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Lighting up the parish for Christmas

Kerry and Rathmore GAA star Aidan O'Mahony opening Connie K’s bar in Rathmore last Saturday night with new management Geoff Gordon and Phil Verling, Cllr Niall Kelleher and other locals
Kerry and Rathmore GAA star Aidan O’Mahony opening Connie K’s bar in Rathmore last Saturday night with new management Geoff Gordon and Phil Verling, Cllr Niall Kelleher and other locals

Rathmore/Gneeveguilla News
Compiled by Michael O’Mahony

WHEN it comes to Christmas street lighting, Liam Flynn from Millstreet has outlined a proposal which would very much enhance Rathmore over the Christmas period.

The initiative would involve significant expenditure in year one but it would not be not quite as costly in year two and subsequent years.

Wall mounted brackets in year one would cost €50, trees are €15 and lights €22. It would cost an additional €40 to have the lights erected and dismantled. That’s an initial cost of €120.

For those who already have brackets, trees and lights can be supplied for €70.

It is not easy for people to find money for everything in these times, but Rathmore Community Council feels this is a project worth recommending but it is up to people themselves.

If you are interested please contact any member of Rathmore Community Council or ring Liam on 087-6380053 or 029-70397.

Training: Rathmore Community Council and Rathmore Community Centre Committee have recently put two defibrillators in place, one at the community centre and one opposite the church.
These lifesaving devices can give a person in cardiac arrest an 80 per cent chance of survival even before the arrival of an ambulance.

The following people are taking part in certified training courses in CPR and AED use: Andrew Sheehan, Eoin McSweeney, Nora Hickey, Sean O’Donoghue, Anna O’Donoghue, Denis McCrohan, Edel Cronin, Imelda Cronin, Ann Carolan, Marian O’Keeffe, Dan O’Connor and Pat Cashman. Please note these courses are now booked out.

Sale: The annual sale of work will take place on Sunday, December 6 at Rathmore Community Centre at 2.30pm. Santa Claus will attend. Donations and items can be handed in at the community centre from 11am on Saturday, December 5. Proceeds will be in aid of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association.

Athletics: The AGM of Gneeveguilla Athletic Club is scheduled for December 1 at 8.30 m in Gneeveguilla GAA Club.
Funds: A 5K fundraiser to raise funds to purchase a much-needed wheelchair for Ger Daly will take place in Killarney National Park on Sunday, December 6 at 2.00pm.

Comhaltas: Sliabh Luachra Comhaltas membership subscriptions are now due for the coming year: Junior – €6, Senior – €12, Family – €20.

Cards: A Millstreet Hospital 45 Drive will take place in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on Sunday, December 6 at 8.45pm sharp. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Cards: Kerry Hospice Christmas cards are now available at Rathmore Credit Union, Rathmore Post Office, Reen’s Pharmacy and from Maria Ryan. Cards cost €7 for packs of 10. Your support is appreciated.

Santa: Rathmore Social Action Group has invited Santa to Teach Iosagain on Saturday, December 5. Pre-booking is essential and the cost is €5 per child. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. To book please call 064-7761000.

Wedding: Congratulations to Brendan Cronin, Shronebeg, who married Cathy O’Sullivan, Currow on Saturday last in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Currow. The reception was held in the Killarney Heights Hotel. We wish both of them a happy, healthy and long life together.

Cycling: Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club’s fundraising draw will take place on December 12 at 8.00pm in Reens of Rathmore. The top prize is a car worth €18,000.

Rambling: Gneeveguilla GAA Club’s ladies’ committee is holding a Rambling House session in the Community Hall, Gneeveguilla on Saturday, December 5 at 8.00pm. A great programme of music, song, dance and storytelling is lined up which to take you back in time. There will be a return of some of the stars from Tops of the Parish with a hilarious comedy sketch. Light refreshments will be served during the interval and a great night is assured, Admission is €5 and everyone is welcome.

Officers: At the Rathmore Community Council AGM the following officers elected for coming year: Chairman: Brian Kelly, Vice Chairman: Pat Cashman, Secretary: Una Thomason, PRO: Michael O’Mahony, Joint TreasurerS: Hugh Ryan And David Twomey.

Tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Joe Downey for his work.

Issues: The following issues that were raised at the annual general meeting of Rathmore Community Council: the need for a full-time, resident GP in Rathmore, poor street lighting, traffic claiming measures and the early morning train from Kerry to Cork and Dublin not stopping in Rathmore.

Crafts: Scartaglin Development Association will hold its annual craft fair in the Heritage Centre on this Sunday, November 29, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with Kerry Rose Julett Culloty officially opening the event. The day will also feature a 5k Family Fun Run take place with all participants getting medals.

For those wishing to take part in the run registration will be at 1.00pm with a cost of €10 for adults and €5 for juveniles with a special family rate of €15. Refreshments afterwards in Fleming’s Bar,

50 per cent of the proceeds will go towards the palliative care unit in Kerry General Hospital.

Bingo: Banteer Ladies Football Club is running a family bingo on Sunday, November at 3.00pm in Banteer Community Centre. Everybody welcome.  There is a private bus running from Cullen, Rathmore, Knocknagree, Boherbue and the Sandpit House. Please call Catherine on 083-3498778 to book.

Market: Millstreet Christmas Market will be held at the GAA Hall on this Sunday from 12 noon to 5.00pm. It is always a great place to go, to meet with friends, have the cup of tea and pick up some Christmas presents.

Ravens: At under 16 level, the Rathmore Ravens boys beat St Bridgets 49-45 in Division 2. Well-taken scores by Sean Clifford (6) and Paul Cremin (4) left Rathmore ahead at the end of this quarter 14-8 and they increased that to 24-18 at the half time break.

In the third quarter Bridgets dominated to leave only a basket between the sides but in a tense final quarter Rathmore came out fighting with scores by Sean Clifford, Darragh Rahilly, Derry McCarthy, Anthony Darmody and Ian O’Connor.

At under 14 girl’s level Rathmore A beat Kenmare Kestrels 48-16 and Rathmore B overcame Ballybunion Wildcats 43-38.

Football: The season ended for the Rathmore ladies last Sunday when they won the Bridget Dineen tournament in a thrilling encounter with Legion.

The trophy was presented by Grainne Dineen to Rathmore captain Catherine Daly.  It was a brilliant team performance. Well done to all the girls and especially their team management of Kieran O’Mahony, Mags Fitzgerald and Tim O’Callaghan.

The ladies’ AGM will take place on Friday at 8.30pm in Rathbeg.

Basketball: The Gneeveguilla under 18 girls’ division one basketball team had a comprehensive 67-36 victory over

St Bridgets with great performances from Shauna Guerin with 16 points. Shannon O’Leary and Sarah Murphy. There was a big welcome from her Gneeveguilla team-mates for Roisin O’Leary who returned to the court after some time out.

The boy’s under 14 division one side beat KCYMS 46-36.Ronan Collins, Damien O’Halloran and Damien Cronin were very accurate in their shooting while Matt Reenstierna, Stephen O’Sullivan and Conor Murphy were very impressive for KCYMS.

The under 14 division three side lost 25-54 to Tralee Tigers. This was an entertaining game of basketball but Tralee proved a little too strong on this occasion.