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Updated July 22  2017

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All Photos on this site are by Joe Harrington and Kay O'Leary unless otherwise stated.


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

Waltzing at the Dan Paddy

Larry O'Connor, Maurice Dowling and Tom O'Connor viewing the Silverware. The lovely trophies for the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Waltzing Competition have once again been kindly sponsored by O'Connor Hardware and Farm Supplies, Duagh. Maurice is known to be taking extra lessons in preparation and we hear he is being described as a good outside bet in the competition. The Waltzing competition is on Saturday night, August 5, during Marquee dancing to Mike Condon.  The judge is Mike Murphy and there are trophies for first, second and third places. In the meantime the best of look to Tom O'Connor who will be competing in cycle racing in Donegal.

Fun Day in Lyreacrompane

Click this link for short video...

You are worth a Medal!

Trophies and medals for our 5K and 10K Run/Walk in aid of the Cork-Kerry Cancer Link Bus on Sunday August 6 at 11am starting at the Festival Marquee. The only thing missing from the photo are the €50 notes that will go to the first man and first woman home in the 10K

Fun Day in Lyreacrompane

Messing about on the river

Click on this link for short video of Lyreacrompane Scouts having fun on the Smearlagh

Fundraising 5k and 10k walk/run for
Kerry Cancer Support Group - Kerry/Cork Link Bus
Sunday, August 6, 11am, Lyreacrompane.

Irish Coast Guard Helicopter in Lyreacrompane

Click this link

Writers Week Tour in Lyreacrompane

Fr Anthony Gaughan with with two coaches of people attending Writers Week 2017 at the Dan Paddy Andy Memorial in Lyreacrompane. The chat was of the heritage of the area and the story of Dan.

Dan is in the paper!

Congratulations  Lorraine

Lorraine Nash from Lyreacrompane, winner of the Yamaha School of Music Musician of the Year. The presentation was made at the Ashe Hotel in Tralee on Sunday May 28, 2017

Lyreacrompane Post Office featured in Kerry's Eye

Johnny and Marie Nolan at Lyreacrompane Post Office

Local Wedding

Congratulations to Joe Johnson and Fran Fitzgerald, Carrigcannon,
Lyreacrompane who married this weekend

Fleadh Cheoil County Winners 2017

Craobh Lixnaw Seán Nós Dancers who have qualified for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan which will take place in Cork in July. From Left, Caoimhe Lyons Lyreacrompane (U12), Sinead Behan Rathea and Aideen Quinlan Coolnaleen Upper (U15) pictured above with their dancing teacher Ranóg Townsend.

Henry Shefflin

and his connection to Lyreacrompane

As told on the Ray Darcy Show

Click here to see clip

Henry Shefflin's roots in Kerry were highlighted when Kay O'Leary told Ray about them.

Congratulations Karen and Tommy

Truck in Trouble

Off the road at Dromaddamore April 18 2017

On TV!!!

Caoimhe Lyons from Lyreacrompane features on TG4 at 8pm Sunday night, April 16, with all her school pals from Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn in Tralee. In the trailer below Caoimhe is the one doing the Séan Nos dancing...

Rally Driving in Sunny Lyreacrompane

April 2 2017

Happy Anniversary Tim and Martina

                                                                         Photo - Kerry's Eye

Mick Naughton celebrates

Mick Naughton celebrates 70.

                                                                                                                           Photo - The Advertiser

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

  Some short videos and links
to do with Lyreacrompane

Just click on the link

  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 Andy
 Eddie Lee and James at Dan Paddy Andy Fest 2016 - Johnny be good
 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 Lyreacrompane'  Click here
 Mike Condon - Hooley In the Hills (Joe Harrington Tribute to Declan Nerney)
 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
 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, 9 to 11pm and Saturdays, 9pm to 11pm on internet radio.


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.

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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