CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Over 55's Christmas Party was a resounding success with 54 happy people singing, dancing and eating the ev


CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Over 55's Christmas Party was a resounding success with 54 happy people singing, dancing and eating the evening away. Santa came too and had presents for everyone. Brendan O'Connor was the musician and he gave a great medley of Christmas songs. It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves. The Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, happy Christmas and a bright New Year.

CHURCH: It has happened at last, the Church is floodlit and how beautiful it looks. The Parish Council is very grateful to O'Brien's Lighting, Castleisland for doing a good job. And the Parish Council is very happy to make this gift to the Parish.

WEDDING: The wedding took place last Friday, December 15, in St Carthages, Church of Elizabeth, daughter of Danny and Josie Horan, Knocknefreghane and Noel, son of the late Pakie and Hannah Lane, Lavalla on a fine dry day. Elizabeth was attended by her sisters Brigid Keane and Helena McGarr and Noel's best man was his twin brother PJ and his brother Seamus was his groomsman. Christina McGrath was the flower-girl and Conor Lane was the pageboy. After the reception in Ballygarry House Hotel, the happy couple flew out to sunny California for a three week honeymoon. We wish the happy couple a long life of health and happiness.

ICA: The Brosna ICA would like to wish all their members and families a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

PARTY: The Annual Senior Citizens Party took place in "Halla na Féile", Brosna on Sunday afternoon last. It was once again a tremendous success. Local Parish Priest, An t-Athair Tadhg Ó Dochartaigh celebrated Mass starting proceedings on a spiritual note. An excellent meal was served, a culinary credit to the organisers. This was followed by an excellent evening of entertainment. Everybody was loud in their praise of the organisers who are to be highly complimented and congratulated on making this Annual Party a highlight of the local social calendar.

DANCING: Dancing master, Séamus O'Sullivan, that well-known teacher of dance from West Limerick presented the honours and medals to the dancing pupils who for the past few months have been learning their steps and appreciating the culture and intricacies of our native dances. This brought the curtain down on activities for the year 2000 but a new series of lessons will start up in the New Year. Watch this space for details.

YEAR BOOK: Congratulations to near neighbour and fellow correspondent with The Kerryman Luke Keane on bringing out once again his annual year book. A credit to him indeed, it features not only just events in Knocknagoshel but frequent references are made to Brosna throughout. A Knocknagoshel man to the backbone ,though he came over to us here in Brosna for a wife - Therese of the well known Cullinane family. Luke is undoubtedly the authentic voice of Rural Ireland and this years book is once again a credit to him as it taps into the varied activities and goings-on in the neighbouring parishes.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS: To all readers of the Brosna notes, at home and abroad and a special thanks to everybody who has contributed items during the past year and indeed during the past 22 years that I have been writing these notes. If you have any item of news over the Christmas season, feel free at anytime to contact me at (068) 44555, (066) 7122683 or e-mail me at Knockans @


THE main night for confessions before Christmas will be Wednesday, December 20. There will be a short preparation penitential service at 7.30, followed by confessions, with visiting priests hearing. There will also be confessions on Saturday 23 from 12 to 12.30 and before and after the week end masses.

CHRISTMAS MASSES: Christmas Eve 9pm mass, Christmas Day 10am and 11am. Masses St Stephen Day 10am.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL: The Society of St Vincent De Paul wishes to thank all who contributed so generously to the collection last weekend. The amount recieved was £475.

CCE: The local Comhaltas branch will be making their annual visit to Jesse James Tavern, Asdee on Thursday, December 28 at 9.30pm. Their musicians and set dancers will be at full strength. A great nights entertainment is assured.

WRENBOY PARTY: Will be held at The Thatch Bar, Lisselton on Friday, January 5. All who took part in All Ireland wrenboy competition at Listowel are invited to attend. The Comhalts committee wish a happy Christmas and New Year to all their members and supporters. Congrats to Michael Scanlon, Ballyconry on winning 1st prize and cup at Kingdom Mart, Tralee, with his Belgian Blue heifer for £980 plus £250 cash prize.

MUINTIR NA TIRE: Over 100 of our senior citizens spent a most entertaining afternoon at the Thatch to enjoy their annual treat of Christmas fare from Muintir Na Tire. Proceedings began with mass, celebrated by Fr John Lawlor PP, followed by a beautiful four course lunch, liquid and plenty of music, dancing and fun. Loads of prizes were distributed and all in all the afternoon was a roaring success. Muintir Na Tire are following in the footsteps of the parish committee who first instigated the idea of the senior citizens party, and who have been organising it for more than 20 years.

GAA CLUB LOTTO: Last Friday nights draw took place in Cantillons, with the jackpot standing at £2,800. The numbers drawn were 4, 13, 14 and 16. There was no winner. The winners of the £20 lucky dips were Peggy Fitzgerald, Coolkeragh, Michael O'Sullivan, Listowel, Gerard Casey c/o Kay Fitzgerald, Eamon Nealon c/o Cantillon's Bar and Tom Keane, Kilgarvan. The winner of the free draw was Mairead Kennelly, Lacca. As we are approaching Christmas and to thank everyone who has supported the lotto over the past 12 months there were 36 additional prizes, consisting of either a turkey, ham, bottle of whiskey or bottle of brandy.

The winners of these prizes were Shane Kennelly, Lacca, Ticey Dowling, Coolard, Jerry Behan, Nicola Riordan, Coolkeragh, Bridget Mulvihill, Ballydonoghue, Tom Bambury, Coil, Teresa Mullane, KIltean, Danny Curtin, Ballydonoghue, Daniel Kennelly, Glouria, Danny O'Neill, Moybella, Mike Griffin, Banna, Donal Enright, Dromerin, Ann Collins, Craughdarrig, Susan Maher, Coolkeragh, Tim Buckley, Knockane, Anna O'Leary, c/o Mike Mahony, John O'Donnell, Knockane, Claire Dillon, Dromerin, Joe Riordan, Ballydonoghue, Kay Fitzgerald, Ballydonoghue, Norma O'Sullivan, Tullamore, John O'Connor c/o McKennas, Pat Connaughton, KIlean, John Dee, Railway Bar, Eamon Nealon, c/o Cantillons Bar, Tom Fitzgerald, Ballydonoghue, Lix Reidy, do, Mary Behan, Shanagolden, Brendan Kelly c/o Donal Enright, Denis Kennelly, KIltean, Gerry Mason, Coolbeha, Liz Madden, KIlgarvgan, Margaret Horme, Listowel, Eamon Diggins, Ballydonoghue, Tom Casey, Ardfert and Willie Kissane, Moybella. This weeks draw will take place in The Thatch with the jackpot standing at £3,000.

REUNION: The 1975 Kerry minor football had a reunion in The River Island Hotel, Castleisland recently. That team was captained by Robert Bunyan. They defeated Tyrone in the final. Many of the players on that team went on to become household names. Robert Bunyan went on to win two Co senior football championship medals with Feale Rangers in 1978 and 1980.

GREETINGS: On behalf of the club and on my own behalf I wish to extend Christmas greetings to all the readers of these notes at home and overseas.

SYMPATHY: The Club wishes to sympathise with J P McElligott, Ballyegan on the death of his mother, Sheila. May she rest in peace.

SCOR: The Co Scor Na Nog finals took place in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney last Sunday night. Ballydonoghue finished 2nd to Kilcummin in the set competition. The members the set were Nicola Riordan, Marisa Riordan, Triona Donegan, Krystal Stack, Emer McMahon, Marie O'Mahony, Brenda Riordan and Elaine Riordan. Maurice O'Mahony was quiz master for the quiz.

CONVENTION: The Club convention will take place in the Clubrooms, Coolard on Sunday, January 14, beginning at 3.30pm. I wish to thank everyone who helped with the running of the club over the past 12 months, all of you doing so in a voluntary capacity. Gura fada busan sibh go leir.

DINNER: In last week's notes the wrong figure appeared for the official senior citizens dinner, we did have 116 senior citizens, however in total 165 people attended. A special thanks to Katie Nolans, who catered for the occasion and the Development Committee, who organised the event.

BAZAAR: The bazaar will go into a 3rd Sunday, giving us a total of 5 evenings to run off the event.

We never had such an amount of items as this year and considering the huge crowds which attended we have decided that on Sunday, January 6, we will hold one more evening of the bazaar.

Up to last Sunday evening we had collected a staggering £11,200, with much more money to come in in and one more evening to go it could well end up at £15,000.

We were hoping to get close to last year's figures of £10,000, but we have again set a record. A special thanks to the people of Ballydonoghue and N Kerry who dug deep to support us once again. This bazaar is now firmly set as an annual event and long may it continue. Next year it will commence on the first Sunday in December.

SOCCER: Lisselton Rovers B team had their first win of the season against Annascaul last Sunday in Ballyloughran by 3 goals to 2.

Lisselton had both young and old with young Daniel Morgan proving to be an up and coming star. Paddy Enright was outstanding as was Eoin Hilliard. Edward Diggins and John Enright were excellent midfielders, Nix Riordan returned to the side and was in great form, man of the match was Mike Scanlon who was at his best.

Team: G Fitzgerald, N Riordan, E Houlihan, E Hilliard, J Enright, E Diggins, D Horgan, P Enright, M Fitzgerald, S McSweeney, M Scanlan, Subs P Deenihan and C Horgan.

WINNERS: Winners at this year's bazaar grand draw were Eilish Hilliard, Dromin £120 home heating oil, sponsored by Lynch's Oil, Danny Lyons, Gale Cross, £100 Christmas hamper, sponsored by Kerry Agri, Derek Lawson petrol voucher, Breens Car Sales.

Other winners at the bazaar from Ballydonoghue were Mary Molyneaux, Ballyegaw, a holiday to London, Joan Lynch, Lyre, Lisselton. Hampers Theresa Foley, Ballyconry, two hampers and trip to London Joan Foley, Glouria won a hamper, coffee table and trip to London, Bridget Carr, Kilgarvan a hamper and electric grill, Stephen O'Connor, Kilcox won a video. Aidan Fitzgerald a holiday abroad, Noel Madden, Kilgarvan won £80 meal voucher, Kitty Madden, Kilgarvan won a santy, Jenney Kennelly, Moybella won a voucher, Mollie Mulvihill, Dunferris won hampers and vouchers. Thomas Lane, Coolard had wins on Thursday night and last Sunday winning two hampers and a weekend away in London. Stephen Carroll, Lyre, won a hamper, Mary Kearney, Ballyconry won a car CD player, Ceilia Mahoney, Coolard won a hamper, John Houlihan, Ballyconry won hampers, Margaret Kissane, Glouria won a deep fat fryer, Joe Riordan, Ballydonoghue won a weekend at The Gleneagle Hotel for two. These are just some of the first place prize winners from Ballydonoghue, we also had second and third prize winners from Ballydonoghue.

WEEKLY DRAW: On Sunday, January 6, the Ballydonoghue Dev Council at 5pm at Katie Nolans will hold the draw for £1,000. All winners of the £100 over the 50 weeks will go into the drum for £1,000, all winners should attend on the day.

NIGHT OUT: The local Development Council held their Christmas party and dinner on Wednesday night in the Listowel Arms.

BEST OF LUCK: Lisselton Rovers wish Timmy Foley the best of luck in his quest for a second senior N Kerry championship medal. Timmy is a great supporter of Lisselton Rovers.

THANKS: The Bazaar committee wish to thank Lisselton National School for their contribution of a hamper which was raffled for charity.


THE AGM of the Ballyheigue Inshore Rescue Service was held recently. The following officers were elected. Chairman Tom Casey, Vice Chairman, Michael Sheehy, Secretary Jer Fitzgibbon, Asst Secretary Pat Lawlor, Treasurer Paddy Higgins, Asst Secretary, Pat Lawlor, Treasurer Paddy Higgins. Asst Treasurer, Ber Hehir, PRO Patrick Casey, Training officer, Pat Lawlor. Launching officers Teddy Healy, Alan O'Dwyer. The inshore rescue unit would like to thank the people of Ballyheigue and surrounding townlands for their support of the car boot sale throughout the year.

COLLECTION: The St Vincent De Paul church gate collection, held last Sunday week, a total of £284.18 was collected. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

CCE: The AGM of the Ballyheigue branch of Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann was held in the Community Centre on Wednesday night, December 13. The following officers were elected, President, James O'Connor, Chairman Patrick Casey, Vice Chairman Sonny O'Halloran, Secretary Bridie Lucid, Treasurer Patrick O'Hara, PRO John Lucid, Treasurer Patrick O'Hara, PRO John Lucid, Auditor Ber Hehir.

SWIM: The annual Christmas day swim in conjunction with the Ballyheigue Inshore Rescue will go ahead as usual at 12 noon.

SOCIAL: Over 470 people sat down to a beautiful meal at the Ballyheigue GAA social in Ballygarry House Hotel on Saturday night. Special invited guests on the night were Mr Sean Walsh, Chairman of the Kerry Co Board, Mr Jerome Conway, Vice Chairman of the Kerry Co Board, Mr Michael Slattery, Chairman of the N Kerry hurling board. The senior team were presented with their Co championship medals by Sean Walsh, together with the N Kerry league Abbeydorney 11s and Co Div 3 medals.

The u13 Feile, u15 and u16 were presented with their medals by the club Chairman John Brassil. The Feile team received a tremendous reception from the very large crowd. Special presentations were made to Michael Burkett from the parents of the Feile team. Many thanks to the boys parents. Also special presentations were made by Mike Slattery, Captain of the senior team to Maurice Leahy, John Lucid, Gerard Lowe and Patrick Dunne. The MC on the night was John Hartnett, assisted by Tom Lawlor. When all the speeches and presentations were completed, it was on to the dance floor until 1.45, when the disco then took over until the small hours of the morning. This must go down as one of the most successful and enjoyable socials ever, and the very large attendance had a fantastic night. It has been a very successful millennium for the under age and senior players and the Ballyheigue GAA club.

LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn at last Sunday nights lotto, 2, 12, 14, 18. The jackpot of £900 was not won. Next weeks jackpot will be £1,000. The two £25 winners were Joseph Reidy Keil, Paddy Reilly, Doon. The two names drawn for the colour tv were John Corridan, Glenderry, Donal O'Regan, Cliff Rd, If the £1,000 jackpot is not won there will be five £100 draws. The draw for the colour TV will also be made. This weeks lotto will take place on Saturday night at Flahives.

THANKS: Many thanks o everyone who supplied news items for these notes. Wishing all readers a happy and peaceful Christmas.

SINN FEIN: Cumann Shean O Leathlobhair (The Jack Lawlor Cumann) would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you for your support in 2000.

NAIONRA NA MARA: Would like to thank all those who supported last weekends Churchgate collection. All ads, have been received for our calendar and this is now going to print. We take this opportunity to thank all our friends and supporters for their ongoing support. Beannachtai Na Nollag oraibh go leir agus go raibh mile maith agaibh.


GAA CLUB LOTTO: Numbers drawn were 1, 11, 15, 15. The jackpot was not won. Lucky dip winners of £25 each were Frank McCarthy, Annagap, Paddy Kennedy, Gorticurrane, Larry Griffin, Camp and Paddy Kennedy, Annascaul. In house winners of £10 each were John Courtney and Tim Falvey. Next week's jackpot will be £3,100. The draw will be held in Brosnans Bar on Thursday night. Note the change to Thursday night for the Christmas draw. On Thursday night, if the jackpot is not won, £1,000 will be given out in prizes.

GAA AGM: At the AGM on Friday night the following officers were elected. President Joe Kennedy, Vice Presidents Ned O'Shea, Fr Crean, Tommy Doyle. Chairman John Courtney, Vice Chairman Michael O'Sullivan, Secretary Maureen Kennedy, Treasurer James McCarthy, PRO Dermot Foley. Delegate to Co Board, Michael Williams. Other delegates and team managers will be appointed at the next meeting.

MASSES: Christmas masses are as follows. Vigil December 24, 9pm. Annascaul and Camp Christmas Day, Inch 9.30am Camp 10.30am and Annascaul 12 noon. The story of Christmas will be performed by the children after mass on Sunday, December 24.

The Ecumenical Choir Service was held at Kilgobban Church on Sunday last and Santa came to visit local children at the Community Field and everybody got presents and had great fun at the disco afterwards. Camp ICA enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner at The Cottage Restaurant, with Billy McKenna playing music afterwards. So Camp is really into the Christmas festivities, and looking forward to seeing their family and friends, who hopefully will share the blessings of Christmas with them.

CONCERT: A concert in aid of the Street children of Kigali in Rwanda will be held at Camp Community Field Centre on Thursday night, December 21, at 8pm. The Kamp Kittens, Jack Doyle and Billy McKenna will be playing on the night, and will give a performance of their new show, which we are all looking forward to seeing. The Christmas story will be performed by the local children and there are some other artists as well. Sheila O'Donnell, organiser of this event has a special interest in supporting the children of Rwanda, who are so poor and in need of help at this time. If you cannot attend on the night and wish to support the project, please contact Sheila at 066-7130170.

NEW ENTERPRISES: Many years of intensive research carried out by Pat Crean of Cremur Heating, Tralee has resulted in a new and innovative invention in the area of preventing heat loss and draft control in chimneys. The chimney closure unit is designed to save energy and ultimately money for householders. It will prevent birds nesting on the chimney and will keep the rain and all drafts out, keeping your home warm and dry. Also involved in the project is Camp man Gene Finn and Tom Dowling, who will carry out installation. Congratulations to all and best of luck in this new and interesting venture.

Liam O'Regan and Mary O'Dwyer are a young husband and wife team who have recently opened their Health Centre in Camp village. Liam is a massage therapists, specialising in sports massage and Mary is a speech therapist. Glenfash Health Centre will also provide a counselling service and it is intended to hold weekend workshops as well. Again, good luck to Mary and Liam.


COMMUNITY LOTTO: Last week's lotto draw was held in Murphy's Brandon on Friday, December 15. There was one winner of the jackpot of £2300, May Spillane. The winning letters were G, M, N and S. Lucky dip winners were Maureen Murphy, Brandon; Joan Moriarty, Cloghane; Adrian O'Connor, GAA; Colum O'Connor, GAA ; Janette Murphy, Brandon. This week's lotto draw will be held at Tomasin's, Stradbally on Friday, December 22, with a new jackpot of £1000.

The winners of the hampers were Simon Anderson, c/o Tig Tomsai, Cloghane and Beatrice McDonald, c/o Carmel O'Connor, Aughacasla

CASTLE GRAND: Last week's lotto draw was held on Wednesday, December 13, at Spillanes Bar. The winning numbers were 3, 9, 14 and 15. There was no winner of the jackpot of £1300. There were seven match 3 winners this week, Mary Murphy, Brandon; Del Boy, Kilcummin; Eileen Flynn, Stradbally; Noreen O'Neill, Clounsharraugh; Eileen Curran, Waterville; Eileen Keane and Gerard McCarthy, c/o Keanes Foodmarket, Aughacasla; Michael Dowd, Cross Road, Cloghane. Next week's draw will be held in Michael Fitzgerald's on Wednesday, December 20, with a jackpot of £1350. The last draw for a big selection of lucky dip prizes will be held on December 20. The winner of the hamper last week was Ann Granville, Cloghane.


PITCH AND PUTT: Results of hamper competition. Grade 0-7, Laurence Twomey, 90 nett, grade 8 to 18 James O'Connor, 89 nett.

SNOOKER CLUB: Further results of Christmas h'cap competition. Singles, Eamon Nolan beat Colm Flynn 2-0, Paul d Geaney beat Aidan McGrath 2-1, Kevin Curtin beat Tom Browne 2-1, Paul d Geaney beat Eamon Nolan 2-0, Pat Mitchell beat John Walsh 2-0. Kevin Curtin beat Tom Browne 2-1, Paul d Geaney beat Eamon Nolan 2-0, Pat Mitchell beat John Walsh 2-0. Kevin Curtin beat Shane Brennan 2-1.

Curtin Invitational fourball, semi finals, John Walsh and Shane Brennan beat James Shanahan and Mike Browne 2-0, Aidan McGaley and Denis McCarthy beat Laurence Twomey and Aidan McGrath 2-0.



St Mary's defeated Tigers Frosties by 20 points in Div 1 of the mens in Castleisland on Monday night. Even though St Marys won comfortably in the end, it was only in the last quarter that they pulled away from a very determined Frosties team, the first half was played at a furious pace by both teams, and just four points seperated the teams at the break. St Marys ahead 27 to 23. The scores were tied on eight occasions during this time St Marys had the advantage of their full back and this proved decisive in he 4th quarter.

Mike Finn top scored for Tigers with 16 points, John Walshe 9, Paul Coffey 12, Dan Boylan 10, Aidan O'Shea 2. St Marys scorers included Declan Culhane 2, Tom Fleming 6, James Sullivan 1, Tom Regan 10, Declan Wall 11, Liam Brosnan 10, Eamon O'Donoghue 4, Danny Buckley 8, Mike Broderick, 4, Niall Murphy 2, Maurice Casey 11. Best for Frosties Tigers Mike Finn, Paul Coffey and John Walshe, best for St Marys Maurice Casey, Danny Buckley.

REMINDER: Dont forget St Marys annual basketball blitz begins in the Community Centre and St Johns hall on St Stephen's Day/

DESMOND CHRISTMAS LOTTO DRAW: No jackpot winner. Winning numbers were 10, 20, 23, 24. Well known footballer Martin Hogan of Tullig won he holiday for two to Florida, sponsored by O'Connor travel, £50 each to the following Nora Nelligan, Clounough, Joan Lenihan, Counguilla, Dan Lynch, Pound Road, £40 each to Paudie Walshe, Kilmanny, Caroline Broderick, St Johns Pk, Lisa Bradley, 52 Main St, £20 each to Domo Kirwin, Cordal, Sheila Roche, Firies, Noreen Callaghan, Tullig, bottle of whiskey Tim Murphy, Tullig, dinner for two John McSweeney, Currow, lunch for two, Tim Horgan. Desmonds GAA club would like to thank everyone for their generous support during the year, and the lotto draw will be back in the new year, with a brand new prize.


THE AGM of Kilmurry Primary School parents council was held recently at the school. All the outgoing council members were thanked for their hard work and commitment in their term of office. The new parents council officers were elected as follows: chairman, Mike Flynn; vice chairman, John Clifford; joint secretaries, Margaret Horan and Sheila Summers; joint treasurers, Catherine McGaley and Kay Prendiville; joint PROs, Rose Cotter and Bridget Mannix.

The next meeting of the Parents Council will be held on Monday night, January 15, 2001 starting at 8pm. All parents welcome.

GAA: Congratulations to our club secretary, Breda Wren who was voted the clubs person of the year and received a beautiful prize at the club's annual social; also to our senior team trainer, Tommy O'Connor who was awarded with a special prize form the players. Both Breda and Tommy deserved their awards for the hard work and commitment shone over the past number of years.


GLIN Heritage Committee would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in and attended our recent craft fair. It was a fantastic success with a lovely variety of crafts and home baking and huge crowds attended.

There will be a large range of courses available in the New Year, including wine appreciation, yoga, stain glass, tai chi and creative writing. Book now for an unusual Christmas gift. For details ring 068-34001 or 087-2908387.