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‘Outlaw territory’ opens an exciting new chapter

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Donal and Kathleen Hickey pictured at the launch of the annual Sliabh Luachra Journal 1916 Souvenir Edition. The journal is an ideal Christmas read and is available in shops in Sliabh Luachra, Killarney, Castleisland, Farranfore and Millstreet. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Donal and Kathleen Hickey pictured at the launch of the annual Sliabh Luachra Journal 1916 Souvenir Edition. The journal is an ideal Christmas read and is available in shops in Sliabh Luachra, Killarney, Castleisland, Farranfore and Millstreet. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

Donal and Kathleen Hickey pictured at the launch of the annual Sliabh Luachra Journal 1916 Souvenir Edition. The journal is an ideal Christmas read and is available in shops in Sliabh Luachra, Killarney, Castleisland, Farranfore and Millstreet. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

THE highland country straddling counties Kerry, Cork and Limerick was once an "asylum" for outlaws and a risen peasantry, according to the latest issue of the biennial Sliabh Luachra Journal.

Many of the principal roads that run through the area today were not built until the 1820s and 1930s by the British authorities who wanted to gain more control of the territory.

"The wild hilly country on the borders of the three counties was outlaw territory," writes Martin Murphy in an article on Whiteboys and Ribbonmen, relating the activities of secret societies against landlordism.

This vast region of around 1,000 square miles did not have proper roads, a British Government report noted in 1822. Engineer Richard Griffiths was commissioned to design and improve roads and he also built stone-arched bridges still in use today.

Griffiths described Sliabh Luachra as an asylum for Whiteboys and robbers whose "wickedness had frequently escaped punishment".

The 17th issue of the local history journal, published by Cumann Luachra, was launched by Fr Pat Moore, in Gneeveguilla.

The story of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which volunteer Patrick O’Connor, from Rathmore, was killed, features prominently in the 120-page journal.

Popular accordionist John Brosnan, who lives in Milleen, Kilcummin, tells of his life and times. There’s also an article on céilí bands in Sliabh Luachra by journal editor Donal Hickey.

A trip to Killarney Fair as a boy with his father in the 1940s is recalled by John Kelly. He had a day off from school to drive in cattle they sold at the fair.

"In those days, towns didn’t have fancy restaurants, but they had “’ating houses” where hungry farmers and their sons could get good feeds of bacon and cabbage and plenty of plain, wholesome food," notes editor Donal Hickey.

Bohereencaol, in Killarney, had three such establishments, all of which did brisk business on fair and market days.

The Kellys’ favourite was Mrs Twomey’s, run by a woman known for her generous portions.

The journal is on sale for €12.The journal would make a welcome Christmas gift and is available in shops in Sliabh Luachra, Killarney, Castleisland, Farranfore and Millstreet.
 


 
Above: Donal and Kathleen Hickey pictured at the launch of the annual Sliabh Luachra Journal 1916 Souvenir Edition. The journal is an ideal Christmas read and is available in shops in Sliabh Luachra, Killarney, Castleisland, Farranfore and Millstream. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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