Camp Notes – August 2018



The Bank holday weekend was one of the busiest ever in Camp and in the Dingle Peninsula for years !

Special occasions, Weddings, Christenings, Walkers and those driving The Wild Atlantic Way, they were all around the place eating, sleeping and revelling !

The first ever wedding was hosted by Sandy Feet Pet Farm on Saturday and later Pakie Farrell and his new Bride Diane, who got married in Mexico in April celebrated with all the family and friends in The Junction Bar, entertainment extension at the rear of the bar. And on Sunday baby Eden Jane Fitzgerald Costello was christened at St. Mary Church, Camp followed by a family christening breakfast back at Fitzgeralds.


After wedding parties continued at The Railway Tavern with a might traditional music session on Sunday with Milo, Gordon and all at their very best including Mike O Neill, himself with his tin whistle joining in from time to time.

And Ashes had a waiting time of 30 minutes for meals, the best of Rorys cuisine ! Accommodation was at a premium around too from Tommys Glamping Accommodation at Ashes, perfect for families and convenient in the heart of the village to our B/B’s who were frantically ringing around for beds at the eleventh hour, every corner available was filled and everybody was happy. A good complaint for sure ! And West Kerry Trekking with ponies and horses to suit all ages doing a great trade, meandering along on beaches and valleys !

There was scarcely a drop of milk or a loaf of bread left in O Dwyers/Mace Supermarket on Monday and food and freshly prepared meals at the delicatessan counter had everybody working flat out throughout the entire weekend. And the service in every establishment in Camp was top class, one tourist remarked – You have a great little village, so everybody be proud, Camp can deliver under all kinds of pressure ! Well done !


Camp Drama present ‘Old Boilers’ in Castlegregory for 1 night only Saturday August 18th in the Clubroom @ 8pm . Tickets for sale in Castlegregory Information Centre. .A night of comedy not to be missed.


A Bingo night will be held in the Old School on Sunday, 19th August at. 7.30 p.m. Proceeds in aid of St. James Church, Dingle. Everybody welcome !


Celebration of Light – Remembrance Ceremony with Kerry Choral Union on Wednesday 15th August at the Tralee Wetlands at 8.00 p.m.


What excitement on Sunday it was to have two Annascaul young men playing with Kerry in Croke Park in the All Ireland MFC Semi Final against Monaghan.

Killian Falvey, Coum dubh and Colm Moriarty, Ballinane are following in the footsteps of greats like Paddy Kennedy, Tommy Doyle, John Doyle and others “quote from Radio Kerry” and well said ! Congratulations to all the team ! They’ll have an audiene watching from all over the world and no more enthusiastic follower than former Annascaul Club footballer , Martin Falvey now heading up the Kerry Club in San Francisco who along with Brian Sheehy, Kevin O Shea all Camp/ Annascaul footballers and many more supporters who will proudly hoist the home flag in September and some will no doubt make it home to Croke Park to cheer them on ! Good luck to Kerry and hope they win the 5 in a row !


And in soccer, congratulations and good luck to Annascaul man Séan Kennedy, 16 years of age, who is off to play professional football with Sunderland AFC in the next week.

Go n-Eirí leat, Séan !


John Patrick Kiely was remembered by his family and friends at a special Mass in St. Marys Church, Camp on Sunday.

John Patrick passed away in London last September and even though he was born and raised in London, he spent all of his childhood and much of his adult holidays in Camp and in Gleann na nGealt, birthplace of his mother Eileen Murphy who emigrated like many of the youth of her time to London and met and married Tipperary man Joh Kiely in London John was the eldest of the Kiely family of 5 children. Sympathy is extended to all the Kiely family and cousins and extended family and friends in Kerry and in London. Rest In Peace !


Happy birthday to Amelia Day, Kilteenbane, Camp. Amelia headed off to Dingle for the day to celebrate with friends ! May Amelia enjoy many more birthdays !


And its off to Castlegregory for the pattern day, Wednesday, 15th August ! Fun, music and craic and mutton pies ! An ancient tradition, see you there !


On Saturday 18th August, Christina O Shea, Killelton, Camp married Tadgh Scanlon, Cappaclough, Camp at St. Marys Church Camp. Afterwards a wonderful wedding reception was enjoyed by over 200 guests at The Ballyroe Hotel, Tralee. A teacher at our local Aughacasla National School, Christina is much loved and very popular with all her young pupils who along with the entire community wish Christina and Tadgh a long and happy life together and many blessings.


Kilgobbin Parish fundraiser held on August 6th at the Old School Camp raised E1585.00 towards essentails repairs to Kilgobbin and Killiney Churches. The orgainsers would like to thank all who generously donateed to the stalls and gave of their time and support. Also a big thank you to all who came and made the day so successful. It was a happy day with wonderful fellowship.


Ned O Shea Crowhill, Annascaul and The Merchant and O Sheas Hotel, Dublin passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August last Ned was a true legend in his own lifetime, a loyal and proud Kerryman and Annascaulman. The Merchant was and still is the headquarters for all Kerry people in Dublin up for All Irelands or indeed for any other occasions.

Kerry man of the Year and Chairman and President of The Kerrymans Assoiciation, Dublin and playing music for Bill Clinton, former Presdident of America in the Whitehouse, Ned took it all in his stride and when a neighbour or musician from West Kerry came into the Merchant, the salutation from Ned was “ have you a bed for the night” He was a humble man who never forgot his roots.


Ned surely epitomised the quote from the Poem of Rudyhard Kipling“ during his lifetime, He did indeed “walk with kings and not lose the common touch “

Ned will be sadly missed by everybody who knew him. Sympathy is extended to his sons and duaghters John, Pat and Cathal, Geraldine, Noranne and Teresa, His siter Nora, grand children, great grand children, sons in law, daughters in law, exrended family. and friends.

 Neds wife Mary predeceased him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis !


NIGHT AT THE DOGS:Annascaul GAA will be holding a fundraising Night at the Dogs at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Saturday 8th September. Tickets, priced at €10, include entry to the rack track on the night and a race programme, and can now be purchased from players and committee members. As well as being a fun night out, this is an important fundraising event for our club development plans and we look forward to as much support as possible.


Paddy O Brien was always fundraising for cancer research and other charities and on September 8th at Camp Junction Paddys Picnic, a day long fundraiser is being organised by Paddys family and friends in aid of the Kerry Palative Care Unit, at University Hospital Kerry, where Paddy spent the last few weeks of his life in the wonderful care of the Nursing staff at the Unit.

The family fun starts at 3.00 and up to 6.00 p.m. There will be fun activities for Kiddies, face Painting, Clowns and more.

Camp Kittens, Dingle Berries and Special guests will entertain from 7.30 p.m. – 9.30, followed by some great craic with comedian Joe Rooney, Pat McDonnell and a Fr. Ted Tribute, the evening will conclude with Katsquire until Late. BBQ and raffles too. Tickets E10.00. Please support ! Donations will be gratefully accepted if you are unable to attend !


The Festival of Kerry is always one of the greatest closing events of the summer in Tralee and around the county of Kerry too. And the fun and great atmosphere of the occasion has always spilled out to us in Camp too. And last week when the Roses came to lunch at Ashes Bar and Restaurant, there was none more delighted and excited than the local children whose admiration for the lovely Roses was palpable.

Afterwards they headed down to Sandy Feet Pet Farm and onto Maharees for a Jaunt with Denny Cronin. And the parish had a Rose Escort too, Daniel O Connell from Inch was an escort to 2 of the roses over the week in Tralee. And Ocean View Nursing Home had their own party with music and dance and staff donning Rose sashes and the residents loved it.


On Friday, 14th September a Table Quiz will be held in Ashes for Camp Fair which is round the corner ! Everybody welcome. Proceeds towards trophies and prizes for the fair.


Camp Sheep Fair is falling on Tuesday 18th September. Sheep Show, Adult and Childrens Fancy Dress and Face Painting. Pet Show and Sheep Show and sheep for sale ! Mutton pies and music and craic in the pubs. All perpetual trophies and cups for the sheep show to be returned to Ashes Bar Camp before the Fair please.






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