Book Fest Weekend:
Heralded with dry,sunny days,visitors from across Ireland and Europe,and literary’word-slingers’ from around the nation,converged on 21st-22nd April at the inaugeral Castlegregory Book Fest,in celebration of the International Book Day 2018.
The community feasted on word, song and magical recipes as 25 authors, story tellers and poets converged here for their first ‘busman’s holiday’. Visitors from Counties Cork, Clare, Wexford and Dublin enjoyed a break in the nation’s cold weather to take part in a range of diverse entertainment.
The auther’s have agreed to start a new literary tradition in Castlegregory, an annual author’s retreat and Book Festival. Finalizing the event with the determination to make next year’s festival even better,the authors and visitors from across the Island all agreed that the only thing missing, which would have made this the perfect ’busman’s holiday’, would have been the opportunity to meet even more of the local citizenry during the festival weekend. Next year, the ‘word-slingers’plan to add workshops for professional and amateur writers, as well as public presentations and are looking forward to meeting more of the locals.
Attention: The Defibrillator has been moved from Maurice Fitzgeralds Pub and put in a box outside the doors of Spar.
IFA Pat O Shea Kerry IFA Chairperson of the Hill Committee has received a number of calls in the last week about dogs worrying sheep and in two cases where sheep have been killed. Mr. O Shea is now advising farmers of their right to shoot dogs that are found worrying sheep .
Mr O Shea says there are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet as serious as they ought to. There are between 300 to 400 reported attacks in Ireland each year with losses of upwards of 4000 sheep.
Farmer's take seriously the health and wellbeing of their flock and as much as they dislike shooting dogs they will do so. So please be a responsible dog owner and insure that your pet is under your control at all times day and night.
Summer Festival: Dates for the Summer Festival: July 13th , 14th and 15th
The Community Alert Group: Pendant alarms have been successfully installed for several residents in the community, who are happy with the results. The alarms provide a good measure of security. We are still submitting applications. If you are over 65 and even if you have an alarm that is no longer working you can apply. Please contact the Office: 066 7139422
Castlegregory Community Games: I am happy to answer any query if anyone wishes to text me on 0879246054. Margaret.Full details on all events are on the Community Games website.
If there is anyone interested in getting involved with Tidy Towns, call the office 7139422. It is the start of the New Year. Please get involved with your community.
Active Retired: Tuesdays 1-4pm Clubrooms
Chiropodist: will be in the Small Hall on Tuesday 29th May. For house visits contact Michelle, Active Retired on 087 787 1845.
Membership is now due for 2018. Cost €30 for non playing single member and €50 for a couple and can be paid to any committee member.
Old Fire Station is now open as a gym for new members. For more information contact Colm Sills or Seán Spillane on 087 2572662
Parent and Toddler Group
Thursdays 10am-12 noon at the Clubrooms continuing during school term-time. Toys, slide, tunnel and ride-on toys. Crafts, Play-doh, books and more! Babies are welcome! Soft toys, nursing pillows & blankets. Pay as you go - €2 per family. Coffee & tea included. Just turn up or call Nora: 085 7495756
Get Out… Get Active! Tuesday Walks - Come along. Suitable For All Abilities: Meeting point Spar Car Park Tuesdays at 10.30am. For more information please contact Debbie: 087 2989537
Slainte Seniors’ Social Club every Monday 10.30am – 12 noon in the Club Rooms. For more information please contact Debbie: 087 2989537
Tai Chi Classes commence on Thursday 22nd March in the Club Rooms at 2.30pm for 4 weeks. Contact Debbie: 087 2989537
The Brandon Bay HM 10k event: a huge thank you once again to all the amazing local sponsors that have come on board for this year's event - without whom the event simply couldn't happen. The list is incredibly long and too long to list here, if you can please go to sponsors page on our website to check them out, they really are amazing & generous people /businesses. Entries have gone over 100 participants already from all over the globe and considering it's only mid April it's shaping up to be one of the busiest events to date! Remember, by entering you not only support the local soccer club but also local bodies such as The Maharees Conservation Association, The Mike Deane/Jamie Wrenn charity walk and both local schools in the village who will all benefit from the proceeds! So, if you would like to sign up simply log onto www.brandonbayhalfmarathon.com and join us as we hit the beach on July 14th. Entry is €30/€40 for the 10k/HM and all participants receive a bespoke event medal and event tech tee plus timing and race number.
Golf Club Results:
Friday 20th & Sunday 22nd April, 18 Hole Stableford Kindly Sponsored by Adorn Health and Beauty. 1st Karen Tess (21) 45 pts., 2nd Mary Conlon (10) 43 pts., 3rd Kathleen Hennessy (19) 39 pts.
Over 50’s: Wednesday 18th April, 9 Hole Stableford,1st Kathleen Hennessy (19) 20 pts.
Sunday 22nd April, 18 Hole Stableford, 1st Philip Ahern (28) 43 pts., 2nd Jim Madden (9) 41 pts., 3rd Sean O’Connor (16) 39 pts., F9: Noel Earlie (26) 18 pts., B9: Alan O’Connor (19) 20 pts.
Seniors: Thursday 19th April, 9 Hole Stableford, 1st Brian Tess (13) 23 pts., 2nd Tony Conroy (18) 20 pts.
Ladies Club: Friday 27th April & Sunday 29th April, 18 Hole Stroke Kindly Sponsored by Patricia Goodwin. Draw at 10 am on Friday. Time Sheet for Sunday.
Ladies Over 50’s: Wed. April 25th April, 9 Hole Stableford. Draw 10.00am
Men’s Club: Sunday 29th April, Monthly Medal, 18 Hole Stroke, Time Sheet. Slots also available on Saturday 28th April.
Seniors: Thursday 26th April. 9 Hole Stableford. Draw at 9:30 am.
Castlegregory Golf Club
Co. Kerry +353 (0)66 7139444
Whist every Thursday evening from 8pm in the Clubrooms.
Ladies- 1st Catherine Lyons 2nd Noreen Lynch
Interval- Kathleen Hennessy,Margaret Maunsell, Eileen O’Shea
Gents- 1st Pat Moore 2nd Sheila O’Connor
Interval John McEnery, Thomas Maunsell
Mystery Eileen Kennedy, Mary McKenna
Yoga: Wednesdays @ 9.45am & 7pm & Fridays @ 9.45am. €50 for 6 weeks. Contact: Carol 087 2278605 for more information.
Calendars for 2018 are now on sale. Just €5!
'LIFE ON THE DINGLE PENINSULA IN 1949: CASTLEGREGORY, CAMP, CLOGHANE' voiceover Tommy Daly. DVD on sale in the Office €15
The Land and People of Maharees and Castlegregory: A History 1560 – 1960 by Martin Lynch. The book is for sale at the Information Office in the village and at Lynch’s Spar. Price €40
Size of posters for the notice board in the Village no bigger than A4 please!
Castlegregory notes : We would like to invite anyone in the parish to submit items that they would like included in the Castlegregory notes. The column is for you, so we welcome your input. The notes need to be in before 11am on Monday. Thank you.