts on Marine,Bird & Animal nocturnal activity, from the LIVE Project, the School ofBiological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork,and other special guests.Please register here for our ZOOM talks:zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscmprTotGtyxftTq76kzbi8hTJN1wNf6For a link to our YouTube recordings of these talks seehttps://youtu.be/bewLIRgS7PsKerry Dark Sky Tourism - www.kerrydarkskytourism.comThe LIVE Project – www.ecomuseumlive.euInternational Dark Sky Association - www.darksky.orgThe Milky Way & Jupiter from Valentia Island Summer 2020Photo Credit: Stefanos Politis
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT BY STEPHEN POWER, AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHERThe Skellig Coast is a photographer’s paradise. Many thousands ofphotographs will be taken this summer by visitors and locals wishing tocapture the beauty of the landscape. Below, professional photographerStephen Power, owner of Skellig Ring Photography workshops, offersadvice on how to make the most of any smartphone or camera. Wait for the LightLight is the most important aspect of landscape photography. Dull lightwill not do justice to a stunning scene. Be aware of the quality anddirection of the light falling on the scene and, if possible, go back to ascene when the light improves. Some of the best natural light images are produced during the “Goldenhours” just after the sun has risen or just before it sets. The light isnaturally warm and produces long shadows that can add impact.Consider Your Composition Place an object in the foreground, middle distance and background ofthe scene, to give a sense of depth. Photographs with only sky and seaor land can look flat and two-dimensional. Use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ for good composition. Imagine two vertical andtwo horizontal lines dividing your shot into a grid. Place the main focusof your picture on one of the four points where the lines intersect.Other elements, like the side of a building or the horizon line, can beplaced along one of the imaginary lines. Get the Basics RightKeep the camera steady, either by holding it very firmly with two handsand your elbows tucked in, or by attaching it to a tripod. A tripod, also helps you to consider the best angle for the photo,avoiding snapping wildly at everything in sight. The biggest landscape photography error is the tilted horizon line.Make sure that you always keep it straight and level. Stephen Power is available for commercial photography and teaching. firstname.lastname@example.org
STRETCHING THE SPIRITUAL BANDWIDTHAN INTERVIEW WITH FR. PATSY LYNCHBY OONAGH WALSH“Live streaming of Mass is here to stay” according to PortmageeParish Priest Fr. Patsy who has embraced the technology that hasmade it possible for him to bring the sacrament of Mass into thehomes of his parishioners during the Pandemic Lockdowns. His congregation for Sunday Mass on-line has grown since 2019 toinclude the faithful living far beyond the boundaries of his Parish. Hehas regulars tuning in from elsewhere in Ireland, the UK, Germany,Canada and the United States.Livestreaming of Mass was in play ever before the pandemic hit.However it truly came into its own when churches were forced toclose due to the lockdowns. In most situations the main church inthe parish is the only one set up with fixed cameras for livestreaming, Linking his phone into the fixed camera system inPortmagee Church, Fr. Patsy can switch the focus of the camera toselected positions as the Mass proceeds. Parishioners can join theMass live through the Church TV on-line platform.Fr. Patsy however saw the potential of the technology to extend hisreach beyond the confines of the church walls. Using his i-phone12 that has a 12 mega pixel camera along with the Manycamlivestreaming app loaded on the phone, a microphone attachmentfor quality sound and his tripod, he can set up and broadcast hismessage from anywhere that has reasonable mobile phonecoverage.Especially for relatives who are living abroad and unable to travelhome to a loved ones funeral due to the restrictions, Fr. Patsy’s useof livestreaming eases the pain of separation by involving themevery step of the way from the funeral Mass to the grave side. Thetechnology makes a very real and poignant difference for peopleliving through a difficult time of deep personal loss. In addition to livestreaming Fr. Patsy makes short videos that providethe background to the rituals of the Catholic Church. One suchvideo explains the different Vestments worn by the priest at Mass.More recently the video on Rogation Days helps to revive thepractice that goes back as far as 470 AD. The three days leading upto Ascension Thursday were called Rogation Days. Rogation is fromthe word rogare which is Latin for to ask or to pray for. During thethree days of rogation the community would gather for the blessingof the land, the crops and the animals.Ireland a missionary land“Ireland is now, again a missionary land, we must go out and meetthe people wherever they are” says Fr. Patsy, “and this technologyhas the power to help us reach out into our community, right intothe heart of our parishioners homes”. Success in spreading themessage of faith depends heavily on the ability to communicate it ina way that fits with the time. With livestreaming of Mass thecongregation can be brought alongside the altar allowing them towitness in greater detail the ritual of communion, including them insharing the mystery of the sacrament. According to Fr. Patsy “greatContinued overleaf...
effort must be made to make the altar look warm and welcoming forlivestreaming and it is so important to present the Mass withenthusiasm and energy for our parishioners.” Fr. Patsy is quiteclearly delighted and enthralled by all the ways he can use thistechnology to serve his community and adds before finishing that“Mass is above all a celebration of life and without a doubt during achallenging time, livestreaming has been a wonderful gift”. IVERAGH CO-OPERATIVE FARMERS MARTSOCIETY LTD.BY MIKE KISSANE, MART MANAGEROnline Mart SalesBecause of the Covid Pandemic practically all of the Marts have goneto online sales at this stage. Our Mart went online earlier this year a with the “Martbids App” which is run by the Irish Farmers Journal(IFJ). We found it to be hugely positive and broadened our customerbase. We’ve had customers who liked the exceptional quality of thecontintenal weanlings and store cattle produced by the farmers inSouth Kerry and bought them without ever travelling to Iveragh Co-op Mart. I feel it will also be a big help in increasing the prices paidfor our store lambs and breeding sheep for the coming season.Most of the buyers came into the sales yard to view the cattle inadvance by appointment as was allowed under strict Covidguidelines and then they went to the yard or home or into theirvehicles where they bid on the lots they liked on the phoneThe disadvantages of the system were1. It was difficult when we had to ask our regular Buyers to leave theMart prior to Sale.2. For older farmers who didn’t have smart phones they were depending on someone else to bid on their behalf.3. The social aspect of meeting neighbours, friends and other farmers for a chat and maybe a cup of Coffee in the Canteen is gone which is sad as it may have an impact on mental health in further increasing the problem of rural isolation.Going forward the online cattle & sheep sales in Marts are definitelyhere to stay even post Covid.Fr. Patsy setting up for livestreaming in Ballinskelligs Church.Photo taken by Stephen PowerFr. Patsy is also an avid photographer.This photo was on the RTE weather
ROCK ART WAITING TO BE DISCOVEREDIN A FIELD NEAR YOUBY AOIBHEANN LAMBE, HERITAGE IVERAGHPassage tomb art such as that found at Newgrange has a lesser-known cousin known as ‘rock art’ - these carvings however, arefound not on structures but in the open-air on boulders andoutcropping. The rock art consists of round hollows (cupmarks) withdiameters of 5cm or so. These cupmarks are sometimes enclosedby one or more rings (‘cup-and-ring’ marks) with the motifsoccasionally linked by grooves. Part of our very ancient heritage, thistradition started in the Neolithic and continued at least into theBronze Age. “Kerry is the rock art capital of Ireland.”The same repertoire of motifs recur throughout most of Ireland aswell as in Britain, Spain and elsewhere. Rock art must have beenprofoundly connected with the spiritual beliefs of the time and is ofgreat importance to our understanding of prehistoric society. Theinscribed panels are often located in upland landscapes withextensive views which may encompass a prospect to a lake or thesea. Find Rock Art at sunrise & sunsetThe variations are endless and frequently very beautiful. Lots ofexamples can be seen on the social media pages of Rock Art Kerry(Facebook, Twitter etc.). Previously unrecorded examples are beingincreasingly discovered as awareness of rock art grows. Kerry is therock art capital of Ireland with even more examples of rock artwaiting to be identified in the county. The carvings are besthighlighted by the oblique rays of the sun at sunrise and sunset butcan be undetectable at other times. A monument class that is soeasily overlooked, rock art is at risk of being lost in development andland improvement works. If you find a rock that takes your eye, perhaps in a prominentposition, near a track and with sweeping views - please do check itout. If you think you have found rock art, please note the location,take photos and get in touch. Contact details: Aoibheann Lambe:087 6007820.Heritage Iveragh/Oidhreacht Uíbh Ráthaigh welcomes newmembers. Please contact us by email for a membership form. Email: email@example.com.
PORTMAGEE NATIONAL SCHOOLEMBRACING NEURODIVERSITYAN INTERVIEW WITH KAREN STENSON SCHOOL PRINCIPALBY OONAGH WALSHThe wonder of life is that with over 7 billion people on the planet eachone of us is unique. We are all different. We all learn, develop andexperience the world around us in our own particular way. Thedifference for people who are Autistic is that the neurological system –the brain and nervous system – develops and matures in a way that isdifferent to people who are neurotypical. Perhaps as our understandingof this difference grows the language to identify it will evolve fromviewing it as a disability to recognising it as diversablity. One distinctive feature of Autism for many can be a heightenedsensitivity to the environment. A heightened sensitivity to sound,touch, smell, taste or light makes being in a standard class room settingextremely difficult to tolerate. A room full of people makingunpredictable sounds and noises, the variety of smells coming from allthose lunch boxes, others randomly bumping into you on theplayground or that school tie itching your neck. No one else can feel itthe way you feel it. It is hard to stay calm, balanced and regulated whenyour senses are overloaded. And you’re a child who cannot yetcommunicate it let alone make sense of it. Teaching children who areautistic requires a classroom environment adapted to their needs andthat nurtures their strengths.Scoil Bhréanainn in Portmagee has integrated this adapted classroominto their school which has made a huge difference for many familieswithin the region. School Principal, Karen Stenson explained “in recentyears we identified a need for a class dedicated to teaching childrenwith Autism. Up until last year a child had to be bussed out of SouthKerry to avail of this specialised teaching. And now we have developedthis expertise locally here in Portmagee.” The School applied and was granted funding for an ASD (AutisticSpectrum Disorder) class during lockdown 1 and staff worked throughthe summer of 2020 to have it ready for September. As part of theschools preparations, all the teachers in the school up-skilled in thearea of Autism and now implement the recommended TEACCHmethod. According to Ms. Stenson “developing this expertise hasshifted our overall approach to teaching in a positive way that benefitsevery pupil in the school”. The pressure was on to be open and as Ms. Stenson said “weappreciated the help of the local Rural Social Scheme who did amazingwork in making a temporary class while we await the building of ourextension.” Having an ASD class as part of the school allows childrenwith ASD to integrate into a mainstream school community, participateas far as possible in the curriculum, along with having additional supportin the areas they might struggle with. The use of the adapted classroomdepends on the need of the individual pupil. Autism is a spectrum andusage of the classroom can vary from pupils with ASD who spend mosttime in the mainstream classroom and avail of the dedicated classroomwhen needed and some pupils use it full time. Scoil Bhréanainn has thefurther advantage of a low pupil teacher ratio of 1-6. Rather than exclude difference, Scoil Bhreanain instead embraces andintegrates this neurodiversity into the school. According to Ms.Stenson “having an ASD class has enhanced the teaching and learningof all children in the school. We look forward to the future and what itwill bring”. As the famous Engineer who is autistic, Dr. Temple Grandinsaid - who has engineered advances in agricultural and slaughter housesystems all over the world - “we are different, not less; the world needsall types of minds”.
THE JOYS OF SOCIAL FARMINGBY OONAGH WALSHSince the Social Farming programme began in 2014, the bringingtogether of host farmers and participants with disabilities has broughtenormous benefits to all involved. Ger and Mary Ann O’Sullivan ofLaharn South Cahercveen with their participant Earl Leahy wereamongst the first host farms in south Kerry to get involved and theyhave never looked back. Along with Ger and Mary Ann other hostfarmers in our South Kerry area supporting people in social farming areDessy Cronin Ballinskelligs, Christy & Mary McDonnell Kells, IreneBrune Cahersiveen and Mike O Sé Dromid.According to Ger ‘we weren’t sure at first, but I said sure we’ll give it ago’. Earl is like family to the O’Sullivans now, outside of Covid, Earlcomes to the farm one day a week for a few hours and helps Ger, MaryAnn & Tim out with the animals, the bog, the silage and any otherfarming jobs that he can turn his hand to. In essence, the SocialFarming program is all about showing Earl the wide range of things hecan do, highlighting the abilities he does have and cultivating hisindependence. ‘Earls self-confidence has come on so much since hestarted with us and we miss him terribly since the lockdown started’said Mary Ann O’Sullivan.The Kerry Social Farming program in south Kerry is run by South KerryDevelopment Partnership (SKDP). The Social Farming Facilitator forsouth Kerry, Evelyn O’Connell explained “there are 31 host farmersthroughout the county of Kerry, ranging in age from mid 30s to 70sand there is a great mix of men and women host farmers, many ofwhom work full time on their farm while others have part time jobsalongside their farming. I want to acknowledge the voluntarycommitment of our host farmers and the value this brings to theproject, without host farmers social farming is not possible.”The O’Sullivans and Earl are all looking forward to the return of socialfarming when restrictions are lifted. Earl who resides in Tigh An Oileainon Valentia Island is keeping busy while he waits to get back to the farmon Laharn South. He told me “I am planting spuds and mowing thelawn at Tigh An Oilean. I miss the social farming.” Kerry Parents &Friends Association who support Tigh an Oilean residents, have beenvital in supporting Earls involvement in social farming over the years.In the beginning, for Mary Ann “we were apprehensive at first and wedidn’t know what to expect, but there was so much support from SKDPto bring us every step along the way”. It all starts from that first call withL-R: Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (then Taoiseach) meeting Earl Leahy &Ger OʼSullivan in Westport, Co. Mayo at Project Ireland 2040 event
the facilitator who can explore with you the possibility of becoming ahost, give you the practical information you need and support youthrough the whole process. Social Farming takes place through-out Ireland but Kerry is the onlycounty that operates a community based voluntary social farmingmodel. The host farmers are volunteers. Any cost of doing work toimprove health and safety on the farm before the participant joins isfunded by the Dpt. of Agriculture through the social farming project.The Kerry Social Farming volunteer model has won much recognitionfor the contribution it has made to the community coming secondplace nationally in the Pride of Place competition in 2017. In 2018Kerry Social farming was invited to participate in the Project Ireland2040 themed event in Westport, Co. Mayo at which Ger and Earl got tomeet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Social Farming is a two way-street as both host farmer and participantreap the benefits of being involved. It was clear from listening to MaryAnn and Ger talk about their experience of hosting that it has broughtthem great joy. They recounted one particular story about Earl who is adevoted Manchester United fan. To celebrate Earls 40th birthday MaryAnn and Ger took Earl to Old Trafford to see his favorite team play. Gerrecalls they all had a fantastic weekend that they will never forget. Onone occasion, a friend asked Ger did he bring Earl to Old Trafford. Gerreplied “no, Earl brought me to Old Trafford”. As Ger says, only for theSocial Farming programme he would never have had the joy of thatexperience.To explore becomin g a Ho st Fa rm er and offering someone in yourcommunity an opportunity to try out social farming, contact Evelyn OConnell KSF facilitator at 0669472724 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CAHERDANIEL DARK SKY &THE WALK OF THE PLANETSBY MICHAEL SHEEHANCaherdaniel Dark Sky Committee is a Voluntary Community Groupwho are developing a number of Dark Sky Projects within the Parish ofCaherdaniel in the Kerry International Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve.The wonderful Walk of the Planets set up in Caherdaniel was the visionof the late Kay O’Connor. Kay while working with the Caherdaniel DarkSky Group had the scaled representation of our solar system -featuring striking metal models of Sun and planets installed along a3.5km route on the Kerry Way, which links Caherdaniel to Coad. TheSun is scaled to 30 inches and each planet is represented to scale at itsactual size and distance from the Sun. The journey, along the KerryWay, will take you through breath taking scenery. For detailedinformation on the walk you can download the app ‘Walk of thePlanets’ from the caherdanieldarksky.com website.Staigue Fort, and Derrynane harbour car park both are in the core ofthe ‘Gold Tier’ Reserve, giving you the darkest place to observe thenight sky in Caherdaniel. Aoibheann Lambe of Kerry Rock Art andMichael Sheehan have teamed up to take groups stargazing. We regretwe can’t offer stargazing services at present due to Covid 19. We willrecommence operations when it is safe for customers and staff. We would like to thank Julie Ormonde and group who put a lot of workin to getting Gold Tier status for South West Kerry in 2014. International Dark Sky Association - www.darksky.orgPhoto of The Milkyway taken from Staigue Fort
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE RIOT TO SOUTHKERRY – HOW THAT FAMOUS LIST OFO’SULLIVAN'S CAME ABOUTBY LUCY O’SULLIVANThe O’Sullivan List came about thanks to Donie O’Sullivan of CNN andthe assault on the US Capitol. Suddenly an O’Sullivan, one of theTommies, from Cahersi ve en w as thrust into the limelight and I, being anO’Sullivan myself, one of the Mockies of Foilmore, my friends asked,“Is your man Donie O’Sullivan a relation of yours?”When I told them that we were not related, they asked was he a cousinof Aoife O’Sullivan, one of the Dinns, and another half Dublin, halfCahersiveen girl saying, “Cahersiveen seems to be wall to wallO’Sullivans”.When I then told them that he was no relation of hers either they wereshocked, “Jeez, there are three O’Sullivan families and they’re notrelated?”So, I turned to my dad and Michael to make a list of all the names, tosee how many O’Sullivans there really are down here. When we got toabout 20-30 names, I decided to post the list on Instagram and see ifthe few locals who followed me could add to the list. With the help ofPodge Lovey, my inbox filled up with suggestions and the list spread farand wide travelling through family WhatsApp groups as far as the Millsin New York! The list eventually grew to 125 names with all namesverified by my panel of experts: my uncle Michael Mockey, my dadDonal Mockey, the Mockey twins Mark and Micheal, Podge Lovey,Donnacha and Dorarca Lynch and Jade Cooke. So, without further ado:1. The Aoiseachs2. The Bakery's3. The Banks4. The Báns5. The Batts6. The Bells7. The Ben's8. The Blackies9. The Bobby's10. The Bowlers11. The Boysies Derrymore12. The Brógies13. The Bronners14. The Budds15. The Buís the Glen16. The Bunabhailes17. The Cappamores18. The Careys19. The Carneys20. The Carraigs21. The Cashlaghs22. The Casurs23. The Champions24. The Christy Michaels25. The Clahanes26. Na Crossies27. The Cuhoos28. The Curneys29. The Dalls30. The Dan Seanos31. The Dashies32. The Deloughs33. The Dingers34. The Dinns35. The Dinny Jackeens36. The Dinny Mike Whartons37. The Donals Gurranbawn38. The Donns Tig Rosie39. The Fadas40. The Fahas41. The Feelvies42. The Foxes43. The Gereens44. The Gers45. The Ger John Thades46. The Gabhas47. The GG's Valentia48. The Gows 2.0 (Ballycarbery asopposed to Aine Gabha spelt the Irishway)49. The Gránnies50. The Gráns51. The Hairos (Navillus)52. The Hards53. The Hartleys54. The Inchabuís55. The Inchees56. The Inse Bhaithes57. The Jackie's58. The Jacks59. The Jerm Jerrens60. The Jimmy Jackeens61. The Jim's62. The Jobbers63. The Johnny Jack Patsy's64. The Johnny Jack's65. The Johnny Pats66. The Johnos67. The Lar's68. The Leatheds69. The Leaths70. The Liaths71. The Lisses72. The Loveys73. The Maras74. The Marcuses75. The Marrs76. The Masons77. The Matties78. The Mealliarcáins79. The Meters80. The Michael's81. The Mickies82. The Mike's83. The Mills84. The Mockeys85. The Moggs86. The Mollcóirs87. The Monzos88. The Mórs89. The Mount Foleys90. The Myles91. The Naoiseachs92. The Neds93. The O's94. The Oscar's95. The Panas(h)slippers96. The Pats97. The Pat Seans na File98. The Patsy's99. The Peaders100. The Peaks101. The Pubs102. The Roberts103. The Rocks104. The Seamuseens105. The Sheebeens106. The Shines107. The Simon's108. The Smith's109. The Stracks110. The Sullies111. The Sullivans Cathair na mBan112. The Supers113. The Sylvies114. The Taylors115. The Ted Anns116. The Thrashers117. The Thuses118. The Tim's119. The Timmy's120. The Tír na Hialtas121. The Tommies122. The Totties123. The Tricks's/Trixes124. The Tulligs125. The Yanks"Good Morning from NYC" Photo from Sheena O'Sullivan(Cahersiveen) who is married to Bernard the Mill (Waterville) with thenumber plate proudly displaying the family name in New York City!
GETTING THE MOST FROM YOURHOMESPACEBY OONAGH WALSHBuilding project plans are traditionally drawn up in 2D. When lookingat drawings of plans and elevations, it is difficult to translate the starkclinical lines on a plain white background into an image in your mindthat will ultimately be your dream home. Declan Sugrue owner of 3DSDesigns based in Caherciveen has the skills to turn all your plans into3D virtual reality images and movie clips so you can see the finishedproject before any works begin. Since the pandemic started, many of us have had to adapt our homesto function in ways we had never planned for. Working from home andhome schooling has brought into sharp focus the importance of howour homes are laid out and how we use those spaces. 3DS Designsspecialises in unique one-off designs, CAD plans, planning permissionapplications and project management.Declan advises that putting the work and thought into the planningstage whether it is a new build or designing an extension is well worththe investment. Considering how the spaces connect, how rooms canadapt as a family grows, the energy efficiency of the home, the value ofdrawing in light are some of the many important issues that should becovered during the design phase. Having access to 3D images greatlyhelps clients with visualising how their plans might or might not work.To find out more a bo ut bring in g your plans to life cont act DeclanSugrue at 3DS Designs, 5 West Main Street, Caherciveen.Ph. 087 2673766.
NATIVE CAHERSIVEEN WOMAN,NOMINATED FOR CANONISATIONBorn in Caherciveen on May 3rd 1833Margaret Mary Healy, related to DanielO’Connell, moved to the US at 12 years ofage as the Irish Famine took hold. MargaretMary devoted her life and invested herpersonal resources into helping the poorand African Americans newly freed fromslavery by providing hospitals and schools.Much of her work was done in the yearsfollowing the American Civil War in thesouthern state of Texas where racial prejudice ran deep. In carrying outthis work the danger of attack from the Klu Klux Klann and the risk ofbeing ostracised by the white community was very real for her, MaryMargaret had the courage of her convictions and was relentless in herwork to help the particularly vulnerable former slaves gain an educationand health care. After she became widowed, Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy became anun and later founded the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and MaryImmaculate in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in 1893. The Order has nowput Mother Margaret Mary forward for canonisation and your prayersare requested for a successful completion of the process.A plaque was mounted in 1993 in the Daniel O’Connell church to mark100 years since she first set up the Order and to honour the humanitarian work she had completed in her lifetime. A trulyremarkable Caherciveen woman. CAHERSIVEEN PARISHCahersiveen Parish incorporates The Daniel O’Connell MemorialChurch of the Holy Cross, Cahersiveen, St Joseph’s Church, Aghatubridand the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Foilmore.Mass TimesThe Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church of the Holy CrossWeekdays 11am, Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 11.30amSt Joseph’s Church & The Church of the Immaculate ConceptionEvery second Sunday at 10amLive StreamingMass and other services are live streamed onchurchservices.tv/cahersiveen11 9 , 6 5 0 p e o p l e , f r o m 6 6 c o u n t r i e s , v i s i t e d t he si t e i n t he cu r re n t y ea r.Dates for First Communion and ConfirmationFirst Communion Coars/Foilmore 11 . 0 0 a m S a t u r d a y 1 0 t h J u l yCahersiveen 11 . 0 0 a m S a t u r d a y 17t h J u lyConfirmation Coars/Foilmore 1.00pm Wednesday 7th July Cahersiveen 1.00 pm Thursday 8th JulyAghatubrid 1.00 pm Friday 9th JulyParish Priest: Fr Larry Kelly.Tel: (066)947 22 10 / 087 2 32 417 1Email: email@example.comOffice Hours: Monday-Friday 10-2.00pmParish secretary: Mary McGill
GAEILGE – USP DO CHIARRAÍ THEASIRISH - USP FOR SOUTH KERRYBY VICTOR BAYDAAn Suirbhé / The SurveyDhein BRÍ Uíbh Ráthaigh, Plean Teanga Chiarraí Theas, suirbhé arlíne ar an éileamh atá ag cuairteoirí go Ciarraí Theas ar sheirbhísí tríGhaeilge sna siopaí áitiúla agus iad ar saoire sa cheantar. D’fhreagair 357 duine an suirbhé. Tá 2/3 acu ag pleanáil teacht go Ciarraí Theas ar saoire an samhraidhseo agus tá formhór mór acu chun teacht le cairde nó/agus teaghlach– sin níos mó ná 1000 duine.Is branda í an Ghaeltacht agus bíonn daoine ag súil le deis a bheithacu féin agus ag a gcuid leanaí Gaeilge a úsáid agus iad ar saoire igceantar Gaeltachta. BRÍ Uíbh Ráthaigh, South Kerry 's Language Plan, conducted an onlinesurvey on the demand among visitors to South Kerry for servicesthrough Irish in local shops whilst on holiday in the area.357 people responded to the survey. 2/3 are planning to come to South Kerry on holiday this summer andthe vast majority are to be joined by friends and/or family - that's over1000 people. The Gaeltacht is a brand and people expect to have theopportunity for themselves and for their children to use Irish while onholiday in a Gaeltacht area.An Margadh / The Market•1 mhilliún duine ag foghlaim Gaeilge ar Duolingo; • 65,000 ag freastal ar scoileanna Gaeilge; • 1.7 milliún duine le Gaeilge in Éirinn; • >100 ionad sna Stát Aontaithe ina múintear an Ghaeilge; • Cúrsaí Gaeilge i go leor tíortha eile: an tSualainn, an Pholainn, an Fhrainc, an Ghearmáin, Poblacht na Seice, an Rúis, srl. • Beidh Gaeilge ag 20% d’fhoireann na státseirbhíse i gceann 5-10 mbliana mar gheall ar Bhille nua na Gaeilge atá anois ag dul tríd an Dáil.• Is fiú níos mó ná €136 milliún í an Ghaeilge do Chathair agus Chontae na Gaillimhe.• 1 million people learning Irish on Duolingo;• 65,000 attending Irish medium schools;• 1.7 million Irish speakers in Ireland;• >100 Irish language centres in the United States;• Irish language courses in many other countries: Sweden, Poland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, etc.• 20% of civil service staff will have Irish in 5-10 years due tothe newIrish Language Bill which is now going through the Dáil.• The Irish language is worth over €136 million to Galway Cityand County.An Deis / The OpportunityTá roinnt Gaeilge ag níos mó ná leath de mhuintir ChiarraíTheas de réir ann daonáirimh, laistigh agus lasmuigh denGhaeltacht. Is deis é seo chun timpeallacht shábháiltetharraingteach a chruthú i gCiarraí Theas do fhoghlaimeoiríGaeilge. Is iad na gnólachtaí áitiúla an timpeallacht seo. Tá sétábhachtach do Chiarraí Theas gan an deis seo a chailliúint.According to the census, over half of the people of South Kerryspeak some Irish, both in and outside the Gaeltacht. This is anopportunity to create a safe and attractive environment in South Kerryfor Irish language learners. This environment are the local businesses.It is important for South Kerry not to miss this opportunity. Tacaíocht / Support AvailableTá BRÍ Uíbh Ráthaigh ann chun cabhrú le do ghnó buntáiste abhaint as margadh na Gaeilge. Aistriúchán agus comhairle faoidheontaisí, Traenáil agus Fógraíocht.BRÍ Uíbh Ráthaigh is there to help your business take advantage of theIrish language market. Translation and advice on grants, Training,Advertising.Déan teagmháil linn! Contact us!Victor Bayda, email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 087 215 36 71Cnoc na dTobar by Valerie OʼSullivan (also cover photo)Drung Hill by Valerie OʼSullivan
KNIGHTSTOWNTIDY TOWNSBY MICHAEL F. EGAN, CHAIRPERSONDid you know?!that because there were no lines of longitude in 1592 thePortuguese galleon Madre de Deus loaded with chests of gold/silvercoins, pearls, diamonds, amber, musk, tapestries, calico and ebonywas attacked by pirates who won out, captured the galleon and it’scargo, which, at that time was equal to half the net value of the EntireExchequer in England.!that in 1707, as a result of no lines of longitude, 2000seamen/soldiers were lost off the Scilly Isles, England!that there is a stone in Knightstown called the Altazimuth Stonemarking the last experiment to finally define the lines of Longitudewhich took place in 1862.!that Knightstown was one of the first planned town or village inIreland and was named after the Knight of Kerry Peter Fitzgerald.!that the same Peter Fitzgerald was a great landlord for Valentia,having brought the Cable Station, Meteorological Station, VillageHospital, Slate Quarry and Town Clock to the Island. He also donatedthe 5 acre field, now known as Cracow Park to the people of the Islandfor their enjoyment.!that he also had plans to create a bunkering port at Knightstown forshipping on voyages across the Atlantic. However the World War putpaid to that project.!that in the last 50 years we in Knightstown have lost our Post Office,National School, Cinema, Dance Hall, 2 resident Doctors, Priest, Gardastation, Lightkeepers, Cable Station, Restaurant, two Grocery Shops.!that in the meantime we got a proper Sewerage Scheme, mostEsb/Post Office cables undergrounded, Car Ferry, Heritage Centre,four Housing Estates, Children’s Playground, Tennis Court, LeisurePark, renovated Royal Hotel, Cable Station Hub, Tidy Towns, CaravanPark, Hospital with 23 on-suite bedrooms and a very successful WaterSports programme.
WATER VILLE AIMS T O BE ‘ALL YEAR ROUND’DESTINATION’BY JOE MCGILL, CP WATERVILLE MARKETING & ENTERPRISE GROUP Whilst Waterville has always been seen as a place to spend one’ssummer holidays, with lots to see and do in the village and surroundingarea, it is also a place one can enjoy all year round. The WEMN groupare hosting many events throughout the autumn and winter. Watervillehas some of the finest walking trails in the world in its environs and thiscoming October Waterville is going to host its first ever ‘WatervilleWalking Festival’. It will take place over the weekend of the 16th and 17thof October and will have lots of planned walks and fun activities for all toenjoy.From October 28th to 31st Waterville will host the Amerghin SamhainPoetry Festival which promises to be filled with interesting talks,presentations and explorations in our rich local culture, heritage andpoetry.Waterville is a family friendly destination, at our weeklong HalloweenFestival there will be lots to do for all the family.A wonderful food festival will be hosted in Waterville this November toshowcase its amazing food experiences and fresh local produce andseafood.Christmas in Waterville is always a magical time, and this year Watervilleplans to have an amazing number of events and activities for people toenjoy over the festive period including the wonderful ‘Christmas by theSea’ events and fantastic annual New Year’s Eve street party. Check out visitwaterville.ie and Visit Waterville on social media channels.WATER VILLE TID Y T O WNSWaterville Tidy Towns is a voluntary group under the umbrella of IRDWaterville. The committee is small but ably led by Alan McGuirk. Springand summer are busy times and we have the support of 4 RSS/CEScheme workers.The work done in the Waterville area includes a litter pick week- thanks toeverybody who did a small bit, constant checking of litter bins in thevillage, the cutting and strimming of green areas throughout, the settingup of flowerpots and boxes to add colour to the village, a review ofbuildings that need painting and maintenance -many derelict buildingshave been painted and cleaned to make them look more presentable.During 2020 the housing estates of Beenbane Road, Ard Aoibhinn werechecked and all the paths were cleaned up and power washed and wallspainted and moss and weeds cleared up. Many thanks to the localresidents who helped. The playground ground area is kept very neat andtidy.This year our work revealed a very old stone wall in Mick O’Dwyer Parkand this area will now be planted with wildflowers that are native to thearea. We even got the younger generation to sow the seeds.At Christmas, Tidy Towns and IRD erected two Christmas trees -one atthe grotto and one at the monument in the village. Lights anddecorations made and added to the Christmas spirit.Tidy Towns is always looking for volunteers at any level and if you canhelp in any way please contact us through IRD Waterville email@example.com
THE DOGMENINTERVIEW WITH CON O’LEARYBY OONAGH WALSHThe Hounds of Filemore(An extract from the Ballad of a Drag-hunt)Oh, Filemore you’re the place, for merry sport and singing,And the chief among them all is the charming beagle hunting.Around the Course we’ll go, to see who’ll rouse the echo,From Carhan woods above, to the mountains of Kimego,Kenmare will hear the shot, and Dingle will awaken,Killorglin will resound, and Valentia will be shakenOh, Filemore you’re the place, for merry sport and singing,And the chief among them all is the charming beagle hunting.Comely struck it first, there was Rattler Thade the Weaver,Small Truman from Dooeen, and Tanner was their leader,Juno Coffey of Coars, likewise Juno Foley;Juno Lynch indeed, were three Juno’s full of glory.Oh, Filemore you’re the place, for merry sport and singing,And the chief among them all is the charming beagle hunting.(Stephen McCarthy, Foilmore, will perform this song check out theSkellig Coast Advertiser facebook page to hear it!)The south Kerry love of beagle hunting is captured in this beautiful oldsong ‘The Hounds of Filemore’. Generations have set off on a Sundaymorning, winter and summer to gather their beloved hounds for a dayssport at hunting. The sound of hounds baying or as they say locally ‘giving tongue’, while chasing through nearby fields, is a sound that isfading away during the winter hunting season since live hunting isgoing into decline. It is difficult to pin down when Beagle hunting was introduced to southKerry. It is speculated that the Spanish Armada brought the sport herein the 1700’s while others say it was Daniel O’Connell who had muchto do with encouraging the development of the sport for the locals. Con O’Leary is Chairperson of the Kerry Beagle Association and hasbeen involved in Beagle hunting since he was a child out with his fatherContinued overleaf... Con O'Leary with the blue and red riddles marking the hounds readyfor the race and in the background, Anthony Harty
at the hunts. Con reported there are 7 Kerry Beagle Drag HuntAssociation groups in the region. Ballinskelligs, Killoe, the Glen,Valentia, the Ferry, Pound and Portmagee . He estimates there are over200 hunting dogs locally between all the clubs.Different types of Beagle huntingCon explained that the live hunting begins in October and ends beforeSt. Patricks Day. Numbers participating in live hunting are in decline.The other type of Beagle Hunting - the drag-hunting remains popularand the season runs from March to September. Drag hunting unlike the live hunt has a fixed course that is set out inadvance of the days racing by dragging a bag containing paraffin oilmixed with aniseed leaving a scent not unlike Pernot that the dogs willfollow. As the hounds gather for racing, the noise of the dogs barking inanticipation is deafening, they strain against the lead and pullthemselves towards the st as their owners lean back against themholding on tight – the energy of the excitement is palpable. In themoments before racing, the dogs are marked with a colour or riddle,red for the dogs and blue for the maidens. For racing the dogs are trained to follow that scent and owners workwith the dogs to prepare them for 30 to 40 minutes of non stoprunning. To win the hound must have that blend of stamina withspeed. The drag hunting competition season during the summer builds up tothe All Ireland drag hunt which is usually held on the last Sunday inSeptember. They travel from the four corners of Ireland with theirhounds for the All Ireland Final from Antrim, Cavan, Monaghan,Waterford, Cork and Clare. The winners of the Seniors, Maidens andPups competitions take home the cup along with a cash prize.More locally, the Kerry Beagle Drag Hunting Association holds theirevent on the June Bank Holiday weekend each year and can be tracedback as far as 1922. The Intercounty annual drag hunt happens inKenmare over the in August bank holiday weekend. Another popularcompetition over the summer is the Munster Championship whichalternates each year between Scartaglen and Cork.You have truly exp er ie nc ed South Ke rr y w hen you have been to see adrag hunt. To find out about when and where the nearest drag hunt isover the summer, log on to Con O’Learys Facebook page for all draghunting news or onto kerrybeagle.blogspot.comPhoto taken at recent Drag Hunt in Ballinskelligs:Ciarán Smith with his dogs Freddie & Cooper and VincentMurphy with his hounds Tyson and Ferry Kerry
BALLINSKELLIGS ENVIRONMENTALACTION GROUP (BEAG)BY SUE JACKSON, CHAIRPERSONBEAG Ballinskelligs Environmental Action Group is a group ofpeople who care about the area and the environment we clean up bythe bottle banks as needed and clean the beaches in a group andindividually. We care for gardens around the village some plantedwith strawberries and other edibles and all full of plants forpollinators. We meet about once a month via zoom to agree onprojects to do and plan, we have a facebook page where all beachcleans and gardening days are listed and everyone is welcome.Our long term projects are :-1 Upgrading the Community Centre, helping with water harvestingfor the polytunnel, making sure lighting is energy saving andefficient, looking at insulation and many more aspects of the buildingto improve matters.2 Pressing for a full survey and examination of the BallinskelligsWastewater scheme to be carried out with a view to progressing anupgrade and extension of the scheme.We gave away Native trees to local people this Spring asking peopleto plant the trees as a symbol of hope for 2021. We hope to repeatthis each year. The most popular tree was Holly, it is wonderful tothink of them all growing in our gardens giving us oxygen and somany other benefits.Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those people who give timeand energy to these activities. To get involved in our beach cleansand BEAG activities find out more from our BAEG Facebook page. BALLINSKELLIGSTIDY TOWNSBallinskelligs Open Garden Day, July 4th 2021Come and visit many of our localgardens and you will enjoy awonderful treat of flowers,vegetables, incredible views andfriendly gardeners who may bewilling to share their secrets.There are 11 gardens to visitand we have worked out aroute for you to visit 2 or 3 inthe morning and 2 or 3 in theafternoon.Naturally you will have time tovisit the Market and one of ourgreat cafés over lunch time. Or have a picnic on thebeach. The gardens are open 11am to 5pm and you just turn up andthe owners will be around to greet you. The largest garden atBoulakeel House however has set times as there is limited parking. It is well worth starting your day early to visit as many of the gardensas you can. See the variety of polytunnels, greenhouses, patios,pottery, flower beds, meditation garden, labyrinth and ring &keyhole garden.The cost is €10 and all proceeds go to Ballinskelligs CommunityCare. Book in advance through the Ballinskelligs Gardens Facebookpage or call 087 1618846. You will receive directions andinformation about each garden when you register.After a recent beach clean at Boolakeel. Photo from L-RMel McGuinness, Sue Jackson, Maire Ui Leidhin and Edith Gordon
SKELLIG RANGERS GAABY MARK CONWAY, CLUB PROSkellig Ranger's are delighted, like everybody else, that we are back onthe field of play at all age groups. This is especially important for theunderage members of our club, ranging from 5 years to 17. Weresumed training at the start of May, while games started back about 5-6 weeks later. The buzz of excitement was even louder than normalwhen all the children took to the field.The Senior players resumed a few weeks later with their games startingback in the 2nd week of June. We are very confident that training andmatches will continue throughout the summer and well into theAutumn once all health recommendations are followed. At the time ofgoing to print, 100 spectators can attend games, with this increasing to200 in July.Please check locally for details of matches closer to the time or,alternatively, check out the Skellig Rangers GAA Club Facebook page.The Annual Cúl Camps will take place in Portmagee during the weekJuly 26th-30th. These camps are limited to 100 children but somespaces may still be available. These have to be pre-booked on the Cúlcamps website.The Skellig Ranger's Lotto is also up and running with tickets availableto purchase in Deo's Foodstore, at all Senior club games, in the 2 localpubs (from July onwards) or alternatively online athttp://clubforce.com/clubs/gaa-skellig-rangers-gaa-kerry/. All yoursupport would be greatly appreciated. ST MICHAELS FOILMOREBY AINE O’CONNOR, CLUB PROSt Michaels Foilmore GAA welcomed the announcement thatunderage training could resume on April 26th with our seniorsreturning to the field on May 10th. Since then the club has beenbustling with training for age groups from Under 5 up to senior level.Our seniors host Kilgarvan in Foilmore in the first Credit Union Seniorfootball League game of 2021. The following are the fixtures: Round 1 June 12/13 versus Kilgarvan-Home venue Round 2 June 19/20 versus Ballyduff-Away Round 3 July 3/4 versus Moyvane-Home venue Round 4 July 17/18 versus Laune Rangers B-Away Round 5 July31/Aug 1 versus Austin Stacks B-Home venue The club will host two Cul Camps for children from ages six tothirteen. Foilmore will run from 28th June to 2nd July andBallinskelligs will run from the 5th to 9th of July. Camps are from10am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Children can be registered onwww.kellogsculcamps.gaa.ie Our newly built state of the art gym in Ballinskelligs is awaiting theannouncement from the Government that GAA gym facilities canreopen to the public. Once this is received the club will be welcomingmembers to the gym. If you are interested please contact a clubofficer for more information. The club wishes its players, members and supporters a sporting andsafe 2021 playing season.
DROMID PEARSES GAABY ROISÍN MANGANCul Camps: We are looking forward to hosting our Cul Camps againthis summer starting on July 12th. Best of luck to all of the boys andgirls, we hope you enjoy yourselves.50/50 Lotto: Our 50/50 lotto will be up and running again soon,tickets will be available from usual local outlets and sellers. Keep aneye on our Facebook page for updates. Subscriptions available also.SOS Fitness: Contact Sandra O'Shea (087)7862787 to book yourplace at her outdoor fitness classes taking place at the pitch.Morning and evening slots available.Condolences: Our sincerest sympathies are with the family andfriends of Diarmuid Daly and Pate Fitzgerald. Ar dheis De go raibh an-anamacha dilis. Senior Football League: Best of luck to the team and managementon their upcoming games at home to Ballymacelligot and away toTemplenoe. Kerry: Best of luck to Graham O'Sullivan and the Kerry team andmanagement on their upcoming campaign.WIN A BELGIAN BLUE HEIFER - Raffle: Please support ourfundraiser and buy a ticket to be in with a chance of winning thevalue of a Belgian Blue heifer 'Smurf'-a guaranteed minimum€1200. You could also win a signed Munster jersey or a year'ssubscriptionto our 50/50 lotto. Tickets available fromMace, Skellig Meats, committee members and players. You can alsopurchase a ticket via the iDonate link on our Facebook page. It couldbe you! St. Finians Bay at Sunset by Valerie OʼSullivan
RENARD GAABY CLAIRE SUGRUE, CLUB PROThis year has been very challenging for everyone andRenard GAA are delighted to be back to some type of normality withtraining and matches ongoing.During the recent lockdowns we kept our club lotto going with the drawstaking place online over zoom but now as the country is reopening wehope to be able to hold the draws in the clubhouse, when safe to do so.Renard GAA would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone whocontinues to support our lotto during this difficult time. Weekly tickets canbe purchased at a price of €2 each or 3 for €5. Tickets are available fromQuinlans Fish Shop, McCarthy Insurance, Mayers Hair Salon, Kerry Agri,Sheehans The Creamery Shop as well as from all the usual lotto sellers andonline (through the link available on our social media pages). Also availableare 6 month tickets costing €50 and yearly tickets costing €100. Weeklytickets are collected at 5pm on Wednesdays and any tickets purchasedafter this time will be included in the following weeks draw. A massive thankyou must go to our lotto sellers and lotto committee who continue to runeverything so smoothly. It would be impossible to continue running thelotto without all their hardwork and dedication. It’s greatly appreciated bythe club.Our underage players have been back training over the last couple ofweeks which is a great boost as these are the future of our club. Renardand St. Mary’s are amalgamated in this year’s U15 county league and thecounty minor league. Our U15s are in division 5B where they will meetDuagh, Fossa, John Mitchell’s, Daingean Uí Chuis andTe m p le n o e /Tu o si s t / S ne e m / D e r r y n an e w hi l e th e m in o r s w i l l be p l ay i n g i ndivision 3B where they will meet Na Gaeil, John Mitchell’s andKnock/Brosna/Duagh. Best of luck to all the players and managementteams for the season ahead.Our seniors will play in division 4B of this years county league along withSkellig Rangers, Knocknagoshel, Scartaglen, Fossa and Finuge. Best of luckto all to all the senior players and to the new management team of SeanMoynihan, Kevin Kelly, John Sugrue, David Lyons and Brian O’Sullivan forthe season.The Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will take place in Renard from Monday 2nd Augustuntil Friday 6th August with bookings taking place online.All types of Renard GAA gear is available on our club shop which can befound through the official O’Neill’s website, by searching for Renard GAA.Renard GAA are undertaking a large project of redeveloping our main field.Many fundraising events will be held over the coming weeks and monthsto help keep the project going. Follow our social media pages for details ofupcoming events and updates on the field development.Renard GAA would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Summerwhere we can hopefully return to some type of normality.Renard/St. Maryʼs U15s pictured wearing their new jerseys kindlysponsored by Walshʼs SuperValu Cahersiveen
ST MARYS GAABY CIARA QUIGLEY, CLUB PROWe held a virtual Biddy in February and had 39acts of all ages worldwide. Thank you toeveryone who donated to Bord na nÓg – weraised a wonderful €2,065!Congratulations to Sportsfile photographer and Cahersiveen manStephen McCarthy on placing second in the World Press PhotoContest.Con Keating Park will host it’s annual Cul Camp from July 19th – 24th.We’d like to wish Cian O’Donoghue and his team mates on the Kerryminor team the best of luck in the All Ireland Semi Final on theweekend of July 10th/11th.Congratulations also to Peter Keane, Maurice Fitzgerald and the Kerryseniors on being joint Allianz League winners with Dublin. Wishingthem all the best for the Championship ahead.A sad farewell and tribute to a great community manOn Thursday June 17th, we received the devastating news that our clubpresident and vice treasurer, Maurice ‘Junior’ Murphy had diedsuddenly. At the age of 83, the news still came as such a shock to us
all. Such a sprightly and full of life character – we never thought the daywould come. The work Junie has done for our community and thecommitment he gave to our club in his lifetime was outstanding. His listof accolades speaks for itself, both on and off the field. Junie served anumber of positions in our club over the years, as well as with theSouth Kerry Bord na nÓg and the UCC GAA Club. His interest inHistory and Geography has been passed on to many generationsduring his time teaching in St John Bosco’s, as well as through his twobooks “History of Cahersiveen GAA from 1889 – 1999” and“Cahersiveen: the Town that Climbs the Mountain”. He gave greatdedication to the Daniel O’Connell Summer School since itscommencement, as well as to the Church and the Christmas DaySwim. There can’t be too many committees in Cahersiveen that Juniedidn’t sit on! He was a true icon and known by so many county andnationwide, leading to the outpour of love and remembrance for himonline since his passing. We will forever be in debt to Junie for the time,dedication and invaluable expertise he gave to our club. A Cahersiveenlegend that will be missed by so many. May the road rise to meet youJunie. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.'Junie' Murphy chatting with Dr. Dave Geaney atCounty League game in Castleisland, June 13th
PHOTO RIGHT: Derrynane, South Kerry Junior Championship winningteam 1986 Front L-R: Gerard Shea, Caoimhín Moran, Seamus Clifford,Barry Clifford, Tom Corridan, Eddie Donoghue, Diarmuid Clifford, GerMcGillycuddy, MI Curran. Back L-R: John Donoghue, Leonard Moran, BillyHealy, MI Donnelly, John Rayel, Kieran Sullivan, Kieran Moran, PaulMcGillycuddy, Frank Sullivan, Geraoid Moran, Patrick DonoghueA HISTORY OF DERRYNANE GAABY PATRICK O’DONOGHUEDerrynane Gaa Club was Founded in 1889 There is a match report of agame against Waterville played in 1890.The Founding members wereDoran, O’Connell, Keating, O’Shea. It is one of the oldest Clubs in StKerry and competes in the St Kerry League and Championship. There areteams from under 10,12,14,16, and minor. The name Derrynane(Darrynane) was derived from the name of the old Village (preCaherdaniel). The old village was in Derrynane Beg/Derrynane Rockarea, and the remains of the old Church are still there today. The oldfootball field was in Derrynane so hence the Club name Derrynane. Thenew Pitch in Caherdaniel was opened in 1992.Honours: St Kerry Champions in 1928 & 1936. St Kerry League winnersin 1927 & 1928. St Kerry Junior Champions in 1979,1985,1986 and2015. Cahill Cup winners in 2000. County Novice Champions 2015.Munster Junior B Winners 2016. Famous Players: Eamon Fitzgerald: 4 All-Ireland Medals. Seamus O'Sheawinner of 4 Leinster Championship's with Dublin. Later played withKerry. Kieran Moran & Ian Galvin Kerry Minor & U21, Mike Connor,Minor, Frank Sullivan, Junior ,John Shea, Billy Healy Kerry VocationalSchools.. Deirdre Corridan, Anna Galvin, Siofra O'Shea Kerry Ladies. The Club Crest was designed in a Competition run by the CaherdanielNational School Children. Cian Boland's entry was the winner. W H AT I S T H E W I N D S C R E E N P H E N O M E N O N ?BY OONAGH WALSHThis is where people are noticing fewer insects stuck on theirwindscreens than in the past. But anecdotes of fewer insects on awindscreen is not scientific evidence of global insect population decline.One Danish researcher, Anders Moller did collect data on insects on hiswindscreen after driving the same 26km stretch of road every year over20 years. The results showed an 80% decline in insects. These specificresults however tell us about insect population in a particular location ona particular stretch of road, not the world. Scientific research on insect populations based in settings other thanwindscreens do confirm that insect populations around the world are indecline. The cause of this decline is not yet fully understood but evidencegrows that it has many contributing factors. Among the manycontributing factors are loss of habitat, biodiversity and over use ofinsecticides and pesticides.We can help insects by introducing plants that attract bees; set up bughotels, reduce the mowed area cut out use of pesticides. To make yourgarden more welcoming pick up perennial flowering plants from the newgardening section of the Pink Bee, Caherciveen. Visit www.pollinators.ie
CAHERSIVEEN ROWING CLUBBY MARY COFFEY, CLUB PROCahersiveen Rowing Club was established in 1950and has been going from strength to strength eversince. Rowing is part of our culture and heritage herein Cahersiveen and we as a club are honoured to beable to keep this long tradition up.Recently our beloved seine boat has been renovated, we received a grantfrom Bord Iascaigh Mhara through the Fisheries Local Action Group. Allrepairs were done voluntary with work completed throughout bothlockdowns, along with the committee working hard fundraising withclothes and scrap metal collections. The Liberator was originally built in1969 by Johnny Mahony, Ardcost and replanked in 1991 by DannyGleeson, Castlecove. The Liberator holds the record for taking part inmore regattas than any other seine boat and has only missed five yearsin total as we had no crew due to emigration in the area. It has also wonthe most Johnny Mahony Memorial cups. We are looking forward toseeing the Liberator back in the water where she belongs winning races!Our club consists of crews for both girls and boys from under 12 allthe way up to the seine boat and a veteran’s crew. Training takesplace on the Fertha river several times a week. The crews train andrace in the traditional 4 oar wooden boat, the seine boat and the onedesign. We are always looking for new members for our club forrowing, coxing or helping behind the scenes. If anyone would like tojoin, please contact us on our Facebook page @Cahersiveen RowingClub or contact oneof our committeemembers. Weencourage all ourmembers to havefun, make newfriends andmemories. The clubwould also like tothank all the localbusinesses for theircontinual supportover the years.Committeemembers:Chairperson – JohnPaul O’Connor • ViceChairperson – Donal O’Sullivan • Secretary – Liz Maguire • AssistantSecretary – Tina O’Connor • Treasurer – Gillian O’Connor •Assistant Treasurer – Trish O’Sullivan • Membership Officer – JoeO’Donoghue • Child Protection Officer – Sinead O Sullivan • P.R.O.– Mary CoffeyJohnny Mahony, ArdcostThe Liberator in the water
FROM THE TRADITION OF SEINE BOATS TONATIONAL BEACH SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPSPORTMAGEE ROWING CLUBBY DAVID HUSSEYRowing has been a part of the history of Portmagee for centuries. Beforethe advent of motor boats, the only way to get the boats out to the fishingground was by manpower. Seine boats were used for this task. A crew of12 men and captain would row out by night to find the mackerel shoals.The movement of the shoals through the water caused the plankton inthe water to emit a phosphorus illumination. Once this was spotted, thecrew would start paying out the seine net and start to row around theshoal. The nets full of mackerel would be hauled in over the gunwale byhand and the boats would be rowed home weighed down with the catch. After the fishing was done, the crews from different areas would raceeach other. When the Second World War ended, the price of mackerelcollapsed and the seine boat fishing tradition was over. The tradition ofracing lived on in Portmagee and is still thriving to this present day. The modern Portmagee club is mainly a junior club. We alwaysparticipate in every local, traditional regatta as passing down thetraditions through the generations is vital for keeping a club together.We have also branched into the new exciting sport of FISA Coastalrowing that is exploding all around the world. These boats are similar tothe Olympic boats, more stable, heavier and able to handle the waves onthe open sea. The same oars and sliding seats are used and they come insingles, doubles and the coxed quad. This allows the underage crews tomaster the art of sculling with an oar in each hand. It is easy then tohandle the single oar of the traditional boat.The club has also hosted the national FISA on two occasions, in 2018 inO'Carrolls Cove and in 2020 in the village of Portmagee. This year, weare hosting the inaugural National Beach Sprint Championships. This is anew branch of rowing that will be a part of the Olympics in the comingyears. Instead of a long endurance course, it features a run down thebeach, a 500 metre slalom row out and back and a run up the beachagain. Exciting and all action, it is a real spectator sport. Beach sprints aredone in mens and womens singles and the mixed double. These areFISA sculling coastal boats. The World beach sprints will be held inPortugal in September and the top crew only in each event will representIreland at it. The Irish National Beach Sprint event will be hosted on thebeach in Ballinskelligs on the 24th of July and promises to be aspectacular event.To f i nd ou t m o re or to jo in our club check us o ut o n F b u n de rPortmagee Rowing Club El Nino, or insta on portmagee_elnino or firstname.lastname@example.orgAerial view of boats set out ready for 2020 National FISA RowingChampionship in Portmagee
WATERVILLES NEWLY RESTORED ST.MICHAEL'S CHURCH ADDS A DIVINE VENUETO THE TOWNBY OONAGH WALSHThanks to the great community work in Waterville, the iconic St.Michaels Church has been beautifully restored as a place for the faithfulto attend services into the future and for the community to gather anduse as a venue for music, exhibitions and festivals. After the success of using St. Michael’s church for Charlie ChaplinComedy Film Festival in 2011, it was understood that if St. Michaelsdidn't receive essential repairs and restorations, the church would faceclosure and the Waterville Community would lose use of the muchloved building.That same year, Albert Walsh, Charlie Chaplin Festival Chairperson andIRD, Rev. Michael Cavanagh, Church of Ireland in Kenmare along withDiarmid Williams of the Small Church Congregation, put a plantogether plans to fix the collapsing vestry floor, repair the Churchentrance door and with the hands-on help of the community, clear theovergrown cemetery.10 years and approx. €150,000 later, the church has been restoredand re-developed. St. Michaels will very soon be ready for use as anevents and exhibition venue, a local heritage centre and for communityand for weddings while maintaining church consecration.There are many who helped make this restoration project a reality andthey include among them Waterville IRD CLG, LEADER, SKDP, DCEnergy contractors (Electrics and new extension), Walsh ArchitecturalPlanning and conservation consultant, sponsors and donors. There isalso great appreciation for the work of Paul O'Connell who helpedrestore the 1860 cast iron windows and Róisín Ní Chionnfhaolaidh inBallinskelligs workshop who worked on recreating border glass for thewindow restoration.This project, as well as preserving this iconic village church and churchtradition in Waterville has delivered a fantastic additional asset for bothlocal and visitor as well as for commerce and events in Waterville.A taste of what is to come this Autumn is a performance from the verytalented singer songwriter from Limerick Emma Langford, subject tothe lifting of restrictions. Emma is best known for singing folk music.The pure quality of her vocal style has been compared to artists suchas Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, and Norah Jones. The future looks brightwhen we can attract stars like Emma Langford to St. Michaels. St. Michaels is open to the public seven days a week. The HeritageCentre, currently being assembled, is in place. COI Services are heldevery Sunday at 12.00 during July & August. Everyone is welcome.To find out more f ol lo w the Fr ie nds of St. Michaels Wa ter vi lle F B page.
VAL EN TI A LE AD IN G TH E W AY O N LO CALL Y-LED GREEN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROMOFF SHORE WIND PROJECTSpeaking to the SkelligCoast Advertiser,Valentia resident andDirector of VI EnergyColum O’Connell said,“Developing arenewable-basedeconomy andbecoming energyindependent will allowus to broaden therange of opportunitiesavailable foremployment and businesses in Valentia and South Kerry.” Meeting carbon targets in Ireland, will require the use of alternative fuelsand hydrogen is now accepted as being a key contributor to this futurefuel mix. Hydrogen is a very versatile fuel source. Unlike electric,hydrogen has the capacity to power workhorse vehicles such as carferries, HGV’s and buses. Hydrogen can also be used to heat homes andcommercial premises.The Valentia project will produce ‘green hydrogen’ through theelectrolysis of seawater. Electrolysis uses an electric current, powered byrenewable energy source, to break water into its elemental componentsof hydrogen and oxygen. ‘Green hydrogen’ is considered to be the onlyway to decarbonise energy-intensive sectors such as heating andtransport and avoids the use of ‘blue hydrogen’ generated from fossilfuels.The renewable energy source planned for producing the greenhydrogen on Valentia will come from an off-shore wind farm. Many Irishwind farms are being planned and developed by private companies. VIEnergy however is a locally-led initiative that plans to develop a first of itskind offshore renewable project 22kms west of Valentia Island to powerthe generation of green hydrogen. South Kerry community group,Valentia Island Energy Co-op has partnered with Energy Co-operativesIreland Limited to form the joint enterprise, VI Energy Limited. Placing the community at the heart of the green hydrogen productionand offshore renewable development ensures benefits such as localemployment and use by local businesses will be a key project priorityand any concerns are listened to and addressed.The project will consist of an array of wind turbines with the nearestproposed turbine location 22.5 km west of Valentia Island, extendingoutwards to a maximum distance of 44 km west. This is much furtheroffshore than similar arrays on the east coast of Ireland and willsignificantly reduce visual and ecological impacts. The project is still at the early stages and VI Energy has applied to theDepartment of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for a foreshorelicence that would allow them to conduct surveys to further determinethe site suitability.VI Energy is awaiting the grant of the foreshore licence, however, ColumO’Connell and VI Energy are keen to hear from interested stakeholders.“We are engaging early to ensure ideas from residents, businesses andfishermen are integrated into the project design and any concerns aremet. We are keen to hear from people and encourage them to contactus either via www.vienergy.ie or by calling one of our stakeholderengagement team please call, 089 278040. As a locally-led cooperative,we are looking forward to progressing the project and delivering benefitsto south Kerry.”Community Meeting 2019: L-R: Caroline Daly, SecretaryValentia Energy Co-op, James Carton, DCU, ElizabethJohnston MBE, Pure Energy, Colum O'Connell, DirectorVI Energy, Duncan Stewart, Eco Journalist, RoryMonaghan, NUIG, Cormac Walsh, Director VI Energy,Lúgh Ó Braonáin, Director VI Energy
THE TASTE OF HOMEAN INTERVIEW WITH MARIO SOSENKIEWICZBY OONAGH WALSHWhen the Irish travel abroad, often the first thing that pointedly remindsus that we are far from home is that first cup of tea. The favorite brandsare shipped out in hampers to loved ones along with the tea to helpsoften the sting of homesickness. The same holds true for those in ourcommunity who have moved to Ireland from Eastern Europe in search ofwork.The Euro Food Mini Market in Caherciveen run by Mario Sosenkiewicz isthe only Polski Sklep or Polish shop within an hours drive. The shopstocks food brands made in Poland and also Germany, Lithuania andRomania which are sold in countries throughout continental Europe.Originally from the city of Lodz at the heart of Poland, Mario has been inCaherciveen on and off since 2009 and has noticed great improvementsin the town since then and calls this place home.According to Mario “not only Polish come to my shop, many locals liketo shop here too for the different brands”. Mario reported he had a visitlast February from Recruitment Agency Ward Personnel whichspecialises in construction and industrial sectors. Ward Personnel werecarrying out research on the town for prospective Polish workerscoming to Kerry. In their experience when clients are choosing to workin Ireland, having a nearby shop that sells Polish food brands from homecan help sway their decision to move here. For Caherciveen to have itsown Polish shop is a great bonus, helping attract workers from Polandand potentially their families by making them feel more at home.Because as we all know, there is no taste like home.NEW TRANS-ATLANTIC CABLE VISITOREXPERIENCE TO OPEN SUMMER 2022BY FIONA LYNEOver 160 years ago, the first successful transatlantic cable was laidbetween Valentia Island and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland,Canada. The transatlantic cable reduced the time it took tocommunicate from two weeks to two minutes, thus beginning an eraof global collaboration which continues to shape our world today. To recognize this ac hi ev ement Va le nt ia Tr an satlantic Cable Fo un da tionBoard and Valentia Island Development Committee (VIDC) arecollaborating with the Department of Culture, Heritage and theGaeltacht and working with counterparts in Newfoundland in thepursuit of a trans-national application for UNESCO World Heritagestatus for both the Irish and Canadian sites. A major deliverable in this project is the restoration andrefurbishment of the historic Cable Station at Knightstown, Valentia.From the establishment of the transatlantic cable business in the late1800s to its demise in the 1960s, the Cable Station was at the centreof global communications, with cutting edge technologies beingdeployed, and indeed developed there. There are ambitious plans inplace to restore the building and re-establish the building as a livingand working space. The developments at the cable station are drivenby two separate funding streams, with the Rural RegenerationDevelopment funding of €1.27m awarded by Kerry County Councilto carry out the capital works, while Fáilte Ireland awarded VIDC grantaid of €200,000 for the development of a visitor centre. The ground floor will showcase the industrial heritage of the site withthe creation of an immersive visual experience of the transatlanticcable story, with the objective to “tell an epic tale - educate, inform,amaze, preserve and share our heritage”. The first floor will see theestablishment of an Innovation Hub. It is envisaged that new andexisting enterprises, based on leading edge digital technologies, willbring this historic building back to the centre of the digital world. The visitor experience opens Summer 2022, and the Digital Hub goeslive March 2023. For more information visit www.valentiacable.com
SKELLIG COAST – A PLACE FOR RESEARCHAND LEARNINGAN INTERVIEW WITH LUCY HUNT, MARINE ENVIRONMENTALISTBY OONAGH WALSHThe Skellig Coast is an ideal setting for conducting research andeducation. It is not just a place to be researched but a place whereresearch is done by people living and working here in the region. This isa place of learning. Since the Pandemic has raised awareness around thevalue of the outdoor class room, the Skellig Coast with its vast wealth ofnatural and cultural resources has the unique potential to attract fundingand expertise in the education and research sector to projects which canbe based in the locality. Locally based group Living Iveragh has been championing theopportunity for the Skellig Coast Region in the business sector ofresearch and education. The focus is on building a network ofexperienced world class researchers, living and working here on theSkellig Coast. There are opportunities then to pass on the learnings toothers such as third level students, overseas students, business peopleright here in the “outdoor lab” in which the research was gathered.Lucy Hunt of Sea Synergy based in Waterville is one of the key LivingIveragh project contributors and has extensive experience teaching andraising marine awareness locally and internationally in an outdoor setting.Lucys focus for her students is on learning all sorts of skills in thelandscape as well as learning about the landscape. On one particularoccasion in 2018, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall werestudents of hers on Derrynane beach.Opening up this immersed learning experience to the public, each yearfor a weekend in October, Lucy along with her colleague Eleanor Turnerrun an event called Iveragh Learning Landscapes. Experts, artists andguides from a wide range of backgrounds come together to share theirlearning with all who attend. The weekend schedule is filled with guidedwalks, talks and demonstrations on topics ranging from foraging forseaweed to rock art, story telling to marine ecology and yoga to readingthe stars in our Dark Skies. Furthermore there is a wonderful mixtureamongst those who attend, from teachers exploring how they mightadopt the outdoor classroom approach for their pupils, families wantingto connect with nature, to individuals and friends exploring somethingnew and different. Coming to the Skellig Coast from all over Ireland, theUK and the continent there is a great variety of people from differentbackgrounds with different interests open to learning new ideas and newperspectives. For the curious among us, the Learning Landscapesweekend is a playground for the mind, the body and the soul. To b o ok yo u r p la c e, wa t ch o u t f or th e d a te of th i s y ea r s I ve r ag h L e ar n in gLandscapes weekend on the Iveragh Inpires Facebook Page.To l e ar n m o re ab o ut Li v in g Iveragh s’ r e se a rc h er s , P hD ca n di d at e s,projects and activities log onto iveraghinspires.com
1935 – WHEN THE SOUTH KERRY BOARDBROKE THE CURFEWBY BRIAN G. O’SULLIVANThe longest period without Gaelic activity in South Kerry since 1935 wasonly recently brought to an end. Like this year, 1935 was strange in theannuals of Gaelic Games. It began in the winter of 1934/35 when Kerrywithdrew from GAA activity in protest to the treatment of republicanprisoners’ in Tintown Camp, Curragh Co. Kildare. There was no CountyChampionships nor did Kerry take part in any competitions for theentire year.South Kerry, under the chairmanship of Denis Daly, a Fianna Fail TDwho held the honour of firing the first shots from the GPO on EasterMonday 1916, broke the curfew in May by forging ahead with theirgames programme.Up until that year there was no prize for the victors until D.J. Bailey, Co.Board Chairman donated a cup, a smaller version of the Sam Maguire,to the South Kerry Board. The Bailey Cup was put on display on thewindow of J.B. (Bawner) Curran’s pub in Cahersiveen and aroused greatinterest.The opening games of the championship, a league format competition,took place at Reenrusheen on May 19th; St. Deraca’s (Valentia) defeatedCoonana (1.0-0.0); while St. Marys overcame Valentia – Young Islanders(2.3-0.3).Gallowgasses (Portmagee) travelled to Ballinskelligs on May 26th;goalman Peter O’Neill was the star for the Portmagee side. However,Sean O’Connor, Ml. O’Sullivan and Mce. Curran swung the game in“Ballys” favour (0.2-0.1).St. Marys, boosted by players from the defunct O’Connells club,overcame St. Deraca’s but “The Caol” boys bounced back to defeatSkellig Rangers (1.1-0.0). On June 16th Skellig Rangers had an emphaticvictory over St. Marys (1.7-0.1); in a double bill at Reen, Portmagee;Yo un g I sl anders defeating Gallowgasses (0.2-0.0).On June 30th the first South Kerry Championship match at WatervilleSportsfield saw St. Marys with Boss Walsh, John B. Curran, TadghO’Sullivan and Mick Sugrue, who later played for Kildare, best emergedvictors against Derrynane (3.3-0.4). In the curtain raiser Watervilledefeated Castlecove (3.4-0.0) in the junior championship, a competitionlater won by “The Lakesiders” from Western Rovers (Portmagee).Ballinskelligs staged two games on July 7th; St. Deraca’s thanks to Jim“Curse” O’Shea (1.2) and J. O’Driscoll (1.0) outscored Ballinskelligs’Sean O’Sullivan (0.2) and Sean O’Connor (0.1) in a five point (2.2-0.3)victory. Alas, Ballinskelligs were awarded the points as St. Deraca’sfielded an illegal player.Coonana thanks to John Coffey, D. Daly and P. O’Connor led Derrynaneuntil “Roche” and Joe O’Sullivan sent Sergeant Power in for a major. Ml.Galvin’s free won the contest for “The Abbey” (1.1-0.3). A week later,Coonana defeated Young Islanders (0.4-0.0) while St. Deraca’sovercame Derrynane (2.3-0.0). Then Coonana conceded a walk-over toSkellig Rangers while Ballinskelligs failed to muster a team against St.Marys. Ballinskelligs, who filled a team from the spectators, won achallenge (3.1-2.2) both sides were reduced to thirteen players and tothe astonishment of everyone Ballinskelligs were awarded the points!On July 28th, Portmagee staged the eagerly awaited Skellig Rangers andGallowgasses clash – Skellig Rangers winning. Young Islanders andDerrynane met at Waterville on August 4th; a Martin McCarthy goal thedifference between the sides (1.0-0.0)Fixtures were published for August 18th at Ballinskelligs – Derrynane vGallowgasses and Skellig Rangers v Ballinskelligs and August 25th–Coonana v St. Marys and Young Islanders v Skellig Rangers. Neither setof fixtures went ahead; inclement weather was the source of thechampionships abandonment. This along with an economic war withBritain caused widespread devastation in the area during the mid1930s.The defiance of the Gaels of Iveragh to forge ahead with thechampionship of 1935 showcased the strength of sport over politicaldisputes. In a sad irony only five teams took part in the 1936championship which showed firsthand the effects that the autumn ofthirty-five had on the area. The willingness to fight adversity throughsport remains today.
PORTMAGEE TIDY TOWNSBY PATRICIA KENNEDYPortmagee Tidy Towns Group are extremely proud of how their littlevillage has progressed in the competition throughout the years.Founded in 1958, Portmagee Tidy Towns have made huge strides,being just 15 marks off the winners Glasslough in the 2019competition.The village has been transformed to a hive of activity while remainingspotless and great credit is due to the CE Scheme supervisor andworkers throughout the years. Volunteer work has also played a hugepart with fantastic turnout for the KWD County Clean Up each year.Many projects have been on hold during Covid-19 but some of thecurrent achievements include;• Funding secured from Kerry County Council for undergrounding theESB cables and street re-surfacing• Portmagee Marina has received its Blue Flag• Landscaping projects are being continued year on year to includeareas for biodiversity• Socially distant community clean ups have continued where possible.• Portmagee Reuseable Bamboo Mugs for sale in various outlets in thevillage with all proceeds going to Portmagee Tidy TownsThe 2021 Tidy Towns application is currently in progress and we arehoping for great results again in this year’s competition. We would liketo draw your attention to the fact that the Tidy Towns competition is notall related to litter control or tidiness. We have recently posted a link tothe Tidy Towns special awards section on our Facebook page – 16special awards in addition to the main Tidy Towns Competition. Theseare areas where people can get involved in special projects which canbe carried out as an individual projects or with smaller groups.We’ve had great success with some of these special awards in the pastbut need some new ideas going forward so please take a look andcontact us even if you have ideas that you feel might take years toachieve. Everything starts with a single step!Finally, we’d like to pay tribute to one of our long-serving members ofPortmagee Tidy Towns Kathleen Barry who recently passed away. Shewas tireless in her efforts to make Portmagee a “tidy town” and was aninspiration to all. May she rest in peace.Portmagee Tidy Towns helping biodiversity with a bug hotel for LadybirdsMAY THE 4TH FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S ART COMPETITIONWinning pictures of the Mandalorian, Ashoka and Bo Katan from theSkellig Coast Star Wars on-line May the 4th festival children's artcompetition, drawn by 12 year old Sinead Richards from Dublin.
COLEMAN’S BOOK CORNERBY OONAGH WALSHThe Italian EscapeBy Catherine Mangan“Niamh Kelly has made a right pig’s ear of herlife thus far. She’e thirty-three, still living athome and was recently dumped . . . . . by herboss. So when her sister invites her to tagalong on a work trip to Italy’s Ligurian coast,impulsive Niamh jumps at the chance, anddiscovers a world of wine, opportunity and friendship. ““The Italian Escape” is Susan O’Briens debut novelpublished in April this year and is enjoying wonderful reviews whilebeing described as “the perfect summer read full of adventure,romance and Aperol Spritz”. Writing under the pen name ofCatherine Mangan, Susan reported in an interview with FergusDennehy of the Kerryman Newspaper when the book was beinglaunched about her connection to Kerry. Her Dad, Bryan is fromFiries and she spent many childhood summers in the Kingdom withher grandparents. Susans draw to Kerry is as strong as ever and shespent the first lockdown last year in her cottage on Valentia Island.While on the island she used the time to write her second novelwhich is due for release in 2022. Who knows what it will be about,perhaps next year's heroine will instead of being captivated by wine,opportunity and friendship on the Italian Ligurian Coast, she willperhaps be enchanted by the lure of vermouth, craic and warmwelcomes along the Skellig Coast. IVERAGH UNITED UNDERAGE SOCCER CLUBBY JOHN SUGRUEIveragh United Underage Club is currently in the midst of a huge growthwith children flocking from all ends of the Iveragh peninsula toparticipate in the “beautiful game”. The club hopes to enter a multitudeof teams in the upcoming 2021-2022 Kerry Schoolboys/Girls Leagueswhich hope to resume in full capacity in early September.The club runs from the top class South Kerry Sports Centre Over theWater Cahersiveen. The centre has a state of the art Astro Pitch and twoother full size pitches which hope to be developed further over thecoming months. The Club wishes to express it’s gratitude to the Centre, Niall, Brendanand Mike for their on-going commitment and assistance to the club. TheCentre is a huge asset to all the people in South Kerry and its continueduse is vital so as it can be maintained and kept for future generations tocome. The Club also expresses a huge gratitude to the local businessesand individuals who have thrown their weight behind the club bysponsoring jerseys, footballs and all the costs that go into running avoluntary organisation.The present club officials are Chairman, Mike Rocky O’Shea, Secretary,John Sugrue, Treasurer, Emma Louise Benson. Committee Members,Gerry Kennedy, Cian Duffy. The club is built on volunteers and theCommittee is indebted to the huge assistance from coaches, parents andalso to the local Colaiste na Sceilge second level school which has put inplace a programme for transition year students that entails studentsassisting with trainings on weekends. The club’s focus has and will always be on children participation andenjoyment. We see the club as a great social outlet and at the same timegiving our children a focus and a challenge while keeping their mindsaway from the current realities of the world. Indeed, the skill level of bothboys and girls within the club is quite high and it is always our ambitionand focus to give them the raw materials that will take them to the verytop. Dream big is our motto. It is always our aim at the beginning ofeach season to be able to compete with the bigger clubs in the KerryDistrict League and if circumstances allow to hopefully be in the shakeup for silverware when the Leagues get to the closing stages.Please keep an eye on the Iveragh FC Facebook page or contact any ofthe members mentioned above or coaches of any of the individualunderage teams.Sheffield United and Republic of Ireland centre half John Egan hasattended their training sessions and said “It is great to hear that IveraghUnited and soccer in South Kerry is growing and producing some verygood young players and I wish them the very best of luck for the future.”Back: Chloe Lannigan, Aoibheann Devereux, Sarah O’ConnorMeabh O’Sullivan, Orla Barrett. Front: Brid Curran, Marie ClaireDaly, Keelin O’Shea, Katie Foster, Amy Kelly & Ellen O’Leary.
AN TIONÓL NUA - OPEN TO ALL TOWN HALL MEETINGSBY RITCHIE O’CONNELL, CHAIRPERSONOn May 20th last, we held the first of our quarterly Tionól (agathering/town hall assembly of people) on-line which was verysuccessful with 80 people logging in to join us for our webinar with ourdiaspora joining in from as far away as the US, Australia & Dubai. TheTionól is designed to be informative, inclusive and encourageparticipation. These quarterly events are open to everyone and it will belive streamed when we can attend in person for the Tionól in the future.However, due to ongoing COVID restrictions our Tionól will be hostedonline for now.Kerry County Councils Municipal District Officer for the area, SiobhanGriffin presented an overview of the Alliance and gave details of theworking arrangements between Kerry County Council and the Alliance.The main objectives were: to ensure we have a strategic approach andwork towards the co-ordination of activities at local level, to liaise withKCC and to ensure good communication locally.There were presentations from James McCarthy on the Tidy Towns townplanting plan & edible medical trail, an update was given by JulianneMcGillicuddy on the Baile Serbhíse na Gaeltachta and Cahersiveenbecoming a Gealteacht services town, plus June O’Connell of LivingIveragh spoke about their research and innovation development plans.Darragh Driscoll and Stephanie Mahey also gave an update on buildingthe new Cahersiveen town website and social media promotion. If anyone wants to present their work or share what they are doing forthe Caherciveen Community at the next Tionól just let us know.The Cahersiveen Community & Business Alliance was established in2019 to endeavor to develop and protect the social, cultural, economic,environmental, and natural resources of Cahersiveen and to oversee theimplementation of sustainable activities that meet the needs of all in ourcommunity. We aim to achieve these goals through facilitation,communication, and representation of Cahersiveen’s community andbusinesses.The structure of the Alliance is currently made up with members of thelocal community forming an executive board, with Ritchie O’Connell asthe Chairperson, Sean O’Shea as the Secretary and Stephanie Mahey asthe Treasurer, with 15 more members representing the variouscommunity groups in the area.The alliance is also looking for volunteers to set up working groups toimplement actions laid out in the socio-economic plan for the town, aswe want and need this to be a community wide initiative in getting itactioned. The Alliance is open to everyone so if anyone is interested ingetting involved, with all & any skills and backgrounds welcome. To seehow you can help please contact us at email@example.com we canalso be contacted through the Cahersiveen website or through ourFacebook page.We hope to see you all again at our next Tionól in a few months and inthe meantime don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to dateon how we are all working together towards a vibrant & strongCahersiveen.
TA SC F HÓ RS A UÍ BH R ÁT HA IG HAG CUR FÁILTE ROIMH DHAOINE NUA GO CEANTAR UÍBHRÁTHAIGHIn 2021, tá dul chun cinn maith déanta in obair Tascfhórsa UíbhRáthaigh, grúpa atá comhdhéanta d’ionadaithe pobail, oideachais agusó ghníomhaireachtaí stáit a fheidhmníonn faoi chathaoirleacht Údarásna Gaeltachta. Sí an aidhm atá leis an obair seo ná daoine agusteaghlaigh nua a spreagadh le teacht chun cónaithe in Uíbh Ráthach.Go dtí seo i mbliana, tá cúig theaghlach tar éis bogadh a saol ó áiteannaéagsúla ar fud na hÉireann go Ciarraí Theas, agus tá teaghlach eile agbogadh níos déanaí sa samhradh. Beidh an t-sreabhadh seo de dhaoine ag dul i bhfad chun cabhrú linnár bpobail a athnuachan; pobail a bhfuil titim leanúnach tagtha ar andaonra le blianta fada anuas. Tugann na teaghlaigh seo éagsúlachtiontach scileanna agus buanna leo, agus tá siad thar a bheith sásta abheith páirteach in eagraíochtaí áitiúla, clubanna agus an saol pobail igcoitinne.Is cúis áthais dúinn é go bhfuil Gaeilge ar a dtoil ag cead chodán arddes na daoine atá ag athlonnú agus tá cuid acu tar éis freastal arranganna Gaeilge le Brí Uíbh Ráthaigh le linn an Gheimhridh.Táimid ag obair le teaghlaigh eile a bhfuil suim acu i gCiarraí Theas abheith acu mar láthair cónaithe go buan agus táimid ag tnúth le fáilte achur roimh níos mó daoine chuig an gceantar álainn seo sa todhchaí. Cuireadh fáilte mhór roimh fhógairt an Chiste um Athghiniúint agusForbairt Tuaithe i mí Aibreáin chun mol nua digiteach gteic a thógáil imBaile 'n Sceilg. Leis an mol ar luach €2.2m seo nascfar Uíbh Ráthachle 30 pobal Gaeltachta eile tríd an ngréasán gteic ar ChonairEacnamaíoch an Atlantaigh Thiar agus osclófar deiseanna nua do cian-oibrithe agus d’fhiontraithe i gCiarraí Theas.Tá Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh buíoch do thacaíocht an phobail áitiúil,Údarás na Gaeltachta, na Roinne Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail, anChiste um Athghiniúint agus Forbairt Tuaithe agus Tionscadail Éire204,0 agus do chabhair leanúnach ár gcomhpháirtithe éagsúla.Mar sin, an bhfuil aithne agat ar aon duine a mbeadh suim acu athlonnúgo leithinis Uíbh Ráthaigh, nó b’fhéidir ar dhaoine atá ag smaoineamhar fhilleadh abhaile chuig an réigiún? Bheimis thar a bheith sástateagmháil a dhéanamh leo agus cabhrú leo oibriú tríd an bpróiseas seo,toisc gur áit iontach é an réigiún do theaghlaigh, dóibh siúd atá ag obairgo cianda nó nasctha, do fiontraithe agus dóibh siúd sna healaíonacruthaitheacha.2021 has seen good progress being made in the work of TascfhórsaUíbh Ráthaigh, a body made up of community, educational and stateagency representatives and chaired by Údarás na Gaeltachta, with theaim of encouraging new individuals and families to come to live inIveragh.To date this year, f iv e households have moved their lives from var yinglocations throughout Ireland to south Kerry, and a further family are inthe process of moving later in the summer.This influx of people will go a long way to helping rejuvenate ourcommunities which for many years have seen an ongoing drop inpopulation. These families bring with them an amazing variety of skillsand talents, and they are only too happy to get involved in localorganisations, clubs and community life in general.Is cúis áthais dúinn é go bhfuil Gaeilge ar a dtoil ag cead chodán arddes na daoine atá ag athlonnú agus tá cuid acu tar éis freastal arranganna Gaeilge le Brí Uíbh Ráthaigh le linn an Gheimhridh.We are working with further families who are interested in south Kerry asa place to call home and look forward to welcoming even more people tothis fabulous area.The announcement in April of Rural Regeneration Development Fundsupport for the construction of a new gteic digital hub in Baile ‘n Sceilghas been warmly welcomed. This €2.2m hub will link Uíbh Ráthach with30 other Gaeltacht communities through the gteic network along thewestern Atlantic Economic Corridor and open new opportunities forremote workers and south Kerry based entrepreneurs.Ta sc f hó r sa Uí b h R át h ai g h grateful ly a c kn o wl e dg e s t he su p po r t o f t helocal community, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Department of Rural andCommunity Development, the Rural Regeneration Development Fundand Project Ireland 2040 and the ongoing help of our taskforce partners.So, do you know anyone who may be interested in relocating to theIveragh Peninsula, or perhaps people who are thinking of returning hometo the region? We would be delighted to connect with them and to helpthem through this process, given that the region is a fantastic location forfamilies, those working remotely or connected, entrepreneurs and thosein the creative arts.Te ag m há i l: ww w. s ao l nu a .i e w w w. l iv eworkiv er ag h .i e firstname.lastname@example.org • 087 4644780FB, Twitter, LinkedIn agus Instagram cuardaigh ‘Iveragh Taskforce’Páirtnéirí ar an dTascfhórsa :An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meáin,Coillte, Comharchumann Naomh Fhionáin Teo, Comhchoiste GhaeltachtUíbh Ráthaigh, Éigse na Brídeoige, Fáilte Ireland, Enterprise Community,Kerry County Council, Kerry Education and Training Board, Kerry LocalEnterprise Office, Local Link Kerry, Munster Technological University,Skellig Coast Tourism Network, Skellig CRI
CAHERSIVEEN TIDY TOWNSBY JOAN O’DONOGHUECahersiveen Tidy Towns volunteers will enjoy spending anotherSummer and Autumn planting the green spaces in the town with afocus on plants and shrubs that are perennial, native, and good for thebees! To sit and enjoy the views we have refreshed the benches andstarted putting colourful tyre planters around the town. Exciting new trail for Caherciveen townWe look forward in the coming months to working on amazing projectssuch as Caherciveens edible medicinal trail with the support of SkelligSix18 who use native plants such as yarrow in their signature Gin. Thetrail will showcase the heritage of traditional treatments, the folklorebehind native flora and identify unsung benefits of common plants wesometimes dismiss as weeds. To develop this exciting trail in the town,local artists, herbalists, historians and members of the local communitywith their stories about how theseplants and locations have impactedon their lives, will all be involved inbuilding the trail. COVID restrictions meant we havebeen unable to run social events tofundraise for the flowers andequipment needed to do our work.A Caherciveen Tidy TownsGoFundMe campaign has been setup for anyone who wants tosupport. You can donate at:https://gofund.me/950ca3caCahersiveen Tidy Towns run regularstreet and beach cleans and work with the Council, the CommunityEmployment Training Scheme, SKDP and the Alliance on developmentprojects for the town, including tree care in the park and a Mowing ForDiversity plan. Every little bit of funding and volunteering REALLY does help our townlook its best for the community – please support our work and ourprojects in whatever way you can. Go raibh mile maith agat.Want to volunteer? Contact us at O83 0531723... like, follow ormessage us on Facebook or Instagram, email@example.com or log on towww.cahersiveentidytowns.com James McCarthy busy planting the Cahersiveen Sign