CAMP NOTES – 29th September 2014 – WEST KERRY LIVE



Congratulations to Tracy O Neill, The Railway Tavern, Camp and Thomas O Connor, Tralee who were married on Friday last at St. Mary’s Church, Camp. Fr. Donal O Neill assisted by Fr. John Buckey PP officiated at the ceremony and Mass.  Afterwards a large gathering of family and friends enjoyed a wonderful meal and wedding reception at The Ballygarry House Hotel,  Tralee. Tracy and Thomas,  Go n-Eirí and t-adh libh !


Congratulations to Annascaul Club footballer, Fionn Coakley, Camp, of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí and St.Brendans Park FC who has been awarded a prestigious football scholarship to the USA through the PASS4Soccer Network programme. Fionn will be attending  St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, USA and he will combine his University studies alongside playing high level football for the next four years. Well done Fionn, Go n-eirí go geal leat !


A Conference aimed at building bridges between Kerry and its Diaspora abroad organised by Minister for the Diaspora  Jimmy Deenihan TD  was held in Fels Point Hotel Tralee on Friday 19th September. The event brought together some of the top players in Business in Kerry and abroad.  Young entrepreneurs from our own parish now living abroad were also among the speakers, Tommy Kennedy, New York and Maum, Camp Vice President, ET Kennedy Coastal Construction in New York and Brian Sheehy, Anagap, Annascaul CEO of  Future Bars Inc. San Francisco addressed the gathering.  Marie Therese O Connor-Sogabe, Expert Projects Manager at Pacific, Gas & Electric, San Francisco and native of Gleann na nGealt, Camp is also part of this forum, but was unavailable to attend this event. This is the 10th conference of its kind nationally and is part of a process to encourage more networking between businesses at home and abroad. Brian Sheehy and Marie Therese O Connor Sogabe left for San Francisco in the early 1990’s and Tommy Kennedy is second generation Irish in New York, his father Tom having left our shores in the early 1970’s. Building a network of Kerry professionals across the globe in an effort to better the economy in Kerry in whatever way possible is what Minister Deenihan hopes to achieve from this forum.


Congratulations to local Ploughman Moss Trant, Curaheen who was placed third in the National Horse ploughing at the Ploughing Championship at Ratheniska last week. Well done, Moss !


Sympathy is extended to the families of  Mary Conlon (nee Kennedy) Beheenagh, Camp and Sr. Ellen Mary Berg, Marian Missionaries of  Christ Crucified, Mountoven, Camp and California who passed to their eternal reward recently. Go nDéana Dia trocaire ar a n-anamacha.


Congratulations to Linda Fitzgerald who had a wonderful 21st  Birthday  with family and friends at The Junction Bar, Camp on Saturday night.


 The Annual Ballinclare Horse and Sheep Fair is taking place on Sunday next, 5th October in Annascaul. ASheep show starts at 1pm, in front of  Hanafins Bar. Categories:  Best Texel Ram, Best Suffolk Ram, Best Scotch Ram Lamb-Yearling Ram-Aged Ram and Pin of 3 Ewe Lambs & Best Horse on the Day. Best Dressed Farmer on the Day. Best Dressed Lady on the Day, King & Queen of Annascaul. Mutton pies and Music in the local Bars. Pet Show Competition Hanafins Bar, Treasure Hunt @ 4 pm Church Grounds, Bouncing Castle South Pole Inn.  Always a  great day out for all the family.


Bootcamp Gym now open at O Dwyers Retail Centre, Camp.  Classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday,

9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.  First Session is FREE OF CHARGE.  Contact – Sean Connell 087 2456517.


Aughacascla School parents are organising a Halloween Party at The Old School, Camp on Saturday, 25th October from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.  Entry –  E5.00 per child, E10.00 per family.


Camp Community Council is now registered for the Senior Alert Scheme. Application forms may be obtained by emailing by those wishing to participate in the scheme.

GAA – Annascaul V Lispole Match Report:

It was tit for tat in the opening period with points from Shane Foley, Jason Hickson and Emmet Kennedy leaving the sides level at the quarter mark with four points apiece. In the 16th minute Tommy Pierce denied Lispole a goal and both sides shared points again before a long ball in by James Scanlon; broken by Shane Foley, saw Aidan Crean finish to the back of the net. This goal separated the sides at the half way mark. Annascaul 1-06 to Lispole 0-06

It took Annascaul 17 minutes to put a score on the board in the second half leaving Lispole dominate in the opening period resulting in Lispole clawing back into the game going a point up at the outset of the final quarter. Annascaul came back into the game at this stage with points from James Crean and Jason Hickson which were answered by a hungry Lispole seeing them two points up with five minutes to go. Annascaul didn’t give up with a point from Jason Hickson in the 26th minute and a pressurised free kick seeing the sides level at the blow of the final whistle. Both sides in this local derby ended with fourteen men apiece and will be equally glad to have come away with a share of the spoils.

Best for Annascaul: Gearoid O’Shea, Emmet Kennedy, James Scanlon, James Crean and man-of- match Jason Hickson




Camp Fair was bigger and better than ever this year !  Sheep for sale were in greater numbers than previous years and everybody sold out early in the day. There were some fine horses and ponies too, the prize of the day went up the Camp road to Kilteenbane to Aislinn O Donnell owner of the Champion horse and pony of the day. The Sheep Show Overall Champion stayed local too and Pádraig Deane’s scotch ram Lamb was judged the best at the show, winning the John O Shea Perpetual Cup. Jack Crean, Knockglossbeg, Camp won the the Michael O Shea Perpetual Cup for the best traditional pen and David Crean, Knockgloss Beg took the prize for the Pen of Best Quality Sheep.

Dan Griffin, Lispole presented his Uncle Tommy Griffin’s Perpetual to John Prendiville, Lispole for the Best Scotch Ewe Lamb.  And 2nd prize in the same category to John Prendiville and 3rd. to Tom Brosnan, Annascaul.  Dalys Bar Perpetual Cup went to James O Donnell, Slieve in the Best Texal/Cheviot category and Tom Griffin was 2nd and James O Donnell 3rd in this category.

The Jack Quirke Perpetual Cup for the Best Scotch Ram Lamb was awarded to –  Pádraig Deane, 2nd  and 3rd. prize went to John Prendiville.

Scoth Yearling Ram – O Dwyers Perpetual cup – winners 1st.  and 2nd. Tom Griffin, Beheenagh, 3rd. Tom Brosnan, Lispole.

Scotch Aged Ram – Martin Crean Perpetual Cup – 1st.  and 2nd.  Tom Brosnan, Lispole.

Winner of The Overall champion Sheep at the show –  Pádraig Deane, Beheenagh.

2nd Champion Sheep – Michael Cahillane Perpetual Cup – John Prendiville, Lispole.

The traditional mutton pie was in great demand in Ashes Bar, who had a great menu for the Fair. And Mary Fitzgerald’s pies at The Junction Bar were going like hot cakes as always, all day.  Good food, Breakfasts and lunches were going on in O Dwyers Supermarket/cafe all day too and for tea and coffee and lovely cakes and desserts many people called to the ICA Hospice Day at The Old School.  As always there was great music and dancing on Camp Fair night in all of the pubs. The children came to the Fair from school and Cian and Mark Griffin, Beheenagh were just in time to accept the winning cup with their Grand Dad, Tom at The Sheep Show in Dalys Yard.  Great Day, Great Camp Fair again this year ! long may it continue to brighten up the final days  of summer fun in Camp !!


The Annual Camp Junction Vintage Day held on Sunday September 14th. was a huge success again this year. Well done to all the organisers and helpers who raised E2,500 for The Kerry Kidney Association.

In addition to the usual array of beautiful Vintage Cars and Tractors, there was a huge programme of new activities at this year’s Vintage. The traditional turf cutting in the old fashioned way with the Sléan attracted huge interest, people were having a go all day long and what a wonderful spectacle it was, and Mike Fitzgerald even lit a fire and made the Tea for us,  “making it the perfect day in the bog” !!   Abbeyfeale men came to mow some hay with scythes and John Deane and Eoghan Herlihy were operating the thresher while Moss Trant’s  horses ploughed a few ridges to the delight of the onlookers, who never saw horses ploughing in their life.  We had competition too and David Kelliher showed his skills in the JCB Digger challenge shifting an egg into a container ! No joke of a feat and he did it in 51 seconds flat !!  And the men from Aughacasla and Camp pulled  in The Tug of War, great craic too !

Winners in the raffle were as follows – Car Radio – Aoibhinn Leen, Junction Bar Voucher – John F. O Donoghue, Pisces Restaurant, Castlegregory Voucher – Christy Deane and Denny Cronin won 3 prizes – 2 vouchers for O Dwyers, Mace, Camp and a bottle of wine.


Camp Youth Club registration night and AGM will take place on Friday 3rd. October at Camp Community Sports Centre at 7.30 p.m. Please bring all children wishing to join the club for 2014-2015 club year, both parents and children must sign the forms on the night.