LEAVING CERT: Congratulationsto all local pupilswho did so well in the LeavingCert andwho now go on to third leveleducation.Andour wish for all is that employmentopportunities willcome on stream.
HORSEFAIR: Fortune smiledon Knocknagoshel on Friday last as a beautiful dry sunny day prevailedfor the annualhorse fair. From nine o’clockonwardstrucks arrived with an array of various animals the first being that famous Meenleitrim horse tangler DaveCurtin. In recentyears the horse trade has been goingthroughlean timeswith depressingprices prevailing. Well on Friday last a number of transactionstook place in the line of swoppingand barteringand a small percentage going for handy money. It’s sad to see the Donkey trade slip as up to a few years ago the little animal with thethe cross on its back wasproperty. Goats made a welcomeappearanceand commandedmuchattention as did laying hens of the Rhode IslandRed breed.Amongthe various stalls was an array of farm implementsby PatO’Keeffe. Inanotherstall there was a wide variety of harness.A notable absentewas the threecard trickmanwho had promisedfaithfully to attend. It was pushing for cowtime whenthe last deal was clinched by a Headley’s Bridge buyer for a riding pony. On the following day a moppingup operation was carried out by a one man band.
JER’SPROUDBOAST: It was at the GAA Gathering at Walsh’sBar we bumped into Jer Murphy from Knockanebrack. As everyone knowsJ er is a neighbour of renowned musician Bill T he Busker Mc Kenna, but how many know Jer is a relation of Ireland‘s greatest hurler. We refer of course to Kilkenny’s HenrySheflen. Jer reckons there’s at least another year or two.
ROSES: There was great local interest in the ROSEof Tralee contestthis year as two of the contestants had local links.They were the DonegalRose, CatherineMc Carron and the SouthAustralian Rose, Louise Thompson.
SYMPATHYEXTENDED: Sinceresympathy is extendedto the relatives of Ann Fitzgibbon, Caherlane, Abbeyfeale,whodied recently.
BYPASS: A number of locals attendedthe official opening of the Tralee bypass on Friday last. This will prove a blessingto downtownTralee and make for increased shoppingspace.The onlydrawbackwesaw was the absenceof a sign for Knocknagoshel at the roundabout on the old Abbeyfeale,Tralee Road.We feel this will come in time.