Halloween: All roads lead to Knocknagoshel this weekend for the annual Halloween Festival. This year marks the 20th year of its existence and shows how popular it is with patrons coming from near and far to savour the fare on offer. The highlight of the entertainment is the Ghost Trail through the Well Road. On the night there will be a large force of stewards to see all goes off according to plan. All should obey the stewards and make sure to respect people’s property.
BACK FOR CELEBRATIONS: It was at the St Kierans Jubilee Celebrations on Saturday night last at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland, we metup with Mikie Brosnan who is presently home on holidays. Mikie was fullback on the St Kierans team that defeated Dr Crokes in the Kerry senior football championship final in 1988. On that historic day he was awarded Man Of The Match. His high fielding and general play was widely acclaimed by one and all. Mikie played in all grades for Kerry prior to emigrating to the Big Apple and his departure at the time was a big blow to the county team along with our own Knocknagoshel club. In New YORK he won a record seven New York championship medals , two with Donegall and five with Leitrim. He also was on the losing side on a couple of occasions.
MEMORIES OF OTHER DAYS: A tide of memories flowed when I met Brendan Hennessey at the recent drawn Kerry senior hurling final at Austin Stack Park. A member of the famous hurling family from Ballyduff we recall seeing him as a seventeen year old star alongside his late brother Michael when Ballyduff defeated Kilmoyley in the 1955 county senior hurling final. In 1958 when both brothers were in New York they were made Sportstar of the week when playing for New York against Wexford in the National League Final. While Michael returned to Ireland Brendan remained in the States and played both football and hurling and in the process won numerous medals and awards. Team-mates of Brendan’s on the Kerry team in New York were, Jimmy Leahy, Brosna, the late Jack Tom John O’Connor, Headley’s Bridge and Sean Mc Elligott, Beheenaugh, Knocknagoshel.
DEATH: News has reached the district of the death in England of Sr Mary Breen, late of Knocknagoshel. Sympathy is extended to all her relatives and friends.
Crunch Game: On this Saturday the local senior football team play a crunch game in Division five of the county league when they entertain Sneem/Derenane, at Willie Walsh Memorial Park. A win here is a must if promotion is to be realised.
COURSING: A number of local greyhounds are expected to take part in this weekend Castleisland two coursing meeting . We wish them successs at this most popular stretch in Tullig.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Currow on their wonderful win in the county Intermediate final on Saturday last. Star of the Currow team was Seamus whose’s hails from this parish.