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Ladies of Lyre celebrating New Year 2015
Click here for a short video of the Wren
Thomas Sheehy and A well disguised Caoimhe Nolan called to
Tom and Yvonne Sheehy in charge of transport! (Note! The coat that
young Thomas is wearing belonged to Caoimhe's grandfather, the
late Neilus Nolan. If you look closely you can see the
Pioneer pin still on the lapel and the biros he used as Lyre
Postmaster in the breast pocket).
Eileen Sheehy celebrates her 80th birthday
with grandchildren at her son's home in Bournemouth.
High water in the Smearlagh
Joe Gets Grilled!
These pupils of Lyreacrompane School are working on ideas for
setting up small businesses and questioned Joe Harrington about
his glasshouse and how he runs it.
Celebrating Lyre birthdays
Erin Lyons celebrated at the Brogue Inn, Tralee.
Rosa Shanahan celebrated at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium
Both photos - Kerry's Eye
The Irish Rambling House
meets and entertains the exiles
Met up with Mary O'Sullivan Enright (Cloghane)
and friends at the
Irish Centre in Birmingham
Helen Schisas and Michael Mangan meet Irish exile
Pat McCarthy, Duagh and Dublin, performing at an
Irish Rambling House show
in St Albans
We caught up with Nora and John Casey (front
at the Irish Rambling House show at Dollis Hill, London
Duagh National School football team just crowned
Kerry County Champions 2015.
Lyre well represented at World Cup
At the Ireland/Italy Rugby World Cup game at the Olympic
Stadium, London are Eirn Lyons, Sean Dillon, Michael,
Caitriona and Tony Lyons.
Irish Rambling House Tour 2015
Some of the musicians rehearsing for the Irish Rambling House
Shows in Foilmore, Birmingham, St Albans and Dollis Hill in
London. For more information check the facebook page
or go to the website
The River Smearlagh in Flood Sept 11
Flood waters on the road between the grotto
and Lyreacrompane Post Office
To see video Click on this link
Walking Path around Community Field destroyed
Kay Caball's book launch
Kay Caball, who has strong Lyre connections, had her book
Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry launched at the County
Library with Jimmy Deenihan TD doing the honours. There was a
big turnout on the occasion and Kay's book is available in
bookshops now. Those wishing to research their family tree
will find the book very useful in directing them to all the
sources that are available these days.
Visiting the old place
John and Gwen O'Halloran on a visit back to Lyreacrompane. In the
background, on the right in the taller trees, is John's old
homestead. It was the house at the rear of the Lyreacrompane NS
that was just to the west of the present school. Many in the
area will remember playing football during the lunch break in
Halloran's Inch down by the Smearlagh. John has some very vivid
memories of those times and he has promised to put them to paper
in an article for the next Lyreacrompane Journal. John and
Gwen are living in Peterborough in England.
Visiting the old homestead
Ann (Carmody) Deasy and
Maureen (Dillon) Duggan visit the Glen School.
Ann's family , the Carmodys, lived in the former schoolhouse
before moving to Duagh in the early 1970s. Maureen Dillon from
Cloghane and Ann have been friends from their first day at
Mary Keane RIP
The people of Lyreacrompane and Knocknagoshel will have
particularly fond memories of Mary Keane, the wife of the late
John B, who passed away this weekend. She was the former Mary
O'Connor from Ahaneboy and married John B Keane in 1955.
Sixty years ago the couple bought their world famous pub in
Listowel. John B, who died in 2002, spent the summer
holidays of his childhood in Lyreacrompane and both he and Mary
were regular visitors to the area over the years.
Pony Trekking in Lyreacrompane
To view short video clip click on this link
Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society
Dan Paddy Andy O'Sullivan Memorial Kay O'Leary recounts
story of the matchmaker. Jimmy Roche followed with a rendition
'My Home in Sweet Lyreacrompane'.
Peggy from the Society recommends the Lyreacrompane
and District Journal to the members.
Joe Harrington talks about the old Glen School
and other bits of local history
No problem with parking.
Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2015
John Joe Sheehy who officially opened the Dan Paddy Andy
receiving a presentation plate from Committee member Michael
Click on this link to see the photos of the
Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2015
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From Duagh to Donegal
Best wishes to Tom O Connor who has been selected
to ride with the
Irish National Youth Academy in Errigal, Donegal this weekend.
Sponsor an aspect of the Festival
The 19th Dan Paddy Andy Festival is now being
planned and each year it is not becoming any easier to fund this
community event. We will be running a fundraising event
soon and we are asking everyone in the community to support it.
This year the trophies for the Waltzing competition on Ceilí
night were kindly sponsored by O'Connor's Hardware and Farm
Perhaps you might be in a position to sponsor an
aspect of the Festival. Could you sponsor the rosettes and
trophies for the dog show or the waltzing competition or even
the cost of a band. Any sponsorship would be appreciated
as is the support of those already helping out. If you can
help please contact the Festival Secretary on Tel: 068 48 353.
Time to Bring home the Turf
Dancing to Success
Local girl Sinéad Behan who beat off stiff competition to win
the 'Mary Murphy' perpetual trophy at a recent feis in
Sinéad is a member of the Jimmy Hickey School of Dancing.
Pictured above Jimmy Hickey, Sinéad Behan and Judge, Kathleen
Gold Medal Winner
Local Brewer John Keane, based in Killarney, who won gold at
Killarney Beer Festival. Torc Brewing Company was
set up by
John and he runs the entire show himself from crushing
to invoicing. He has got three chore products -
a Belgian wheat
an amber ale and a dark ale and they can be
bought in local bars.
John says his beers are natural,
unprocessed, unfiltered and unpasteurised.
Torc Beer Logo
Well Done Eileen!!!
Eileen Long, Carrigcannon, was one of 11,000
cyclists who completed the 180km Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle
on Saturday July 4th. The first groups of cyclists
representing every county in Ireland and many countries left
Killarney at 6am. This was the 32nd year of the cycle and its an
extraordinary event as its totally organised and managed by
approximately 1,100 volunteers. On the day over 25,000
sandwiches, 35,000 bananas, 20,000 litres of water, 20,000
bottles of lucozade and 30,000 chocolate bars. It is expected to
raise 2m Euro which will be shared among nine charities in
Giving it Stick!!!
Holly Smith, Listellick and Caoimhe Lyons, Lyreacrompane who are
members of Tralee Parnell's Hurling club played in the under 12
Camán blitz in Croke Park this week. This was ten year old
Caoimhe's second time to play in Croke Park. In 2012 she had taken
part in a football blitz.
William O'Connor, Lyreacrompane, was successful in getting
his first degree black belt when
he went foward for grading at St. Columbas Centre, Kilflynn.
Examiners on the day were Mr. Adrian O’ Mahony and
Mr. Michael Murphy, both 5th Degree Black Belts and International
Instructors/Examiners and both on the Technical Committee for
Taekwon Do Ireland which sets the standards for I.T.F
Taekwon Do. William was required to perform Kicks, Blocks,
Patterns, Self Defence and explain where and why he would use the
Techniques. Well done.
Congrats to Lyre NS
Another Green flag!
from Kerry County Council explains about the
importance of protecting the environment and congratulates the
of Lyreacrompane National School on getting their fifth Green
raises the Green Flag.
The people who work in different ways at the school to make it
such a success
Lyreacrompane N.S.pupils receiving Irish Aid Award in the Lime
Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick last week. They will be
going to Dublin Castle in June for the national finals.
Irish Aid founded the Awards to help Irish pupils learn about
the developing world. The programme explores how Irish Aid is
working to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
to fight world poverty and to create a better future for children
and their families in developing countries. Each year they choose
a different theme, and this year the theme is ‘Caring for Our
Another Lyre native urges Yes vote
I just need to say that I am very thankful and proud of my
mother Eileen who made it to Tralee today to support the Yes
Equality bus on its visit to Kerry. She said she went to support
me along with all the other members of the LGBT community who
are asking for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum. This
referendum is about the right to civil marriage; nothing else. I
know it can be difficult for a woman of her generation to stand
proud with members of the gay community.
One young Kerry woman said that she would love if her own mother
would have come out and supported her. People are afraid and
ashamed. This needs to end and a Yes vote will go a long way to
supporting this generation and especially the generation to
So I am urging everyone who knows me to Vote Yes on Friday the
22nd. This is our chance to make a difference. Equality matters.
Come on people. My Kerry family and friends please get Kerry to
vote Yes. Take example from my mother from Lyreacrompane and
Billy Keane (John B Keane's son) who were in Tralee today to
support the Yes campaign. Please people, stand up and be counted
by voting Yes Yes Yes.
The Equality Bus visits Kerry.
Daniel O'Donnell (below) has told the Ray Darcy show on Radio One that
he is voting Yes in the Marriage Equality Referendum
Lyreacrompane's Kay O'Leary pictured with Daniel.
Looking rough enough after logging.
Gay Marriage Referendum opinion
From the Kerryman
Knocknagoshel on the Hill hits 13,000 on You
Among the daisies...
Local lass, Caoimhe Lyons Lawlass, with Danny.
Searching for old comrades!
John O'Halloran, son of Peter O'Halloran, Lyreacrompane here…
Is there anyone out there who used to play football with me in the
early 50's on Halloran's Inch.
The above photo, taken this Easter Sunday, shows O'Halloran's
Inch on the left. The O'Halloran's lived in a house among
the high trees on the right. The "new" school in the centre of the
photo replaced the one known to John over 50 years ago.
If anyone would like to contact John they can do so by sending an
email@example.com and we will pass it on to John.
Lyreacrompane featured on Cork Radio
Listen to John Greene's programme, Where the road takes me,
about Dan Paddy Andy O'Sullivan and Lyreacrompane, on Cork 103
Local Radio. It features Kay O'Leary, Jimmy Roche and a
recording of the late John B Keane speaking about the area. It
is about 30 minutes long and may take a little while to open.
Kerry Person of the Year
Congratulations to Danny O'Sullivan who was honoured as Kerry
Person of the Year 2015 by the Dublin Kerry Association at a
function in the Ballsbridge Hotel that was attended by over 600
people. Danny is a great supporter of the Lyreacrompane based
Irish Rambling House
and Kay O'Leary and Joe Harrington were there to celebrate with
him and his family. Also pictured is Marion Walsh who has Lyre
connections (the "Lighthouse") and who has been a stalwart of the
Dublin Kerry Association for many years.
The Brewer from Lyre!
Well done to John Keane, son of Sean and Mai Keane,
Wishing him all the best with his new venture
Photo and text from Kerry's Eye
"Knocknagoshel on the Hill"
The song written by Joe Harrington and recorded by Eddie Lee
hits ten thousand on youTube! Click below to hear it.
Morning view of Lyre
Cert for the Hooley!
Photo by Kerry's Eye
Photo from The
Unbelievable!!! a blade from a
turbine at a local wind farm in Tursillagh sheared off its
parent turbine last weekend around the same time as a wind turbine
collapsed in Co. Tyrone. The wind was not particularly
at either location. Both these incidents bring the
safety factor into focus for many locals who reside close by.
The question is - was it faulty material or faulty workmanship
that was the cause of both incidents? Lets hope answers will be
forthcoming from the Health and Safety Authority who have
initiated enquiries into both events especially as more wind
farms are due to be erected in our locality.
Lyre native, Joe Harrington, who was an unsuccessful
Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) candidate in West Limerick
celebrates the election of colleague, Cian Prendiville (AAA) at
the count in Limerick. To the left of Joe is John Loftus
and to the right of Cian is Paul Keller, both of whom were also
elected for the AAA.
Some just rolls along out of Lyreacrompane...
....and some don't!
Breakdown at the Lighthouse
Gearbox trouble! (Nothing
much escapes the Lyre paparazzi!!!)
The best of Luck to Siobhan and Thomas
Siobhán Nash and Thomas Greaney
A Lyreacrompane/Moyvane wedding
Groom and Bridegroom shoes!
Great music by Heart and Soul.
Fundraiser in memory of Mike Dillon
Great turnout at O'Riadas with proceeds going to Kerry Hospice.
Organising the raffle
Enjoying the night
The auction - where a Kilkenny jersey made more than a Kerry
And the votes from the Lyre jury are...
In the General Election the votes cast at
Lyreacrompane National School were as follows...
Total votes 191
Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) 84
Martin Ferris (SF) 32
John Brassil (FF) 25
Jimmy Deenihan (FG) 21
Arthur Spring (Lab) 17
Brian Finucane (AAA/PBP) 5
Brendan Griffin (FG) 3
Danny Healy-Rae (Ind) 2
Mary E Fitzgibbon (Ind) 2
Kevin Murphy (Ind) 0
Michael Fitzgerald (GP) 0
Henry Gaynor (Ind) 0
Norma Moriarty (FF) 0
Grace O'Donnell (FG) 0
Michael O'Gorman (Ind) 0
Donal Corcoran (Renua) 0
On the poles and at the polls in Lyre
Voting at Lyreacrompane NS.
Getting ready for Dan 2015
And Paddy Andy Festival 2014
Eoin Hand who opened the 2015 Dan Paddy Andy Festival
Lovely to met up with John O'Flynn over from Vancouver and
heading for the
Limerick/Clare match in Croke Park. John is Secretary of the GAA
in Canada and has written its history in the book in the photo
which he kindly presented to Kay and I. John is a regular
listener to Joe's Country Kingdom internet radio programmes on
Photos of Irish Rambling House Tour 2013
Mike Moynihan, Kilcummin, battering the barrel in
Irish Rambling House Show in Harrow with Billy Donegan, Chrissie
Roche and Murt Collins, originally from Knocknagoshel in the
Irish Rambling House Tour Group pictured at the
Crown Moran Hotel in London
For more photos of the Irish Rambling House Shows in Foilmore,
Leamington Spa, Birmingham, Camden and Harrow click on the
Victory for Local Lads
Photo: Patricia Lenihan
Local Lads Mike Quinn and Tony Healy savoring the moment on
Ford Escort Mk2 after winning the Banna Resort Rally. Over 110
cars took to the
starting line last Sunday and they had to compete in four
Logging in Lyre
This is a common sight around the Lyreacrompane district for the
past few months. The logged timber is stacked up at various
locations and the roads are busy from morning to night with
truckloads heading out of the area. Some roads are wilting under
the heavy loads and it is hoped that the County Council will
rectify these problems soon.
Paul Galvin Retires
One of Kerry's greatest ever footballers, Paul Galvin, has
announced his retirement from the inter-county scene. We
thank Paul for all the great memories and wish him well for the
future. Hopefully he will play on at local level for a
while longer. The photo shows him with one of the four Sam
Maguires he helped bring to Kerry and some of his fans from
Lyreacrompane - Kay O'Leary, Mary Mangan and Mike Mangan.
Maneuvers in Lyre May 20 2014
Click here to see video
The Irish Army came to Lyreacrompane this week to
undertake some training. The I Star Task Force is part of the EU Nordic Battle Group. The Nordic Battlegroup (NBG) is one of
eighteen European Union battlegroups. It consists of around 2,500
soldiers including officers, with manpower contributed from the
six participating countries –Sweden, Finland, Ireland,
Estonia, Norway and Latvia. Norway has negotiated an opt-in to
participate, even though it is not an EU member state
The Irish Army Piranha APC is an
armoured Personnel Carrier. It’s ten years old, weighs 18½
tonnes and has a speed of 120kph. This Piranha has served in
Eritrea, Kosovo, Liberia, Lebanon, Syria & Chad.
Lyre School pupils and locals gather 'round
Questions and Answers
Jimmy Lyons' Rambling House opens 2014
A big turnout enjoying the entertainment at Jimmy
Lyons' Rambling House in Knockalougha recently.
"Take the third turn after the next boreen", says
Greetings from London on a lovely sunny day!
This is a photo of Mum (Eileen) with her 3 grand children at
Alexandra Palace where the first BBC television broadcast was sent
on the 2nd November 1936.
See you all at the DPA 2014! Kind Regards,
Clare Duffy (Sheehy)
Ring of Kerry Cycle
Pictured are James and Sean Murphy who, with Declan
the Ring of Kerry for the charity 'Acquired Brain Injury Ireland'.
Well done to the lads from Lyreacrompane!
Congratulations to Eileen & Joe
and Eileen Enright, Cloghane, celebrating their 40th anniversary
with their family at the Ballyroe Hotel.
Local Wedding - Siobhán and Kevin
Photo - Kerry's Eye
Crystal Swing plays for Dan
Crystal Swing had everyone on the floor at the recent Dan Paddy
Andy Festival fundraising dance at the Meadowlands in Tralee
Breen Family/Clan Gathering
The Breen Gathering at the Meadowlands organised
by Lyreacrompane woman, Kay O'Leary.
Photo by Kerry's Eye
Visiting the remains of the old homestead at Ballydunlea near
Tea and turbines in Lyreacrompane!
Finding their place on the Family Tree that Kay researched.
Brendon Duffy from Minnesota, Kay O'Leary, Lise Shirtz and
Cullen Shirtz Michigan at Ross Castle where even the crows wanted to get
into the picture!
Lyre and American Cousins meet up
Lise Shirtz and Cullen Shirtz seated on a settle bed on which
Great Great Grandfather, Michael Breen, would have sat.
Patrick Duffy on his first visit to Ireland looks at the Breen
Cottage in Ballydunlea where his Great Great Grandmother,
Julia Breen Duffy grew up.
Click here to hear Sonny Egan sing
The House by the Hillside at Ballydunlea
written by Kay O'Leary and Joe Harrington for the occasion.
Irish Country Music Radio Awards Night
The first Irish Country Music Radio awards
night was held at the Hudson Bay Hotel Athlone on Tuesday Night.
It turned out to be a brilliant and well organised event.
We met many of the entertainers including PJ Murrihy, Mick
Flavin and Declan Nerney. Declan has great memories of
playing in the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Marquee. Well done
to all for a mighty night of quality entertainment.
ICMR presenter Joe Harrington on the left. Joe presents a
ICMR every Tuesday and Saturday and on the right Joe make a
presentation to PJ Murrihy.
Left John McNicholl and right Joe meets up with Philomena
Kay O'Leary, Danny O'Leary and Joe Harrington.
Kay O'Leary and Richie Remo. Richie comes from Co. Derry
is a mighty entertainer.
Declan Nerney and Mick Flavin
Images of Lyreacrompane
The Tip at Bord Na Mona on a
Foggy Day and which road to Lyre is this?
flood and footprints in the Snow
Furze in bloom and snow on the old Glen School
first indoor School
Marian Grotto at Doran's Cross Who's that taking our
Moonlight and Rainbow
Ringing in the New Year (2014) with Jason Travers
Meeting old friends at the Railway Bar in Abbeyfeale 2014
Paul and Jason join some of the Lyreacrompane gang
Jason's father, Padraig, with Mike, Mary and Kay
Frances McCarthy, Nora Casey, Marie and Peter O'Connor, John
and John McCarthy
Kathleen and Tom O'Connor with Mick Naughton and Tommy Moran
The Lyre crowd
Christina and Jimmy get Married
Christina O'Sullivan, Duagh, whose mother Geraldine (Nash) comes
from Lyreacrompane, returned from Queensland with Jimmy Whelan,
Kilkenny to get married in Kerry this Christmas. The
photos below show many of those from the Lyreacrompane area who
attended the wedding. The couple are returning to live in
Mary Nash from Lyre who has lived in Melbourne for the past 40
years with her Aunt Mary Anne Sugrue, Castleisland
The Neilie O'Connor Band
Christina on the floor with her mother Geraldine
Snowing in Lyreacrompane
Italy may have its Leaning Tower of Pisa but Lyre has its
leaning snowman. We are told his name is Olaf!
Lining out for Paul
Queuing for Paul Galvin's signing of his book at Woulfe's
Bookshop in Listowel
Darragh Long from Lyreacrompane with his hero Paul
Brigid and Darragh meet Paul
Irish Rambling House 2014 Tour Group
Just back from their 16 tour of England the Lyreacrompane based
Irish Rambling House group. Twenty-one entertainers
traveled to entertain the exiles on this occasion. The
group members come from the counties of Kerry, Limerick, Clare
and Cork. A special thanks to Kerryman London based
contractor, Danny O'Sullivan, for his continued support of
the Irish Rambling House
Lyreacrompane native Tim Keane and his wife Eileen catch up
with Michael Mangan and Kay O'Leary in Derby
Joe Harrington introducing the entertainers
Cousins Fionnula Trench Listowel & Darragh O'Donnell Abbeyfeale
meet up with family in Camden.
Maurice Long flying the flag for Knockalougha as well as
Kerry in Birmingham
A man who is no stranger to Lyreacrompane is Donncha O'Dulaing.
He officially opened the Dan Paddy Andy Festival a couple of
years back and has also traveled to Britain with the
Lyreacrompane based Irish Rambling House to entertain the
exiles. It was no surprise then that Lyreacrompane was
represented at the launch of Donncha's biography, Donncha's
World, in the GPO in Dublin on the 18th of September 2014.
Our photo shows Kay O'Leary with Donncha on the occasion and
Kerry and Donegal had an early meeting when Kay also met Daniel
O'Donnell who officially launched the book.
Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2016
August Bank Holiday Weekend July 29 to August 1
CEILÍ (Set dancing) Music by Tim
Joe and Ann O’Riordan
STORYTELLING Frances Kennedy and Sonny Egan
Saturday night 10.30pm MARQUEE DANCING
Sunday 3 to 6pm MARQUEE DANCING
Sunday night MARQUEE DANCING
The Singing Jarvey
(Including Waltzing Competition 1st, 2nd and 3rd places)
Monday 10.30am BOG
WALK (Starting 11am sharp)
Monday 2 to 4pm MARQUEE DANCING Stevie Donegan
Monday 4 to 7pm MARQUEE DANCING Mike
Fitzgerald and Southern Pride
See Festival promo here...
Lyre Scouts fabulous trip to Kenmare!
At the Eclipse Ireland Activity Centre in Kenmare
Photos by Eirn Lyons and Patricia Lenihan
School Project takes Lyre NS to Dublin.
Lyreacrompane 5km Fun Run
Relaxing after the run
Lyre National School Commemorates 1916
Click on this link...
Congrats to Bridie Curtain and Mike Carmody
Bridie and Mike were married in a lovely
Civil Ceremony at the Devon Inn on Friday May 20
which was followed by a very enjoyable reception.
The Built Heritage of North and East Kerry
This is a page from the recently published 'The Home Place', (an
inventory of Traditional Rural Architecture in North and East
Kerry). It shows the old Glen School in Lyreacrompane. The
very impressive publication was edited by Eamon Fleming.
Teagasc Demonstration on the farm of Tim Nash
Seán Ó Sé at John B Keane's Bar.
Press Launch for the Dan Paddy Andy Festival
A great night of songs, music and humour with Seán and other entertainers at this famous venue.
Seán Ó Sé
Jim Malone Athy, Co Kildare
Great music from Maurice and Sarah O'Keeffe.
Best of Luck to Martin and the boys against
Lyreacrompane says well done to the Irish Soccer Team and the
Answering the Questions...
Caoimhe Lyons, Lyreacrompane and her team mates who came 2nd in
the U11 Credit
Union Quiz, in Tralee last weekend. Best of Luck in the next
Listen to Lorraine from Lyreacrompane
Great Fundraising Event
Photo from Kerry's Eye
Cubs and Beavers of Lyreacrompane Scouts
Lyreacrompane 4th Kerry Scouts
The Cubs and Beavers of Lyreacrompane Scouts with
Scout leaders - back row on the left; Diarmuid O'Connor, second row on the left; Patricia Lenihan and Kieran Keane and on
the right in the back row are Eirn Lyons and Colm Nix.
Scout leaders missing from the photo are Alexsandra Kupiec and
Click below for their Facebook Page
Visitors from California
A group of students from St Mary's College, in California, lead
by Fr Tom McElligott,
have visited the area. Joe Harrington gave the group a rundown
on the heritage of
place and they chatted with locals about the things that make
There was a special interest among some of the students in the
associated with the local landscape. A real nice bunch of
people - and a credit to
their college. No doubt their obvious interest in finding
aspects of our place
will have given them information and insights that they will
find useful in the future.
Photo from Kerryman
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