Camp Sheep Fair

Camp Annual Sheep fair is held on September 18th. in the village of Camp. The fair dates back centuries to the time of Lord Ventry when a ram auction was held in the village. Lord Ventry brought the first black faced scotch breed of sheep to West Kerry. He carried 1,000 ewes on his lands in Beheenagh, Camp at this time. The fair has survived down through the years and is as always a great social occasion too for the local sheepfarmers and the families of Camp. In recent years the fair has developed and now we have horses and donkeys, fowl and other animals along with the sheep for sale at the fair.
Camp Fair is one of a very few fairs left that sheep are penned at the roadside and buyers come along and make bargains as in days gone by. No weights or measures are available like the marts, so its very much take the sheep as you see her ! and trust the farmer to sell you a good animal that will be healthy and breed well into the future.
The Sheep Show is one of the big events at Camp Fair. Farmers show their quality sheep and they are judged and perpetual trophies in memory of Campmen now herding in greener pastures, are given out for the best animals. The traditional mutton pie is the staple diet on the day. The children gather from school and have water fights and everybody enjoy a nice evening in the local pubs where there is great music and song late into the night.


Ailise Deane, Knockglossmore, Camp won the Overall Ladies “Run The Gauntlet Race” in Killarney on Sunday. Congratulations and well done Ailise.
John O Connor, Curaheen is one of 5 finalist in The Euro Togues Young Chef of the Year competition taking place in Dublin at the weekend. Good luck John !
Camp Community Council are holding a public Community Alert Meeting at 12.30 p.m. in Camp Old School on Sunday, December 2nd. The Local Gardaí will attend. Everybody is welcome to this important meeting.
A Table Quiz in aid of the Kerry Cancer Group Link Bus will be held in Mike O Neill’s Railway Tavern on Saturday night December 1st at 9-00 p.m.
Camp Irish farmers Association held their AGM at Ashes Pub on Thursday night. Pat O Shea Kerry IFA Co. Treasurer attended. Farmers discussed their many concerns going forward. As a follow up, Deputy Brendan Griffin TD Fine Gael met a 20 strong farmers delegation at The Sceilig Hotel, Dingle on Friday evening regarding the proposed Commonage changes. Deputy Griffin, provided a statement from the Minister and the Department stating that they will work with the farmers, farm organisations and others to design a practical solution and letters to farmers will not be issued in the immediate future. This statement was welcomed by the meeting. Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald MCC also attended this meeting.
Officers elected to Camp IFA for the coming year are as follows: Chairperson – Brigid O Connor, Secretary – Tom Griffin, Registrar – Jack Crean, Environment – Pat Scanlon, Dairy – david Crean, Pascal Rohan and Stephen martin, Farm Family – david Crean, Forestry – Johnny Kennedy, Livestock – Jack Crean and Gerard McCarthy, Rural Development – Brigid O Connor, Hill Committee – Jackie Murphy and Milo O Brien, Sheep – Johnny Kennedy, Gerard McCarthy and Jackie Murphy.
Kerry Community Transport Ltd (KCT) provide community transport services throughout Kerry, available to everybody and provided by local private bus operators who operate semi flexible routes to a timetable which will divert up to 2 miles to collect passengers at their own doors. Cost is €5 single or return (€2.50 for under 12s) and Free Travel Pass is accepted on all routes. Information and to book a seat on a service in your area please ring lo-call 1890 528 528 Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) or go to the timetables section of the website The following services are currently available in the Camp area.
S214 – CAMP AREA – Every Thursday – Fully Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle .
Depart: The Junction Bar Camp at 12.30pm
Depart: Derrymore Strand at 12.40pm
Depart: Killteenbane at 12.50pm
Arrive: Camp Old School at 01.05pm
Depart: Camp Old School at 4.00 pm
Pick up and Drop off Points:
Derrymore Strand, Curradubh Bridge, Curragh Rd. Gleann na nGealt, Cappaclough, Camp Village.
S216 –KILLSEANNAIG TO CAMP – Every Thursday – Fully Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.
Depart: Killseannaig at 11.45am
Depart: Maharabeg at 11.55am
Depart: Castlegregory at 12.00pm
Depart: Stradbally at 12.10pm
Depart: Aughacasla at 12.20pm
Arrive: Camp Old School at 12.30pm
Arrive: Camp Old School at 1.15pm.
Depart: Camp Old School at 4.00pm
Pick up and Drop off Points.
Killseannaig, Fahamore, Stradbally, Maharabeg, Castlegregory, Aughcasla, Camp.
Tralee Musical Society in conjunction with The Kerryman are pleased to announce the return of the very popular Group Variety Competition “Tops of the Towns.” Contact Tim Landers – 0834056829.
Legendary Kerry Footballer Maurice Fitzgerald launched Weeshie Fogarty’s book “My Beautiful Obsession” in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Friday night last. Weeshie’s book is a lovely story of many parts, depicting Weeshies many life experiences working in St. Finans Mental Hospital, Killarney as well as covering a vast era in sporting history in every code touching the lives of the great, the ordinary and the famous in our time ! Available in all good bookstores throughout the country ! Congratulations Weeshie ! This book is a classic for Kerry people and would be a wonderful stocking filler for Christmas this year !!
Tesco, Manor, Tralee are organising a Mock Wedding in The Stretford Inn, Causeway in aid of Suicide Awareness Ireland. If you wish to support please contact local organiser Eddie O Donnell – 087 365 8011.
A ceremony in memory of the deceased members of Camp ICA will be held in The Church of Ireland, Kilgobbin on Thursday, 22nd. November at 7.30 p.m. All welcome.

Camp Calendar 2013

Camp Calendar – Preview (September 2013) Camp SheepFair by Sean Barry

Camp Calendar 2013 is out !! A beautiful calendar with lots of local photographs, taken by local people, a must to hang on your wall at home or abroad. E10 per copy. Away from home, you can order through email – Copies in shop and in pubs in Camp. Telephone – Bernadette – 066/7130120


COMMUNITY ALERT: Kerry Gardaí are organising a public meeting on Community Alert on Wednesday, 14th November at The Meadowlands Hotel Tralee at 7.00 p.m. Everybody is welcome to attend this important meeting.
OBITUARY – The death occurred last week of Bill Jeynes, Derrymore (WW2 Pilot DFC). Bill had a wonderful appreciation of classical music and on occasions played the organ in Church. He also accompanied Camp Town Twinning on a few visits to Glomel. He was laid to rest in Ballinknockane Cemetary, Camp following funeral service at The Church of Ireland, Kilgobbin on Monday. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary Bridget, family, many friends and neighbours.
CHARITY WALK: The total of the proceeds raised in The Dingle Way Walk for Friends of Leukaemia and Kerry Cancer Link Bus will be announced at a special event on Friday, November 30th. in Hanafins Bar, Annascaul. Beneficiaries will be presented with their cheques on the night. Everybody welcome !!
A taste of Christmas with Mark Doe will be held at The Manor West Hotel on Wednesday 21st. November. Mulled wine reception is at 6.45 pm and Doors open 6.30 pm . Tickets 10 euro each.
Numbers limited Tickets must be purchased in advance (only). Proceeds to Recovery Haven, Cancer Support House, Tralee.
The many organisations and individuals who helped make the 2012 Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Cycle such a wonderful success were acknowledged at a gathering and dinner held in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Friday night. The 2012 Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Cycle raised E842,100 . The main beneficiaries included Enable Ireland, Build For Life, South West Counselling Centre, Rathmore Social Action, St. Josephs Home, Killorglin and Home from Home, Killarney. Sixteen other charities including Tearmann Day Care Centre based in Dingle Hospital received a donation of E2,000 towards West Kerry Mental Health services. Minister Jimmy Deenihan who was a participant in the cycle attended and Sean Kelly MEP attended on the night along with many local Co. Councillors. Cathal Walsh, Ring of Kerry Cycle acknowledged and thanked all the organisations involved in the day and everybody who helped out in any way. Above all the cyclists who participated and helped raise the funds which benefit the many charities in Kerry were thanked and acknowledged for their commitment and hard work. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny was a participant as well as a promoter and supporter of the event and he was also thanked on the night.
Submissions to be a beneficiary of the 2013, 30th Annual cycle are invited, closing date 30th. November 2012. The 2013 cycle will be held on 6th. July. Application forms are available on website – Cyclists can register online from March 2013 onwards. A large number of West Kerry cyclists take part every year and indeed a few hardy Camp cyclists have been taking in this Annual charity cycle, they can all take real pride in their efforts ! they are helping local charities in Kerry to provide worthwhile and much needed services to our communities. Well done to all and to the hard working Ring of Kerry Cycle Committee who spearhead the entire event.
There will be Prayers for our departed relatives and friends at Ballinknockane Cemetary, Camp on Sunday 25th November at 2.00 p.m. In the event of wet or inclement weather the prayers will be at St. Marys Church, Camp. Church notices for our parish can be accessed on the Annascaul page of the Diocese of Kerry Website – Email –
E500 was raised at the “Trad for Trocaire” event organised by Cian O Moráin at The Railway Tavern, Camp on Tuesday night. Thanks to everybody who so generously supported it !!
The Annual Ceremony of Remembrance for those touched by suicide will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at St. Brendans Church, Tralee at 3.00 p.m. All welcome. Organised by Living Links Kerry, Helpline – 087 900 6300. Email –
CALENDAR: Put Camp on your wall for 2013 ! Order the Camp Calendar for 2013 – Telephone Bernadette – 066/7130120 or email –
Shop local this Christmas and help keep local jobs and services !!
Please submit before 12 noon on Mondays. Email –
Telephone – 066 7130185, 087 2359304. Thank You.


And winter has come. We all awoke to a snowclad CaherCon Roi on Thursday, the first day of winter !! It will soon be time to feed the birds !
Camp Drama Group take to the stage again this Friday, 9th. November in Camp Old School at 8.00 p.m. Entitled “Its on, its off” by Ray Laurence and our Camp group have indeed done it justice and everybody who attended the production last weekend enjoyed it tremendously. Tickets can be purchased at E10 each at O Dwyers Retail Centre, Camp. So hurry and get your ticket right away, they are selling like hot cakes !!
Camp Community Council has a vacancy for a Caretaker. The Position is 19.5 hours a week and will begin as soon as possible. For further information or to apply, please contact Stephen Elvins, Supervisor At 066 7139651 or 087 1677344
Congratulations to Patcheen O Driscoll and Geraldine O Shea, Camp who were married on Friday last in Killarney and held their reception in the GlenEagle Hotel, Killarney. May they enjoy good health and happiness in the years ahead !
Camp Calendar 2013 will be on the shelves next week. A beautiful compilation of local scenes, local places at E10 each, they are great value !! A lovely Christmas gift for all our families at home and abroad !
Available at O Dwyers Retail Centre and in the pubs or by order – through email – or Telephone contact – Bernadette – 066 7130120.
The Annual General Meeting of Camp Irish farmers Association will be held in Ashes Pub on Thursday, 15th November at 8.00 p.m. This is an important meeting for farmers to catch up with all the latest information on schemes, CAP and more ! Complimentary Refreshments will be served courtesy of Kerry IFA. All welcome !
You can log into now from any part of the world at the press of a button on your computer ! The web site is set up by Camp Community Council and carries information on Clubs, Societies, Pubs, Shop, Holiday Accommodation, Activities and Attractions in Camp, its all there , log in anytime, anywhere !
Fitzgeralds will continue to serve a full menu this winter with lots of choices and variations. Their great menu is served each weekday from noon until seven pm.
and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until eight pm. at the Junction Bar
& Restaurant.