Moyvane Notes – 2nd September, 2000

Moyvane, Ballyduff and Emmets all got byes into the next round.

The senior championship will now be known as the Bernard O’Callaghan Memorial Championship as a tribitue to the late Beale man.

It has been a good year for tourism in general in the North Kerry area. Despite mixed weather for most of the summer Ballybunion has enjoyed a very lucrative season with big crowds in the area since June. The season got off to a great start with the Murphy’s Irish Open golf championship and local accommodation outlets have been reporting sizable numbers since.

A noticeable feature this year is the large numbers of people from Northern Ireland that are visiting the area. Coach tours are also enjoying popularity in the area being especially appealing to English and European visitors

However there are still lucrative times ahead for the seaside town with the best week of the year to come, the Listowel races.

Plans are in train to try and entice US President Bill Clinton back to the town for a game of golf after his high profile visit of two years ago that attracted huge crowds to the town.

It has been a very good year for tourists in Listowel, with the bestowing of heritage status on the town.

Many tourists visited the new Literary and Cultural Centre during the week when it officially opened its doors to the public.

There is also cautious optimism in the area that Listowel could be chosen to host the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil next year. A high profile delegation from CCE headquarters will be in town this week checking out local facilities and amenities as decision time for the selection of the 2001 venue gets closer. All will be revealed in the middle of September.

Arrangements are being put in place for the very popular Harvest Festival. One of the highlights of the week is the Harvest Festival Queen pageant. Local girls are being selected for the glamorous event that will be staged at The Listowel arms Hotel on Sunday September 17.

Any girls out there interested in competing put your name forward as the nomination process is in motion.

Finuge has also been a haven for tourists with many turning out every Friday night for the cross roads dancing. The curtain came down on the weekly sessions last weekend.

A fund ö raising table quiz in aid of Fr. Michael Barryâs missionary work with the Divine Word Missions in the Amazon will be held at The Thatch Bar in Lisselton on next Friday night September 1.

The entry fee per table of four is £10.

Those of you who are planning to shed a few pounds in the run up to Christmas will have an ideal opportunity of putting these aspirations into practice in Listowel with Unislim Classes about to commence at the local community centre.

The first meeting will be held on this Tuesday night August 29 at 7 30pm.

Ballydonoghue lifted the first major title of the season at Sheehy Park in Listowel on Thursday evening when they defeated Duagh in the Buildstone sponsored North Kerry League Division 2 Final.

The sides finished all square a few weeks earlier. The final score

With the team playing very well this year in both the North Kerry and County Leagues they will be among the favourites to lift this year’s Bernie O Callaghan Memorial North Kerry Championship that will be up and running in a few weeks time.

Sean Quinlivan has won a major golf tournament in the United States. The very popular Listowel man who is relatively new to the professional circuit really hit top form in this prestigious competition that was at the gold course in Doral.

Sean collected a nice purse of $12,700.

The parish of Ballylongford was saddened at the news of the death of Ned Walsh late of Ballyline. A man of kind and genial nature Ned was a highly esteemed member of the local farming community and came from a very well known and highly respected family.

The esteem in which Ned and his family are held locally was reflected in the very large and widely representative attendances that were present the removal of his remains from his residence to St. Michael’s Church in Ballylongford and again at the Requiem Mass and internment that took place to Lislaughtin Cemetery.

Sympathy has beenextended to his daughter Mary, brothers, sister and all other relatives.

The children of the local national school will have an extra week’s holidays this summer. The reason for the extended break is to facilitate work which is currently in progress in the erection of new ceilings in the school.

For many years back at the beginning of the century the local school was located on the premises of the present post office.

While children of today can avail of the new modern technology back in those days some unusual subjects were taught in Asdee including bookkeeking, mensuration (the study of measurements) navigation and astronomy for the boys and sewing, cooking and knitting for the girls.

While students of today enjoy ste of the are central heating back in those days students had to bring the sod of turf to school under their arms and the only mode of transport was shanks mare.

To facilitate those wishing to travel to the All Ireland semi – final replay at the weekend The Happy Scrubbers Golf Outing scheduled for Saturday in Listowel has been put back until Saturday September 9 with tee off time at 11am.

This will be the captain’s prize (Joe Dee) and all those wishing to compete should hand in their names to Jim O Connor or Joe Dee as soon as possible.

Elaine Falvey of Clouamon was recently conferred with his certificate in computing at the FAS Training Centre in Tralee.

Sean O Keeffe formerly of Asdee West was recently appointed deputy advertising manager of The Kerryman.

The annual devotions in honour of Blessed Padre Pio at Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday September 17.

A bus transporting local pilgrims will leave the car park in Ballybunion at 7am and travel via Beale, Asdee, Ballylongford, Tarbert and Glin. There are still a few seats available and for bookings phone at (068) 41256.

The new soccer season opened at Craughdarrig Park on Friday evening with a local derby against Lenamore that ended in a one all draw.

The team was Ned Moloney, John Collins, John Long, Patrick O Brien, Hugh O Donoghue, Tom Long, Donal O Carroll, Donald Bennet, Tom Hayes, Matt O Hanlon and Kieran Mc Elligott.Ê

Subs Tom Costello, Barry Healy, Sean O Keeffe, Liam Collins and Liam Mc Elligott.

Jimmy O Carroll of Asdee East and Elizabeth Costello of Tullamore, Ballybunion were married at St. Johnâs Church in Ballybunion. The reception was held at Ballyroe Hotel in Tralee.

The local soccer lotto was held at The Grove Inn on Sunday night and the Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 8 – 11, 14 – 23.

The lucky dip prizewinners were £25 Margaret Kissane, Tarmons West, Moyvane, £15 Niall Doran, Littor Road, £10 Marie Gannon, Asdee West. This weekâs draw will be held at Jesse James Tavern and the Jackpot is £1,660.

The weekly Asdee G.A.A. Club 2000 guineas draw was held at The Store on Saturday night and the winners were 50 guineas David Griffin, Littor Road, 15 guineas each went to Ger O Connor, Kilcolman and Tom Dillane Asdee West. This week’s draw will be held at The Grove Inn.

Aquatic traffic between North Kerry and West Clare was extremely busy on the feast of the Assumption with over 150 people boating across the Shannon to Scattery Island for the special Millennium Jubilee Pilgrimage.

Organised by the Ballylongford Boat Club several boats transporting local people set out from Saleen Pier while others used the Tarbert to Kilimer Ferry and used boats at the other side to get to the island.

The Ballybunion sea and cliff rescue boat travelled with the boats.

Situated just two miles off the Clare coast Scattery Island in now uninhabited but is a place that has a very close affinity with people from the North Kerry area.

In distant times it was a popular destination for many people from the Ballylongford area where many close friendships were build up in the earlier part of the century.

The island comprises of just over 100 acres and while there is no life on it now there is plenty of evidence that people lived there with the outline of the old streets clearly visible and the local graveyard a grim reminder of the residents who have passed on to their eternal reward.

A large congregation from both sides of the Shannon including representatives of the Church of Ireland gathered for the special ceremony with the bishop of Kerry the chief celebrant at the Mass that was celebrated in the ruins of the old Cathedral.

It coincided with the date that the ill fated boat sank back in 1893 when many local people lost their lives in a tragic drowning tragedy that shocked people on both sides of the river.

A number of relatives of those who lost their lives on that sad day were present at the ceremony. During the course of the Mass prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the local sea tragedy.