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Updated February 27  2017

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Click on this link to see the photos of the Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2015
See our new page on the problem of
Japanese Knotweed
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.

On the 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 premier event.

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 Facebook page   or

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 Lyreacrompane.    (Photo; Listowel Connection Blog).

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 Lyreacrompane.

County Champion!  

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 married recently.
                                                                                                      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 attended.

"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. Limerick.

"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, Cork

"The best Bog Walk we were ever on.  Such variety!"  Betty and Tony Luckal,  Ballynash,
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

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Eoin Hand

Jim Malone Athy, Co Kildare

Great music from Maurice and Sarah O'Keeffe.

Best of Luck to Martin and the boys against France

Lyreacrompane says well done to the Irish Soccer Team and the Fans.

Dan Paddy Andy Festival 2016

August Bank Holiday Weekend July 29 to August 1

Friday night         CEILÍ (Set dancing)    Music by Tim Joe and Ann O’Riordan

Saturday 2pm     DOG SHOW
Saturday 9pm     STORYTELLING   Frances Kennedy and Sonny Egan
Saturday night 10.30pm   MARQUEE DANCING    Mike Condon

Sunday 3 to 6pm   MARQUEE DANCING   Eddie Lee
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 round.

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 Sheila Nix.
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 Lyreacrompane unique.
There was a special interest among some of the students in the environmental issues
associated with the local landscape.  A real nice bunch of people - and a credit to
their college.  No doubt their obvious interest in finding out about
aspects of our place
will have given them information and insights that they will find useful in the future.

Welcome Louise!!!

Photo from Kerryman

Ladies of Lyre celebrating New Year

Click here for a short video of the Wren tradition in
Lyreacrompane 2015

Thomas Sheehy and A well disguised Caoimhe Nolan called to Bridget Longs

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).

Birthday greetings

Eileen Sheehy celebrates her 80th birthday with grandchildren at her son's home in Bournemouth.

Storm Desmond

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 Liam Og.

Pat McCarthy, Duagh and Dublin, performing at an Irish Rambling House show
in St Albans

We caught up with Nora and John Casey (front right)
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 school.

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 visits Lyre

At the  Dan Paddy Andy O'Sullivan Memorial Kay O'Leary recounts the
story of the matchmaker. Jimmy Roche followed with a rendition of
'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 Festival 2015
receiving a presentation plate from Committee member Michael Mangan.

Click on this link to see the photos of the Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2015

Follow the Dan Paddy Andy Festival on Facebook - Click below

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.  Details later. 

This year the trophies for the Waltzing competition on Ceilí night were kindly sponsored by O'Connor's Hardware and Farm Supplies, Duagh.


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 Abbeyfeale. 
Sinéad is a member of the Jimmy Hickey School of Dancing. 
Pictured above Jimmy Hickey, Sinéad Behan and Judge, Kathleen McCarthy.

Gold Medal Winner

Local Brewer John Keane, based in Killarney, who won gold at
this year's Killarney Beer Festival.  Torc Brewing Company was
set up by John and he runs the entire show himself from crushing
the grain to invoicing. He has got three chore products -
a Belgian wheat beer, 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 October.

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.

Congrats William

 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!

Mícheál Ó'Coileáin from Kerry County Council explains about the
importance of protecting the environment and congratulates the pupils
of Lyreacrompane National School on getting their fifth Green Flag.

Mícheál officially raises the Green Flag.

Another 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 World’!

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 come.

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.
Much love,
Joseph Enright.

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

Visiting Lyre...

From the Kerryman

Knocknagoshel on the Hill hits 13,000 on You Tube

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 e-mail to 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.

Click here

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, Lyreacrompane.
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 link

 Dan Paddy Andy Festival promotional video

The Dan Paddy Andy Song

Silage time near Duagh

Lyre Grotto gets new floor

Lyre Church Painted

To listen to Caroline O'Callaghan sing 
'My Home in Sweet Lyreacrompane'  Click here

Hooley in the Hills Brush Dance

Knocknagoshel On The Hill

Joe Harrington's Facebook Page

School Days 
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 radio.


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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 strong 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.

Local Elections

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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