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Around the Districts: Tarbert and Templeglantine


Attending the Lixnaw Tractor Run on Sunday were Jim Foley, Noel Finucane, John O Connell, Ray, Oisin and Jake Flavin, Kenneth Allen with Sonny and Molly Murphy. Photo Moss Joe Browne

Attending the Lixnaw Tractor Run on Sunday were Jim Foley, Noel Finucane, John O Connell, Ray, Oisin and Jake Flavin, Kenneth Allen with Sonny and Molly Murphy. Photo Moss Joe Browne

Attending the Lixnaw Tractor Run on Sunday were Jim Foley, Noel Finucane, John O Connell, Ray, Oisin and Jake Flavin, Kenneth Allen with Sonny and Molly Murphy. Photo Moss Joe Browne




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Requiem Mass for Anna Litchfield (née) Egan, formerly of Chapel Street, Tarbert and her late husband Edward took place on Saturday 17 September. Anna who was aged 84 died in Dover on 5 July 2019 and was predeceased by her husband Edward who died on 1 February 2019 aged 83. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr John O’Connor assisted by Fr Philip O’Connell in St Mary’s Church, Tarbert. In the course of his eulogy, Fr John spoke of the love Anna and Edward had for each other which spanned 60 years of marriage. After the Mass burial of ashes took place for Anna and Edward in the adjoining St Mary’s Cemetery. Anna’s love for her home place was reflected in the inscription on her headstone ‘Returned to Kerry’, signifying a promise made and a promise kept by her. Helen Anne, better known as Anna, was one of four children, three boys and a girl, born to Ned and Maggie Egan (née Kelly) in Chapel Street, Tarbert.

In the 1950’s like many of her friends she emigrated to the UK to pursue a nursing career which she did for all of her working life. An attractive looking girl she caught the attention of Edward Litchfield, a scientist, and they were married in Dover. They settled there and reared a family of two children. Anna returned to Tarbert and while her parents were alive and to celebrate family occasions. She was predeceased by her brothers William who died in 1984 and Jackie who died in 2012.

Sympathy of the community is extended to her son and daughter, to her brother Paddy who is now living in Cork and to the extended Egan family, neighbours and friends.

Sympathy of the community is also extended to Emer O’Sullivan, Tarmons East on the death of her father John Gormley, Kilderry, Muff, County Donegal who died on Sunday 11 September in his 96th. year. Requiem Mass took place in the Sacred Heart Church, Muff followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard.

Beannacht Dé le h-anamacha na marbh go léir agus suaimhneas síoraí dóibh.

Beir Bua Fr John

Well done to Fr John O’Connor, Tarbert who had a busy schedule last week. He celebrated a Requiem Mass and did graveside prayers on Saturday afternoon, celebrated the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and the 11.30am Mass on Sunday. Now approaching his 90th. year he continues to serve the Lord and the community on a daily basis. We thank him for his service to the wider parish and wish him continued good health. Gura fada buan é.

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes to Fr Philip O’Connell, Chapel Street who celebrated his 87th. Birthday last week. Fr Philip, retired former Parish Priest of Ballylongford, is still active. We wish him many more years of continued good health agus go maire sé an Chéad.

Tarbert Historical Society

Tarbert Historical and Heritage Society resumes next Saturday 24 September at 8pm in the Bridewell when Dr Declan Downey will talk on a chosen topic of Kerry interest.

The Society would also like to extend sympathy to Mary O’Connor, formerly of Glin, a member of the Society on the recent death of her brother Con Lucey, the distinguished IFA economist.

Tarbert Writers and Friends

The 4th. and final in the series for this year takes place on Sunday 9 October at 5pm in the Bridewell. Dan O’Connor, Dr Declan Downey and Kevin Hurley will be the featured writers. Patrick Lynch will present on behalf of Kevin Hurley and discuss his novel ‘September will Tell’ and this will be followed by open mic, with contributions from the floor, to coin a phrase.

The event is free but donations appreciated which can be given to Friends of the Earth, environmental charity. Further information from the facilitator, Priscilla O’Donovan on 087/ 7605551.

GAA 500 Draw

Comhghairdeas le Tomás Coolahan, Main Street who won €500 in the GAA 500 Monthly Draw for September, 2nd prize of €50 went to Anthony Denihan and 3rd.prize of €50 went to Wesley Wren.

The next draw will take place on Monday 3 October. If you don’t already have a ticket you can purchase one at Tarbert Post Office or from committee members.

Rambling House

Fógra from Kitty McElligott to note that the next session of the Rambling House will take place in the Community Centre, Tarbert at 8pm on Saturday 24 September and everybody welcome to participate or to attend and enjoy. Singers, musicians and entertainers from North Kerry and West Limerick will participate on what promises to be another enjoyable night with a cupán tae ar fáil le linn na hóiche.

Clothes collection

The Shannonside Women’s Group will hold a clothes collection in the Church car park on Thursday 13 October from 10.30am. The proceeds are in aid of Brú Columbanus, Cork and Palliative Care, Kerry University Hospital. So whether you are down sizing or up sizing your wardrobe, please keep them in mind.



Many in the locality are looking forward to attending the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival this week, as generations did before them. Many will also be making their way to the Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Good weather is important for enjoying these events and the forecasts are reasonably good.

Cúrsaí Eaglaise

The weekday mass in our local church takes place on Tuesdays at 10am and is followed by the Rosary. Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm. Remembered in the mass on Saturday evening last were the following whose anniversaries occur around this time, Kitty Scanlon, Tullig North, Bridie and Michael Dunworth, Meenoline South also prayed for was Sheila Mangan, Knocknagoshel who was laid to rest on Saturday.

The Anniversary Mass for the following will take place on Saturday evening next at 6pm: Sean White, Meenoline; Denis & Mary Colbert, Devon Road; Dan O Donnell, Meenoline South; Tess Fagan (nee Harnett), London & Templeglantine West; Willie & John Harnett, Templeglantine West and all deceased Harnett family members; Leisha Ui Mhaolcatha, Templeglantine West. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na marbh.


Condolences to Judith O’Riordan and family, Templeglantine West on the death, September 15th, of her mother, Sheila Mangan, Knocknagoshel. Reposing took place at her home on Friday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated in Knocknagoshel Church on Saturday with burial afterwards in St Mary’s cemetery. Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam


The new season of music classes commenced at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday evening last. There are still some vacancies, any further young people wishing to join the classes should contact 087 9654451.

Glór na nGael

Seanfhocail na seachtaine seo (Irish proverbs): Ní h-ualach do dhuine an fhoghlaim - Learning is no load for a person. Is fear oiliúnt ná eolas Training is better than knowledge. Is namhaid an cheárd gan a fhoghlaim The trade that is not learned property can be an enemy. Is leor nod don eolach A nod is as good as a wink to the wise person.

News items

Any news item pertaining to the locality from individuals or organisations are always welcome for inclusion in these weekly notes, please contact 087 9654451.