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Retired Science teacher Dermot Lynch doing a tape cutting ‘dry run’ at the new lab at Castleisland on Friday night. Included are Cáit McEllistrem, Mairéad Corridan, Mr Lynch, Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools Kerry ETB; Teresa Lonergan, acting principal; Nancy O’Connor and Tadhg Ó Maolcatha

Retired Science teacher Dermot Lynch doing a tape cutting ‘dry run’ at the new lab at Castleisland on Friday night. Included are Cáit McEllistrem, Mairéad Corridan, Mr Lynch, Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools Kerry ETB; Teresa Lonergan, acting principal; Nancy O’Connor and Tadhg Ó Maolcatha

Tara Galwey (left) pictured with Tess Fitzgerald and Kathleen Griffin at the coffee morning

Tara Galwey (left) pictured with Tess Fitzgerald and Kathleen Griffin at the coffee morning

Seamus O'Connor Garvey's SuperValu, home game sponsors of Team Tom McCarthy's St Mary's team pictured with Mary Herlihy, Cassandra Buckley and coach Liam Culloty ahead of the squad's first home game this Saturday

Seamus O'Connor Garvey's SuperValu, home game sponsors of Team Tom McCarthy's St Mary's team pictured with Mary Herlihy, Cassandra Buckley and coach Liam Culloty ahead of the squad's first home game this Saturday

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Retired Science teacher Dermot Lynch doing a tape cutting ‘dry run’ at the new lab at Castleisland on Friday night. Included are Cáit McEllistrem, Mairéad Corridan, Mr Lynch, Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools Kerry ETB; Teresa Lonergan, acting principal; Nancy O’Connor and Tadhg Ó Maolcatha

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Friday night, October 5 marked a special night in the history of Castleisland Community College. Past and current pupils, retired science teachers and local public representatives joined the management and staff of the school in officially opening the school's new science lab.

Dermot Lynch a retired science teacher from the school was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the lab which had once been his classroom -a tiered demonstration room.

"Work on the conversion of the demonstration room to the new lab commenced in January 2018 and involved an extension to the room before completion of works in April of this year," explained teacher, Maireád Corridan.

"The new lab is equipped with six 'pods' each of which seats four students and is designed specifically to allow for group-work and active learning methodologies which are key to the delivery of all science subjects.

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"The lab also has six student computers which will greatly assist in preparing for their classroom based assessments as part of Junior Cycle Science. It will also aid students completing their Leaving Cert. Agri Science projects.

"The school has a proud history of science education which was evident by the number of students who have pursued science related courses at third level for example : Shane Lynch doing Medicine in UCC; William O'Connor and Alex Fleming took up Physiotherapy at UL; Ryan Maguire and Máire O'Connell are doing Pharmacy at UCC; Patrick Horan doing Nursing at ITT; Brian Lonergan doing Sports Science at UL; Niall Kerins, Teagasc Advisor; Anita McCarthy, Medical and Health Sciences at UCC; Erin O'Connor, Structural Engineering at CIT; Meghan Brennan doing Food Sciences at UCC; Rachel McDonnell, Science teaching at UL and James O Sullivan, Qualified Chartered Engineer - to mention some of the past pupils who attended on the night.

Almost all senior cycle students in the school study one science subject for Leaving Cert. with approximately 60% of senior cycle students studying two science subjects.

"Retired teachers and past pupils alike commented on the school's ability to now provide all four senior cycle science subjects. It shows ongoing commitment to the preparation of students for third level science courses and giving students every possible advantage when pursuing science beyond second level.

"The school expressed its gratitude to its patrons Kerry ETB and the school's own board of management members for their assistance in the completion of the project.

"Castleisland Community College has a commitment to quality learning and teaching. This latest development is further proof of this. Student wellbeing is also central to the school's ethos and, in a few weeks, the new astro-turf pitch, in conjunction with Castleisland AFC will be completed," Ms. Corridan concluded.

The school's annual Open Night for 4th,5th and 6th class students and their parents/guardians is taking place Thursday October 11th and the new lab along with all of the schools facilities will be available for viewing on the night.

Castleisland Ladies Golf Club celebrates Noreen Moore trophy winners

The Noreen Moore Trophy winning Castleisland Ladies Golf Club team members are is still on a high after their dramatic 19th hole win over Ballybunion at the seaside links recently.

Only last week the club held a tournament and a bit of a knees-up in honour of their great victory.

The team, which was captained by Maryann Downes, earned the famous Kerry golf trophy the hard way and had to battle their way through four other clubs en route.

Ballyheigue, Ross, Tralee and Ballybunion stood between the Castleisland club women and the title.

The club hadn't won the cup since 2004 and there was a link - Ann Stuart was on the last winning team from the Island and this year she was manager.

The Noreen Moore Trophy was named after the woman who put women's golf on the map in Kerry.

With her husband, Kevin Moore they ran the Tralee Bay Hotel for years. The establishment became known as a top seafood restaurant and hence the 'Lobster Trophy' came into being.

The competition began its life just over 30 years ago as the Tralee Bay Hotel Trophy.

A native of Aughacasla on the Tralee to Castlegregory Road, Noreen Moore wanted ladies in the high handicap brackets throughout Kerry to have the opportunity to represent their clubs in competition.

Following her death at just 56 years of age in 1985, the trophy was named in her honour and is now one of the the most popular on the Kerry circuit.

Now the trophy rests in the appreciative hands of Castleisland Ladies Club Captain and team Captain, Maryann Downes.

The team is made up almost equally of women from Abbeyfeale and Castleisland and the surrounding parishes.

The win is more than a fair reflection of the efforts being put into the ladies club with coaching sessions for new members introduced over the past summer.

With thanks to Ger 'Flash' Walsh in Ballybunion and Joan Ferriter in Castlegregory for the additional information on the late Noreen Moore.

Run for Joy to say thank you

Sunday was a great day for all as Castleisland hosted an outstanding event 'Run for Joy.'

It was organised as a thank you to the locals who supported Miriam Joy and her Gofundme page which raised over €230k in July.

The day was a huge success and the weather helped too as all the events took place in and around An Riocht Athletic Club

The 5k family fun run took place at 11am through the streets and roads of the town.

"Local businesses rallied behind the organisers and An Riocht kindly allowed use of their state of the art facility for the event," said co-organiser, Tadhg McGillicuddy.

"Kerry football stars: Marc O Se, Kieran Donaghy, Paul Murphy, Brendan O Sullivan and David Moran were there on the day taking part in the fun and rattling off spot prizes.

"These prizes were supplied by local companies like Crowley's Pharmacy and Garvey's SuperValu.

"It was a great community effort which got behind the Joy and Fitzgerald families. Miriam was there on the day and she really enjoyed herself and she was delighted with the support and effort made by the town," said Tadhg.

Peter Browne and the Handed Down milestone

The long and fruitful association between RTÉ Radio and the musicians and custodians of the culture associated with the Sliabh Luachra area reached another important milestone in Scartaglin on Saturday night.

The start of the fifth Handed Down Traditional Music Lecture and Concert series was billed as a 'Thank you to Peter Browne from Sliabh Luachra' and, along with contributions from guest musicians, Paudie O'Connor was the nominated MC or fear a 'tí.

Mr Browne recently retired from his role as presenter / producer with RTÉ Radio and Saturday night's event in Scart provided an opportunity for the musicians and the mere mortals of the region to honour his contribution to the cultural wellbeing of the region.

The event opened with some superb examples of musicianship from: Paddy Jones and Roisín O'Connor, solo fiddles and a piping solo from Ciarán Browne, songs from Joe Creedon and a group session with Noeleen O'Donnell, Aoife Ní Chaoimh and the same Paudie O'Connor.

Paudie then took Peter aside - for want of a better way of putting it - and they got on with their well planned move.

The host brought Peter on a fascinating and thoroughly researched, up hill, down dale interview from his childhood to today. This was illustrated throughout by photographs, audio clips and text on the big screen.

Needless to mention, but his excellent and painstaking work on the radio documentary 'Padraig O'Keeffe - The Last of the Great Fiddle Masters' took centre stage and Paudie teased every possible drop of background information from Peter on the making of the landmark programmes in the early 1990s.

This work led directly to the founding of the Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival - of which the 26th holding is in the door to us. It's on from Friday 26th to Monday 29th inclusive. It also spawned the compilation of a CD of the music of O'Keeffe which was launched by Peter Browne and the late Ciarán MacMathúna at the first festival in October 1993.

Peter could be heard on Saturday night down-playing his role in the growing popularity of the music of the Sliabh Luachra area in particular - while clearly not neglecting his obligations to that of the other regions - as his role demanded.

It's a bit like the question of the big tree falling in the forest. Would we ever know what noise it made - if any - but for the fact that Peter Browne and his equals were there to capture and witness it all.

The Con Houlihan reference to chroniclers of history and tradition and his beautifully coined 'Falling over the Cliff of Silence' also comes to mind in connection with the collectors who went well out of their way to ensure our past has a future.

Like the Farmers' Journal in its targeted industry, Peter Browne is fearlessly on the musicians' side. He is first and foremost a musician - and has the sense of humour to prove it.

His interviews are peppered with bouts of knowing, but unobtrusive, laughter as his interviewees describe the vagaries of their lives, the various instruments and the bags of skills needed to play them to the standards required.

Wasn't it Paddy Jones himself who told Peter, in the course of a Radio One chat, that playing the fiddle sometimes felt like trying to tie one's shoelaces and shaving at the same time.

I was given the honour of presenting an excellent painting, of Peter and his son Ciarán in full piping battle harness, to the man of the moment.

The much admired painting is the work of Mairéad Brosnan - a sister-in-law of Handed Down founder member, PJ Teahan.

Peter's wife Siobhán and daughter Iseult were also in Scartaglin for the occasion.

As a founder and a great friend of the Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival, Peter Browne will be subjected to further bouts of honouring at this month's festival in Castleisland.

Two excellent, young box players and exciting prospects, Michael Healy from Kilcummin and Kealan O'Connor from Beaufort brought the curtain down on a night when another milestone was set firmly in the Handed Down archive in Scartaglin Heritage Centre.

Hospice Coffee Morning earns impressive €4,461

Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning which is sponsored by Bewley's is one of the major fundraisers for Hospice nationally.

Thursday, September 20th was the date of this year's event and the Castleisland fundraising branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation hosted its event at the former Milano Boutique on Lower Main Street and at Jack Shanahan's Haven Pharmacy at Garvey's SuperValu.

The branch also invited people to host an event in their own homes or businesses and several people did.

Members of branch now wish to thank everyone who helped out, donated or held a coffee morning. Proceeds from the combined events came to €4,461.00.

The branch also wish to thank people for recent donations received amounting to €3.045.

All funds raised locally will remain in Kerry and go towards the ongoing expenses incurred in the running of the palliative care centre at University Hospital Kerry.

Home game for Ladies

Team Tom McCarthy's St. Mary's National league ladies team will play its first home game of the season on Saturday evening at Castleisland Community Centre with a tip-off against U.L. Huskies at 6.30pm.

"The girls will be the only Kerry team to play at home this weekend so spread the word and come out and support our team. Our home game sponsors are Garvey's Supervalu," said club PRO Liz Galwey.

St Mary's Basketball Club members are now taking entries for the 49th annual Christmas Blitz. Please contact Donal on 087 698 4941. Or call to Vincent Murphy Sports or email us on stmarysbball@hotmail.com Closing date for entries is October 31 and no entries will be accepted after this time.


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