Community news: Castleisland

Pat Jameson (left) with John Carty and The Shoemaker's Bar barman, Adrian O'Leary and the the just rediscovered Shoemaker tribute painting by the late Mike Kenny which will be re-unveiled on Friday, night August 11. by Matt Cranitch. Photo by John Reidy
Pat Jameson (left) with John Carty and The Shoemaker's Bar barman, Adrian O'Leary and the the just rediscovered Shoemaker tribute painting by the late Mike Kenny which will be re-unveiled on Friday, night August 11. by Matt Cranitch. Photo by John Reidy

You know the way you're drawn into a painting and have a look around and lose yourself in your imagined ambiance.

The late Mike Kenny (1956-2011) and myself were in his painting of The Shoemaker one night years ago. I was there in the role of admirer - as I always thought it was one of his finest, surviving pieces of brush-work.

He was there as a harsh, self critic. He thought he should have 'thrown' a handful of tacks on the bench around the base of the last and a couple trailing out beyond the sole of the shoe.

It was a Sunday Anyway

I told him I knew the shoemaker in whose memory the bar was named and that he was a tidy man and, by the looks of it, the shoe was finished and he would have cleaned the bench and it was probably a Sunday anyway.

We snapped out of it, stepped back out and called for our first couple of pints.

That painting hung on the chimney breast of The Shoemaker's Inn for more than a decade from the early 1980s.

If its disappearance was a minor mystery then, its reappearance on a recent June night was major. It was the kind of night that the man himself would have celebrated with all sails aloft.

It was a case of the right man in the right place. I got a call from Pat Jameson late one night and he claimed that the original 'Kenny painting' had been rediscovered in a store room at the bar.

Stranger still, it had been left outside the rear door of the bar some time earlier. As it was yet another piece of his work which went unsigned, it wasn't recognised for what it was.

It took Pat Jameson to pop up and say that's Mike Kenny's painting and it belongs on the wall of the bar. Co-incidental that.

Mike Kenny always credited Pat's father, Josie Jameson as one of the few people who saw and encouraged him, as a child, along the road he followed for the rest of his life.

There on the Day

Pat Jameson was there on the day that Mike made the presentation of the painting to Pats and Linda Broderick who ran the bar at the time.

It was Mike's favourite bar at the time under Pats and Linda and it was there he and Mary Jones held the first official meeting of the Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival in the autumn of 1993.

Now, on this Friday evening, August 11 there will be a Mike Kenny Remembrance Weekend in his memory and various events will be held in a handful of pubs.

On that evening in the Shoemaker's Bar, Nuala and Steve Curtin are facilitating an event from 9pm. Matt Cranitch will re-unveil the painting and he will be joined by Jackie Daly and musicians from far and wide in a tune in memory of Mr. Kenny and a session in the front bar immediately afterwards.

Full credit to the skills of local carpenter, Martin Nolan who reunited the painting with its frame and hung it in the bar.

Mick Culloty, PJ Teahan, Paul de Grae, Mary Lawless, Con Moynihan and Denis O'Connor have all volunteered the considerable musical talents and Matt will be bringing Japanese guest musicians to the session.

Anyone who knew the late Mr. Kenny is invited to attend. There will also be a weekend launch and a session at Browne's Bar.

It was on the Friday evening of August 12th. 2011 that Mike died in Kerry General Hospital.

There is also a full programme of events on over the weekend including the awarding of the Mike Kenny Memorial Cup to a young musician and a busking competition on the street on Saturday.

Rescheduled Classic Car and Honda 50 Run this Friday

Members of the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club were all set to go on their eighth annual charity run from Ó Riada's Bar and Restaurant on the Friday evening of July 21st at 7pm.

Weather took a hand - bad weather that is - and the event had to be postponed.

Now George Glover and his band of vintage vehicle enthusiasts are ready to go again on the coming Friday evening, August 11th at 7pm from Ó Riada's Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott.

The run will benefit Downs Syndrome Kerry and a collections bucket will be in operation on a voluntary donations basis.

With Ó Riada's as its point of beginning and end, the convoy of gleaming relics of old decency will head for the roundabout beyond Ballygarry House Hotel.

There, they'll turn left for Farranfore and head on to Currow Village, over by Dromulton to Davy Roche's Cross down to Castleisland, back by Garvey's SuperValu and onto the bypass and off back to Ballymacelligott.

The club increased its charity take a couple of years ago by inviting Honda bike owners to join them on the run.

Taking the age of the participating vehicles into consideration they now avoid challenging, hilly routes and opt for flatter circuits after lessons learned over the last few years.

For further information, you're invited to contact: George Glover on 087 28 14 545 or Lucy Breen on 087 41 41 158.

Dick Fitzgerald Memorial Golf Cup set for August 24-27

The second annual Dick Fitzgerald Memorial Golf Cup was launched in Leen's Hotel in Abbeyfeale on Friday.

The competition will be held at Castleisland Golf Club from Thursday, August 24th to Sunday 27th from 7am to 4pm.

Mary Fitzgerald and her son, Richard cut short their attendance at the Galway Race Festival to be at the launch competition.

The family members were very happy with the response to last year's competition and praised the Castleisland Members' Golf Club for hosting the tournament in honour of Dick - who was a native of Castleisland and very well respected in the area.

Captain Jonathan Kelliher thanked the family and owners of the Woodlands House Hotel and Spa for their support and sponsorship of this competition.

The event provides a major financial boost to Castleisland Golf Club.

Friends of the Fitzgeralds, some former inter county hurling greats from Limerick, Tipperary and Galway who supported the Dick Fitzgerald Cup last year were vocal in their praise for the Castleisland course and club-house experience.

Dick Fitzgerald was a very popular family man and, with his wife Mary, they built up the Woodlands House Hotel & Spa to the high standards and popular wedding venue it is today.

He never forgot his roots and always had a warm welcome for all Kerry Gaels and teams who called in on their travels up and down the country.

The format this year is different to last year's. It's a four person team, two singles and a fourball and the cost is €100 per team.

The prizes include a two night B&B for each team member on the winning team - and there is a prize for the best ladies team.

Your support is welcome. You don't have to be a member of a golf club or society to play in the competition.

For further information please contact Castleisland Golf Club at or 066 71 41709 or 087 22 10 400.

Cordal GAA fundraiser a night to remember

Cordal GAA Club's recent Friday night fundraiser at Castleisland Community Centre certainly was a night to remember - according to the club's PRO, Paddy Flynn.

"We can't thank everybody enough for such an awesome night. The event was a great success.

A huge thanks to all of those who bought tickets and came on the night.

We'd like to sincerely thank our organisers, volunteers and stewards who helped create a wonderful night for everyone to enjoy," said Paddy as he reeled off a list of people he wished to thank for their part in the high profile event.

"Thanks to Carol and Joe Browne. Thanks to Jackie Reidy; Flowers by Sheila; Hair Affair; Lynch's Pharmacy; Hughes' Bar; Kearney's PO; Macroom & Millstreet Motor Factors; Tru Care Dry Cleaners.

"Thanks to all our club sellers for the tickets and the raffle on the night. Thanks to Tom Jive and Karen Healy. Thanks to our DJ Catriona Hickey. Thanks to Lisa McHugh, the star of the night.

"Thanks to all the various people and organisations who helped us promote the event. Thanks to all those who donated prizes for our raffle.

"Thanks the to the local Gardaí, Castleisland Community College; Castleisland Pitch & Putt Club and Castleisland Community Centre.

"Thanks to Seanie and Moira Hughes, Michéal Cahill and all the bar staff. Thanks to all those who helped with the clean up the next morning.

"Many thanks to the people who could not make the it on the night, but yet donated to our fundraiser and everyone else that helped make our event a major success.

"It's a credit to our club and to all those who supported it, ensuring its success. After months of hard work it was a great joy to see it all go so well on the night.

We hope you enjoyed it," said the enthusiastic spokesman.

Over €10k worth of Credit Union help for students

Third level college students in the Castleisland Credit Union area are now being invited to apply for a €1,500 windfall to help finance their studies.

Tralee Credit Union's Education and Dan Kellegher Memorial Awards are open to undergraduates in a full time course of at least two years duration. The awards are open to post-graduates in a full or part-time course of at least one year's duration.

In total, the Tralee Credit Union give-away is worth €10,500 to seven lucky members who each receive €1,500 towards their chosen course of study.

Open to all Tralee Credit Union members in college, application can be made for the awards online at the website address below.

If you are yet not a member and are eligible to join Tralee Credit Union, you can join and enter before Saturday, September 30th.

Suzanne Ennis, Marketing and Development Manager, Tralee Credit Union said that it's an expensive time of year with a huge financial burden placed on students and their families.

"While our education awards don't solve the problem they do go a long way towards easing the financial pressure.

"We offer an easy and quick online application process on our website. All you have to do is visit our website, fill in your details and you could be one of seven lucky members randomly selected to win.

"For students who need a loan we have a very low Student Loan Rate available to both students and their parents. We also have a low rate Saver's Loan for parents who have saved up for college to give them a 'spend it or save it' option on loans of €5,000 or more.

"Most people find it easier to repay a loan than it is to save so they borrow on the strength of their savings.

"With our saver's loan they still have their savings at the end of the loan plus they have the flexibility of knowing that they can repay their loan anytime without penalty and they have peace of mind of free life cover on both their loans and their savings with our Loan Protection and Life Savings Insurance," said Suzanne.

For further information on Tralee Credit Union's awards and loans call in or phone their offices in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin or log onto:

'Kids go free’ campaign is launched by Local Link Kerry

Local Link Kerry is delighted to announce its new rural transport initiative with the Kids Go Free Campaign from August 14 to August 27.

Local Link is the national brand for Public Transport services in local and rural areas of Ireland. There are 17 Local Link offices or transport co-ordination units nationally that operate as agents of the National Transport Authority.

Local Link Kerry co-ordinates and manages the delivery of safe, secure and reliable bus transport services throughout Kerry.

Local Link Kerry (LLK) has over 140 bus services operating in the county every week and carried over 131,000 passengers in 2016.

It delivers a combination of scheduled public and community transport services as well as contracted bus services for a range of agencies and organisations.

All services are provided by private bus operators as LLK do not own the fleet.

The new Kids Go Free Campaign allows all children and young adults up to 19 years of age to travel free of charge on all scheduled Local Link Services.

It will run for two weeks from August 14th to 27th August and just before the children go back to school

The campaign is an opportunity to promote the existing bus services in communities all over Kerry and the target audience for this campaign includes: children and young people up to 19 years of age. Children under the age of three will go free - as is normal on this service.

The campaign is also aimed at parents, grandparents, guardians, aunties, uncles, siblings, baby-sitters and carers of children - who would like to take them out for a day with a difference.

The Scartaglin based Local Link Kerry also invites suggestions / ideas in relation to developing a Transport Service where there are unmet needs. You can respond to this invitation through the company contact details below.

You can contact Local Link Kerry 066 7147002 or


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