See our page on the problem of
Heritage Signs on Lyreacrompane Bridges
"... as over the Ivy Bridge they roved to the land of Dan Paddy
Andy" (An appropriate line from a John B Keane verse).
Inspecting the new signs - Lyreacrompane Heritage Secretary, Kay
O'Leary, accompanying Councillors Charlie Farrelly and Fionnán
Fitzgerald who helped fund the bridge heritage signs from their
Councillors allocations. Photo by John Reidy,
The Lyreacrompane Heritage
Group is delighted to see our project to have heritage signs
erected at three of our local bridges completed this weekend. We
would like to thank Kerry County Council for agreeing to the
project and Councillors Charlie Farrelly and Fionnán Fitzgerald
who helped out.
The Ivy Bridge is the oldest bridge in the area with the
foundations probably dating back to the mid 1700s. The
Lyreacrompane Bridge is of a more modern but lovely bridge
design from the late 1950's when it replaced an earlier narrow
humped-backed bridge. Earlier maps show a ford at this location
in the 1840's. The Smearlagh Bridge near the Post Office was
built in the 1890's.
The Lyreacrompane and District Journal.
Number 13 - The Year of the Pandemic.
One thing that will come out of the Year of the Pandemic is
another issue of the Lyreacrompane
and District Journal. It will be in the
shops by late November.
Apart from a lot of material from the general Lyreacrompane area we
also have articles and photos
from Duagh, Knocknagoshel,
Ballymacelligott, Lixnaw etc.
This Journal is our biggest yet - 108
The price of the Journal is €12 and it will
be available at Lyreacrompane Post Office
and at a number of shops in the local villages and towns.
You can also order the Journal at a cost of €15 which covers
post and packaging
from the following address....
The cost of ordering from England is £18 which includes post
The Lyreacrompane Journal.
For more information you can also phone 087 285 3570.
Dan Paddy Andy Festival Cancelled.
As the song says, “When
you hear the music rattling down the mountains and the glens”,
you know that the Dan Paddy Andy Festival is underway. Unless
of course, it’s 2020 – the year the pandemic. The rural festival
that has ran longest in Kerry without a break will not be
resounding in its rural setting this year. First launched in
1998 when Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, in the presence of John B
Keane, Ogie Moran and a large crowd, unveiled the memorial to
the local matchmaker, Dan Paddy Andy O’Sullivan – an initiative
of local community activist, Kay O’Leary. The festival has been
launched over the years by a Who’s Who list of well-known
personalities including Jimmy O’Sullivan from New York, son of
In the 22 years since
then, the four, and sometimes five, day festival has been staged
in and around a marquee beside the Four Elms. Social dancing
drew crowds from near and far and some of the biggest names in
the Country and Irish music scene have played at the venue.
They included, Brendan Shine, Crystal Swing, Mick Flavin, Paddy
O’Brien, P J Murrihy and Declan Nerney.
The Festival weekend
usually includes five dances. The big names for this year’s
festival were to be Pat McKenna from Derry on his third visit
and Bernie Heaney from Kildare. The local bands lined up were
Eddie Lee, Mike Condon, Mike Fitzgerald, Stevie Donegan and
In recent years our
5/10K - Walk/Run has grown in popularity and has raised money
for a number of worthy charities. This year’s event was to have
been for the Air Ambulance. The humour and talent of the Irish
Rambling House Show was always enjoyed and the Bog Walk took
people on a journey to the past.
“It’s a real pity the
festival can’t go ahead this year and although the restrictions
are being relaxed it’s better to be safe than sorry. We know our
exiles will miss their annual visit back and get together with
friends and neighbours. While Dan is taking a well-earned break
for 2020, he hasn’t gone away you know, so hold onto your
walking shoes, your running shoes and especially your dancing
shoes for 2021” Kay O’Leary advised.
Looking for a good school?
That would be Lyreacrompane National School
General Election 2020
Voting at Lyreacrompane School on Saturday,
The candidates are...
Pa Daly (SF), Danny Healy-Rae (Ind),
Brendan Griffin (FG), Mike Kennelly (FG), Michael Healy-Rae (Ind),
John Brassil (FF), Norma Foley (FF), Norma Moriarty (FF), Cleo
Murphy (GP), Sonny Foran (Aontú), John Bowler (Irish Freedom
Party), Ted Cronin (Ind), Sean O’Leary (Ind).
Lyreacrompane National School Pupils
Singing in Tralee
From the Kerryman 17/12/2019
Let the exiles know...
Organised from Lyreacrompane. Please let your friends and
relations in England know that we are on our way.
Festival Time in Lyreacrompane 2019!!!
(Our thanks to Patricia Lenihan for most of the photos below)
The Dan Paddy Andy Festival 5K/10K Run/Walk
This year the proceeds went to the Fund for the renovation of
the old Glen Schoolhouse in Lyreacrompane
as a Heritage House for the area.
Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2019 Report in the
Lyreacrompane Notes in the Kerryman
Women's 10K Winner - Rachel Stokes (42.27)
10K winner - James Gavin (41.04) - in a hotly contested race.
(41.54) in third place in the Men's 10K
Marie and Eirn keep an eye on the finish line.
Men's 5K winner - Luke O'Callaghan (19.42)
in the Women's 10K - Bernadette O'Regan Byne (49.49) and Conor
Mullane (41.38) was second in the Men's 10K
Garrett Scollard (20.24) third in the Men's 5K and
Fiona Enright (27.15) coming in second in the Women's 5K.
(24.48) in first place in the Women's 5K and Eimear
second in the 10K.
Catherine McCarthy (28.00) third in the women's 5K and Adrian
O'Connor (20.16) second in the Men's 5K
Adrian O'Connor and Luke O'Callaghan being presented with their trophies by Joe Harrington
Bernadette O'Regan Byne and Conor Mullane presented with
their trophies by Kay O'Leary
Kay with John Morrissey and Eimear Herlihy
Just some of the volunteers and supporters
Luke O'Callaghan with Dan and Kay with Rachel Stokes
James Gavin and Garrett Scollard at the presentation
Catherine McCarthy and Fiona Enright get their trophies
Ross Gallagher and Jim Tobin on 'The Hill' and
Cllr Charlie Farrelly presenting a special trophy to Ross.
This year we reversed the 10K run through Lyreacrompane and
brought it up the steepest hill in North Kerry.
The following photos were taken by Patricia Lenihan.
It's all there - The Agony and the Ecstasy!
And then there was the Dancing...
Pat Shine, Cahersiveen and Linda West, Killorglin winners of the
pictured with Judge Michael Murphy and Kay O'Leary
Second were Joe Burke, Killarney and Mary Jo Connelly Tralee
while Phil Sullivan and Den Curtin, Tralee came third.
Eddie Lee and Paddy Casey make it hot for some!
Visitors from Carlow and Wexford
Pat McKenna meets his many fans.
Liam and Bridie from Leamington Spa
Bryan Murphy, Pat McCarthy and Brendan Coughlan bring a touch of
an Irish Rambling House Show to the Marquee
Guided Bog Walk
Visitors from Dublin and the USA
The Texas technique
Heading for home
All over till 2020
Fun Day in Lyreacrompane 2019
Daniel Breen, first, Michael O'Sullivan, second in the Man's
Sheaf-throwing competition along with Mary O'Sullivan
winner of the Women's Event. On the right is Hanna Mai Collins
who sponsored the event.
Mary O'Sullivan and Caitriona Lyons first and second in the
Women's Sheaf-throwing event.
Helena puts it over the bar and Hannah Mai tries it out.
Festival Time in Lyreacrompane!!!
Congrats to Lyreacrompane NS... X6!
Great Achievement - 6th Green Flag.
Sad passing of Lyreacrompane native
The death has occurred of Johanna Beer (née
Chessington, UK and formerly of Knockanebrack, Lyrecrompane,
- JoJo (nee Hickey), Chessington, UK. Formerly of
Knockanebrack, Lyrecrompane, Listowel, Co. Kerry and
also spent time in Longford and Mullingar. Sadly
left her family and friends on Wednesday, 5th June
2019. Much loved mother of Patsyanne and Katie and
sadly missed by her sister Anne in Nottingham, her
grandchildren Edward Raymond and Aaron and by all of
her extended family in Ireland and the UK.
Removal at 2pm from Garners Funeral Home, 4 the
Broadway Tolworth, walking in a slow pace to Our
Lady Immaculate Church on Tuesday, 18th June 2019,
for Requiem Mass at 2:30pm. This will be followed at
4:15pm by a committal service at Randells Park
Crematorium, Leatherhead, KT22 0AG. Family flowers
only please, donations, if desired, can be made to
the Princess Alice Hospice, West End Lane, Esher,
Surrey, KT10 8NA.
Visitors from OZ
Mary Kirby (cousins to Jer, Pa, Jim, Con and John Kirby of Duagh
and the Aherns of Knocknaglough) and her husband Ken are
visiting the area for a few days - March 2 to 6). They’re over
from Australia. All the cousins please take note!
'In Conversation' programme
featured Joe Harrington from Lyreacrompane recently.
You can listen back on the podcast. Just click below...
Visit to Sing Sing
From the Kerryman of January 30, 2019
A thank you note from Australia.
Lyre connected wedding in New York.
Shane Harrington and Corinne Laurice on the way.
On the steps - to tie the knot
Congratulations to our Victorious Neighbours -
St. Senans made history yesterday, Sunday December 10, when they
won the North Kerry Championship for the first time. They beat
the reigning champions Ballydonoghue who were going for their
3rd title in a row. The game was played in the Con Brosnan Park,
Moyvane and they won the Bernard O'Callaghan Memorial Cup.
Congrats to Lorraine and Daniel
Lorraine O'Hanlon and Daniel O'Donoghue recently married.
Happy Retirement Seán
Postman, Seán O'Connell, on his last day as Lyreacrompane
delivering the mail to Norrie Connell, Carrigcannon, on Friday
November 31 2018
Noranne Kelly and Daniel McDermott married on Friday Nov 16 in
In Broughane Today !!!
The wild ones in Lyreacrompane - No kidding!
Weeshie Fogarty RIP
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of
Weeshie was a great friend to the Dan Paddy Andy Festival
He opened our 2009 Festival. On another occasion Weeshie
came to one of our festivals to record
his radio Kerry programme. He interview the older
generation of footballers, such as the late John Neville
and Joe Quill, and this programme brought back lovely memories
of times past in the football fields of
Lyreacrompane. On the ocassion of Duagh/Lyre reaching the
final of the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship
in Croke Park Weeshie was good enough to do a 'virtual'
commentary for a fund raising CD we brought out.
Ar dheis De ar a anam dilis.
Best of Luck to the Pierse Family
and family are taking part in the TV Show Ireland's Fittest
(Photo from Mary Cogan's Listowel Connection Blog)
Big turnout at re-launch of Mass Path/River
Improvements to Mass Path and River Walk.
Congratulations to all concerned.
Built in the 1920s across the Smearlagh at the rear of the
The Songs of Joe Harrington
The album includes ‘The Road John Murphy Made,’ the winning song
in this year’s Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition.
That song is set in the 1750s connecting the butter trade to the
The Album is available from Joe
Harrington, Lyreacrompane, Co. Kerry Tel: 087 285 3570
It is also available on line at
and on Spotify.
The album is now in the following shops.
Lyreacrompane Post Office.
Watson’s Shop, Duagh.
O’Connor’s Hardware, Duagh.
McAullife’s Shop, Knocknagoshel
Kelly’s Six Crosses.
Annie Lyons Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale
Tom Hickeys, Main St.,Castleisland.
The proceeds from the album go towards the
Fund for the renovation of the old Glen Schoolhouse in
Lyreacrompane as a Heritage Centre for the general Stacks
Mountains area. This community project aims to preserve and
highlight the Heritage, Culture and Environment of the Stacks
Mountains and involve the community in a manner that will lessen
social isolation. Our fundraising efforts have gone well to date
and we have set ourselves a further target of €10,000. Sales of
the album will be part of meeting this goal, so we are hoping
that people will rally round and buy the Album. More information
on the Heritage House Project can be found on the Heritage page
On the Lyreacrompane Heritage Trail
The Lyreacrompane Heritage Group regularly
get enquiries from people seeking their roots or wishing to know
more about some aspect of the heritage, culture or environment
of the general Lyreacrompane area. This week we had a visit from
Sue Hurley from Australia seeking information on her ancestors
who had been landlords in north Kerry, including Lyreacrompane
from 1857 to 1911. The houses associated with the Hurlys are
Fenit House, Glenfuff House in Kielduff, Glendalough House hear
Glenbeigh and the now demolished Bridge House in Tralee -
the Garda Station now stands on the site.
Sue is pictured here in front of the Glen
Schoolhouse in Lyreacrompane. This building, now a protected
structure, was handed over to the community by John Hurly for
use as a schoolhouse in 1872 and the Lyreacrompane Heritage
Group is working to have it renovated as a Heritage House for
the Stacks Mountains area. (To go to Heritage page
click here) During her visit members of the
Heritage Group accompanied Sue as she sought out places
connected with her roots. First stop was the Glen Schoolhouse.
Sue at the Glen Schoolhouse which was once owned by John Hurly.
Sue visiting Ballyseedy Graveyard where a number of Hurly
ancestors are buried,
including John Hurly of Fenit House - known as the landlord of
Noel Griffin, who has done marvelous work in sorting out and
taking care of the graveyard pictured
with Sue and Kay O'Leary of the Lyreacrompane Heritage Group.
Sue at the gates of Fenit House which is now owned by the Byrne
Birthday Celebrated in Lyreacrompane
Down the years the Lyreacrompane Heritage
Group have given talks to groups on the heritage, culture and
the environment of Lyreacrompane but it was a first when Cáit
O'Shea from Lahard, Beaufort decided that for her special
birthday all she wanted was a tour/talk on Lyreacrompane. Cáit's
daughter, Doreen, contacted Joe Harrington, Chairperson of the
Heritage Group, to organise the event. Today, Monday September
10th Cáit accompanied by her husband Tony and daughter Doreen
Moore from Tralee spent a couple of hours in the area with tour
guide, Joe Harrington.
Check out our Heritage page click here
Proceeds from 5K/10K Walk/Run
Joe Harrington making a presentation
of €1,315 to Catherine Healy of Enable Ireland following the
annual 5K/10K Walk/Run Fundraiser which was held during the Dan
Paddy Andy Festival in Lyreacrompane. Also included in the photo
from left to right are Chloe, Odhran, Caoimhe and Eirn Lyons,
Brigid Long, Helen Schisas, Patricia Lenihan, Michael Lyons,
Chris Kelly, Mossie Long, Mick Naughton, Tim Nash, Kay O’Leary,
Christy Donoghue and Ellie Lyons. Some volunteers are missing
from the photo and we thank them also for their help.
Celebrations in Lyreacrompane - Post Office
The general Lyreacrompane Community is delighted that our Post
Office remains open and Johnny Nolan is still behind that
counter providing a valuable service in our community. If the
Post Office had gone the shop would have been unlikely to
survive. Apart from convenience, the Post Office is a point at
which people meet and its closure would have meant an increase
in social isolation.
Our community has ducked a bullet and we
need to really take to heart the urgent need to support our Post
Office and Shop. We have a second bite of the cherry so
please encourage your friends and neighbours to use the
facility. It definitely is a case of use or lose it.
We would like to make a special appeal to
people who used Duagh, Knocknagoshel, Ballymacelligott and
Banemore Post Offices to now use Lyreacrompane Post Office
It's as close to you as any town.
Lyreacrompane Post Office and Shop
Some short videos and links
to do with Lyreacrompane
Just click on the
Dan Paddy Andy Festival promotional video
The Dan Paddy Andy Festival Song - Mike Fitzgerald
Sean Nós Dancers Lixnaw at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2016
Set Dancing at Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2016
Loughlin's Bar. - Eddie Lee and James Kelliher at the Dan Paddy
Eddie Lee and James at Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2016 - Johnny be
Darragh O'Donnell - Brush Dance 2016 Dan Paddy Andy Festival
Sonny Egan rocking an Irish Rambling House Show in Duagh
Eddie Lee - Knocknagoshel on the Hill (Joe Harrington)
Lyreacrompane NS 1916 Commemoration
Baling at the Glen, Lyreacrompane 2016
Army Helicopter in Lyreacrompane May 2014
Part of Teagasc event on the farm of Tim Nash, Lyreacrompane
Silage time near Duagh
Lyre Grotto gets new floor
River Smerlagh in flood September 11 2015
The Wren in Lyreacrompane 2015
Lyre Church Painted
To listen to Caroline O'Callaghan sing 'My Home in Sweet
Mike Condon - Hooley In the Hills (Joe Harrington Tribute to
Hooley in the Hills Brush Dance
Knocknagoshel On The Hill
Joe Harrington's Facebook Page
Pony Trekking in Lyreacrompane
Flood in Smearlagh September 11 2015
Irish Rambling house Facebook page
Irish Rambling House website
Circuit of the Glen Easter 2014
Caoimhe and Odhran Lyons sing Ireland's Call
Caoimhe Sings an Irish Song in an Irish kitchen
Caoimhe sings an Irish Song about going to the Fair
Caoimhe's version of the Haka in the Irish language
Stand clear of the closing doors please
Army Maneuvers in Lyre May 20 2014
Click here to read Memories of Our School Days
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...
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, 9 to 11pm and Saturdays, 9pm to 11pm on internet
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.
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. 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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