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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 February 2020


GREAT FOOTBALL WIN
Annascaul Club footballer, James Crean, Knockgloss beg, Camp scored a point with Cork Institute of Technology in the final minutes of the game.
defeating Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and winning the coveted Trench College Cup.  Congratulations James and teammates. Well done !
BASKETBALL
Campman Daire Kennelly, Killelton Captained the All Ireland Champion Mercy Mounthawk Basketball team to victory recently.
Congratulations, well done Daire and all the team.
OBITUARY
The news of the sudden death of Bernie Rohan, Deelis, Camp on Tuesday morning was received with shock and sadness by everybody.
A lovely lady, quiet and gentle, she will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.
Bernie was so well liked by everybody  and everybody who came into The Clubroom in Castlegregory where she worked will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace.
Sympathy is extended to her brother Martin, sisters Catherine & Mary (O’Connor)
nephew Joseph, niece Claire, brother-in-law Willie, cousins, neighbours, relatives and many friends.
Bernie was laid to rest in Killiney Cemetary following Requiem Mass at St. Marys Church, Castlegregory on Saturday 15th. February.
EVENING WITH THE LEGENDS – DVD
Camp Community Council are delighted to announce that a DVD of the Evening with the Legends is now available to purchase.
An evening with The Legends held in honour of Tommy Doyle & Sean Murphy last June will be remembered as one of the great events in the parish.
The DVD, priced €15, is available to purchase at O’Dwyers MACE,
Ashes Bar, Fitzgeralds Junction Bar and O NeilLs Railway Tavern.
A wonderful gift for any Kerry football enthusiast any time of the year
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE:
Love Yourself, Heal Your Life: Juliana Murphy, Fri 28th Feb. to Sun 1st March. Workshop based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. Contact 0872915343.
Change Your thinking Change Your Life: Juliana Murphy & Anne O’ Donnell, 6 week Personal Development Course, starts Tues. 3rd March,  7.30pm-9.00pm. Contact 0872915343.
The work of Byron Katie: Clodagh O’Mara, Fri. 6th to Sun. 8th March, Contact 0863741017.
The Art of Allowing: Fr. Louis Hughes OP, Sat. 7th March 10am-2pm. Contact 7134276.
A Creative Writing Weekend Retreat: Madge O’Callaghan, Residential  weekend of writing using the AWA method.  Fri. 20th to Sun 22nd March. Contact 0863218848.
HISTORICAL CENTENARY EVENT
A small group of  people interested in local history came together in the Old School, Camp on Wednesday 19th February last,
the Centenary of the Ambush of Camp RIC Barracks which took place on 19th February 1920.
Over a cup of tea, local historian Sean O Morain and Author and historian and Dr. Tim Horgan each gave indepth accounts of the event and of the history of the times.
Local anecdotes and accounts of the Ambush on the night and leading up to it were also shared on the night.
A minutes silence was observed in  memory of all those involved in the War of Independence on all sides. Rest In Peace.
Historical online site – www.militaryarchives.ie.
CAMP COMMUNITY GAMES WINNERS 2020
Congratulations and well done to the following –
U/12 Music – Lily Herlihy, Ellen Herlihy, Aoibhinn O Dwyer.
U/6 Solo Music – Sinead Crean
Swimming – Ciara Crean, Lauren Crean and Adam Crean
Art U/8 Boys – Killian Barry, Odhran Murray
Art U/10  Girls – Maria Ní Mheara
Art U/10 Boys – Jamie Moore
Art U/14 boys – Mark Farrell
Art U/10 Boys – Jamie Moore
Handwriting U/10 Boys – Jamie Moore
Handwritiung U/10 Girls – Ellen Herlihy
Indoor Soccer Boys – U/13 Conal Meghigan.
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