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Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2015
See our new page on the problem of
The Dan Paddy Andy Festival Bog Walk 2015 was
videoed by Irish TV
and can now be viewed on-line at this link.
Please pass on the word to all Lyre exiles...
Click HERE for Photos
of the 2016 Dan Paddy Andy Festival
Dan will be twenty this year!!!
The big event of 2017 in Lyreacrompane has
to be the 20th Dan Paddy Andy Festival. Now would be a good
time to plan to be at our four day festival on the August Bank
Holiday Weekend, Friday to Monday August 4 to 7. We are proud of
the fact that the festival has grown and established itself as a
popular event in Kerry with an unbroken run for two decades.
occasion of our twentieth anniversary we are planning to make the
festival bigger and better than ever with big names and a couple
of new events. We will be announcing full details soon. The Dan
Paddy Andy Festival has become a time for exiles to return to meet
neighbours and old friends. This year’s festival will be a special
one and we hope to see lots of exiles back to celebrate with us
and all those who turn up from near and far for Lyreacrompane’s
If you are seeking accommodation
near to the Festival the good news is that Glenduff Manor is now
offering self catering accommodation. Find out more on their
Glenduff Manor, Kielduff Phone 00353
(0)66 713 7105
Congratulations to Bernie Moloney and Conor Devlin
Lovely photo of the wedding party at Lyreacrompane Church
Photo by Patricia Lenihan
At the Ploughing at Causeway
Announcing Glenduff Manor
There is general delight in the
Lyreacrompane area at the news that Glenduff House is to be
extended as a hotel. The historic building was once in the
hands of the Hurly Family who were the landlords of
Lyreacrompane from 1857 to 1911. There has been a shortage of
accommodation for visitors and exiles who visit this general
area. The best of luck to Michael O’Malley and his team with
their ambitious project which we are sure will be a great and
convenient venue for locals and those visiting our place. The
new venue will be called Glenduff Manor and will be officially
opened on Saturday, January 21 at 12.30pm.
Talking for Lyre!
Through to the next round - the boys and girls in 6th
class in Lyreacrompane National School who are taking part in the
primary schools debating competition in Tralee. Well done!
Photos from Lyreacrompane NS Facebook page
Lyre dog to the fore
Johnny and Caoimhe Nolan from Lyre Post Office
with the Dan Lynch Memorial Cup won by Lyreacrompane dog Smearla
Dresden. Greyhounds run deep in the family. In a list of
greyhound owners we stumbled across on the internet
recently Caoimhe's great grandfather was listed an an owner one
hundred years ago!
Some Lyre folk Celebrating
the New Year
at the Railway Bar Abbeyfeale
Out on the Wren in Lyreacrompane
Ellie, Odhran. Caoimhe and Chloe in front.
Click below to see short video of the Wren in Lyreacrompane
Weathering a Storm by Fr Moore
What a turnout! Hundreds turned up at the Listowel Arms to the
launch of Fr Pat Moore's book - including this group from
Written in the sands of time
Fr Moore takes delivery in time for the launch at the Listowel
Arms Friday November 18
Eimear on the Move!
Eimear Sheehy B.A. Drama, daughter of John Joe (Jnr) & Geraldine
Sheehy and grandaughter of the late John Joe (Snr) and Bridie
Sheehy, Clahane, Lyreacrompane. Picture taken from Eimear's role
in the TV "Liberty Insurance" advert running on most channels at
the present time.
With their Hero...
Kieran Donaghy signs on the line for the Long family from
Lyre Lass Caoimhe Lyons with the shield
won in Camogie and the medal next day for taking part in the in CBS fun run.
Below are Caoimhe's team mates who won the Under 12 Camogie
against Killarney at the weekend. Congrats to all. Below is a
photo of the Tralee Parnells who won the Under 12s B County
Championship at the weekend.
Congrats to Claire and Gareth
Gareth Moore from Tralee and Claire Fealy from Banemore who were
Photo by The Kerryman
Part of a recent Teagasc event on the farm
of Tim Nash in Lyreacrompane....
Well deserved award for Mickey
Great to see the talent of Mickey McConnell
being acknowledged. Mickey has written some great songs
including Only Our Rivers Run Free which he put together
at the age of 17.
Listen to Christy Moore sing it on this link...
(Photo from the Kerryman)
Galloping to Glory
North Kerry winners being proudly paraded thought Duagh after
the Dingle Races.
The horses are Razzle Dazzle, Who's Your Daddy, Fourpenny Road and
Man of Steel.
(Photo from the Kerryman)
Another great Dan Paddy Andy Festival
The Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2016 was a lovely event with numbers
up except for the Bog Walk which took place on a wet morning but
still attracted 40 walkers who enjoyed Traditional music and
dance before the off and a falconry Display, tae in the bog and
turf cutting in the old way.
The storytelling event is getting bigger and
better every year and the Dog show was as good as ever. But
dancing was the main event with 18 hours of dance music making
Lyreacrompane the dancing capital of Ireland over the Bank
Holiday Weekend. Thanks to all who came along and to all
who helped out. We are starting to plan for our 20th Dan Paddy
Andy Festival now! Click above for photos.
Here are a few comments from people who
"Hi everyone. A big thank you to all your Rural Festival
Committee for organising the Bog Walk. I really enjoyed
it. The music, the dancing, falconry, tea and turf cutting
was amazing. Looking forward to 2017"
Deirdre Purcell, Newcastle West, Co.
"Great to hear from all at home that Dan went
well this year. Sorry I missed it but I don't plan to miss the
20th next year". Joseph Enright,
"The best Bog Walk we were ever on.
Such variety!" Betty and Tony
Co Limerick and Holland.
"Great to be back after four years and to
bring along five other members of the family to enjoy a great
festival. The grandchildren enjoyed the Bog walk -
particularly the Falconry display - and we enjoyed listening to
Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride. We'll be back!"
Robin and Rosemary Daley, Stevenage, UK.
Message from Oz
Just writing to wish you success with the festival this year.
Hope it will be a great weekend for all involved.
Wish I could be there.
Best of luck.
Helen and Nick Schisas - Brisbane, Australia
Dan Paddy Andy Waltzing Competition
You have only two and a half more weeks to get up to speed for
the Dan Paddy Andy Waltzing Competition - so get those practice
sessions in and you might waltz away with one of these lovely
trophies sponsored by O'Connors Hardware and Farm Supplies
Duagh. Kay O'Leary, Secretary of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival
Committee, checking out the Trophies with Larry O'Connor.
The Waltzing Competition has been moved to the Sunday Night of
the Festival this year (July 31st) and the music will be provided
by the Singing Jarvey.
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
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.
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
Ladies of Lyre celebrating New Year
Click here for a short video of the Wren
Thomas Sheehy and A well disguised Caoimhe Nolan called to
Postmaster in the breast pocket).
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Some short videos and links
to do with Lyreacrompane
Just click on the
Andy Festival promotional video
The Dan Paddy Andy Song
Silage time near Duagh
Lyre Grotto gets new floor
listen to Caroline O'Callaghan sing
'My Home in Sweet Lyreacrompane'
Hooley in the Hills Brush Dance
Knocknagoshel On The Hill
Joe Harrington's Facebook Page
Click here to read
Memories of Our School Days
Joe's Country Kingdom
Click on the following link to listen to
Joe's Country Kingdom
with Joe Harrington
broadcast live from Lyreacrompane on
Tuesdays, 8 to 11pm and Saturdays, 9pm to Midnight on internet
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.
Guarding local resources
Guard What We Have: It is worth considering the
important things we have in our community. These include our
School, Post Office, Community Centre, Festival and the various
small businesses. In the present economic situation it is vital
that we continue to support the things that makes and keeps us a
vibrant community. Let us appreciate the things we have and work
individually and collectively to maintain, extend and improve
them. There are a lot of things working against small rural
communities like ours and we all need to think of the bigger
picture so as to protect what we have. No one else is going to do
that for us.
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