May Procession: The May Procession through the village of Knocknagoshel on Sunday last was the biggest in years. The Procession started at the Community Centre proceeding down the main street, Parnell Square and along Church View to St Mary’s Church. At the head of the group were members who received their First Holy Communion recently. A feature of the occasion was the beautiful singing of some very appropriative hymns by the group as they made their way along.
Farmers under Siege: With no letup last week in the terrible weather farmers were out scouring the countryside for hay, silage and straw. The imports from France and the United Kingdom are most welcome. Millers continue to distribute tons of various brands of cattle ration to fodder strapped farmers. The hardest hit is dairy farmers who see the peak milking period ebbing away as harvest time beckons.
Holy Wells: May is the month for visiting Holy Wells and already many from the parish have visited the Holy Well in Brosna and Weather’s Well in Ardfert.
Golfing Holiday: Retired Bank Of Ireland Manager , Maurice Jimmy Maurice Keane ,of Knockane, Knocknagoshel is nowadays a keen golfer and is a familiar figure in all the Kerry Golf Links. Last week he led a team of golfers on a week’s vacation to sunny Portugal where they intended to mix business with pleasure.
Memories: Memories of great nights at the Ballroom of Romance Headley’s Bridge were recalled recently with the passing of Jimmy Finnegan, Templeglantine and formerly of Mountcollins. Jimmy was a prominent member of the band that played virtually every Sunday night at this one time popular venue. Sadly only a few short weeks after his death his wife Peggy nee Dee died. We recall Peggy working with Maura O’Connor of Bunavalla, in Maura’s Hair Saloon in Abbeyfeale in the early 1950s. Sincere sympathy is extended to all their relatives and friends.
Sympathy extended: Sympathy is extended to Tim Hartnett , Rylane, on the recent death of his sister, and also sympathy is extended to the relatives of Jerry Herlihy , Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale who died recently.
Kerry on Glory Trail: Kerry set out on Sunday next in what we expect to be a bountiful year for the green and gold. Their clash with Tipperary at Fitzgerald Stadium , Killarney should see quite a sizeable following from the parish make their way to Beauty’s Home. Nothing less than Sam coming home will satisfy us as it will be the last hurray for at least five or six of the panel.
Visitor: A surprise visitor to Eamon Walsh’s Bar in Knocknagoshel, last week was John Halpin from New York. A son of the late Jim Halpin of New York and Lotts, Knocknagoshel, John is presently President of the Kerry Men’s Association in the Big Apple. John was accompanied by Tom Curtin, the Meenleitrim native who has made his home in Limerick. Tom Curtin is a brother of John Halpin’s friend Timmy Curtin in New York.