LATEST NEWS FROM LYRE
Updated Aug 12 2018
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Pat McKenna - From Derry to Kerry to Fill the Marquee
The big event of the Festival turned out to be the Pat McKenna Dance and a special thanks to Eddie Lee
who stepped in when Pat's Keyboard player had to return to Derry due to a family emergency.
Thanks to Breeda Piggott for the photos below of the Pat McKenna Gig.
A Journey back in Time
Some pupils from Lyreacrompane National School, along with their teacher, Kieran Quirke, paid a visit to the old Glen Schoolhouse - a protected structure, which it is hoped to renovate as a Heritage House. They were met by Joe Harrington and Kay O'Leary who outlined the history of the schoolhouse and the pupils also engaged in discussing other aspects of local history and the heritage of the area. Afterwards there were some treats for all and copies of the present and previous Lyreracrompane Journals were given to the class before they made their way back to their school. Our thanks to Kieran for encouraging the young people of the area to find out about the history, heritage and culture of their own area and the pupils certainly showed a lively interest.
We are carrying out a survey (anonymous) on
the proposed Lyreacrompane Heritage House/Centre.
To complete and submit the survey please click on the
Brendan McCarthy, the author, a native
of Tralee, Co. Kerry, is a graduate of University College Dublin
and a solicitor by
The book will be launched in a few weeks
but in the meantime you can order a copy from Brendan.
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
Writers and Poets
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.
(See ourHeritage Page also)
Snow Scenes in Lyreacrompane March 2018
Click the link below to see an unusual sight in Lyreacrompane...
Set Dancing at Roches Bar 1974
Journal Number 12 now in shops
Available at Lyreacrompane
Post Office and other local shops and in outlets in local towns or
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.
Let the Exiles know....
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.
Councilors thanked in Lyre Notes
DPA 5K/10K Run/Walk 2017 cheque presentation
Patsy 'Tim' O'Sullivan accepts plate on behalf of Danny
Press Reports on Dan Paddy Andy Festival
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.
Scouts Open Day
Waltzing at the Dan Paddy
Festival Programme 2017
Fun Day in Lyreacrompane
Click this link for short video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5vcKBFyMfY&feature=youtu.be
You are worth a Medal!
Messing about on the river
Fundraising 5k and 10k walk/run for
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter in
Click this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld-YZ6FAaKE&feature=youtu.be
Writers Week Tour in Lyreacrompane
Dan is in the paper!
Lyreacrompane Post Office featured in Kerry's Eye
Johnny and Marie Nolan at Lyreacrompane Post Office
Lyreacrompane who married this weekend.
Fleadh Cheoil County Winners 2017
Click here to see clip https://youtu.be/wdH9IQVh3cs
Henry Shefflin's roots in Kerry were highlighted when Kay O'Leary told Ray about them.
Congratulations Karen and Tommy
Truck in Trouble
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
Happy Anniversary Tim and Martina
Mick Naughton celebrates
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 https://www.facebook.com/GlenduffManor/?fref=ts or https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/16551789
Glenduff Manor, Kielduff Phone 00353 (0)66 713 7105
Congratulations to Bernie Moloney and Conor Devlin
Some short videos and links
to do with Lyreacrompane
Just click on the link
The Dan Paddy Andy Festival Bog Walk 2015 was
videoed by Irish TV
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.