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Some of the material that appeared on our website in the past


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 jersey!


And the votes from the Lyre jury are...

In the General Election the votes cast at Lyreacrompane National School were as follows...

Electorate 275      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

Visitor from Vancouver

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 the Irish Rambling House Show in Harrow with Billy Donegan, Chrissie Roche and Murt Collins, originally from Knocknagoshel in the background.

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 following link

Victory for Local Lads

                                                                                                                Photo: Patricia Lenihan
Local Lads Mike Quinn and Tony Healy savoring the moment on their
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 stages.

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.

Army 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 Jimmy.

Hi Lyre.

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 Murphy, cycled
the Ring of Kerry for the charity 'Acquired Brain Injury Ireland'. Well done to the lads from Lyreacrompane!

Congratulations to Eileen & Joe

oe 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 Blennerville

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 Cullen's
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 which was 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 programme on
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 Begley.

Kay O'Leary, Danny O'Leary and Joe Harrington.

Kay O'Leary and Richie Remo.  Richie comes from Co. Derry and
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?

    Smearlagh in flood and  footprints in the Snow 

 Furze in bloom and snow on the old Glen School
Lyreacromane's first indoor School (1872 -1911)

Marian Grotto at Doran's Cross      Who's that taking our photo?

Moon over Glantaunyalkeen    Rainbow over the Glen, Lyreacrompane
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 Casey
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 Australia.


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

Donncha's World.

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.


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