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Vale by The Sea
by Sean Farrell

Beneath rolling hills, in the valley of Kings.
Lies a magical place, full of wonderful things.
A land of great beauty, a travellers rest,
A welcoming stop on the road to the west.

Majestic green mountains that reach for the sky,
An impenetrable fortress from an age long gone by.
The fruits of great toil, no stone was mislaid,
Where great men presided over all they surveyed.

Magnificent beaches of soft golden sand.
Etched out of stone by the oceans great hand.
Tranquil blue waters where fish like to bite,
Reflecting Gods beauty by day and by night.

They came from all over, so folklore does tell,
To purify minds with a sup from the well.
Mad Sweeney found peace here in banishment days,
While Merlin took shelter on one of many forays.

The church of Saint Elton looks out on the bay,
You can scan the horizon on a clear summers day.
Brandon Bay glistens away to the west,
From where Brendan set sail on his arduous quest.

Her trails and her pathways reveal hidden gems,
From old railway crossings to sweet fuschia stems.
Old gravestones and ring forts and a derelict Cill,
Archaeological wonders where time has stood still.

Then weary explorers can rest and sit back,
In a quaint public house full of music and craic.
Where princes and paupers have savoured a drink,
Or stolen a moment to ponder and think.

Another place like it I never have been.
Her beauty unrivalled in all that I?ve seen.
So wherever life takes me, come whatever may be.
My heart will remain in that vale by the sea.

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Camp Notes – October/November 2018

WEDDING  Congratulations to Kate O Donnell, daughter of Sheila and the late Seamus,  Knockglossmore, Camp and Patrick Crowley, son of Eileen and Eamonn,  Killorglin who were married on Friday last at St. Marys Church, Camp.  Fr. Gerry Keane PP, Annascaul officiated.  Afterwards a wonderful wedding reception was enjoyed by a large gathering of family and friends at The Ballygarry House, Hotel, Tralee and on Saturday evening an after wedding party at The Railway Tavern, Camp was again a great afternoon of entertainment, enjoyed by all.     Kate and Pa,  Go n-éirí an t-adh libh !

CAMP SOCIAL  Why not take a trip down memory lane and join us on Friday, 7th December  when Camp are hosting a Community social evening.   Where? . in Camps very own newly refurbished Community Centre in Camp Sportsfield . Enjoy a three course meal with wine reception followed by music and dance with our very own Noreen Ashe.    Doors open at 7.30 p.m. . This promises to be a memorable community social event so put the date in your calendar.  Tickets €20 are available from Community Council members and Mace supermarket Camp .   No tickets at the door on the night !!.  All welcome . BYOB.

CAMP ACTIVITY DINNER   Camp Activity Dinner for Active Retired every Thursday in the Old School, Camp at 1.00 p.m. Bus service available !   Everybody welcome !  Contact – Thomas  087 2450488.

BALLINCLÁR DVD  Balllinclár Fair DVD filmed by Bill Dillon in 1995/96 is a lovely historic and entertaining story of the Annual Ballinclár Fair in the village of Annascaul.   It will be shown on a big screen in the Community Centre in Annascaul on Friday next 9th November at 8.00 p.m. Teas and refreshments will be served. DVDs on sale on the night for E20.00 each.   Everybody welcome !

HAIR HEAVEN CHARITY FUNDRAISER So this years charity Hair Heaven  fundraiser  is in aid of the Irish Cancer Society!!
We are looking for HEADS to shave or dye… if you are interested please contact us on 0879245124. We are holding a shave or wax night in Ashes Bar Camp on the 16th November.  It promises to be a fun night… so if you know some one who would participate  wax or shave please let us know as it’s for a great cause !

ICA  A lovely prayer service and readings lead by Rev. Phyllis Jones was held at the Church of Ireland, Kilgobbin on Thursday night last for the deceased members of Camp ICA members and friends in the community.  Rest In Peace.  Afterwards Helen Martin, Secretary Camp ICA presented Maura Sullivan Kerry Hospice Association  with a cheque for E800.00, proceeds of the Camp Fair Coffee/Tea Day.  Maura thanked Camp ICA and all those who support this event annually. Kerry Hospice Christmas cards  available in O Dwyers/Mace Supermarket, Camp.  Teas and refreshments served on the night. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY   And surprise birthday parties were happening all over the village at the weekend !   Pat O Brien, Upper Camp arrived at Ashes Bar on Saturday night to a jubilant crowd of wellwishers, family and friends to mark a special birthday.  And on Sunday evening the Railway Tavern was packed to the door with musicians, singers, family and friends all there to wish Mike O Neill, Proprietor of The Railway a Happy birthday,  And Mikes old school pal, Patcheen O Driscoll also celebrated a big birthday a few weeks ago.   Wishing Mike and Patcheen and Pat  all the very best and many more years celebrating birthdays,  Go maire sibh an Chéad !

STORIED KERRY A Meitheal Consultation Conference led by Frank Lewis was held in Killarney last Saturday.  The  gathering was  to celebrate and promote the story of Kerry and Kerry’s stories, the day was both inspiring and interesting.  District representatives lead thematic workshops and discussions.

Dr. Criostóir Mac Carthaigh, National Folklore Collection, UCD, Dr. Richard McElligott, UCD and  Batt Burns, Seanachaí were among the panel of eminent speakers on the day.  

And there was story telling too,  Sean Lyons, Tralee and Killorglin’s own Eamonn Edso Crowley had the house in peals of laughter telling stories in their own inimitable way and some with a moral to them too.  Long may the art of story telling continue and grow  in our county, unique to us all in Kerry.

 Congratulations to Frank Lewis Chairman and Founder and the committee of Meitheal.  Local area consultation was chaired by the following –  Michaél O Coileáin, Daingean Uí Chúis, Pat Kavanagh, Caherciveen, Tommy Martin, Castleisland, Brendan O Sullivan, Kenmare, Donal Hickey, Killarney, Eamonn Crowley, Killorglin, Mary Kennelly, Listowel, Séan Lyons, Tralee.  Go néirí an t-adh libh !

OBITUARY Sympathy is extended to John Michael O Shea, Killelton and all the family on the recent death of his brother,  Patrick Joe O Shea, 30, Clogher Drive, Lixnaw and late of Balinagare, Lixnaw.   Rest In Peace.

VW WEEKEND  And its getting bigger and better every year !  Up to a hundred VW Camper vans and cars of all shapes and sizes converged on the Junction and The Railway Tavern, Camp for the Annual type 2Ireland Org. weekend.  Travelling in a cavalcade through the peninsula on Saturday and enjoying  a mighty session of traditional music on Friday and Saturday night,  it was a very successful event and a great  gathering of friends and enthusiasts  who share a common hobby and interest, a love of the unique and vintage VW Volkswagon Car.

WEDDING  Congratulations to Caitriona Sayers, Derrymore West and John Bowler, Kells, Caherciveen who were married on Friday last at St. Brendans Church, Curraheen and held a wonderful wedding reception at The Rose Hotel Tralee.  Fr. Francis Nolan and Fr. Danny Broderick, cousin of the bride officiated.  Go n.éirí an t-adh libh !

 

 

 

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