IS Spring here yet: The return of wintery weather at the weekend put paid to any activity by the farming community as regards spring work on the land. The previous days many were to be seen applying manure not alone slurry but also artificial manure. As of now the main calving period is over and a quick return to favourable weather would be most welcome as fodder stocks are running low in many instances.
Kerry u21s: The best of luck to the Kerry u21 footballers who face Cork in the 1st round of the Munster championship tonight in Cork. Knocknagoshel’s James Walsh is a member of the Kerry outfit. This is James’s second year on the team and hopes are high that a few future Kerry seniors can be unearthed from this squad.
St Patrick’s Day: As is customary many locals are presently posting off some shamrock overseas for St Patrick’s Day. At home all are presently bracing themselves for the parades in Castleisland and Abbeyfeale where many take part. A familiar figure with his Fordson tractor at these parades in recent years has been Connie Cronin of Killmanihan. Connie leaves no stone unturned in his preparation and usually carries out a dummy run before the big day.
Late Bobby Buckley: It was sad to learn of the death at the weekend of former Kerry footballer Bobby Buckley. Bobby a native of Clounmacon had many relatives in this parish including Lena O’Connor Ahaneboy. We recall seeing Bobby play for Kerry at the official opening of Castleisland GAA Grounds in May 1952. Knocknagoshel’s Sean O’Connor RIP was a team-mate of his when they faced Cork. In the prematch parade the Knocknagoshel juvenile band led the parade. At this period in time we recall seeing both Bobby and Sean play for Munster against the rest of Ireland on Easter Sunday in Abbeyfeale in games arranged by the late Neilus O’Connel and his very efficient committee.