Congratulations to Maura Cronin, Eileen O'Grady and their whole team for treating Castlegregory to a marvelous Summer Festival. There was an unbelievable "buzz" in the village for the whole time the Festival was on. Congratulations to Holly O'Donnell being chosen Queen and to Niall Moynihan being chosen as Best Escort.
Also a big thank you to Pat O'Shea for giving us a glimpse into the past with a Street Fair, which was very popular. And we were given an extra treat with the Vintage Tractor Run. The only thing was people wanted it go on longer!
The Brandon Bay Marathon was also successful with 500 entrants at least. What can we say about the 5 people who braved the waters of Brandaon Bay by swimming from Brandon Pier to Fahamore; that was a major achievement.
So to all who participated and to all who made this Festival one of the best ever, we say THANK YOU, well done and hats off to you!
CASTLE FAIR THANK YOU Special thanks to those who worked so hard to make it happen. Jimmy O Dwyer and a dedicated committee, the judges and stewards, those who cleaned up afterwards, provided barriers, and much more. We are delighted to accommodate those who sponsored memorial trophies and cups in memory of those who are gone before us. The residents of Forge road, Kerry Co. Council and the Garda. Thank you all. Pat O Shea and Sinead Tarrant/OShea presented cups and prizes to owners of Best Quality animals at the Fair as follows - Best Horse – Josh Smith, Best Pony – Tim Dennehy, Best Pen of Lambs – Martin Murphy, Best Rare Breeds – John Pat Long, Best Pen of Heifers – Ger O Connor, Overall Champion Ram – Clement Crean, Best Pen of Bullocks – Maurice Fitzgerald. The committee wish to thank all who sponsored prizes and who supported the Fair in any way. It was a great success.
A Maritime Festival will be held the weekend of July 20th+21st at various points around the village and the Maharees.The Festival will be opened by Nuala Moore who will discuss her recent swim where the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans meet at the Cape.
Tickets are ready to be picked up/purchased at the Information Office for Nuala Moore’s presentation: “Swimming Where the Atlantic Meets the Pacific at Cape Horn” on Friday 20th July at 7.30pm also,
Ken O Sullivan (who presented the RTE series entitled ‘Irelands Deep Atlantic’) will show clips of his dives, some of which were shot around here, entitled “The Underwater World of the Maharees and Tralee Bay” on Saturday July 21st at 7.30pm also Check out our website castlegegorykerry.com for further details. Maritime Festival Raffle tickets are on sale from Wednesday 18th July until Wednesday 25th July in the Tourist Information Office. Great prizes- all things maritime related. €5 per ticket or 2 for €8. Also on sale Friday and Saturday nights at the presentations in the Club Rooms.
Street Feast Saturday 28th July at 4pm on the Forge Road. Pot Luck: Bring a dish to share get in free, just bring yourself and pay €5 to enjoy everyone else’s food
On Saturday 4th August we will be having “Christmas in August” at the West End Hall from 11am to 5pm. All crafts geared to Christmas! Do your shopping early and then have time to enjoy the season rather than rush around. We will have a few surprises for your enjoyment!
Lending Library: Do you have any books lying around which you could donate to our lending Library here in the Clubrooms, please feel free to drop them in to the office and we will go through them to check they are suitable…..in other words no “50 Shades of ……anything unsuitable” please. Some childrens books would be great also.
Castlegregory Country Market - every Sunday 10am-1.30pm.
Bridge - every Monday in the Club Rooms at 7.45pm. All are welcome. If you are a real beginner come at 7pm and we’ll try to give you a hand
The Defibrillator has been moved from Maurice Fitzgeralds Pub and put in a box outside the doors of Spar.
The Community Alert Group: Pendant alarms have been successfully installed for several residents in the community, who are happy with the results. The alarms provide a good measure of security. We are still submitting applications. If you are over 65 and even if you have an alarm that is no longer working you can apply. Please contact the Office: 066 7139422
Castlegregory Community Games: I am happy to answer any query if anyone wishes to text me on 0879246054. Margaret.Full details on all events are on the Community Games website.
If there is anyone interested in getting involved with Tidy Towns, call the office 7139422. It is the start of the New Year. Please get involved with your community.
Active Retired Summer Schedule: Every Tuesday 1-4pm Clubrooms-Soup and dessert- Entertainment. Everyone is welcome!
Chiropodist: will be in the Small Hall on Tuesdays 24th July and 18th September. For house visits contact Michelle, Active Retired on 087 787 1845.
Castlegregory GAA Membership is now due for 2018. Cost €30 for non playing single member and €50 for a couple and can be paid to any committee member.
Old Fire Station is now open as a gym for new members. For more information contact Colm Sills or Seán Spillane on 087 2572662.
Ladies Club: Friday 13th & Sunday 15th July, 18 Hole Stableford. 1st Joan Cantillon (26) 40 pts., 2nd Heather Stevenson (22) 40 pts., 3rd Patricia Goodwin (35) 38 pts.
Over 50’s: Wednesday 11th July, 9 Hole Stableford,1st Mary Moriarty (31) 20 pts.
Men’s Club: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July, 18 Holes Stableford kindly Sponsored by Kirbys Brogue Inn, Tralee. 1st Philip Ahern (28) 46 pts., 2nd Kieran Kelliher (12) 38 pts., 3rd Sean Spillane (16) 37 pts., Front 9: Tommy King (17) 20 pts., Back 9: Moss Hogan (15) 21 pts.
Seniors: Thursday 12th July, 9 Hole Stableford, 1st Pat O’Donnell (23) 25 pts., 2nd Sean O’Connor, Tralee (19) 21 pts..
Wednesday 11th July – The Jefferson Tools Challenge Round 3 – 9 Hole Stableford.
Ladies: 1st Carol Shanahan (9) 18 pts.
Men: 1st Sean Spillane (7) 19 pts., 2nd Pat Mulcahy (5) 18 pts., Best Gross Colin O’Sullivan (11) 13 pts.
Ladies Club: Friday 20th July & Sunday 22nd July, 18 Holes Stableford, Timesheet. Saturday 21st July, Lady President Merlyn O’Connor’s Prize, 18 Hole Stableford, Timesheet.
Ladies Over 50’s: Wed. 18th July, 9 Hole Stableford. Draw 10.00am
Men’s Club: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July, 18 Holes Stableford kindly Sponsored by Kelly & O’Shea. Time Sheet. Saturday 21st July, Lady President Merlyn O’Connor’s Day, 9 Hole Stableford, Timesheet.
Seniors: Thursday 19th July, 9 Hole Stableford. Draw at 9:30 am.
9 Hole Open Mixed Scramble: Tuesday evening. Sign in from 6.30 to 6.45 pm. Draw for 7 pm. Members €3, Non Member €10.
“Jefferson Tools” Open 9 Hole Tournament – Round 4 – Wednesday 18th July. €5 Entry / Non Member €10.
9 Hole Re-Entry until Sunday 19th August 2018. €5 entry. Best 3 Combined Cards.
Castlegregory Golf Club, Stradbally, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry +353 (0)66 7139444
Soccer Notes: The Brandon Bay HM/10k event: wow, what an amazing day we had on the beach last Saturday! A total of 540 registered to take part in Ireland's only all beach running event with participants coming from all corners of the globe to take part. Despite some very breezy conditions there were some fantastic times recorded. Here are this year's winners: men's HM winners were Phelim Glynn 1:26:04, Seán Clifford 1:26:58 and Martin Crowley 1:27:19 while the women's HM winners were: Michelle O Regan 1:41:56 Audrey Gahan 1:43:53 and Gwen Conroy 1:45:40. The men's 10k run winners were: Karl Lenihan 40:33, Castle Celtic's own Conor Shannon 44:10 and Castlegregory man Seán O Mahony 44:27. The women's 10k winners were Kirsten Herpe 48:48, Elaine O Donoghue 50:02 and Yvonne Deegan 50:14
This year's event was a roaring success but it wouldn't be possible without all the amazing local support from our sponsors, the community council, our fantastic stewards, those that cut grass or put out cones or hand out soup, we are so grateful to everyone. Onwards and upwards for 2019.
Get Out… Get Active! Tuesday Walks - Come along. Suitable For All Abilities: Meeting point Spar Car Park Tuesdays at 10.30am. For more information please contact Debbie: 087 2989537
Whist every Thursday evening from 8pm in the Clubrooms.
Ladies: 1st Mary Teahan, 2nd Lyn Sexton
Interval: Eileen Kennedy, Eileen O‟Shea
Gents: 1st Marcia Ganter, 2nd Pat Moore
Interval: Catherine Lyons, Michael Rohan, Martin Murphy
Mystery: Edward Hennessy, Joan Cantillon