The Islandman community News

On Monday, September 24, Valentia Islanders were taken by surprise with the arrival of a considerable number of Gardaí Siochána to the area, accompanied by a number of journalists from the national media.

Rarely, if ever, have so many Gardaí been observed in the area at any one time. It was all to do with the ongoing investigations into the well-documented Kerry Baby case.

The dead baby was discovered washed up on the White Strand of Over-The-Water in Cahirsiveen in 1984, and it remains an unsolved case.

Over the course of a few days, door-to-door interviews were carried out. The Garda decision to focus on Valentia was due to its proximity to the White Strand, and the theory that the baby could have been washed ashore by tides from the Valentia direction (a number of experienced seafaring Valentia Islanders have interesting observations on this).

The Gardaí also went on the fact that Valentia had a larger population in 1984.

In view of the fact that the body was discovered on the White Strand well across the sea from Valentia Island and in mainland Iveragh, many Valentia Islanders were perplexed and aggrieved that such a small, close-knit community of seven miles by three was singled out and honed in on in such a fashion for such close Garda scrutiny and basically humiliated by simultaneous national media reporting.

They are by no means being parochial and against Valentia Islanders being questioned by Gardaí on the tragedy, but they feel it should have been carried out in the broader context of the surrounding Iveragh area.

However, they were accommodating, courteous and friendly to the Gardaí Síochána in their door-to-door endeavours.

They respected them for the job they had to do and were also cognisant of the fact that most of these Gardaí were very young or not even born back in 1984 , the year in which the investigation first began.

Community Games AGM

The Valentia Community Games AGM will be held on Friday, October 5, at 8pm in the Royal Hotel, Knightstown.

A Scór na bPáistí meeting will be held immediately afterwards. If your child is interested in taking part in the 2019 Community Games, be it sport, music, singing, recitation, art, handwriting etc, the Community Games Committee requests that you attend the AGM.

Similarly, for Scór 2019, the Culture Officers are asking that you attend the Scór meeting to register your child's interest in taking part in Scór Chiarraí Theas 2019.

Vincent determined to plough on

Vincent Kidd of the Royal Hotel family ownership and management of Knightstown had a stall in the Ploughing Championships, representing Valentia Island and the Skellig Coast region.

Unfortunately, Vincent only got to do the Tuesday as, due to the extremely bad weather on following Wednesday, the marquee collapsed.

The organisers took it down completely on the Thursday, with only the floor being left.

The weather caused damage to equipment belonging to some of the attendees and stallholders.

The event resumed again on the following Friday to make up for the lost day, but unfortunately, due to the damage, the Kerry marquee was unable to open for the rest of the Ploughing Championships.

Despite, as Vincent says himself, "getting the mother and father of a fright'', he is very keen to make a comeback with a stall in next year's event, as he was enjoying meeting people from all parts of the country, including this year's Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher.

€500 for Valentia RNLI

On Saturday, September 22, committee members of the Valentia Lifeboat were presented a cheque to the value of €500 by members of the Waterville Golf Club.

This is an annual gesture by the Waterville golf club's people for the benefit of the Valentia Lifeboat, and it is very much appreciated by the Valentia RNLI.

Those who represented the RNLI were Richard Quigley (Cox), Timothy Lyne (Deputy Launching Authority) and Michelle Curran (PRO).

Meanwhile, the 22nd annual cycle from Kells to Valentia - via the Valentia Island Car Ferry - in aid of the Valentia Lifeboat, organised by the Kells Community, will take place on Sunday, October 7, with a 1.30pm start from Caitín's Bar.

Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Royal Hotel.

Car ferry

The Valentia Island Car Ferry will operate for the last day of the season on Sunday, October 7.

Oíche Chultúir

D'fhreastal timpeall céad duine, idir dhaoine óga agus dhaoine fásta, ar Oíche Chultúir, urraithe ag an Oireachtas agus Glór na nGael san Óstán Ríoga, Baile an Ridire, Dairbhre, ar an Aoine, 21 Meán Fómhair, 2018. Líonadh an seomra ócaide leis an imeacht seo, curtha i láthair trí Ghaolainn. Ghlac 37 duine páirt ghníomhach i gceiliúradh cultúr na hÉireann, an cuid is mó acu daoine óga idir 8 agus 17, comh maith le beirt fear, Paddy Power agus Darragh Ó Loinsigh. Bhí go leor uirlisí ceoil á sheinm, boscaí ceoil, consairtíní, fidleacha, fliúiteanna, agus ar eile. Chuir grúpa ceoil, 12 páistí faoi 12 tús leis an oíche le cúig phort álainn a sheinn siad i bhFleadh Chiarraí agus Fleadh na Mumhan níos luaithe i mbliana. Aithrisíodh cúpla dán aoibheann agus canadh cúig amhráin. Bhí dhá chór beirte, cór triúir, rince ar an sean-nós, rince scuaibe agus an seit ar an t-úrlár. Bhí cúpla ceol beirte, ceol triúir agus ceol aonair le cloisteáil leis. Críochnaíodh an oíche leis an mbanna cailíní áitiúil, Celtic Vibe. Chabhraigh Darragh Ó Loinsigh leis na ceoltóirí óga, agus leis an bhfuaim, Rebecca Ní Ghealbháin leis an damhsa. Chuir Sorcha Ní Mhurchú an fáilte agus na páistí i láthair trí Ghaolainn.