Camp Notes – 30th. August 2014



The organisers of the ‘Jamie Wrenn Castlegregory Walk’ would like to extend a massive thank you to all who participated on the day and to everyone for their generous sponsorship including food, transport, services and time. To date this walk alone has raised €12,500 for the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus. Well done to all!


Caitriona Sayers, Derrymore West was the winner of The Best dressed Lady at the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show on Saturday night.  And at Galway races Caitriona was  the winner of Ladies Day in the Galway Menlo Hotel on the last evening of the Races.The beautiful and stylish Caitriona was wearing a “Tina Girffin Design Dress” and “Carol Kennelly” Millinery head dress. Congratulations Caitriona !  You have done us proud !!


Congratulations Camp ladies Team –  Eileen Quirke, Breda Quirke and Ailise Deane on winning the All-Ireland Final 3 hand Ladies Curragh race at Rosmuc Regatta on Sunday last. Ladies, you did Kerry, Camp and Castle/Maharees proud. Well done !


Castle Pattern Day was on Friday last and the atmosphere was really great, Castle families and friends young and old all gathered together to meet on Pattern Day !  Baby Aisling Flynn, one year old this pattern, was there with her grandmother Teresa Rice and her great grandmother Mary Scanlon was around too. Peter, in the Post Office was giving out sweets to the children, like in olden days in the corner house shop, Laurence Courtney, traditional musician now living in the West Kerry Gaeltacht came across the hill for the pattern and Fr. Gene O Donnell was home from San Hose, California  for the Pattern too. The traditional  Pattern Pie was available all over the village and music spontaneous early in the day and organised as the day went on added to the atmosphere of a truly enjoyable Castle Pattern Day. Long may it continue to be one of the great social events on our calendar in this part of the world.

GAA – Annascaul V Keel Match Report

Jason Hickson opened the scoring for Annascaul with a point from a free in the opening minute, Aaron Murphy quickly replied with a pointed free for the visitors. Keel were then denied two goal chances but Thomas Ladden eventually converted a point on the rebound of a Tommy Pierce save. Gary Sayers and James Long slotted three more points inside the opening quarter for Keel while Annascaul will rue four missed opportunities before Jason Hickson struck the ball to the back of the Keel net, Keel now one point up at the quarter mark.

A low scoring second quarter saw Keel and Annascaul add two further points each to their tally leaving the half time score Annascaul 1-3 to Keels 0-07.

Annascaul were unlucky not to go two points up at the start of the second half with a missed opportunity on goal. Keel added to their lead with points from Aaron Murphy, Jason Foley and Gavin Evans but Annascaul’s Emmet Kennedy and Aidan Crean kept the home side within two points of the visitors at the three quarter mark.

It wasn’t until the twenty eight minute again that the scoreboard got further use, with Jason Hickson pointing from a free to put one point between the sides in the dying minutes, what ensued was to be a thriller of a finale. Annascaul would have thought prematurely that they had a share of the spoils when Shane Foley pointed straight after to level the sides just inside full time. Keel were looking for the win though, and on the next kick out James Nagle received a ball that saw him score for the visitors. Was it to be Keels day? Not if Jason Hickson had anything to do with it, pointing from a free in the next run of play seeing the sides level at the final whistle Annascaul 1-08 Keel 0-11.

The man of the match title for both teams in this local derby was sponsored by Sammy’s Restaurant Inch, the prize being dinner for two in Sammy’s to each teams Man of the match, Annascaul’s Jason Hickson and Keel’s James Long being the lucky recipients.


Team – Annascaul

Tommy Pierce, David Smith, Gearoid O’ Shea, Eoghan O’ Neill, Ger Farrelly, James Farrell, David Clifford, James Scanlon, Emmet Kennedy (0-01), Kenneth Quirke, James Crean (0-01) Shane Foley (0-01) Aidan Crean (0-02) Jason Hickson (1-03, 3f), Vince O’Driscoll.

Subs: John Bowler, Jonathon Deane for Vince O’ Driscoll, Genie Farrell for David Clifford, Sean O’ Hara, Alan Falvey.

Team – Keel

Stephen Cahillane, Gavin Evans (0-01), Emmet Ashe, Donal O’Neill, Shane Prendiville, Martin Burke, Eoin O’ Neill, Thomas Ladden (0-01) James Long (0-01), Gary Sayers (0-03) Jason Foley (0-01) ,Terry O Sullivan, Aaron Murphy (0-03,2f), Colm O’ Neill, Aaron Cahillane.

Stephen Cahillane, Gavin Evans (0-01), Emmet Ashe, Donal O’Neill, Shane Prendiville, Martin Burke, Eoin O’ Neill, Thomas Ladden (0-01) James Long (0-01), Gary Sayers (0-03) Jason Foley (0-01) ,Terry O Sullivan, Aaron Murphy (0-03,2f), Colm O’ Neill, Aaron Cahillane.

Subs: Luke Flynn, John Lawlor, Ronan Sayers, Aaron Brosnan, David McAssey, Liam O’Shea, Dylan Prendergast, James Nagle (0-01).



Congratulations to Aisling  O Sullivan and Pádraig Murphy who were married at St. Marys Church, Camp on Bank Holiday Monday. Aisling is none other than the Beautiful Tralee born actress of stage and screen stardom,  in recent years playing  lead roles in the RTE drama productions “Raw” and The Clinic.” and in  John B. Keane’s  “Moll” in The Abbey Theatre. Pádraig Murphy is of course  well rooted in Camp, his late father Pádraig along with his grandmother Hannah being teachers in Camp Old School up until its closure in 1970. And not forgetting his GAA heritage in Kerry football, his Uncles the renowned Murphy brothers and his father who brought a fair share of All Ireland medals to Camp in the fifties and sixties.  May Aisling and Pádraig enjoy many years of wedded bliss. Go n-éirí an t-adh libh.


Congratulations to John Kennedy, Maum, Camp, first from the parish to cross the line in the Annascaul 10k road run and in a very impressive time of 44 minutes. The Annascaul 10k Charity run was held around Annascaul on the Bank Holiday weekend.The young farmer who has only recently taken up running has done us all proud.  John, a newcomer to athletics, has participated in no formal training whatsoever, his mountain “Gym”  is his workout, herding sheep and cattle up on the farm. Well done John and well done to all who participated in this very successful event.


E940 was raised in the CF walk held in Camp on the Bank Holiday Monday. Thanks to all who participated in the walk, those who made donations and baked cakes and helped with the teas on the day.


Camp Vintage Rally will be held on Sunday 14th. September at The Junction Bar, Camp. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever. The Kerry Champion Turf Cutting Competition is a new activity, the first in the County with traditional turf cutting using the Sléan, a way of working no longer seen on our bogs today, all of the work now is done by machines. Open to men and women to try their hand and judged by local experts in the field, it will be a real fun activity, but not for the fainthearted, so search for the Sléan, there’s likely to be one in every old haybarn and farmyard and have a go at cutting turf, it’ll be a new experience for many people !

The usual array of vintage tractors, cars, bikes, small machinery will be on show, as well as a threshing machine, sheep shearing, Tug-o-War, Sheepdog Trials, childrens entertainment and much, much more !  All proceeds this year is in aid of The Kerry Branch of the Irish Kidney Association.  The Camp Junction Vintage Club invite you all to come out and support this worthy cause.





Camp Sheep Fair is round the corner once again, falling on Thursday 18th September. There are Prizes for the best pen of sheep as well as a Traditional Pen and we won’t turn away the horses either, last year we had some fine animal in all categories. All are welcome at Camp Fair. The Sheep Show is the highlight of the day and will be held in Dalys Yard.  Please return your perpetual cups won last year to Dalys Bar as soon as possible.  Mutton pies, the staple diet of the day will be available in Ashes Pub and The Junction Bar and Breakfasts and Lunches in O Dwyers Supermarket. Music in the pubs on the night and teas and refreshments in the Old School in aid of the Kerry Hospice all day, Camp Fair is a real family dayout with the children coming off the school bus in the evening to join in the fun. So mark up in your diary, Camp Fair 18th. September, a great day out for all the family !