All roads lead to Knocknagoshel on next Sunday evening for the 19th annual Halloween Festival. This year's Festival promises to surpass all previous Festivals as the organisers are leaving no stone unturned in the preparations. The high point of the night is the Ghost Trail through the Well Road.
The past week has seen the passing of Brosna 's oldest citizen in the person of Emily O'Donoghue , Two Gneeves . Eily who was four and a half months short of her hundredth birthday was born in Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel in 1913 to Tom Thompson and Kathleen Cotter. She was the second youngest and last survivor of ten children. She was blessed with good health and passed away peacefully at her residence having been well catered for by her sons and daughter Maureen and her other close knit family . Eily certainly lived through historical times especially in her young days while a pupil at Knockbrack National School. The Black and Tan and Civil Wars raged during her schooldays and she witnessed the Lorries pass by daily. As a worker Eily had no peer either inside or outside with no chore too difficult to accomplish and gifted with her hands . In the early forties Eily married Nicholas O'Donoghue, Two Gneeves and raised a family of four. Eily was most devout and seldom missed Mass and other devotions up to a few years ago. She had a litany of friends and being light hearted enjoyed the bit of banter. Virtually up to a week before her death she read the news paper, knitted sweaters and socks also enjoyed a few pulls of a fag. Like many of her generation Eily could recite poems ' tis many the time we heard her recite Michael Dwyre and O'Leary Dead And Gone.
After been waked first at her home her remains were then removed from O'Donnell's Funeral Home to Brosna Church and burial was in the family plot in Kilmurray Cemetery, Cordal. Eily will be sadly missed by her family Sincere sympathy is extended to all her relatives and friends.
Locals are expected to flock in large numbers to the county senior football final on Sunday next at Austin Stack Park between favourites Dr Crokes and Dingle. Many feel a porous defence cost the local district side St Kieran's a place in the final.
It now looks like there's no stopping Johnny Byrne's horse Roadtoabbeyfeale. Hot on the heels of a famous win in Listowel Johnny charge has shown a clean pair of heels to another field at Limerick recently. These latest triumphs have really catapulted the Coolenalig Stables to the forefront.
The best of luck to our local greyhounds competing at the upcoming Castleisland Coursing meeting. Castleisland coursing is now rated one of the leading coursing meetings in the country. A number of Knocknagoshel men are now leading lights in the committee.
To local man Timmy Moynihan and his fellow Kerry Radio compatriot Alan O'Sullivan on their recent awards.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Anyone interested in booking a stall for the Knocknagoshel Christmas Craft Fair in December please contact Mary on 087 9740296 or Bridget on 087 2213962 for further information.