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Updated December 31  2020

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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 packed pages.

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 and packaging.

The Lyreacrompane Journal.
Co. Kerry
For more information you can also phone 087 285 3570.
or e-mail

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 the Matchmaker.

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 Paudie McAuliffe.

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, February 8.

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.

John Morrissey (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)

Third 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.

Emma Larkin (24.48) in first place in the Women's 5K and Eimear Herlihy (48.17) 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 Waltzing Competition
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 Hickey)
Chessington, UK and formerly of Knockanebrack, Lyrecrompane, Listowel, Kerry

Johanna Beer - 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!

Radio Kerry's '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

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 Postman
delivering the mail to Norrie Connell, Carrigcannon, on Friday November 31 2018


Noranne Kelly and Daniel McDermott married on Friday Nov 16 in Lyre Church

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 Fogarty. 
Weeshie was a great friend to the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Committee. 
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

Roibeard Pierse and family are taking part in the TV Show Ireland's Fittest Family.
(Photo from Mary Cogan's Listowel Connection Blog)

Big turnout at re-launch of Mass Path/River Walk

Improvements to Mass Path and River Walk.
Congratulations to all concerned.

Built in the 1920s across the Smearlagh at the rear of the Church


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 slave trade.

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.

Caball’s Tralee
Lyreacrompane Post Office.
Fitzgerald's Listowel
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.
Stacks Lixnaw.

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 of

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 Lyreacrompane

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 family

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 remains open.

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 whenever possible. 

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 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

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 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.

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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