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Michelle Greaney, ‘MG Coaching’ Blennerville, presents a cheque for €2,200 proceeds of the
10miler & 5k run last Sunday to the Chairman Kerry Hospice Foundation, Tralee Branch, Dan Galvin and Andrai O’Donoghue PRO KHF, at back fromleft Claire O’Connor, Ita Greaney, Orla Greaney and Meaghan Barrero. Photo: John Cleary.

Michelle Greaney, ‘MG Coaching’ Blennerville, presents a cheque for €2,200 proceeds of the 10miler & 5k run last Sunday to the Chairman Kerry Hospice Foundation, Tralee Branch, Dan Galvin and Andrai O’Donoghue PRO KHF, at back fromleft Claire O’Connor, Ita Greaney, Orla Greaney and Meaghan Barrero. Photo: John Cleary.

Michelle Greaney, ‘MG Coaching’ Blennerville, presents a cheque for €2,200 proceeds of the 10miler & 5k run last Sunday to the Chairman Kerry Hospice Foundation, Tralee Branch, Dan Galvin and Andrai O’Donoghue PRO KHF, at back fromleft Claire O’Connor, Ita Greaney, Orla Greaney and Meaghan Barrero. Photo: John Cleary.

TARBERT: CONTACT - Email; or telephone Patrick Lynch at 068 / 36117 on or before Sunday at 7pm.


Sympathy of the community is extended to Noelle McGibney, Woodview Place, Tarbert on the death of her father, Michael Rochford of the Cashen, Ballyduff who died recently.

Sympathy also to Mary Buckley, Cockhill, Tarbert on the recent sudden death of her brother-in-law Timmy Sheehan, Oakpark, Tralee.


Congratulations and best wishes to Fr Philip O'Connell, Chapel Street, Tarbert who this year celebrates his Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of priesthood. He was ordained in Rome on March 12, 1960. In recent years he served nine years as Religion teacher and Student chaplain in Tarbert Comprehensive School. He returned to parish work in Kenmare and Waterville in the mid 1980's.

His last appointment was as Parish Priest of St Michael's Parish, Ballylongford where he carried out many worthwhile projects. He now helps out in the Tralee parish pastoral area. On behalf of the wider pastoral community we thank him for his service and wish him many more years of health and happiness.


A very enjoyable concert is in prospect next Sunday March 15 at 7.30 pm in St Mary's Church, Tarbert when we have the Ard Chúram Choir under Mary Cullotty O'Sullivan and the Tarbert National School Choir under Meabh Lawlee providing some seasonal favourites. Tarbert members of the Ard Churam Choir include Gerald Buckley, James Murphy, John Dowling, Paddy Creedon and Ann D Finucane. Tickets are very reasonably priced at €10 each available at the Post Office, the Allcare Pharmacy, the Parish Office. The proceeds will be split 50:50 with the Ard Chúram Day Care Centre, Listowel and St Mary's Church, Tarbert.


A Variety Concert with very capable local talent will be on show on Friday next 13 March at the Listowel Arms Hotel at 7.30pm . This fund raising concert is in aid of the Saint John of God, Kerry Services and will appeal to those who enjoy good singing, musical, comedy and all round entertainment. There will be lots of spot prizes and tickets costing only €10 each can be purchased at the door. Come early and enjoy the show.


Tarbert Historical Society will host Listowel historian, Michael Guerin on Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm in Tarbert Bridewell. Michael will give an illustrated talk on 'The Lartigue Mono-railway from London to North Kerry and the French failure - the innovators and how the people loved it .' Beidh cupán tae ina diaidh agus fáilte roimh cách. Current membership is now due


County Clean Up day takes place all over Kerry on Saturday 28 March where we are encouraged to come out and collect litter along our roads to give the county a good clean image and minimise litter and pollution. My attention has been drawn to complaints of dog fouling in Lislaughtin Abbey cemetery. There is signage at the entrance to the cemetery prohibiting dogs and despite this notice, one lady was observed recently letting her dog run without a lead in the cemetery. Fortunately some civic minded individual reprimanded the culprit (the two legged one) and hopefully there will be no recurrence of such behaviour.


William Wordsworth's poem 'Daffodils' composed in 1804 has been described as the most famous poem in the English language and how nice it is to see, in the words of the poet, ' a crowd, a host of golden daffodils fluttering and dancing in the breeze' along the road to Tarbert Island. A hopeful sign that despite the recent bad weather Spring has arrived.


Ballylongford / Tarbert CCE will hold a junior music session in Coolahan's Bar, Tarbert on Friday next March 13 from 7 to 9pm. Fáilte roimh ceolteoirí go leir. Comhghairdeas to all our young musicians who took part in Saturday 's Súlt na nóg agus comhghairdeas freisin to those who brought home a medal. Mol an óige is tiocfaidh sí.



Tuesday of last week was Confirmation Day in the parish when Bishop Brendan Leahy administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the pupils of fifth and sixth class of the local Scoil Naisiúnta. There was a large congregation present for occasion. It was evident that the school had put in lots of preparation for the day and the singing and music provided by the pupils greatly enhanced the occasion. The following were the young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation, Sarah Curtin, Josh Keane, Declan Kelly, CJ Ward, Garvan Lyons, Ailey Lyons, Luci Dalton, Sinead Egan, Aoibhe Sheehy, Danny McCarthy, Fionn O Conno and Bryan Rowley. Déanaimid comhghairdeas leo agus guímid gach rath orthú sa saol atá rompu.


The annual Churchgate collection in aid of Ciste na Teanga - Language Fund, will take place on Lá Fhéile Pádraig. Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge tosnaithe anois agus iarrtar ar dhaoine iarracht sa bhreis a dhéanamh chun an Ghaeilge a úsáid. Many people have a good grasp of the language but may be a little rusty due to lack of use. Many Irish words and phrases have been in common use locally in the spoken English but their use has been in decline over the years. The following are a few examples, garsún, fuastar, gabháil, amadán, oinseach, anniseoir, rúitín, buachalán, mí-ádha, gearcach, gríosach.


The local Comhaltas concert which was due to take place on Monday, March 16 has been postponed to a later date. Entries for Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh from branch members must be handed in to the branch by Monday, April 6 at the latest. Entry forms are now available. All information concerning the various competitions and guidelines are available online at The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series of television programmes from Drogheda on RTE 1 on Friday, 8.30pm will continue over the coming weeks.


Scoil Rince Inse Bhán will hold a Feis Rince on Sunday, March 15 at Halla Inse Bhán, tosnú 10am. Lots of young dancers are looking forward to the occasion. Beidh lá mór acu.


A plaque was unveiled by Limerick City and County Council in the school grounds adjacent to Halla Inse Bhán last September to the memory of Michael Max McAuliffe. The event was broadcast on Sikh International TV throughout the world. Michael was son of the first schoolmaster of Templeglantine National School and later became a judge in India. He was very highly regarded for his writings and publications. March 13 is the anniversary of the death of Michael and the Council in co-operation with Mid-West Sikh Community have arranged a number of events in his memory in Limerick.



A great day was had and well done to everyone that took part in this years Sult na nÓg. Results .... U9 Mandolin.. 1st Saoirse Fogarty. 3rdLayla Kate Buckley 3rd Aoife O Connor . U9 Trio.. 2nd Jack O Gorman, Layla Kate Buckley, Saoirse fogarty. U9 Fiddle.. 3rd Layla Kate Buckley . U9 Amhranaiocht.. 3rd Aoife O Connor . 9/11 Flute.. 2nd Katie Joyce Tin whistle.. 2nd Katie Joyce. Banjo.. 3rd Odhran Buckley. Mandolin.. 2nd Odhran Buckley Bodhran.. 1st Odhran Buckley. Concertina.. 2nd Clodagh Keane. 11/13 Bodhran.. 2nd Jack O Connor 3rd Sadie Ryan . Trio ... 3rd Moira O Connor, Darragh Mulvihill, Aoife Mc Elligott. Amhranaiocht.. 2nd Moira O Connor . Mandolin.. 1st Jack O Connor. Duet.. 1st Aoibheann Buckley & Samantha O'Sullivan. 2nd Sean Fogarty & Jack O Connor. Tin whistle.. 2nd Maurice Galvin. Sult u13 groups. 2nd Gracie O'Sullivan, Jack O Connor, Odhran Buckley, Layla Kate Buckley, Katie Joyce, Finan Fogarty we have our branch concert in Scoil Iosagain on March 27 th @ 7-15 pm we have a branch meeting on Wednesday 11 th at 7 pm in St Joseph's Sec. School all welcome.

Craobh Thrá Lí

(i) Our traditional music classes with Súsaí de Rís will NOT take place in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí this Friday (13th).

(ii) Traditional singing classes continue under the direction of Dónal Tydings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Mondays at 'DÚCHAS', North Campus, Tralee IT. People of all ages welcome....idir óg is aosta. Gach eolas ó Dhónal ar 087 6151317. Dónal, a member of our branch, has been a very successful Traditional Singer (English) at Fleadhanna Ceoil na hÉireann for some years.

(iii) Comhghairdeachas leis na daoine go léir, buaiteoirí agus neasóirí, a ghlac páirt i Sult na nÓg.

Comhrá Gaeilge: Mairéad Ní Dhubhlainn (Faoi 9 1ú háit), Nancy Ní Chonchúir (Faoi 11 - 2ú háit); An fhidil: Nancy Ní Chonchúir (Faoi 11 - 1ú háit); Ceol Beirte: Nancy Ní Chonchúir agus Aindréas Ó Roideacháin (3ú háit); (iv) Féile Cheoil an Sciobairín: Comhrá Gaeilge: Nancy Ní Chonchúir (Faoi 11 - 3ú háit); An fhidil: Nancy Ní Chonchúir (Faoi 11 - 2ú háit); Fonn mall (fidil): Nancy Ní Chonchúir (Faoi 11 - 2ú háit).

Kerry Comhaltas

Junior Céilí Saturday 4th April at the Dúchas Comhaltas Centre, IT Tralee 2-4pm. Organised by the Kerry CCÉ Youth Officers. More Information

Kerry Hospice Foundation

Cheque presentation

A huge thank you to Michelle Greaney who presented a cheque for €2,200 on Friday last in the Rose Hotel. This was funds raised after the wonderful event the week before. Over 300 people took part in the 5km and 10 miler race which is up on numbers from last years event. Michelle is a wonderful supporter to the Foundation and has raised large funds over the last few years. We are hugely thankful to all who took part, all of the sponsors and of course to Michelle and all who helped out on the day. Keep an eye out on the next event.


The annual Strickeen Walk took place on Saturday and a huge crowd turned up despite the bad weather. This group have also raised major funding for many charities and we are so grateful to them for the continued support. The procceds of this event will go to the Foundation and Chemo for Kerry. Well done to all who took part and all who supported and again we can not thank this group enough for the support.


We would like to thank The Kilflynn Cancer Support Group for their continued support. After The Kilflynn Community Together made a donation towards the Christmas quiz the money raised on the night has now been forwarded to the benefiting charities, Recovery Haven, Kerry Hospice and Kerry Cancer Support Group. Each charity received €1,405. This group has done huge fundraising over the last number of years and we are so thankful to all of them and all who support the events.

Events coming up

There will be sn Afternoon Tea Party in the Devon Inn on March 29th. Tickets are €25 and can be purchased by phoning 087 2822117 (Claire).

Know Your Rights

Childcare Subsidy

Question: I am due to return to work after maternity leave in a few months, and I am looking into my childcare options. Our income is modest, and I'm afraid that we will struggle to meet the cost of a full time creche. My friends tell me there is help available, but the information I've found so far is very confusing. There are just so many different schemes! Can you help?

Answer: Returning to work following maternity leave can be stressful, and the high cost of childcare is something that worries many new families. However, there is help available, and you will be pleased to hear that the system for receiving childcare assistance has been greatly simplified with the introduction of the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS).

The National Childcare Scheme offers two levels of funding:

A universal subsidy that is available for children aged between 6 months and 3 years. You must be legally resident in Ireland, be the parents or guardians of the child and provide a PPS number for both you and your child to qualify. The universal subsidy is €0.50 per hour. When your child reaches 3 years, he or she will be eligible for the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE), which is also a universal programme.

An income assessed subsidy that is available for children aged between 6 months and 15 years. As well as satisfying the conditions for the universal subsidy, your reckonable income must be below €60,000 per year.

The NCS replaces all the existing schemes (with the exception of the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) which will continue to operate alongside the NCS), although parents and guardians who are receiving assistance through an existing programme can opt to stay on their current scheme until August 2021.

Subsidised hours

If you are working or studying, you will receive a maximum of 40 hours per week of subsidised childcare. During school term time, this is decreased to reflect the time your child spends in school. If you are not working or studying, you will receive a maximum of 15 hours per week of subsidised childcare.

Assessable income

The income based subsidy is based on how much money you and your spouse or partner earn, less some allowable deductions.

The calculation is based on your take home pay. This is your pay (and your spouse or partner's pay) after tax, PRSI and USC have been deducted.

If you are receiving a social welfare payment (including Child Benefit), this is counted as income, unless it is an allowable payment.

If you have 2 children under 15, you can deduct €4,300 from your reckonable income.

If you have 3 or more children under 15, you can deduct €8,600 from your reckonable income.

You can also deduct allowable social welfare payments, including:

Back to Education Allowance and VTOS Training Allowance

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Back to Work Family Dividend

Blind Welfare Allowance

Carer's Support Grant

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Guardians and Foster Care allowances

Rent Supplement

Student Grant

To see the full list of allowable deductions, visit

You will be entitled to the maximum subsidy rates if your reckonable income is below €26,000 per year. The rate decreases on a sliding scale to the cut-off point of €60,000 per year.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centres: Tralee 0761 07 7860; Killarney 0761 07 7820; Listowel 0761 07 7840; Kenmare 0761 07 7810; Caherciveen 0761 07 7780.