Community news: Castleisland

Concern has been growing for the past two weeks in Tralee and Castleisland for the welfare of local man, 52-year-old Dan Sheehy.

The Castleisland native, Tralee resident has been missing from home and without contacting his immediate or extended family for a fortnight since he boarded an early-morning Dublin-bound train on Monday, April 29.

Dan will be well-known as a member of the busy office staff at Castleisland Co-Op, Mart and he was a regular on the Tralee Road as he often thumbed a lift to and from work.

As a family, the Sheehys have been through more than their share of knocks in recent times.

It's on that very basis that those close to Dan understand that people have different ways of coping with the kind of knocks that life throws at them.

I spoke to Dan's brother, Tommy, over the weekend and he knows exactly how Dan feels. He also understands how family bereavements and misfortune can blow people off course for a while.

"We'd just love to know that Dan is all right and that he's safe and well, and we'd be delighted to hear from him or from anyone who knows where he is at present."

I spoke to another daily Tralee-to-Castleisland commuter on Friday evening, and she was going to the church to light a candle for his safe return.

Recently retired Castleisland Co-Op manager Richard Harnett said at the weekend that Dan is one of the most conscientious and diligent members of the office staff at the mart.

"We worked together there for nearly a quarter of a century. He's utterly dependable and sports-mad. We had great discussions about Kerry football.

"Dan never got too excited during Kerry's league campaign but he'd soon change his tune when the championship started.

"I hope he's safe and well. I've great time for him, and I'd be delighted to talk to him if he'd like to call me," said Richard.

Castleisland Garda Station is contactable on 066 714 1204, or the Garda Confidential Line is 1800 666 111

Meanwhile, there was good news on Monday when missing Scartaglin man Andy Bastable was located safe and well in Germany by his brother, Martin.

According to a short statement issued on Monday by his greatly relieved family members, all his possessions were stolen, and he had no way of contacting home since April 28.


World Fiddle Day set to take Scartaglin by storm again

The original purpose of World Fiddle Day Scartaglin was to celebrate the instrument's place in the traditional music of the area.

It still is. The area being that surrounding Scartaglin, Cordal, and Castleisland.

But the event also tips the peak of the cap to those who kept the tradition alive, safe and well and in tune with those who visited, collected and preserved what they found and liked here.

Minimalism itself in terms of committee size only, the event is a collaboration between PJ Teahan, Mick Culloty and Tomás Mac Uilleagóid since it was founded in 2013 with its run-in, monthly series, Handed Down.

"It's a fiddle festival, and any other instruments, where featured over the weekend, are by invitation only," said PJ Teahan.

While the Saturday nearest to May 18 has always been the main day, there has been a beautiful overflowing of talent and tradition on both sides. More recently the Fridays and Sundays have stepped up due to demand for more space and time.

So, this year's event is down for May 17, 18, and 19, and all in Scartaglin.

The clár oifigúil / official programme is as follows:

The official opening of the 50-year anniversary of 'The Star above the Garter' LP by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford will be performed by Paddy Glackin at Scartaglin Heritage Centre at 8pm on Friday, May 17.

On Friday at 8.30pm, there will be a concert and talk on Julia Clifford with Matt Cranitch, and this will be followed by a concert with special guests: Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Billy Clifford, Paddy Glackin, Máire O'Keeffe, Aoife Ní Chaoimh, Roisín O'Connor, Noeleen O'Donnell, Gerry Harrington, Melanie Murphy, Caoimhe and Eimhear Flannery.

At 10pm, O'Connor's Bar will host 'Scéals, Tales, Stories and Rhymes' with Raymond O'Sullivan and guests.

Enjoy the delights of the spoken word, and please note this is not a singing event - singing is on Saturday at 4pm.

Also at 10pm are the opening-night sessions in Fleming's Bar and Lyons' Bar.

On Saturday, May 18, at 12noon in Lyons' Bar, it's the 'Opening Words and World Fiddle Day Session' with John Daly and friends, with a gathering of fiddles to start the day off in style.

On Saturday at 2pm at Lyons' Bar. 'Remembering Denis Murphy' takes place with Pádraig Mac Mathúna, with special guests: Billy Clifford, Paddy Glackin, Aidan Connolly, Connie O'Connell and Paddy Jones.

At the same time in Fleming's Bar, a session gets underway, where you can expect Sliabh Luachra Music at its best.

Also at 2pm, O'Connor's Bar will host a 'Fiddlers Welcome Session', which is being billed as 'Not exclusively a Sliabh Luachra Session' and will cater for visitors who can join this session to experience a broad range of musical influences and styles.

Ag 2.15pm sa Scartaglin Heritage Centre, beidh 'Dánscoil Sliabh Luachra - An Béal Beo' ar siúl. Beidh Dánscoil Shliabh Luachra ag eagrú ceardlann filíochta, le béim ar filí Shliabh Luachra agus páistí ó bhunscoileanna áitiúla ag aithris agus ag rá na ndán. Beidh díospóireacht oscailte ar cúrsaí filíochta comh maith, agus tá an ócáid urraithe ag Gearmánach, Frank Schoenfeld ó Bheirlin, fear a bhfuil an-suim aige i gcúrsaí Gaolainne.

At 3.45pm, there'll be photo and tunes for all fiddle players at the Pádraig O'Keeffe Monument, where fiddlers of all ages and abilities will gather and play two sets to remember Pádraig O'Keeffe and all the other musicians who have passed away.

At 4pm, the World Fiddle Day Recital features 'Memories Of Fleming's Bar', hosted by Eoin Stan O' Sullivan and featuring a set of music recorded in 1995 by Máire O'Keeffe, played by Scartaglin fiddle players: Dan Jeremiah and Ned O'Connor and Maurice O'Keeffe, with special guest musicians Paudie O'Connor and Mick Culloty.

Also at 4pm, a Sliabh Luachra Session will provide a chance to hear and join with the cream of Sliabh Luachra musicians.

At 4.15pm at Scartaglin Heritage Centre, Páidí Cohalan will host 'Come All Ye Singers', a session open to all singers. Please note this is a singing-only event.

Then at 8pm at the centre, World Fiddle Day celebrates 50 years of the 'Star above the Garter'.

This event, featuring fiddle players from all over the world, will be hosted by Gneeveguilla fiddle player Con Moynihan.

It is hoped that every fiddle player - man, woman and child - who attends this year's event will play some part in this special concert, which will see the setlist from the recording played in that order from start to finish. The musicians who will play the slow airs will be decided beforehand.


Students walk in from the dark

On Saturday morning last, May 11, at 3.15am, 30 students, their parents and their teachers from St Patrick's Secondary School left Castleisland to take part in the Pieta House Darkness into Light 5k.

They joined the gathering in Tralee and the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who got together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.

"Symbolically, the walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey and it sparks the conversation about the importance of mental health and well-being in all our lives," said Principal Denis O'Donovan.

"This is the fourth year that our school has taken part in the walk and the event is now a permanent fixture, and a part of the campaign by our students and teachers in promoting positive mental health throughout the school.

"There is a very strong awareness among the whole school community about the importance of positive mental health and a clear message that it's ok not to be ok and how important it is to talk.

"It provides a strong reminder that St Patrick's Secondary School promotes positive mental health and well-being among the whole school community.

"The Darkness into Light 5k was a wonderful experience for the students and one they will always remember, and one has to be impressed by their willingness and enthusiasm to take part.

"Well done to all involved and a special mention for Thomas O'Connor of O'Connor Buses, Castleisland who very kindly sponsored the bus to and from the walk and who has always supported this very worthy event," Mr O'Donovan added in conclusion.


Home fires burning brightly at Castleisland Family Resource Centre

Castleisland Family Resource recently received a welcome cheque for €1,000 from fuel suppliers Inver Energy in association with O'Keeffe's Rathmore and Phil Horan Service Station, Killarney Road, Castleisland.

The funding will go towards the continuation of the additional needs projects which take place in the family resource centre.

The centre currently provides camps at various times of the year for children who have additional needs.

The camps include arts and crafts, recreation, relaxation and baking, and are usually run at times when school is out.

Numbers attending vary but are kept to the minimum so as to give adequate attention to all attending.

Marie O'Connor, president of the centre, thanked Kieran and George O'Keeffe, along with both Phil and Catherine Horan for nominating this project for the funding.

Ms O'Connor added that their contribution will ensure the continuation of the project in 2019.


Castleisland Golf ladies’ open day

The ladies wing of Castleisland Members' Golf Club is vibrant and dynamic.

Testimony to this is the co-operation and work being done by lady members to promote this year's 'Get into Golf' programme.

Each week since May 1, 40 new players are being professionally coached by a PGA professional.

The ladies branch is also hosting a 'Ladies Open Day' on Friday, May 24 - local and European election day.

The event, which is being kindly sponsored by Permanent TSB Tralee, is open to lady golfers of all abilities.

This is a three-person team event, with two scores to count on all par three greens and one score to count on all others.

The entry fee is €20 per player, and the time sheet is now open in the clubhouse.

Lady Captain Bertha O' Sullivan is looking forward to welcoming you all.

Castleisland Members' Golf Club has recently organised a 'Get in to Golf for Juniors' programme for 12- to 18-year-olds, which began on Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 12pm.

The cost is €6 weekly or €20 for four weeks and is open to both male and female golfers.

If you know of any juniors who might like to get into golf or who might want to take the four-week programme, they can book their place by ringing the office at the number below.

For further information on any of the items above and to book in for the junior 'Get into Golf' programme, you're invited to ring Mairéad on 066 714 1709.


Pioneers are all set to celebrate Spiritual Day on May 26

A special appeal has been issued to all members of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association to take note of Sunday, May 26.

A get-together to celebrate a spiritual day at Cuan Mhuire Bruree, County Limerick, will be held on that day, and a full programme has been arranged for the occasion.

It starts at 10.30am, and tea and coffee will be served on arrival.

As this is a Munster coming together, lots of discussions and debates will take place. Lunch will be served at 1.30pm.

In the afternoon, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed, followed by Mass at 4pm.

"This is a day not to be missed," according to local organisers Tom Horan and Jimmy Shanahan.

Admission is by ticket only at €20 each from Tom on 066 714 1289; or Jimmy on 066 714 1434.


River Island plays host to Sunday card game

The following are the results of the card game held in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland on Sunday night:

First: Ned O'Callaghan and John Geaney, Paddy Herlihy and Tom Brennan.

Second: Denis McCarthy and Tony Marshall, Eileen and John O'Connell, Geraldine and Denis O'Leary.

Ladies: Kathleen O'Connor and Hannah Hickey, Mary Bradley and Noreen Fleming.

Gents: Mick Leahy and Patrick O'Donoghue.

Mixed: Kathleen O'Shea and Liam Moriarty, Maria O'Connor and Dan McCarthy.

Spots: Willie Woulfe and Joe Walsh, Mary McCarthy and Jack Kelly, Billy O'Sullivan and Eddie Barrett.

The cards will continue next Sunday night at 9pm sharp.