Con Houlihan Seminar and Folk School: Minister Jimmy Deenihan will officially open the first Con Houlihan Seminar and Folk School on Saturday May 4th from 9am to 2pm at the Castleisland Carnival Festival Dome at the Castleisland Rugby Grounds, Crageens. Castle island. Special guest will be Mayor of Kerry Cllr Terry O’Brien. The Sec-Facilitator is Cllr Bobby O’Connell and the chairman is Knocknagoshel Village native Donal P Murphy. The speakers Aidan Murphy, Dublin and Tralee, Billy Keane Listowel, Michael O’Regan, Dublin and Tralee. Also in attendance will be Frank Greally , Dublin and Mayo and a personel friend of Con Houlihan for many years. Local Government Delegates many from Monaghan, Louth and Donegal have registered for the Seminar. An invitation goes out to local Castle island , Knocknagoshel and Sliabh Luachra people and the chairman Donal P Murphy has reserved seats for the ordinary citizen as it was these people who gave Con inspiration and he never turned his back on his friends and neighbours. Con befriended the common man during his lifetime.
Essay Competition as Gaeilge: The Con Houlhan Essay Competition as Gaeilge for 5th and 6th class, Primary School Pupils in the 15 Schools in the Sliabh Luachra District has proved to be a major success and of a very high standard. The organisers Larry Keane ex principal of Knocknagoshel Village N.S. and Knocknagoshel native Donal P .Murphy, Chairman of the Con Houlihan Seminar and Folk School are delighted with the interest expressed by the school principals, class teachers and the pupils themselves and the standard of Gaelic and extensive research carried out by every competitor. The moltoiri are Micheall O’Cinneide ex principal of Listellig. Tralee & Gerard Pierce principal Glenderry, Ballyheigue The prizes on offer are three book vouchers value @ €50 each , three plaques and three DVDs of “Waiting for Houlihan”. The presentation of prizes will take place at a special disco for Primary School Pupils on Sunday May 5th @ 6pm at the Carnival Festival Dome, Rugby Grounds, Castleisland. All the students who took part in the competition will be presented with a special commemorative medal “ Of the Life of Con Houlihan” by their class teacher.
Fleadh By The Feale: Knocknagoshel music lovers are really looking forward to yet another upcoming Fleadh by the Feale. The brainchild of Dan Joe Murphy the Knocknagoshel man domiciled in Abbeyfeale for many years the Fleadh has grown out of all proportions. The highlight for many is to browse over the litany of young buskers playing a litany of different music instruments.
Knock On The March: In a high scoring game the local Knocknagoshel seniors had a most impressive victory over Ballylongford in their Novice Championship game played at Willie Walsh Memorial Park on Saturday evening last. This panel is well capable of capturing this title.
Farming On It’s Knees: The swallows have been arriving in dribs and drabs and that is no wonder with the wintery weather prevailing at present. However it’s not our migratory friends that’s worrying the farming community but the lack of fodder and grass growth. Everyone without exception is in the same boat as a major crisis looms unless fine weather comes shortly. Presently the millers are laughing all the way to the bank but a day of reckoning has to be around the corner.
Late Jimmy Brosnan: There was much regret locally when news broke of the death in Ballybunion of Jimmy Brosnan. A native of Killbannivane, Jimmy had many local links in Knocknagoshel and also in Brosna where his son Kevin is married to Deidre O’Connor. A shrewd businessman Jimmy along with his brothers moved to Ballybunion in the early 1950s and did very well for themselves in a variety of ventures. Jimmy’s popularity was manifested in the large crowds who attended the removal of the remains and the burial. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.
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