Community news: The Islandman

Participants in the Leap and District vintage tractor journey pictured in Chapeltown: L-R: Maurice Collins (Rosscarbery), Joe Newman (Ballydehob), Dermot Walsh (Valentia), Denis Murphy (Valentia), Joe Ronan (Leap) and Gerard Grace (Glandore)
Participants in the Leap and District vintage tractor journey pictured in Chapeltown: L-R: Maurice Collins (Rosscarbery), Joe Newman (Ballydehob), Dermot Walsh (Valentia), Denis Murphy (Valentia), Joe Ronan (Leap) and Gerard Grace (Glandore)

Valentia Island and around with Liam Lynch

Valentia Island was visited by a number of vintage tractors recently, making for a very colourful spectacle as they drove through the island's main road. They are of the Leap and District Vintage Tractor Club, situated near Skibbereen.

Diarmaid French is the main organiser and the group take part in various local charity events and also make a point of going on a long tour every May, purely for their own enjoyment, and they toured the six counties of Munster last year.

Their itinerary on this occasion involved eight tractors and 15 participants with drivers swapping after every 20 kilometres.

They transported their tractors by trailer to Kenmare and set out from there. They then travelled through Sneem, Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Valentia.

Having entered the island via the Valentia Bridge, they were met by local stewards under the guidance of Denis Murphy of 'The Wood' Lower Ballyhearney.

Denis also drove his own tractor with a display of the tricolour and the Valentia colours. They were also greeted in Chapeltown by Seamus O'Donoghue in his David Brown and Dermot Walsh.

Having enjoyed a break for refreshments in the Ring Lyne Bar and Restaurant of Chapeltown, they proceeded along the main road to Knightstown and left the island via the Valentia Island Car Ferry.

They then made their way back to Kenmare via Bealach Oisin, Bealach Béime and Moll's Gap. The tractors included David Browns (850, 880, 990, 995), a Massey Ferguson, Ford 4000 and a Fordson Major.

The Leap and District Vintage Club personnel are very appreciative of the help received while in Valentia.

Valentia Confirmations

On Wednesday, May 3, the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation of the children of Scoil Naomh Darearca of Ballyhearney took place in the church of Sts Darearca and Teresa of Chapeltown. Ideal and calm conditions prevailed with beautiful sunshine, complimented by the well renovated and pristine conditions of the church by local effort, which made for a very pleasant day for all concerned.

Bishop of Kerry Raymond Browne confirmed the children in association with Fr Larry Kelly PP of Cahirsiveen; Fr Gerard Finucane PP of Waterville; Fr Pat Sugrue of Dromid; and Fr Nicholas Flynn, Diocesan Secretary. Those confirmed were: Fionn Cusack, Emmet Daly, Philip Daly, Fionán Healy, Adam Kidd, Micheál Lynch, Odhran McDonagh, John O'Driscoll, Colin Bryant, Jack Bryant, Julia Cooper, Ben Egan, Dylan Kidd and Muireann Lynch. Comhghairdeas dóibh go léir.

Dublin Under-21s

When the Dublin Under-21s recently defeated Galway in the All-Ireland final, a certain youngster by the name of Darragh Spillane entered the fray as a second half substitute, playing in the full forward line.

Darragh is the son of Mike Spillane, one of the trio of the famed Spillane All-Ireland winning brothers of Templenoe. Mike Spillane has been domiciled in Dalkey for many years and Darragh is a member of the local Cuala club.

It is of interest to note that Mike Spillane made his senior championship debut for Kerry by playing in the All-Ireland final versus Dublin in 1978, in which Kerry had a landslide victory.

Cycle to raise funds for Kerry legend John Egan memorial

He broke on the scene in a big way in 1975 when he scored a memorable early goal versus Dublin in the All-Ireland senior football final of that year and, since that memorable first All-Ireland senior medal, he went on to be one of the all-time greats of the game.

The legendary John Egan from Sneem very sadly passed away at a relatively young age a number of years ago.

As a tribute to the man who gave so much joy to Kerry football fans from the years 1975-84, the Sneem community are in the process of erecting a perpetual memorial to him in the village centre.

A cycle for the purpose of raising funds for this endeavour will take place in Sneem and its environs on Saturday, May 13. Cyclists should convene and register at the Sneem Hotel between 8am and 10am as the cycle will start at 10.15am.

There will be no registration fee but all cyclists are invited to make a donation on the day to help cover the cost of John's memorial.Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Sneem Hotel.

There will be three cycle routes from which to choose: 65k (Sneem-Kenmare-Moll's Gap-Sneem); 30k (Sneem-Blackwater Bridge-Blackwater Tavern-Sneem); 20k (Sneem-Tahilla Church-Gortagown-Sneem).

All routes will pass by John Egan's childhood home in Tahilla. There will also be a family cycle route passing the Sneem GAA field.

For further information contact or 0868387342; or or 0868559238

Cilian and Cristíona tie the knot

The marriage has taken place in Séipéal Mhuire sa Ghleann, An Chillín Liath, Maistir Gaoithe of Cilian Lynch of Rathangan, County Kildare to Cristíona O'Shea of Canuig, Dromid, with the reception afterwards in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

The groom is the son of Joseph (Chapeltown, Valentia) and Eileen Lynch (nee O'Sulivan, Ohermong, Renard). The Bride is the daughter of Jeremiah and Bridie O'Shea of Canuig, Dromid.

Best-man: Donncha Lynch (brother of the Groom)

Groomsmen: Howard Cross (Rathangan, County Kildare) and Pádraig O'Shea (brother of the Bride).

Junior Groomsman: Cormac O'Sullivan. (nephew of the Bride).

Bridesmaids: Philomena O'Shea (sister of the Bride), Derarca Lynch (sister of Groom).

Junior Bridesmaid: Laurena O'Shea (niece of the Bride).

Marriage Celebrant: Fr. Gerard Finucane (PP Waterville)

Is muinteoiri' bunscoile iad Cilian agus Cristíona agus tá ana-shuim acu i labhairt na gaeilge. De bharr sin bhí an t-Aifreann go léir ceiliúrtha as gaeilge.

Comhghairdeas dóibh beirt agus go n-eirí go geal leo sna laethanta pósta rompu amach.


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