News round-up: Castleisland

The recently configured flatter course for this month's annual An Ríocht Athletic Club 10Miler is most likely to produce new distance records for some and personal bests for many more.

The 5K route for the graduates of the currently training Couch to 5K squad remains the same as in years past and runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome.

The annual Kingdom Come 10 mile and 5k Run will be held on Sunday, April 22, and both events will kick off at the earlier time of 10am.

The elimination this year of the Limerick Road uphill, dead pull at the outset of the 10Miler event is a welcome development for all as it took a lot of wind out of all sails.

The race attracts athletes from all the leading clubs throughout Munster and some from beyond

"The 10 mile run has a brand new route this year which is very flat and will provide a great opportunity for runners to attain personal best times," said An Riocht AC Manager Hazel Byrne.

"It promises to be a great event backed by the experienced An Riocht Athletic Club and we're looking forward to maybe seeing a new record for the distance in the 10 Miler," said Ms. Byrne.

Internationally experienced athlete and Brosna native, James Doran, believes that the new course can shave 1.20 minutes off the times of the leading athletes. Participants out to achieve personal bests over the distance can expect to take anything up to 30 to 40 seconds off their times.

"All runners found the old route very tough going over the first couple of miles and by taking that stretch out it gives all of us an incentive to set new times for the distance.

"I have run the new course six or seven times already and, on a fine day, a lot of people should be very happy with their times and with the safety of the course as well," said James, who added a European team silver medal to his collection recently.

The 5km is €12 and participants will receive a medal and water bottle souvenir. The 10 miler is €25 and includes a t-shirt and medal.

The event is chip-timed and there will be food and refreshments provided for all afterwards at An Riocht.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the running of the host club. Registration and route maps available online now at

Participants can also register at An Riocht on the morning of the event. Telephone information is available from: 066 71 42199.

Credit Union heralds name change

Tralee Credit Union's 50th anniversary celebrations continued as it officially changed its name to Cara Credit Union in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin.

"Our name change is an historical milestone and helps us achieve our vision for continued growth and strength together," said Cara Credit Union CEO Pa Laide.

"We started the name change process 15 months ago and Cara Credit Union was approved by members at our AGM in December as we commenced our 50th year," he said.

"Tralee Credit Union was set up to serve the financial needs of our members in Tralee. Over the years our common bond extended into Castleisland and Killorglin so our name was no longer inclusive to all three of these important towns and hinterlands," Mr. Laide continued.

"Cara Credit Union gives Killorglin and Castleisland their identity back as each office now has its town named over each office.

"The landscape of the Irish Credit Union movement has also changed and mergers will continue and in doing so will enhance the long-term strength of the movement.

"Our new name, Cara Credit Union will no longer define us geographically and will also help facilitate our growth for future mergers.

"Cara means a friend in Irish, it is part of our heritage and culture and is embedded in the credit union ethos and values.

"Cara Credit Union will help us connect more with members and rekindle past friendships with inactive members."

Cara Credit Union had plenty of celebrations throughout its three offices on Thursday with entertainment in each office, plenty of cash prizes, and one lucky member Breda O'Callaghan from Tralee won a brand new Kia Stonic in the Cara Credit Union Members Car Draw.

Cara Credit Union is the fifth largest community-based credit union in Ireland serving the financial needs of its members throughout Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin.

It has over 43,000 members, €220million in assets, €185million in savings and €74million out on loan.

Membership of Cara Credit Union is voluntary and open to everyone who lives and works within Tralee, Castleisland and the Killorglin areas.

Further information on services can be received Cara Credit Union in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin or visit the website:

Brosna parish hall is ready for music fun

Brosna Comhaltas will host a concert at Brosna Parish Hall on Sunday, April 22, at 6pm. It will feature young musicians from Brosna, Knocknagoshel, Knockaclarig and Cordal who attend classes in Brosna.

There will also be a session from Bryan O'Leary, Greta Curtin and friends. Tickets will be €5 for adults and there will be a raffle as usual. Tea and refreshments will be served at the interval so it promises to be a great evening's entertainment. Please come along and lend your support.

A huge period of action ahead for our golf club

A 'Get Into Golf Ladies Programme' will tee off on this very Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 from 7pm to 8pm.

The idea is to give people who may be thinking they'd like to get into Golf a way in and a start in the game.

The programme includes: lessons with a PGA professional; activities with club members; follow-on membership offers, and equipment will be supplied. Lessons involved in the programme include: chipping, putting and tips on the long game. It's all in a friendly and fun environment with an eight-week beginner programme and lessons with a professional and an on-course scramble for lady members. For further information on the programme you can contact: Bertha O'Sullivan on 086 0555610 or

And there's an exciting and new idea, new to Castleisland at least, of night time golf. Lunar Golf Events is a company which specialises in providing night golf events across the island of Ireland. The company says that its concept is adaptable to social, fundraising, and corporate events incorporating anything from a one-hole nearest-to-pin challenge to a full nine-hole competition. "It creates a memorable atmosphere throughout the golf course and gives golfers the opportunity to experience the sport in unique and exciting circumstances like never before," a spokesperson said.

Lunar Golf is coming to Castleisland Members' Golf Club on Friday, May 4, 2018.

The event is open to members and visitors.

Check-in time is at 9pm with a start at 10pm. The fee for this early-summer madness is €35 per head and you can book at the clubhouse anytime from now on.

Collection for St Mary’s basketball

St. Mary's Basketball Club will hold its annual church gate collection over the coming weekend, April 14 and 15, at Masses in Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen.