Knocknagoshel Nov 9

Greyhounds: While local Knocknagoshel greyhound owners failed to land any of the stakes at the recent Castleisland three day coursing meeting, all were loud in praise of the meeting. Well trained strong running hares were the order despite strong winds and squally showers. So popular and testing this course is that it has attracted greyhound breeders from far flung places to try out their charges in the pre coursing trials.

Greyhounds: While local Knocknagoshel greyhound owners failed to land any of the stakes at the recent Castleisland three day coursing meeting, all were loud in praise of the meeting. Well trained strong running hares were the order despite strong winds and squally showers. So popular and testing this course is that it has attracted greyhound breeders from far flung places to try out their charges in the pre coursing trials.

PHEASANT SEASON: In a morning borrowed from summer the 1st November proved a beautiful start to this year’s Pheasant shooting season. Despite the absence of cornfields birds were plentiful .The first bird was bagged at 7.30.am in the Ballabawn region by sharp shooter Bob Thompson .

HORSEFAIR: Not in a long number of years has the attendance at last week’s November horse fair in Castleisland been so large. The general trend in the horse trade continues to be downwards and very few deals were transacted. Swoping was widespread especially among travellers. The numerous stalls sporting anything from a needle to an anchor commanded much attention. With the schools closed parents brought their children to the fair making them aware of how in times past rural Ireland did business.

MEMORIES: Memories of Knocknagoshel winning the Novice county championship in 1969 were rekindled last week with the death of Eddie O’Connor. A native of Coolegrane, Brosna Eddie was a sub on that historic occasion. During his secondary school days Eddie stayed with his late aunt Mrs Bridie Heffernan in Knocknagoshel Village, and cycled daily to St Ita’s College, Abbeyfeale. Eddie was laid to rest in county Clare. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.

LATE MARTINA CRONIN: The death occurred after a long illness recently of Martina Cronin, Killmanihan East. Her remains were removed from Hartnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale to Brosna Parish church and burial was in the new cemetery Brosna. Martina who was in her early fifties will be remembered as a wonderful worker and was most popular. Sincere sympathy is extended to all her relatives and friends.

LATE JERRY M C’KENNA: News has reached the district of the death in Birmingham of Jerry Mc Kenna. A native of county Monoghan Jerry who was married to a Brosnan girl who lived in Ballyduff, Knocknagoshel for a time in recent years. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.

NORTH KERRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Knocknagoshel senior footballers drew with St Senans in the 1st round of the North Kerry senior football championship on Saturday last.

Scoil Naisiunta School Reunion DVD: The School DVD is now on sale from Mike Fitzgerald Recording Studios, price 10 euros each. You can order you DVD from 087-6870961. This is a good record of the day, thanks also George Daly, Newcastle West for his contribution to this recording.