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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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Down Syndrome Kerry are very grateful and thankful to 11 year old Aoibhinn O Callaghan from Camp who raised €300 by cutting her beautiful red hair and donating the money to Down Syndrome Kerry. The future is bright, they say !
Aoibhinn is one of the star players with Annascaul GAA Ladies football.
Congratulations Aoibhinn, well done !
Camp Sheep Fair falls on Monday 20th September this year. Camp Fair is an old traditional fair going back many centuries. The mutton pie is top of the menu on the fair day and to this present day local women still bake pies before the fair day using their own unique recipe handed down to them through the generations.
Great news, for all of you thespians amongst us, Camp Drama Group are back on stage. In compliance with HSE Covid-19 regulations outdoor performances in the beautiful scenic setting of Camp Community Sports Field began last week.
Annascaul Seniors are Junior Football champions 2020. Annascaul 2-16 Castlegregory 10 points. What an outstanding performance from each and every one of the team. Killian Falvey was awarded Man of the match. Team Management David Clifford, John Bowler and Sean O’Driscoll deserve to be justifiably proud well done, congratulations to all. Thanks to Radio Kerry for their exhilarating commentary, they didn’t miss a kick of a ball ! a wonderful community service for the County at home and abroad.
Commiserations to Castlegregory, a good team too and all the supporters. Get well soon Joe Wrenn one of Castles longest and committed Management team.
Congratulations to Claire Tracy O Driscoll and all Tyrone people in the locality on a very worthy win over Kerry. Commiserations to Kerry, no doubt the Kingdom will be back.
Congratulations to Eoghan O Driscoll on a lovely voxpop running on Radio Kerry the week before the game. We all know who Eoghan will be supporting in the All Ireland in a few weeks time. Claire and Eoghan, exciting times in the family ! Again well done Tyrone !
Exciting times !
Elizabeth Moynihan nee Hobbert of Kilteenbane, Camp and formerly St. Brendan’s Park, Tralee, passed away peacefully on 15th August. Beloved wife of Joe and mother and best friend of Lorraine, John & Brendan. Sadly missed by her loving family, her grandchildren Brendan, Abbie, Katie, Jack, Rían & Lauren, brothers Mossie & Patsy, sisters Peggy & Teresa, nephews, nieces, son-in-law Glen, daughters-in-law Bridget & Aoife, her relatives, neighbours and friends. Sympathy is extended to all.
A community guard of honour of neighbours, relatives and friends accompanied Elizabeth on her final journey to Camp Cemetary on Tuesday as a mark of respect to a lovely lady who will always be remembered with great fondness by everyone who knew her in life.
Elizabeth was laid to rest in Camp Cemetary following requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Eamonn Mulvihill PP. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to The Palliative Care Unit, U.H.K. or the Rosemary Centre, care of the Gleasure Funeral Home, Tralee.
The death occurred recently of Klaus Schmidtke, Aurich, Germany and formerly of Ballygarrett, Camp and Cloghaneanode, Castlegregory. Beloved husband of the late Lisa Schmidtke and dear father of Veronika and Barbara, granddad of Benedikt, Kathrin and Thomas, Inga, Christopher and David and great granddad of little Cian Jonathan. Klaus will be brought home to rest in Ireland in the near future.
A rememberance service will take place on 6th November at 4.00 p.m in the home of his granddaughter Kathrin Arp in 48291 Telgte-Westbern, Vobhaar 11, Germany.
Klaus and Lisa had many friends in Camp and Castlegregory and enjoyed nothing better then a good conversation with Kathleen and the Late Peter in Dalys Bar, Camp where they loved meeting the locals.
Sympathy is extended to all the family. Rest In Peace.
Sean Scannell delivered a wonderful Camp 5km. view from his home in Ballinknockane, Camp on Saturday morning. Looking North, South, East and West Sean also identified some of the lesser known historical features of the area, of which there are many ! Well done, Sean Congratulations ! If you missed it, you can listen back to the full interview on Radio Kerry Podcast.
The death of Hugh Crean, Keelballylahive, Castlegregory occurred recently. Hugh was a popular and well respected member of our farming community. “A Giant of a man, low in stature, a quote on Hughs RIP condolence page, aptly describes Hugh and the man he was in life to his neighbours, friends and those who knew him.
Fr. Eamonn Mulvihill, PP celebrated requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Castlegregory on Monday, August 23rd and a Guard of honour along the way bade farewell to Hugh on his journey to his final resting place in Camp Cemetary. Rest In Peace.
Sympathy is extended to his wife Bridget (née Keane) family, sons and daughters, Katherine, Joan, Jerome, Clement, Hugh Thomas, Maurice, Peter and Michael, 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, sister Mary (Bradshaw née Crean, USA), sons-in-law Joseph and Peter, daughters-in-law Sigrid, Martina, Rachel, Amy, Michelle and Geraldine, sisters-in-law Rita Crean and Eileen Crean, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
A young West Kerry entrepreneur, a Lispole man who has an amazing talent and a great eye for photography has started up his own business. Comhgairdeachais, Liam Higgins, well done. Go n-éirí an t-adh leat. Check out website https://dinglefilm.com/.
Sean Scannell delivered a wonderful Camp 5km. view from his home in Ballinknockane, Camp on Saturday morning. Looking North, South, East and West Sean also identified some of the lesser known historical features of the area, of which there are many ! Well done, Sean Congratulations ! If you missed it, you can listen back to the full interview on Radio Kerry Podcast.
Fr. Eamonn Mulvihill PP officiated at a Memorial Mass celebrated on Friday 13th August at St. Marys Church Camp for the repose of the souls of Joe and Patricia O Driscoll of Camp and Stamford, Connecticut, USA.
A lone Piper led the funeral cortege down Camp Height past the former home of the O Driscolls and on to their final resting place in Camp Cemetary. A fitting tribute to Patricia and Joe, Patricia, an Irish dance teacher whose love of Irish culture and music stayed with her all of her life.
Joe loved sport and played Gaelic Football, a holder of a Minor All Ireland with Kerry, Joe played football in Boston and New York too and no doubt in the great historical annals of Camp football, Joe O Driscoll has a pride of place.
A Community Guard of Honour stood at Camp Post Office as a mark of respect to Joe and Patricia who will always be fondly remembered in Camp.
Sympathy is extended to their sons, Mike, Sean, Liam, Andy, Matt, and daughter Katie, grandchildren Claire, Seamus, Aidan, Rian, Maeve, Aoife, and Tadhg, to Patricias brother, Michael Marshall and Joes siblings Mícheál, Peggy, Seamus, Mary, Patcheen, Bernie and Anne. Joe and Patricia were predeceased by their grand daughter Ciara and Joes brothers, Sean, Vincent and Gene and nephew Brendan. May their gentle souls rest in peace.
The death has occurred of Hanna Mai Ennis (nee O Connor), Yonkers, New York and Skirlough, Camp. A mass of christian burial was held on Friday, July 30th at St. Anthony’s Church, Yonkers, New York, followed by burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Stevens Ave, Hawthorne, New York.
Mai will always be remembered with great fondness in Camp where she grew up, the second eldest daughter of Francis and Mary Catherine (nee O Donnell), Skirlough, Camp. She visited home regularly down through the years and always called to see all of her neighbours.
A niece of the legendary John Kerry O Donnell of Gaelic Park New York, Mai went over to work in her Uncles business at a young age and settled happily in New York.
Mai was an ardent supporter of Kerry football, indeed it was a family tradition going back generations, her Uncle Tim O Donnell won 3 All Ireland medals with Kerry and both John Kerry and Tim were on the famous Camp football team, winners of the West Kerry league in 1928. Mai’s love and appreciation of Kerry Football and all sports stayed with her all of her life.
Mai was predeceased by her husband.
Sympathy is extended to her daughters Dorreen and Frances, son James, grandchildren, sister Eliza, nieces and nephews and all the extended family, relatives and friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
The news of the death of Bill Dillon, Ard Carraig, Tralee and native of Dingle was received with sadness in Camp.
Bill filmed and produced a Video of Camp Fair Day 1999, a wonderful social history of our annual sheep fair. The Blessing of the Boats in Dingle and Ballinclare are among the many local community events in West Kerry Filmed by Bill. An innovative and creative man of talent, Bills work lives on in our communities, beautiful, momentos of our past !
Bill, Go raibh míle, go ndéána Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. Sympathy is extended to his wife Frances and family.
Tommy Culloty Secretary Kerry IFA addressed The Annual General Meeting of Camp IFA held at the Farm of Tom Griffin, Beheenagh, Camp. Updates on proposed new schemes and developments on CAP informed a lively discussion from the floor. Hill Walking Tourism has become a big industry and earner in the Peninsula. Relative to that a motion was put forward to Govt. for Payments to Landowners in line with payments agreed for Landowners on The South Kerry Greenway and Carrantouhill Mountain.
Campaign for Government Insurance indemnity for landowners to be made absolute in the next weeks. Govt. announcement on this shortly.
Current TAMS payments for farm equipment was declared to be inadequate.
A motion “No dogs ” on hills in compliance with animal welfare and safety was agreed unanimously at the meeting.
The development of a Wool Project is being researched and supported by NEWKD. The price and demand for wool is at an all time low this year.
Tom Griffin Chairman thanked Tommy Culloty IFA and all those who attended the meeting. Sheila Griffin and Catherine, Anna, Conor and David were thanked for the big spread of lovely sandwiches, cakes and pastries enjoyed by all on the night and Tom was acknowledged and thanked for hosting the meeting. The following officers were elected for the coming year.
Chairman Tom Griffin, Secretary John Murphy, Registrar Brigid O Connor, Fourth Delegate Jimmy O Dwyer, Environment Pat Scanlon, Dairy Jack Crean, David Crean, Paschal Rohan and Stephen Martin,
Farm Family David Crean.
Livestock Jack Crean, Gerard McCarthy
Rural Dev. Brigid O Connor, Hill Committee John Murphy and Milo O Brien, Sheep Johnny Kennedy, Gerard McCarthy and John Murphy.
HSE Covid-19 guidelines were adhered to and observed.
CASTLEGREGORY GOLF CLUB say a massive thank you to Nora Rice for the last 8 years, your smile and kindness will be greatly missed in the clubhouse, wishing you all the best from all at castlegregory golf and fishing club. We will see you on the fairways from now on.
And Nora, maybe now you have time for a followup CD.
Nora released 2 albums, Noras Favourites and Lifes Journey in the past years. Both albums are a compilation of some of Noras lovely songs.
We all know that Nora has not yet exhausted her repertoire of beautiful songs and that there is more to come for sure.
Lovely to hear Nora’s voice in the Mall, Tralee recently, streaming out from Cullotys Music Shop and you can purchase any one of her albums in Cullotys too and indeed in all good music shop in Kerry. Don’t forget that Nora is always a regular at The railway Tavern trad. session on Sunday evenings.
Nora Good Luck in the future and thank you for entertaining us all and hopefully for many years to come. Go n-éirí an t-adh leat.
The Scairbhín (pronounced skara-veen) is an Irish weather phenomenon most definitely, translates as ‘the rough month of the cuckoo’ from the phrase ‘garbh mi na gcuach’ and refers to the period comprising the last two weeks of April, and the first two weeks of May. These few weeks are often rampant with changeable extremes of weather patterns. As we often say, in Ireland you can experience 4 seasons in one day and this is most certainly true for the Scarbhín.
Our ancient ancestors who worked the land and were much more in tune with the seasons knew this as ‘the hunger time’ of the year. This is because they were busy planting and tending their crops and they believed that the scarbhin was natures way of ensuring the crops success by the initial ‘unseasonal’ warm weather allowing seeds to germinate, a sudden cold snap would then harden off the young seedlings and the following wind and gales would distribute the pollen and this all coincided with the return of the cuckoo. The bird often heard but seldom seen which adds to its mystique and therefore seen as something of a herald of spring and the milder weather yet to come but not yet arrived.
The rollout of the vaccines for Covid – 19 is going very well in all of the West Kerry Health Centres.
The sense of joy and relief at Annascaul Health Centre over the past weeks is palpable. People were delighted to meet Dr. Pat Myers, recently retired who came back to help out administering the vaccine. A wonderful Doctor, highly thought of and respected by all of his patients down through the years. Wishing Pat a long and healthy retirement and much joy and happiness with his wife and family. Pat, Go n-eirí and tadh leat. Thanks to all the Doctors and staff for their wonderful work and dedication. Go raibh míle !
Weekly Newsletter available in the 3 parish churches, Annascaul, Camp and Inch and in O Dwyers/Mace, Camp and O Donnells Shop. Mass on Radio Kerry Broadcast live at 10.00 a.m. on Sundays. Masses live streamed weekend and weekdays – www.dioceseofkerry.ie and on Facebook.
The death of Joseph, Joe Curran, Lisnsallagh, Fermoy and late of Camp Post Office occurred on Wednesday 21st April. Joe passed away peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff at St. Patrick’s Community Hospital Fermoy in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Mc Intyre) and dear father of Helen, Mary, Anne, Ken and the late Adrian, brother of Gabriel, Nancy, Betty and the late Frances. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family, sons-in-law Gerard, John and Kieran, daughter-in law Martina, grandchildren Ciara, David, Iain, Paul, Nicola, Emma, Enda and Eoin, great-grandchildren Lauren, Nathan, Hallie and Izzy, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends. Joe is fondly remembered growing up in Camp in the family Post Office.
Joe worked with An Post for 47 years, after a short time in Longford and Newbridge, Joe was appointed Post Master in Fermoy where he met his wife Mary, raising a family, he settled well into the community of Fermoy where he was very popular and held in high esteem.
His son Ken began the tribute to his father at his funeral Mass on Saturday with a beautiful poem penned by Joes brother Gabriel which truly captured the essense of a man who lived a full and happy life. Joe was a great musician, a fiddle player and he performed to thousands over the years with the Avondhu Ceili Band.
He was a keen gardener too and a beekeeper and among the items brought to the altar were some vegetables from his garden and his own honey.
Ken, in his final words about his father said Joe always considered himself a Kerryman, though he was born in West Meath and indeed he was a proud Kerry and Campman to the end.
Joe was laid to rest in Kilcrumper new cemetary following Requiem Mass at St. Patricks Church, Fermoy on Saturday. Ar dheis Dé go raib a anam dílis.
Sympathy is extended to Ann O Neill and family, The Railway Tavern Camp on the death of her brother Joe Hehir, Caherconlish, Limerick. Joe loved Camp and enjoyed many a good night of music in The Railway. R.I.P.
Frances Falvey née O’Callaghan, Main St., Annascaul and formerly of Tullig, Castlegregory passed away peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at West Kerry Community Hospital on 15th April, beloved wife of Denny and dearest mother of Breda, John, Tim & Brendan.
Sadly missed by her loving family, her grandchildren Niall, Jack, Alan, Aoife, Killian, Emma, Peter, Lily & Hannah, son-in-law Mike, daughters-in-law Mary, Fiona & Nancy, brother Michael, sisters Maureen & Kathleen, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends.
A private family funeral took place for Frances with her Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Moynihan was streamed live online on Monday from the Sacred Heart Church, Annascaul. Interment followed in Ballinclár Cemetery, Annascaul.
Frances was a dedicated community person, never counting the hours she gave to her community down through the years.
In a lovely tribute to his mother at her funeral Mass, John reminisced on the life of his mother, her love of Kerry GAA always displaying the flag outside the pub, and her pride at her own family GAA achievements with Annascaul and Kerry.
She was founder of Annascaul Care of The Aged organising many events including weekly card games which were the highlight of the week for many including herself. A lovely lady, Frances will always be remembered with great fondness by her many friends in the parish of Annascaul and beyond.
Ní bheid a leithéid arís ann.

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