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Around the Districts: Mountcollins to Scartaglen


Young Ballyduff coursing supporters enjoying a brief bit of sunshine on Friday were Jack Houlihan,Darragh James,Cillian Mulcahy and Scott Sheehan.Photo Moss Joe Browne.

Young Ballyduff coursing supporters enjoying a brief bit of sunshine on Friday were Jack Houlihan,Darragh James,Cillian Mulcahy and Scott Sheehan.Photo Moss Joe Browne.

Young Ballyduff coursing supporters enjoying a brief bit of sunshine on Friday were Jack Houlihan,Darragh James,Cillian Mulcahy and Scott Sheehan.Photo Moss Joe Browne.



Card game

Four teams were tied for first place at last weeks cars game and decided to share the prize money. Team !. Sheila Lane, Norma Gleeson and Margaret O Connell. Team 2. Eileen Finnegan, Kathleen Lenihan and Dan Brosnahan, Team 3. Jackie Hartnett, Pat Fitzgerald and John Quirke, Team 4. Mike Shine, J.J. Lenihan and Diarmuid Shine. The table prize went to the team of Katie White, Joan O Grady and Tom White. The winner of the door prize was Evan Lacy with raffle prizes going to John O Connell, Connie Lenihan, Margaret O Connell, Jackie Hartnett and Kathleen Lenihan. Cards as usual this Thursday night at 9pm and all are welcome.

Shoe Box Appeal

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The sorting and packaging of the Christmas Shoe Boxes concluded this week in the local Community Centre. Over the past number of weeks a group of dedicated volunteers collected, sorted and prepared the boxed for transportation in time for Christmas. Over 2,300 boxes will now be sent to Africa where the contents will brighten the lives of children at this special time of year. Well done to all who gave up their time and also to all those who donated Shoe Boxes to this wonderful cause.

Fundraising Bingo

A fund raising Bingo will be held in the Mountcollins Community Centre on Sunday, December 4th commencing at 3pm. The event is being organised by the Parents Council of the Mountcollins N.S. All funds raised will go towards the funding of extracurricular activities for the children of the school. A double book will cost €15, a single book €13 and a half book will cost €5. There will ber a prize fund of €2,000 plus a raffle and all support is welcome.

Scrap metal collection

Tournafulla GAA club are holding a Scrap Metal collection weekend-end on Friday, 2nd and Saturday 3rd December from 10am to 3pm each day to fundraise for the local club. You can clean up tour home or farm yard of any unwanted scrap metal, farm machinery, batteries of electrical goods. No Fridges, freezers, timber, plastic or tyres. More details from Seamus O Sullivan at 086-8263454.

Christmas Vehicle Run

The annual Christmas Vehicle Run which was such a success in its first running last year is once again set to go ahead on St. Stephens day. The event organised by Mountcollins GAA club in association with Pieta House will help to raise funds for the charity and registration is now open. The run will commence at Mountcollins GAA grounds at 4.30pm and all entrants are asked to decorate their intended mode of transport for the occasion. The entry fee is €25 and you are asked to register at to take part.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner in last weeks Mountcollins GAA Club lotto prize where the numbers drawn were 7, 10, 20 and 29. In the lucky dip draw the winners were Seamus O Connell, Danny Gleeson and Gerard O Connor. This weeks jackpot will be €4,950 and all support is welcome. Tickets can be purchased from the clubs website at

Recent death

The sudden passing of John Cahill last weekend came as a total shock not only to his native parish but in many parts of the country where he was fondly remembered in his dealings with the farming community. John Came from the High Rd. in Mountcollins but lived in Newcastlewest for many years.

John was a keen GAA follower and gave many years of dedicated service to the local club. The large crowds who attended Hartnett’s Funeral Home in Abbeyfeale on last Thursday evening and again on Friday for the Requiem Mass and burial in Mountcollins plus the many tributes on social media was testimony to John’s popularity throughout the country.

Sympathy is extended to John’s sister, Elizabeth, brothers Mikey, Ger and Pat and their families and many relatives, friends and neighbours. May he Rest in Peace.

Hospice says thanks

Milford Hospice would like to thank all who contributed €65.40 to the weekend collection in Mountcollins. A special word of thanks to Peter who helped out at the Church Gate collection.

Vote of sympathy

Sympathy is extended to Nora O Mahony and family, Lower Rd. Mountcollins on the death of her brother, Mike Guina formerly of Castlemahon who dies in London last week, May he Rest in Peace.

Mountcollins AFC

Mountcollins AFC played Abbey UTD in the Division 2 League Cup Final on Friday night last under lights at Clonreask. Unfortunately things didn’t go the way of the local side who lost on a scoreline of 4-0 to a young Abbeyfeale side.

Mountcollins AFC will host a fund raising soccer match on St. Stephens day at 12pm. The game will see past Mountcollins A.F.C. players take on a pick of current players. This proved to be a great hit last year with the game going to penalties. There will also be a raffle on the day with a top prize of a nights B&B at the Europe Hotel in Killarney. Tickets can be purchased on the clubs website at


Moyvane GAA Lotto

There was no winner of the €4,200 jackpot Numbers drawn were 10,13,26 and 27 Lucky dips: 1. John Finucane, Online 2. Ursula Enright, Moyvane 3. Liam =93Speedy=94 Nolan, c/o Speedys Bar 4. Kathleen Walsh, Leitrim East. 5.Mulvihill Girls, Blanemore, Ballylongford.

Tickets are available Online by following the link on Moyvane GAA Facebook Page. All online entries to be registered by 6pm on the day of the draw. Entries after 6pm will be entered in the next draw.

Tickets also available at Enright’s Bar, Speedy’s Bar, Hanrahans Bar,Kennellys Homevalue Hardware, Holly’s Gala, Stack’s Butchers, Corridan’s Garage, Newtownsandes Co-op, A New U and Curl Up & Dye. You can also contact any Committee Member.

Next Weeks Jackpot is €4,400 and will be held in Hanrahans Bar Sunday the 27th of November at 8:30 As always thank you for your continued support. #UpTheBoro


The AGM of Moyvane GAA will be held in the Marian Hall on Friday, 2nd December at 8.00pm. All are welcome to attend. Any Motions or Officer Nominations must be with Club Secretary Aine Cronin by Friday, 25th November. Email to or text 0879816732.


GAA club AGM

The AGM of Scartaglen GAA Club took place in The Heritage Centre on Friday night November 11 with a good attendance present. Outgoing Chairman Thomas Culloty welcomed all to the meeting and thanked them for attending. In his address he mentioned that 2022 had been a rather difficult year for the Senior team in the County League but towards the end of the season, the team did well in the Junior Championship and gave a great display against the outright winners Firies. Thomas thanked all teams, coached, selectors and managers for their time, commitment and dedication. He thanked all who supported the various teams and those who sponsored the club. He also thanked his fellow officers for their help and co-operation over the past few years. He congratulated Coiste na nOg and the Ladies Football Club on their great successes during the year. Thomas wished the club, all teams and managements and supporters the very best of luck and every success for 2023. Secretary Tim Coakley reported in detail on all games and activities during the year. He thanks all involved with the various teams and those who look after the club lotto draws. Tim congratulated those players who played with district and county teams during the season. Treasurer Tadhg O Connor circulated a very detailed and itemised income and expenditure statement and explained in detail the contents of the financial report. Tadhg reported that the lotto and membership fees make up most of the clubs income from year to year and went onto say that it costs about E32,000 to run the club on an annual basis.

Officers elected for 2023 are as follows: Chairman Tom Boyle Vice Do Pa Rahilly Secretary Tim Coakley Asst. Secretary Adrian Murphy Treasurer Tadhg O Connor Joint PROs Thomas Fortune and Conor Cremin Communications Officers Michael Horan and Ger O Connor Club Registrars Brendan Rahilly and Thomas Culloty Lotto Co-ordinator Tim Dineen Field Co-ordinator Tom Boyle Field Caretaker Connie Kerins Child Welfare Officers Pa Reidy and Michael Horan Coaching Officer Daniel Murphy Alcohol and Substance Abuse Officer Niall Casey Cultural Officer Moira Hughes Club Insurance Officer Martin Hewitt Co. Board Delegate - James O Donohgue East Kerry Board Delegates Noel Rahilly, Denis O Sullivan and Alan Horan St. Kierans Delegates Dan and Padraig Reidy Coiste na n og Chairman Martin Hewitt Vice Chairman Seanie Hughes Secretary Andy Caldwell

Newly elected Chairman Tom Boyle said that the most immediate and pressing project for the club was the re-development of the playing pitch and improvements to the lighting system. The estimated costs of the field improvements could be in the region of €130,000 to €140,000. When plans and costings are more certain, an open meeting will be held to consider the proposals and come up with fundraising ideas. Annual meetings of any kind can often be boring and time consuming, but this AGM was a good one. Well done to all helped to make things run so smoothly on the night. Scairteach An Ghleanna Abu!


The death took place on Thursday last of Doreen O Connor (nee Brosnan) of Mount, Scartaglen and formerly of Tournonough, Kilcummin. The late Doreen was a very popular and pleasant lady and was involved in many activities in the locality. She was pre-deceased by her husband Jack who died in 2015. The late Doreen is survived by her daughters Bridget and Karina, by her son Billy and by her brothers Timmy Joe, Seamus, Michael and Gerard and by the extended family. The deceased was laid to rest in Scartaglen Cemetery on Monday last. May she Rest In Peace.

GAA Lotto

Scartaglen GAA Clubs latest Lotto Draw took place on Sunday November 13th. The jackpot of E6,800 was not won. Numbers drawn were: 7,8 9,22. Consolation prizewinners in The Lucky Dip were as follows: E40 Denise Dunlea, Barna ; E30 each to Sean Kerin, Carker and Deirdre Foran, Killarney, E20 each to Neilus Horan, Castleisland ; Paul Doyle, Gneeveguilla and Ellen O Sullivan, Gortaccopal. The next Lotto Draw will take place in Lyons Bar, Scartaglen on December 4th when the jackpot will be E7,000.

All Star Aisling

Congratulations and very well done to Kerry Senior Ladies player Aisling O Connell from Cordal West on being awarded an All Star at The LGFA / TG4 All Star Awards Night held at The Bonnington Hotel, Dublin on Saturday night last. Aisling has given great service to Kerry as well as to her clubs, Eire Og and Scartaglen and she richly deserves this award.

Masses For Holy Souls

Mass will be celebrated for the Holy Souls in Our Lady of Lourdes Church Scartaglen on this Wednesday evening November 23rd at 7.00pm. The final early Thursday morning mass in November will be celebrated in Castleisland Parish Church on this Thursday morning November 24th at 7.30am. This mass is part of going the extra mile for ones deceased loved ones during the month of November.

Rev. William Casey

A biography of Rev. William Casey first printed in 1908, has bee re-published and was launched recently at The Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale by former Minister and T.D. Gerry Collins. The new booklet is entitled “A Sketch of The Life of Rev. William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale”. Fr. Casey was a hero in his time and he fought tirelessly for local tenant farmers in their fight against oppressive and harsh landlords and played a major role in The Land League. There is a statue to the memory of Fr. Casey in The Square, Abbeyfeale. The booklet is re-published by Castleisland District Heritage Group in collaboration with Abbeyfeale man Maurice O Connell. There are additional contents and images in the re-printed work. The booklet sells for E8 and is available from Jackie Reidy’s or Tommy Hickey’s in Castleisland.

Ladies Football AGM

The AGM of Scartaglen Ladies Football Club which was to take place on Tuesday night November 22nd , will now take place on Tuesday November 29th at 7.30pm in The Clubhouse. All involved are asked to attend.

Booking of masses

Parishioners who wish to book masses for their deceased loved ones are advised that booking of masses for 2023 can now be booked through the Parish Office 9am 4pm Monday to Friday telephone 066 7141241.

Sliabh Luachra Journal

Cumann Luachra have just brought out a 20th Edition of the Sliabh Luachra Journal and it will be officially launched by renowned traditional fiddle player and music teacher Nickie McAuliffe in Gneeveguilla Community Centre on this Friday night November 25th at 8.30pm. All are welcome. The journal which cost E12 is always excellently produced and presented and contains a wide and varied range of articles, old photographs etc relating to the history, lore, music and heritage of famed Sliabh Luachra.

Greyhound Racing

There were 2 Scartaglen winners at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee on Tuesday night of last week. “Gilbert Ted” won in 28.84 for The Cross Border Rivals Syndicate, trained by Edward O Sullivan, whilst “Pallatine Syd” triumphed in 28.83 for owner Stuart Welford and trainer James O Regan.

St. Kierans U17 Ladies

Congrats and well done to the St. Kierans U17 Ladies team and management who defeated Mid Kerry 5-9 to 0-14 in the County Final in Milltown on Sunday evening last. Scartaglen players involved with the team were: Shauna Tangney, Muireann Rahilly, Muireann Walsh, Katie Kerins, Tara Kerin, Michaela Buckley, Orlaith O Connor, Aoife Roche.