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Around the Districts: Tarbert and Templeglantine


Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, held a Coffee Morning in her home and collected 660.20 EURO and presented a cheque for 660.20 EURO to Recovery Haven Kerry on Thursday, from left Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, Kathleen Collins Recovery Haven Kerry and Judith O'Sullivan, Abbeyfeale. Photo: John Cleary.

Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, held a Coffee Morning in her home and collected 660.20 EURO and presented a cheque for 660.20 EURO to Recovery Haven Kerry on Thursday, from left Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, Kathleen Collins Recovery Haven Kerry and Judith O'Sullivan, Abbeyfeale. Photo: John Cleary.

A man who has travelled many roads Patrick Sheehan Martin from Glin arriving at Ballyduff coursing on Sunday.Photo Moss Joe Browne.

A man who has travelled many roads Patrick Sheehan Martin from Glin arriving at Ballyduff coursing on Sunday.Photo Moss Joe Browne.


Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, held a Coffee Morning in her home and collected 660.20 EURO and presented a cheque for 660.20 EURO to Recovery Haven Kerry on Thursday, from left Mary MacArthur, Abbeyfeale, Kathleen Collins Recovery Haven Kerry and Judith O'Sullivan, Abbeyfeale. Photo: John Cleary.




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The death took place of Margaret Mulvihill (née O’Connell) of Dooncaha, Tarbert. Margaret who was aged 74 died on Tuesday 15 November at Our Lady of Fatima Home, Tralee. Margaret was one of 7 girls and 7 boys born to Mossie and Bridie O’Connell (nee Kissane) on a small holding in Dooncaha, Her late father had the distinction of building his own house in tough economic times when very little money or work was available.

In the Fifties and Sixties, with a talent for music the O’Connell Ceili Band featuring Mossie and Bridie and members of their family featured regularly at local dance halls and cross roads settings. Margaret developed her talent for playing the accordeon at these sessions. She later married her neighbour Moss Mulvihill also from Dooncaha and the care of greyhounds and calves now featured while Moss completed his daily rounds as the local, friendly post man. In later years she was overcome by poor health and had to avail of nursing home care. She reposed at St Mary’s Funeral Home, Tarbert on Thursday 17 November. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr John O’Connor assisted by Fr Philip O’Connell in St Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Friday 18 November following removal of the remains from St Mary’s Funeral Home. Her grand-daughter spoke of her gentleness and kindness and her love of card playing , baking and playing the accordeon. There was a large attendance both days and after the Requiem Mass she was removed to Shannon Crematorium for cremation.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents Mossie and Bridie, brothers Joe and Maurice and nephew John Paul. Sympathy of the community is extended to her husband Moss, daughters Joan and Ann, sons-in-law Denis and Jason, brothers Richie, Michael, Jeremiah, Anthony and Patsy, to her sisters Mary, Nora, Breda, Joan, Kathleen and Patricia, neighbours, relatives and friends.

The death also took place of Hanorah (Nancy) Fitzgibbon (née Lynch) of Main Street, Liscarrol, Mallow and formerly of Chapel Street, Tarbert. Nancy, in her nineties, died at Athlunkard Nursing Home, Westbury County Clare on Wednesday 16 November. Nancy was the daughter of Thomas and Annie Lynch (nee Howick) of Chapel Street, Tarbert Her late parents had worked at Major Leslie’s Tarbert House, Thomas as chauffeur and Annie as cook. She emigrated to England in the late Forties and worked in Cricklewood where she met her husband Dan Joe Fitzgibbon of Liscarroll. They later returned and lived at Liscarroll. She had spent the past four years as a nursing home patient. She reposed at O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Buttevant on Friday 18 November. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday 19 November with burial afterwards in St Brigid’s Cemetery, Buttevant. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Dan Joe, sisters Kay Sschmidt, USA, Mary Dempsey, London, Margaret O’Connor, Glin and brother Danny, Croydon.

Sympathy of the community is extended to her nephews, Tom O’Connor, Glin, Leo O’Connor, Tarbert and niece Joanne O’Connor, Killarney.

Christmas Lighting 2022

Due to the fact that the old Christmas lights have become dangerous and are no longer fit for purpose, Tarbert Development Association needs to invest in new Christmas Street lights this year. The new lights will be safe and LED low energy use. The Association is currently running a Fundraising Sweepstake to meet the cost of supply and erection of new lights and fittings, etc. You can help towards the cost of the new lights by subscribing to the Fundraising campaign by joining the Sweepstake draw at Carmodys, Coolahans, the Swanky Bar, Kennellys Butchers and Brosnan’s Daybreak. You can also get in touch with any member of TDA or support it online at the TDA Facebook page- Please support this worthy cause and help light up Tarbert this Christmas. Ní neart go chur le chéile.

Date for your diary

On this Sunday 27 November, a 30 table Craft Fair, Monster Raffle and Cake Sale will take place at Tarbert Community Centre from 12 noon to 4pm. Tea, coffee and seasonal treats will be available. This is a fundraiser for the new Christmas lights and admission is free.

Bake for TDA

As part of next Sunday’s Craft Fair in aid of Tarbert’s New Christmas Lights Project, Tarbert Development Association are asking people in the community to participate in Bake for TDA. Any home baking that you can do, however small, will be much appreciated. Committee members will be in the Community Centre on this Saturday 26 November from 5pm to 7pm to gratefully accept any home baking you can offer. This will be an excellent way to help the fundraising for which they thank you in advance.

Tarbert Post Office

The Post Office now has in stock - Christmas Stamp offer of 20 national stamps booklet for €20. Last posting date for parcels to the USA is 7 December. Last posting date for parcels to Europe is 13 December. Large selection of mailing bags, boxes, bubble wrap, Christmas Cards and wrapping paper now available.

Kerry All Star

Comhghairdeas to Niamh Carmody, Sallowglen, Tarbert who won her first All Star Award as right half forward on the TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All stars Team of 2022. Niamh who plays with Finuge/St Senans was one of 5 Kerry All Stars picked on the team. Hopefully Niamh will win the coveted All Ireland medal an bliain seo cughainn le cúnamh Dé.

Rambling House

A reminder that the Rambling House continues in the Community Centre, Tarbert on Saturday 26 November at 8pm. Musicians, singers, reciters and storytellers from North Kerry and West Limerick will be there on the night to provide the very best of traditional entertainment with a cupán tae agus beidh fáilte roimh gach einne.

St John Of God

Danny Finucane, on behalf of St John of God Services, Tralee would like to thank everybody who supported their recent concert in the Listowel Arms Hotel. A word of thanks to all the performers, including the Yershova sisters from the Ukraine, who took part on the night in a very enjoyable show which netted €3,640 for the Association. A particular word of thanks to Kitty McElligott and her daughter Annette for their help and assistance.

Tarbert Theatre Players

There was a full house in Tarbert Community Centre when the curtain went up on Friday night’s performance of ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’, a comedy in two acts from the pen of Tommy Marren, staged by Tarbert Theatre Players. It is a play with a lot of dialogue, which made the opening scene in which ‘the happy couple’ are celebrating their 40th. Wedding Anniversary a gem. Maggie and Mattie have not spoken to each other for over ten years, so for over 5 minutes not a word is spoken- the interplay from both with the boiling kettle on the kitchen range is the only sound and communication between them.

Well done to the cast for a flawless, word -perfect performance which merited a standing ovation from the audience. This is a performance which deserves an extended run at a later date or a wider audience in a venue like St John’s in Listowel and should compete in a Drama Festival. The hard working cast included Tom Stack, Noelle McGibney, Shane Wall, Ciara Shine, Niamh Wall, Jerry O’Connell, Aine Enright and Pádraig O’Connor. The very effective stage director was Cormac Wall while the very fine set was the work of P. J. Normile and comhghairdeas also to the backroom helpers. Hopefully Maggie will have finished knitting a pair of wool socks for husband Mattie in time for Christmas.

While ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’ was a sure cure for the blues, I am sure everybody was talking about a great performance all round over three nights from Tarbert Theatre Players.

Cúrsaí Cursála

Trácht ó Sean Enright; The regional coursing meeting in County Limerick was completed in unseasonably mild weather conditions to the delight of all who attended. Though few from the locality attended due to other competing sporting events at this time. John Flynn had a winner again for his second week in succession with All Glamour which won the bitch trial stake to secure a place at the national meeting. Due to her exceptional performance she will be one to watch out for in Clonmel where all local enthusiasts will be glad to cheer on the Tarbert dog. This concludes another great week of coursing for Tarbert dogs.


Christmas Lights Opening

The official opening of the Noonan Christmas Lights for Charity took place on Sunday evening last. Despite the rather unsuitable weather, all present enjoyed the occasion and meeting with the various sporting personalities present. It is expected that there will be many visitors to the magnificent lights display over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas and for a while after Christmas. Contributions towards the various benefiting charities will be much appreciated.

Cúrsaí eaglaise

Eucharistic Adoration takes place on Thursdays from 4.30 to 5.30pm in Templeglantine Church sacristy. All welcome. The weekday mass in our local church takes place on Tuesdays at 10am and is followed by the Rosary. Mass on Saturday evening next at 6pm. Up to date information on church related matters can be found on the Templeglantine/Tournafulla/Mountcollins Facebook page. Sunday last was Feast of Christ the King and Sunday next will be the 1st Sunday of Advent. The Anniversary mass for Angela Delee Kiely, Tullig North; John Leahy, Church Road and Dan Collins, Church Road will be celebrated on Saturday next, 6pm.

Enjoyable event

The Templeglantine Community Council fundraising Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday last was most successful and very enjoyable with dancers from far and near attending. The organising committee wish to thank all who supported the event by their presence or by purchasing tickets for the draw as well as those who donated prizes. Míle buíochas do ghach éinne a chabhraigh


The organisers of the annual church gate collection in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre wish to express deep gratitude to all who contributed on Saturday evening last. A total of €266.65 was contributed. Míle buíochas.


The county finals of the Ceol an Gheimhridh competitions took place in Athea on Sunday last. The number of competitors was down on former years but that is not surprising as branches are still recovering from the Covid close down of activities. The Munster Final of the event has been fixed for Brú Ború, Cashel on February 12

The Annual County Convention (County Board AGM) will take place on Wednesday night, November 30th in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare staring at 7.30 p.m. Those who missed the recent TG4 Ceolaireacht programme, which featured many well-known names on the traditional music scene in West Limerick, can view it on the TG4 Player. A new series of Sunday night programmes dealing with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy began on TG4 on Sunday last at 9.30pm.


Condolences to Richard Gleeson on the sad passing on Saturday last of his niece Helena Hannon (née Gleeson), Lyreacrompane. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam.

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