Back to school: It was back to school time again for both national and secondary schools. The two national schools in the parish, Loughfouder and Knocknagoshel welcomed some new pupils on the rolls. Secondary school pupils from the parish are catered for in the nearby towns of Abbeyfeale and Castleisland. In sharp contrast to last year pupils have enjoyed a wonderful summer of heat and sunshine which should stand to them health wise.
HARVESTING: With the fine weather continuing quite an amount of silage has been collected in recent days. Quality is first class and crops have far exceeded the first cut . Quite an amount of hay has been baled and also prime bedding from rushy fields.
SYMPATHY EXTENDED: Sympathy is extended to Mrs Kathleen Brosnan, Middle Knockbrack , on the death of her sister in Broadford, County Limerick.
PEAT FACTORY: A total of three crops of turf has been saved in in the Loughfouder - Knockeencreen peat area this year and virtually all has been ferried out from the turf banks. Baggers worked endless hours filling the manure bags and it came as no surprise some baggers took a mid -term break. Vendors have reaped a rich harvest by disposing of turf in the flat, bag, donkey rail or trailer.
GONE BACK TO MANCHESTER: Gone back to Manchester after a wonderful holiday in the Kingdom are Sean Reidy and family. A native of Ballyduff, Knocknagoshel, Sean emigrated to Manchester in the late 1950s. In his youth Sean was a noted sprinter and always acquitted himself well when the Pattern Sports in the Mall was the leading day out in Kerry. However it was on the gaelic fields he was most admired as a most stylish footballer. Sean played in all grades for Knocknagoshel. He was a member of the Mein panel that won the 1956 parish league which was run off in Inch an Aifreann. Sadly a number of team-mates from that panel have passed on, such as Jacky Griffin, Dodo Dalton, Eamon Keane, and Sean O’Donoghue. On his trip home recently Sean visited his old stamping ground such as Lacca’s field, Harry Dalton’s field, Con Cudeen’s Inch, and Cahill’s Inch. When Sean immigrated to Manchester he more or less weaned himself off competing. Sean then took a keen interest in Manchester United and attended Old Trafford frequently. Many are of the opinion that had Sean taken up the game of soccer he could well have become a Busby Babe.
Kerry v Dublin: Once a day milking was introduced through out the parish of Knocknagoshel at the weekend as patrons headed for the capital by road, rail and air. Despite Dublin being installed hot favourites, Knocknagoshel people were not prepared to throw in the towel.