CLANMAURICE UTD: The Betty Lovett Memorial Shield.Well done to James Flaherty and his team which won the shield last Tuesday, beating David Linehan's team . The winning team are as follows James Flaherty (capt), Kevin McCarthy , Niall Quilter ,Declan Gilbert , Cathal mcCarthy, Keith Silles , Jason Wallace , Niall Young and Ricky Heffernan. A big thank you to Gerard Lovett an
CLANMAURICE UTD: The Betty Lovett Memorial Shield.
Well done to James Flaherty and his team which won the shield last Tuesday, beating David Linehan's team . The winning team are as follows James Flaherty (capt), Kevin McCarthy , Niall Quilter ,Declan Gilbert , Cathal mcCarthy, Keith Silles , Jason Wallace , Niall Young and Ricky Heffernan.
A big thank you to Gerard Lovett and his family for sponsoring the shield and throphies. Also a word of thanks to Paddy Quilter for the use of his pitch.
HURLING CLUB:Results: U14 County League Final
County Senior Hurling League Div 1
Fixtures: U12 County League final Lixnaw V Kenmare, this Wednesday, in Dr Crokes field, Killarney at 6.45.
County Senior Hurling League Lixnaw V Ardfert in Ardfert on Tuesday July 20 @ 8pm.
U14s: The U14s captured the county B championship with a fine 4-7 to 1-8 win over Crotta. Crotta really put it up to Lixnaw with a workmanlike performance but Lixnaw were up for it and crucial goals at crucial times swung the tie in Lixnaws favour.
The Abbeydorney pitch was in perfect condition but unfortunately the same couldn't be said of the weather, which turned cold and damp shortly before throw in time. However, the match was heart warming with the result in doubt almost to the final few minutes.
Crotta had the opening score with a point but Lixnaw quickly responded with a David Kissane goal. Martin Stackpoole had the first of his five pointed frees before the teams swapped a brace of points. Kenneth Mannix, who was causing huge problems for the Crotta defence, gave Lixnaw a nice cushion when he pounced for his first goal mid way through the half. Crotta replied with a point before Martin Stackpoole and Tomas O'Keeffe each had a point to extend Lixnaws lead. Crotta closed the half with a point to reduce the gap, leaving Lixnaw with 2-5 to 0-6 a half time lead.
Crotta attacked Lixnaw right from the start of the second half and had a great goal chance but Gearoid Walshe made a brilliant save to deny them. Soon after though we were back in business again when Brendan Brosnan rattled the Crotta net for a capital goal.
A Crotta point didn't seem to matter too much but then they followed up with a goal from a free to open up the contest again. John Vincent O'Brien relieved the pressure with a point and Kenneth Mannix finally wrapped up the contest when he rifled home his second goal and Lixnaws fourth. Crotta had a point in the final minute that Martin Stackpoole cancelled out from a free almost on full time to close the scoring. Every player played his, and her part in this victory and full credit to them.
After the match Pat Dineen,on behalf of the Bord na nOg Ciarrai, presented the trophy to a happy and worthy Lixnaw captain Martin Stackpoole.
Both teams were well supported so well done to all who braved the horrible elements. Maurice Fitzgerald, Kilmoyley refereed the game well but in fairness the game was played in a very sporting environment.
Team: Gearoid Walshe, Keefer Roche, Martin Stackpoole, Jeremy Lyons, David Galvin, Greg O'Connor, Eamon Gilbert, Niall Quilter, John Vincent O'Brien, Kenneth Mannix, Tomas O'Keeffe, Brendan Brosnan, David Kissane. Subs James McCarthy, Jonathan Silles, Mary O'Keeffe, Dominic Kissane, Conor Fitzmaurice,Cathal McCarthy.
Scorers: Kenneth Mannix: 2-0. Martin Stackpoole: 0-5(f) David Kissane: 1-0. Tomas O'Keeffe: 0-1. Brendan Brosnan: 1-0. John Vincent O'Brien: 0-1.
Finally, Martin Galvin and Johnny O'Keeffe took over the team at the beginning of the year and Johnny Conway agreed to train them. Everyone associated with this win has worked hard over the past few months and deserved their just rewards. The excellent underage structure is paying rich dividends and everyone approves and appreciates that. These are the lads we should be hearing a lot more about.
SENIORS: The seniors capped off a successful weekend with a 3-11 to 2-11 win over Causeway in the county league. This win puts Lixnaw well in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the competition with one round left to play.
Two Michael Conway goals, one from a penalty and one just before half time saw the teams retire at the break deadlocked, 2-4 to 1-7.
The impressive John Maher with a brace of points gave Lixnaw the initiative but Causeway replied with three unanswered points. Ray Galvin pointed twice for Lixnaw and Michael Conway and John Griffin added to these with a point each. We then arrived at the crucial score when Patrick Hogan fired home an opportunist goal. Causeway finished with a goal to reduce the gap to one goal 3-11 to 2-11 and Lixnaw had to survive a few anxious moments before the final whistle sounded.
Team: Mark Ryall, Tom Brosnan, Chris Allen, Michael Quilter, Declan McCarthy, Maurice Corridan, Ger Lovett, Paudie Lyons, John Griffin, John Maher, Michael Conway, Ray Galvin, Cillian Fitzmaurice, Mossie Kelliher, Patrick Hogan. Sub Paddy Lyons. Scorers: Michael Conway: 2-3. John Maher: 0-2. John Griffin: 0-2. Ray Galvin: 0-2. Patrick Hogan: 1-0. Mossie Kelliher: 0-1. Cillian Fitzmaurice:0-1.
Kerry: In a best forgotten match, its back to the drawing board and Killarney this Sunday for the replay of the Munster senior Football final between Kerry and Limerick, following their 1-10 apiece draw last Sunday in Limerick. Strong arm tactics and staying down seemed to be the order of the day in a match that went from bad to worse. Certainly won't bring out the crowds. Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice played their parts well and fair play to them. Good luck to them next Sunday.
LOTTO: Results of the Lotto draw from The Dew Drop Inn. Numbers Drawn: 1,5,19,24. There was no winner of the ?2,000 Jackpot. ?25 winners were: Johnny Sean O'Connell, Ahabeg, Lixnaw. Aidan Galvin, Irremore, Lixnaw. Caroline O'Sullivan, Ahabeg, Lixnaw. Mike Quilter, JJ Walshes bar, Lixnaw. Five Free tickets winners were: Tomas O'Connell, Irremore, Lixnaw. Pat Burke, Ballinageragh, Lixnaw. Next draw Barretts bar for a jackpot of ?2,100.
ALL plans are now finalised for the celebration of the Tarbert’s GAA club’s Centenary Get Together from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, August 8. A lot of hard work has been put in by the organising committee to ensure the success of this momentous occasion for the GAA in the parish.
The official opening on the Friday night will commence with a parade through the town with representatives and members of Tarbert teams from 1904 to 2004 taking part.
Following the official opening ceremony, cross–roads dancing will take place with Taylors Cross Céilí Band providing the music.
CENTENARY BANQUET: One of the highlights of Tarbert GAA Centenary celebrations will be the Centenary GAA Banquet to be held at Kirby’s Lanterns Hotel on Friday, August 6. A number of special guests will attend and after dinner speaker will be the well known gaelic games broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. A six course meal will be served with wine reception. Music for dancing by the Carmel Dempsey Showband. Tables of 10. Tickets will be on sale from next week and can be ordered fm Tom Stack, 068/36317.
CENTENARY GOLF OUTING: The Tarbert GAA Centenary golf outing will be held at the Cashen course, Ballybunion, on Saturday night, July 31. Tee–time, 11am–1pm. Max handicap: Ladies 36, Gents 24. Draws / details will be advised. Entry names to John Stack, 068/ 36425 or Mike Holy, 068/34598.
FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: At Shannon Park on Friday evening Athea defeated Duagh in the quarter–final of the Tarbert GAA Centenary senior football tournament by a score of 4–1 to 1–6. Both teams and the referee are to be complimented as the game was played in a continuous downpour. The Tarbert v Ballydonoghue game fixed for this Wednesday evening has been deferred to a later date, as Shannon Rangers U–21 team are fixed to play in the second round of the county championship on that evening.
SYMPATHY of the community is extended to Mrs Marie Holy, Chapel Street, Tarbert, on the death of her father, Mr Patrick Staunton, Laurencetown, Galway. Over the years Mr Staunton enjoyed his regular visits to Tarbert.
DEATH: Widespread regret was occasioned in the parishes of Tarbert and Ballylongford and throughout North Kerry when the news broke of the death of Michael (Mickey) McElligott, Pulleen Cross, Tarbert, which occurred on July 4. Despite not having the best of health these past months, Mickey attended Mass and Anointing of the Sick in St Mary’s church just two weeks before his death. He was a respected and popular member of the local farming community and his great passion all his life was the GAA and his main topic of conversation was always the Kerry team.
Mickey was an outstanding footballer in his day and had few equals, playing at wing back and was one of the few players who could hit the ball on the volley.
He played most of his football with Ballylongford and Shannon Rangers. In 1942 and 1945 he won county senior championship medals with Shannon Rangers and also won two North Kerry senior championship medals with Ballylongford. Mickey also wore the green and gold winning a Munster minor medal with Kerry and in 1949 won an All–Ireland Junior medal with Kerry.
In 1953 Mickey won of the most treasured medals when Shannonsiders won the North Kerry Intermediate championship. The Shannonsiders team consisted of players from Pulleen, Kilcolgan and the western side of Tarbert parish. The team defeated Tarbert in the final after a replay by a single point.
Following the introduction of the parish rule by the North Kerry Board in 1954, Mickey and his team–mates, Denis Finucane and the late Mattie Brassil, lined out with the Tarbert senior team which was beaten by Clounmacon in the North Kerry championship final.
One Tarbert player who was held in high esteem by Mickey in those years was John Coleman, whom he always admired and respected on the field of play.
Another great passion in Mickey’s life was the card game of 41 that he played regularly with his friends and neighbours in his home and also travelled out to play in many of the card playing houses. Above all, Mickey was a caring family man, a good neighbour and friend and his passing leaves a void in the hearts of his family and many friends.
There was a huge attendance at the removal of his remains from St Mary’s Funeral Home, Tarbert, to St Mary’s church. Past and present members of the Ballylongford and Shannon Rangers GAA clubs provided a guard of honour as the coffin draped with the blue and white jersey was shouldered to the church by his four nephews, Johnny, Mike, Dan and Jim Wrenn and other family members.
St Mary’s church was crowded for the concelebrated Funeral Mass where the chief celebrant was Very Rev Mossy Brick, PP, Tarbert, assisted by Very Rev John Lucid, PP, Moyvane and Mons Michael Leahy (retired), who was a team mate of Mickey on the Shannon Rangers team of 1945. Mons Leahy also paid a tribute to Mickey during the Mass. Family members and grandchildren participated in the readings, Prayers of the Faithful and in the Offertory Procession and Leanne Ahern (grand–daughter) sang the responsorial psalm.
Among the gifts brought to the altar at the Offertory were the football used in the 1945 final, rosary beads and a deck of cards.
In a final tribute at the end of Mass, John Dowling sang the ballad of the Shannon Rangers 1945 team. As the funeral moved through the town for the burial in Lislaughtin Abbey, former team mates, Gus Cremins and Mick Finucane led a guard of honour comprising of footballers and officers from Tarbert and surrounding clubs.
Fr Mossy Brick, Fr Philip O’Connell and Fr Liam Murphy said the prayers at the graveside.
Mickey was predeceased by his wife, Eileen (nee Ferris), who died in 1988 and by his daughter, Breda, who died in 1991 and is survived by three daughters, Kay Diggins, Pulleen; Betty Ahern, Moyvane and Elaine Holly, Listowel; brother Jack of Pulleen; sons–in–law, seven grandchildren, sisters–in–law, brothers–in–law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends to who sympathy of the community is extended.
HURLING: Would you like to come for a puck? Dust down the camán and come to the local sportsfield next Wednesday night, July 21, at 8pm for the crack of the ash and the song of the sliothar.
GAA LOTTERY: There was no winner of the ?2,600 Jackpot in the GAA Lottery draw held at the Swanky Bar on Friday night. The numbers drawn were: 3, 6, 15, 26. Lucky Dip winners of ?30 each were: Fr John O’Connor, Stephanie Doherty and Noreen Lavery. Bar prize winners were: Bottle of Brandy, sponsored by the Swanky Bar — Cathal O’Connor; ?20 each: Brendan Mulvihill, Mary Bridgeman, Shirley Walsh. Promoters Prize, ?20, Anthony Stack.
The next Jackpot will be ?2,700 and the draw will be held at Kirbys Lanterns Hotel on this Friday night. All are welcome.
THANKS – SPONSORED WALK: The Brothers of Charity, Hollytree Drive, Listowel, would like to thank everyone who helped in organising their sponsored walk which was held on June 20 from Cnoc an Óir to Tarbert in conjunction with Shannon Development and North Kerry Walks. Well done to everyone who completed the course. Special thanks to Ogie Moran, Jimmy Deenihan and Eoin Liston for their time and generosity. Thanks to the landowners, to the ambulance staff, to the stewards, people who provided refreshments, those who sold sponsored cards and anyone who walked on the day. To date – ?28,500 has been raised and there are still cards outstanding for which collection can be arranged by contacting 068/22418 / 23661.
ARTS, CRAFTS – SUMMER SCHOOL: The Blue Umbrella Gallery, 21 Church St, Listowel, is holding two Arts, Crafts and Empowerment Summer Schools — 5–7 years, Monday, July 19 – Saturday, July 24 inclusive. 8–10 years: Monday, July 26 – Saturday, July 31 inclusive. All classes run daily from 10am – 12 noon. Limited to 12 places. Booking essential. Cost ?100. All materials supplied. Contact Tricia Healy, 087/2456393; Michelle O’Donnell, 087/6662400. All work completed in Summer School will be exhibited in the Blue Umbrella Gallery. The aim of the Summer School is to create a safe and fun environment to explore and develop the child’s creativity. Facilitators: T Healy, M O’Donnell and Julie Finucane.
FUND–RAISING DANCE: The North Kerry Pioneer Branch will hold a fund–raising dance on July 16 at the Golf Hotel, Ballybunion, in aid of Talbot Grove, Castleisland; District Hospital, Listowel and Áras Mhuire, Listowel. Tickets ?5 each are available locally from Kitty Kissane, Mary Holland and Patrick Lynch.
CEMETERY MASSES: Mass for the dead will be celebrated in Kilnaughtin cemetery on Friday, July 23, at 8pm and in St Mary’s cemetery in Tarbert on Friday, August 13 at 8pm. Friday night should facilitate people travelling.
WOODLAND WALK: Tarbert Development Association are holding a “Summer Stroll” through the John F Leslie Woodland Walk on this Wednesday, July 14, meeting point the Bridewell at 8pm. Refreshments afterwards in the Bridewell, All are welcome.
THE area was saddened at the news of the death of Sean Roche of Tullahinell North.
Sean passed away peacefully at his home after a very short illness and his untimely death at the age of 58 touched the hearts of the people of the area.
One of the best known personalities in the area, Sean was a man of kind and gentle disposition and was renowned for his great sense of humour and generosity.
Sean was always at hand to lend assistance to anyone that required it, and made a very significant contribution to the local community.
His only mode of transport was his bicycle and he regularly cycled to the village or Listowel to pick up domestic requirements.
He enjoyed a good smoke on his pipe and was never a day sick until his final illness.
A very strong man, Sean was in big demand by local farmers as he was an expert at piking bales of hay into the shed.
Sean also worked on a number of local FAS Schemes and made many new friends in the process.
Sean was also well known on the local social scene, and enjoyed a few sociable drinks in local hostelries, where he always enjoyed a good laugh with his many friends in the area.
Sean was born in Moyvane on 22nd October 1945.
He went to England with his family in 1947 and resided in Slough in Surrey.
In 1964, at the age of 17, he flew out in Wellington in New Zealand to join up with his brother Tommy, and both of them worked in the Wellington area.
Later they moved to Australia and eventually finished up in the Syrucuse area of New York where Sean worked in a foundry.
Sean and his brother Tommy returned to Kerry in 1973 and they purchased their uncle Patrick Beggane's farm and built a new house for themselves on the farm.
Sean assisted his brother on the farm, and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of rural Ireland, which suited his temperament.
A man of a very obliging nature he would help out local farmers saving the harvest and was always at hand to be of assistance at any time.
A very healthy man all his life, sadly Sean passed away much sooner than anyone anticipated and his untimely death came as a huge shock to his brother Tommy and the rest of his large family.
While Sean will be very sadly missed by everyone that knew him he has left a huge legacy of fond and cherished memories behind which will be a source of solace to his grieving family. And the many neighbours and friends that had the privilege to know him.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his brothers Tommy, Michael, New York, Lawrence, Martin and William in the U. K. sisters Philomena in Australia, Kitty, Eileen, Mary and Bernie in the U. K.
DEATH: The entire parish was deeply saddened at the news of the death of David O’Sullivan late of Bridge Street, Ballylongford.
A member of a very well known local business family, David passed away after an illness borne with great courage and fortitude.
David was a member of the O’Sullivan family that ran a very successful builders providers, hardware and wholesale grocery store and Mill in the village of Ballylongford.
Unfortunately the business closed in the late 1980's and was a huge loss to the North Kerry area in general.
A few years ago David sold his house in Ballylongford and moved to live in Clieveragh in Listowel.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his daughter Mary Rose, sons David, Paul and Tice, sister Anne and all other family members.
DAISY CHAINS: Everyone that competed in the recent Charity Walk for the Daisy Chains Pre School are asked to hand in their sponsorship cards at their earliest convenience.
Cards can be handed in at the community centre to Margaret Lawson.
NEW APPOINTMENT: The entire community were delighted with the news that Fr Pat Moore has been appointed Parish Priest in Duagh.
The very popular Littor Road man has already served in Gneeveguilla and Lixnaw and was very popular as curate in Rathea where he worked very closely with the local community.
The people of Duagh are very fortunate to have a man of the calibre of Fr Moore in their midst and everyone in the area wish him the very best of luck in his new appointment.
NEW BOOK: The Asdee area was well represented at the launch of Ballyman Two by well known scribe Mossie Moriarty.
The venue for the night was Finucane's Bar in Ballylongford with newly elected councillor Liam Purtill overseeing proceedings.
Mossie made the local headlines last year with the publication of his first book Up Bally when his name was kept secret until right up before the book was launched.
However this year Mossie is not shy regarding having his name published and his new offering should go down very well in the North Kerry area.
The good news is that all the proceeds from Mossie's Book are being donated to the local ICA.
A great line up of entertainment made the launch a great social occasion with Liam Purtill an excellent master of ceremonies.
The new book is widely on sale in the area and at ?5 it is good value for money and would also made a nice present for exiles overseas.
CEMETERY MASSES: The annual Mass at Lisselton Cemetery will take place on next Monday evening, July 19 at 8pm while the annual Mass at Gale Cemetery will be celebrated on Wednesday evening, July 21 also at 8pm.
SUMMER CAMP: Time is running out for local parents that wish to send their children to the Summer Camp which will be held in the village in July and August.
The Summer camp will run from July 19 to 23 and from July 26 to 30.
Application forms are available from Margaret Lawson or Siobhan Walsh at the local community centre phone (068) 41370.
Among the programme that children can enjoy will include sports, arts and crafts, treasure hunt, quest knock out, games, day trip, parachute games, football and lots more.
BIG 50: The party hats were out at The Store on Saturday night when a well known Ballynoneen woman celebrated her 50th birthday.
Joan Breen had nothing special planned to mark reaching the half century mark but her family and friends planned the surprise birthday party and it turned out to be a very enjoyable social occasion.
ON THE AIRWAYS: The Radio Kerry TAM ratings were at an all time high in the area on Sunday night with all of the community tuning in to Countywide programme which was recorded in Asdee.
The show was recorded at Jesse James Tavern and it developed into a night of top class entertainment with the very best of musicians, singers story tellers and poets present.
The show got off to the rousing start with Anna Marie Tydings giving an excellent rendering of the local anthem "The Village of Asdee".
Continuous traditional music was provided throughput the night by Tommy O’Carroll, Thomas McMahon, Mike Horgan, Danny Houlihan and Eddie Joe Linnane.
Some new stars were also unearthed on the night with Mossie Kennelly of Kilgarvan delighting everyone with his old amusing stories and rib tickling jokes.
Patsy Martin O’Connor enthralled everyone with his great renderings of old ballads while Eamon Edgeworth kept the musicians in tune with his bones and bodhran.
There was also some fine songs from Joe Edgeworth while Martin Mulvihill related some very interesting stories from the area.
Jimmy Quinn moved away from his theme of pop music by giving a very nice version of Carrigfergus.
Fr Pat Moore displayed his prowess with European languages by posing as a French doctor living in the Asdee area. And raised a chuckle all over the parish.
The enjoyment of the night was significantly enhanced by the nice food provided by Stephen and Norma at Jessie’s.
The standard of talent on view on the night was exceptionally high clearly demonstrating the great wealth of musical talent that exists in the area.
NEW CD: Locals that enjoy good traditional music and song should check out their local music shop this week with a new CD launched that should have significant local interest.
The new CD entitled Erin Mo Croi which was officially launched at St. John’s Heritage Centre in Listowel on last Friday night contains 24 tracks some of which are original material.
The seven member group are mostly from the West Limerick area but there are two Asdee men in the line up.
On the accordion is Tommy Carroll of Dirra while Paddy Horgan formerly of Asdee West is playing the bodhran.
Tommy and Paddy have been playing and following Irish music since there were little more that knee high and it is nice to see them having their music recorded.
GET ON COURSE: It is good to see people of all ages now beginning to get more access to computers as in this day and age information technology rules our lives.
There has been a wide range of computer classes for adults during the course of the year and now children will have an opportunity of learning computer skills with a whole series of Classes about to commence at Tarbert Access Tarbert.
The classes will be for children in the age range from 5 to 12 years during the months of July and August.
The classes will cover Internet, Power Point and Pal Talk, and will be held from August 3 to August 6 and from Monday, August 9 to August 13 and August 16 to August 20.
The fee per child is ?35.
For further information and bookings phone Marie or Darren at (068) 36939
FAS SCHEME: A final reminder that a big effort is being made at present to recruit workers for the local Community Employment Scheme.
The present scheme will be terminated next month and the area has been given the green light for the Scheme for another 12 months.
However, now new workers must be found to keep the scheme going so anyone that is eligible and is interested in joining the Scheme should contact the local supervisor Jim O’Connor without delay or phone the community Centre at 41370.
The Community Employment Scheme has been very well utilised in Asdee with a very significant amount of work being done over the past ten years.
GOLF: The happy Scrubbers were off on their travels again on Saturday, making the journey to Newcastle West Golf Course for the stableford competition.
A large field of competitors participated and apart from a couple of showers the weather was reasonably good for the occasion.
In a beautifully manicured course some very good scores were recorded which put the secretary Mike O’Sullivan to the pin of his collar to select the prize winners such was the closeness of the event..
It took a count back to select the winners the outright winners on 43 points were John Russell and Dave Griffin; 2nd Sheila Ahern and John Walsh on 43 points; 3rd Paddy Holly and Tim O Connor on 42 points.
The winner of the nearest to the pin competition was Tim O’Connor.
The prizes for the day were sponsored by Kennelly Insurances and Mortgages of Newcastle West.
GAA: It was a week of mixed fortunes for the Asdee senior team who had two competitive outings at Walsh Park.
They were back to their best form at Tullahinell on Saturday evening when they recorded a very impressive victory over Knockanure in the Novice Shield Competition.
The team operated very cohesively in the first half and held a comfortable 2-8 to 1-5 lead at half time.
They continued to enjoy the upper hand in the second half and ran out very impressive winners in the end.
The team and scorers were Tom Costello, Dan Dalton, John Long, Donal O’Carroll, Karl Kissane, Sean Stack, Brian O’Hanlon, Jack Scanlon (0-1) Padraig Ruddle (0-3), Conor Coughlan (1-4), Brian Coughlan (0-4), Paul Carroll (1-0), Sean Mulvihill (0-2), Michael Walsh.
The Asdee scorers were Brian Coughlan (0-4), Conor Coughlan (0-3), Padraig Ruddle (0-2), Paul O’Carroll (0-2).
The final score was Kerins O’Rahilly 2-12, Asdee 0-11.
FIXTURES: Seniors play Moyvane at Shannon Park in Tarbert next Sunday, July 18 at 1pm in the North Kerry League semi-final.