Hurricane Darwin wreaked havoc on the Dingle Peninsula turning huge lorries upside down and bringing big trees down like matchsticks. One lorry driver had a very narrow escape when his lorry was caught be a severe gale at the top of Skirlough overlooking the valley of Gleann na nGealt here in Camp. Local lore tells the Dingle Train being blown off the railway track on a November morning in 1911 at almost exactly the same spot. Shortly afterwards a dry stone wall was built on the lower side of the track to prevent such an occurrence again. Thankfully the truck driver in this instance is safe and well and lives to tell the tale, Thank God. The O Dwyer brothers local contractors came to the rescue very quickly and with the aid of 2 Hymacs had the lorry up on its wheels in no time.  Amazingly the lorry drove away following the incident, but serious damage has been done to the cab and may well be a right off in the future. And we were all devastated to hear  that our local  Free Range Eggs hatchery in Lispoil also fell victim to the storm, wonderful products always fresh and wholesome, we hope it will be up and running again as soon as possible and that there is help and assistance out there to combat such a huge loss to the O Mainin family.

On Thursday night the electricity failed in the area with an outage affecting over 4,000 homes.  The hardworking ESB crews had it back on by lunchtime on Friday.  Great credit and gratitude is due to the ESB, Telecom and Kerry Co. Council workers who were out in all weathers trying to keep services going for the communities all over the country. Sadly one man lost his life working in West Cork. Fr. John Buckley PP included him in the prayers at Masses in our parish on Sunday. God rest His Soul.



Camp Community Childcare centre are holding a Mouse Racing night on Saturday 22nd February in The Junction Bar, Camp at 9pm.  It’s a first for this new novel fundraiser in Camp and will be great fun !!

DJ XY playing old & new hits, Fantastic Raffle prizes and much more,  curious, then come along for a fun night out and you’ll be supporting a vital local service.


Camp Drama Tickets available at O’Dwyers Londis for the hilarious comedy “A Wake in the West” at Old School Camp, Thursday 27th , Friday 28th February, Saturday 1st March.


Kerry Irish Farmers Association Regional Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19th February at The Skellig Hotel, Dingle. Guest speaker James McCarthy IFA Regional Chairman.   Castlegregoryman Pat O Shea was elected onto the National Executive of the IFA at their recent AGM in The Manor West Hotel Tralee. Well done and Good luck Pat !


The Brendan O Driscoll Scholarship Trust was set up in remembrance of Annascaul Gaelic Footballer Brendan Bawnie O Driscoll who died tragically after collapsing while playing a West Kerry Championship game for his beloved Annascaul GAA club in October 2011.The Trustees wish to thank all those who contributed to the Trust Fund and wish to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Bursary of €1000 for the 2013-14 academic year. Applications are welcome from first year third level students from the West Kerry area, applicants must be a member of one of the five clubs that make up the West Kerry Board;  Annascaul, Lispole, Castlegregory, Dingle & An Gaeltacht, and must be in the first year of a Third Level College course.Interested parties can get an application form by sending an e-mail to bodtrust@gmail.comThe 2012-13 Scholarship was awarded to Gavin Curran of the Dingle GAA Club.Applications will close on April 1st 2014.


The Annascaul senior football team have one win from two games in the West Kerry league, after losing to An Ghaeltacht at Paddy Kennedy memorial park over the weekend on a score line of 2-13 to 0-17. Unfortunately, they were unable to build on their win over Dingle in the earlier round. Aidan Crean gave them the perfect start with three points in the opening seven minutes. However, An Ghaeltacht responded immediately with three unanswered points of their own. Annascaul conceded a goal in the 15th minute and were down by four, until Daniel O’Connell, Shane Foley, Jason Hickson and Emmet Kennedy dragged them back into the game with four points before halftime. The halftime score was Annascaul 0-10, An Ghaeltacht 1-7.

The home side started the second half in great form, with Shane Foley slotting over after a great run. But what Annascaul could do, An Ghaeltacht did better, as a flurry of scores put them four points ahead at the three-quarter mark.

Annascaul looked to the bench in the closing minutes in an effort to level the match, but it was to no avail, and An Ghaeltacht ran out winners by two points. Best for Annascaul were Shane Foley, Emmet Kennedy, Daniel O’Connell, Fionn Coakley and man-of-the-match was Jason Hickson. On another note, congratulations to Paul Whelan on his first start for the senior football team. Next weekend  Annascaul will take part in the Paidí O’Sé Invitational Tournament, and their first game is at home, on Saturday morning.Tommy Pierce, Andrew Finn, Gearoid O Shea, Eoghan O Neill, Daniel O’Connell (0-1), David Clifford, Paul Whelan,Emmet Kennedy (0-1), James Scanlon,Ger Farrelly, Shane Foley (0-3), Fionn Coakley (0-1),

Aidan Crean (0-3), Jason Hickson (0-8), Johnny Deane. SUBS: Declan Lindsey, Stephen Pierce, Patrick O’Shea, Shane Scanlon, Jamie Quirke, Donal O’Connor, Alan Falvey.


Tralee – Monday mornings in February/March –  Mindfulness teaches us to direct our attention to what is happening right here, right now, with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experience. Mindfulness can help us to see what causes stress and suffering in our lives and can allow us to see our challenges and learn to relate differently to them. The programme will be practical and will include guided body scan meditation, mindful breathing and mindful movement.  Dates: 5 week programme – Monday 24th February to Monday 24th March.

Morning class:  10.30 am – 12 pm. Venue:  St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, Rock St. Tralee Cost: €80. To book a place, please Telephone Susan Barrett on 087 2838171.


Camp Notes – 22nd January 2014



Transition Kerry is made up of a group of people interested in issues relating to sustainable living and resilient communities. Formed in 2007, the group have organised regular information evenings dealing with issues such as waste management, water conservation, energy use, sustainable transport, local food, climate change and peak oil. Transition Kerry have also been involved with a number of day events at festivals, harvest fairs, etc  – all with a view to informing the community of the life choices they can make that will have a positive environmental impact and in many instances save them money.

Transition Kerry have designed a series of six, 1.5 hour workshops for community groups/Tidy town which will kick off in early 2014. The workshops will provide a hands on, practical approach to the following issues;

How to plan and design communities, Energy Choices, Preventing Food Waste, Water Conservation

Food Resilience, Final Workshop.

There is a charge of €20 in total per person and this money will be returned to the community group to help develop a project that may emerge from the discussions at the workshops. The workshops will only work where there is good participation as it is not envisaged  to have a sitting/listening. Contact –  Email – Mary at – or Michael at .


A fundraiser – Cookery with Mark Doe will be held in  Soly Sombra, Killorglin on Thursday January 31st. At 7.00 p.m. in aid of Killorglin Childcare Centre. Raffle and Spot Prizes on the night.


The Michael O Donnell Annual Darts Tournament will be held this Saturday, 25th January at The Junction Bar and the Final will be held on 31st. January in Bolands Bar, Castlegregory. All proceeds raised will go towards Dun Laoghaire Rehabilitation Centre.


Paddy O Brien has reached “three quarters of a century” and to celebrate Paddy was joined by all his family and friends  at The Junction Bar, Camp on Friday night for music song and lovely food and refreshments.  Here’s hoping the friendly bus driver “ who never leaves anybody behind”  enjoys the next quarter !!  Happy Days Paddy, go maire tu an chead !!

CAMP FAIR – Down Memory Lane

And on Saturday spare a thought for the many farmers in West Kerry who brought cattle and sheep to Camp Fair on January 26th !!  They now herd in greener pastures and The January Fair is assigned to  history.  Only Camp September Fair has survived and Annascaul has Ballinclare in May and October, wonderful traditions and indeed a necessary part of a vibrant agricultural  economy at the time  !  Up until the late 1950’s There were monthly Fairs in Castlegregory and in Dingle.  These are no more, but the memories and stories linked with them still live on in the folklore of our times.


St. Vincent De Paul Annascaul wish to thank all who helped to raise funds in 2013; those who gave donations, helped with bag packing & contributed to the annual collections outside Church gates in Annascaul, Camp & Inch. All monies are used locally. Contact No.: 089 425 294


Senior Citizens Annual Social at The Dingle Sceilig Hotel on Sunday 9th February @ 2.00 p.m. Dinner and Refreshments served. Music – Billy Donegan – Price –E15.00. Failte roimh cách. Everybody welcome.