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Updated April 13  2018

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


See our new page on the problem of
Japanese Knotweed

Heritage Survey

We are carrying out a survey (anonymous) on the proposed Lyreacrompane Heritage House/Centre.
We would appreciate it if you can take a few minutes to complete it. You don't have to be from the Lyreacrompane area and you can read about the project on the Heritage Page (Click Here)

To complete and submit the survey please click on the link below.
Thanking you in anticipation...

Coming Soon

Brendan McCarthy, the author, a native of Tralee, Co. Kerry, is a graduate of University College Dublin and a solicitor by
profession. After a twenty-five-year legal career in the City of London, he now pursues his interest as a local
historian, his current area of research being Fr. William Ferris’s unpublished histories of Kerry parishes.

The book will be launched in a few weeks but in the meantime you can order a copy from Brendan.
His e-mail is...

Fr. William Ferris spent much of his five-year curacy from 1929 to 1934 in the parish of BallymacElligott, Co. Kerry, systematically collecting from his parishioners a vast archive of popular history covering not just the parish ofBallymacElligott but also the neighbouring parishes of Ballyseedy, O’Brennanand Nohoval. When almost ready for publication, the book was banned by the Bishop of Kerry because Fr. Ferris had ‘gone against the traditions of the diocese’ as regards his chapter on St. Brendan and the patron saint of Kerry’s place of birth. Dismayed at the ban, Fr. Ferris shelved the manuscript and it has lain dormant ever since.

Now, after eighty-five years, Fr. Ferris’s History of the Parishes of BallymacElligott, Ballyseedy, O’Brennan and Nohoval is finally published. The book documents not just the history (political, economic and social) of the area and the cultural and topographical landscape, but also comprises a rich genealogical resource. It is a unique compendium of North Kerry life at atime of rapid change, and an important record of the oral history and culture of rural life in early twentieth century Ireland.

The uniqueness of the book lies not only in the fact that the content will be new material to the reading public but also, thanks to Fr. Ferris recording it  in the early 1930s, the fund of oral history, reminiscences, folk memory, place names, archaeological heritage, etc of a passing generation was not taken to the grave but was, in fact, preserved and is now finally available to the public. It is, in Fr. Ferris’s own words, ‘a history of the people, by the people, for the people’.As such, it is a one-off and destined to be a collector’s item.

Dromadda Bridge upgrade

Some of the workers building the stone parapet of the Bridge - John Brosnan, Willie Brouder and Gavin Dillon

This bridge was originally built in the early 1840s at a cost of £125. The Lyreacrompane Heritage Group, which had been making the case to Kerry County Council for the preservation and repair of the stone bridges in the area is delighted with the work on Dromadda Bridge and they thank John Fitzgerald and the Roads Department for ensuring that this aspect of the heritage of our area is looked after.

Writers and Poets

Congrats to John Brosnan and Michael Gallagher - prizewinners at the Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival

Grand Slam!!!

A great day for the Irish!

The First Ever Parish Parade - Congrats Duagh




Update on Glen School Project - Feb 24, 2018

Plans for the renovation of the Old Glen Schoolhouse have been discussed for a while now in the community and moves have been undertaken to move the project forward. The building, which dates from around the Great Famine, is a protected structure, and planning permission has been granted to develop the building as a place where the Heritage and Culture of the Stacks and Glenarruddery mountains can be showcased as it was in the past and enjoyed as it is today.

The Lyreacrompane Heritage group met this week to discuss the project and make further plans. The dozen members who attended were given an up-to-date report that showed that fundraising was progressing well and that a feasibility study will be carried out in the near future. A variety of new ideas were suggested at the meeting and all these will be on the mix when the study is being done.

Anyone, at home or abroad, who would like to support the project, or find out more about it, should contact the Chair (087 285 3570) of The Lyreacrompane Heritage Group, Lyreacrompane, Listowel, Co. Kerry or E-mail

(See our Heritage Page also)

Snow Scenes in Lyreacrompane  March 2018

Slawek Kupiec teaching his son Oliver to ski in Lyreacrompane

Click the link below to see an unusual sight in Lyreacrompane...

"Meet my friend. Isn't he cool"

The King of them all...

All aboard

The Hardy Boys?



The Man from Snowy River and the Skier from Lyreacompane (First time Skies were ever used here?)

Anyone can have a snowman but...

Set Dancing at Roches Bar 1974

Click on this link...
The Lyreacrompane part starts after about one minute into the video

Journal Number 12 now in shops

The Lyreacrompane Journal Number 12 is now in the shops... 80 pages packed with photos and articles of local interest...  The Lyreacrompane and District Journal will, as always, be of special interest to our exiles....

Available at Lyreacrompane Post Office and other local shops and in outlets in local towns or from
The Lyreacrompane Journal
Co. Kerry
Phone 087 285 3570

The Irish Rambling House Show at Siamsa Tíre


Great Irish Rambling House Show at Siamsa Tire last night. Twenty mighty entertainers and two great guests (Sean O'Sé and Annmarie O'Riordan). Packed venue and a great atmosphere. Thanks to the lovely staff at the venue and to Radio Kerry for asking us to put on the Show. The following were those on stage and where would you get a nicer and more talented group of people?....

Doris Shire The Mungret Nightengale    Pat McCarthy Duagh and Dublin     Young Bob Casey Clare

Peter Casey Co Clare    Chrissie Roche Castlemahon    Paddy Commane Co. Clare    Noel Joyce Tipperary

Stephen O’Leary Kilcummin Accordion       Sean Kelleher Fossa Banjo Guitar
Padraig Enright Flute player Lixnaw     Sarah O’Keeffe Brosna Concertina and dancer        
Maurice O’Keeffe Brosna Fiddle and Dancer       Pat Curtin Shannagolden Mouth organ       
Joe Creedon Co Cork Mouth Organ and singer

Triona Ni Shúilleabháin Ballyferritor    Michael O'Sullivan    Caoimhe Lyons Lyreacrompane 
Margaret Madigan Co Limerick     Darragh O’Donnell Co Limerick  Bodhran and Dancer

Bean a Ti Angelina O’Donnell Bean a Ti Co Limerick
Rambled in - Annmarie O’Riordan and Sean O’Se.
Sound – Billy Donegan
Managed and produced by Kay O’Leary and Joe Harrington Lyreacrompane

The Lyreacrompane and District Journal

Lyreacrompane & District Journal (No. 12) will be in the shops on Friday, December 10.  If you would like to contact the Journal please call 00353 (0)87 285 3570.

Click HERE for Photos of the 2017 Dan Paddy Andy Festival

Click HERE for Photos of the Dan Paddy Andy 5K and 10K Run/Walk 2017

Let the Exiles know....

Organised from Lyreacrompane by Kay O'Leary and Joe Harrington

Very well done to Mike and Tony

Very well done to Mike Quinn and Tony Healy in their Ford Escort Mk2 who won the first Colin McRae 'if in doubt flat out' Perpetual Cup at the Clare Stages Rally yesterday.  Also Tony is the winner of the trip to Barbados to co-drive for Justin Campbell in his BMW in 2018.

Worthy Cause

Go to Facebook for more info...

Councilors thanked in Lyre Notes

(From the Kerryman)

DPA 5K/10K Run/Walk 2017 cheque presentation

Cheque for €1,500 raised at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival 5K/10K Run/Walk presented to the Kerry Cork Cancer Link Bus. Thanks again to all who helped. (Not everyone was available for the photo) (Photo and article from Kerry's Eye newspaper).

Patsy 'Tim' O'Sullivan accepts plate on behalf of Danny

Danny Tim O'Sullivan was to officially open the 2017 Dan Paddy Andy Festival but unfortunately he was unable to do so. Danny's son Patsy is picture here accepting the Dan Paddy Andy Presentation Plate on behalf of his dad from festival secretary Kay O'Leary. Get well soon Danny and all the best to the O'Sullivan family.

Press Reports on Dan Paddy Andy Festival

Stephen Fernane, Kerryman

Sinead Kelliher, Kerry's Eye

Festival Results. 
(See photos on Dan Paddy Andy page)  

The winners of the Dan Paddy Andy Waltzing Competition were Margaret and Patsy Murphy from Keel, Castlemaine.  Second place went to Eileen Loftus, Adare and Dan O’Halloran, Abbeyfeale. In third place were Fred Browne and Hannah Fitzgerald, Knocknagoshel.

Winners at the Dog Show were…. Small and medium breed – Ann Collins, Abbeyfeale with ‘Yorkie’. Large breed – Terry Bommer with ‘Olva’. Handled by a Child – Sinead Shanahan, Listowel with ‘Nova’.  Handled by an Adult – Joe Hanley, Tralee with ‘Snapper’.  Confined to Lyreacrompane - Martin James Leane with ‘Ciath’.  Best Puppy – Gerard Walsh, Glin with ‘Bono’.  Fancy Dress – Shauna and David O’Donoghue, Abbeyfeale with ‘Shadow’. Best Rescued – Kieran O’Connell, Lyre with ‘Floppy’ and the Best Overall – Gerard Walsh, Glin, Co. Limerick with ‘Bono’.

The Dan Paddy Andy 5K/10K Run/Walk. 

5K Women - 1st Dinese Quilter, Duagh in 24.24. 2nd Grace Cahil, Knocknagoshel and 3rd Catriona Lyons, Lyre.   5K Men - 1st Daniel Breen, Lyre in 21.35. 2nd Daniel O’Donoghue, Lyre and 3rd Garett Scollard, Tralee.

10K Women - 1st Rachel Stokes, Listowel in 41.31. 2nd Ann Kelliher, Tralee and 3rd Geraldine O’Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork.  10K Men - 1st John Neville, Ballylongford in 39.00. 2nd Jason Galvin, Lixnaw and 3rd Aidan McCarthy, Tralee.

This year’s Festival drew people from far and wide. Apart from exiles returning home from as far away as Melbourne for the occasion we had visitors from many parts of England, from France, Germany and Spain and from many parts of Ireland including Wicklow, Carlow, Tipperary and of course many people from Limerick and Cork as usual. Thanks to everyone who helped out, especially in our inaugural Dan Paddy Andy 5K/10K and to our sponsors for the Run/Walk and Festival we say thanks once again.


Good to see the dangerous trees overhanging the road and grotto cut down.  Interestingly, the trees seem to have been there for longer than the grotto. The grotto was build in 1954 but a count of the tree rings shows that the trees were about seventy year old. 

Scouts Open Day

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.

Festival Programme 2017

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

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

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.  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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