ARDFERT LOCAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES / SRAITH LÉACHTAÍ STAIRE ARD FHEARTA 2015 / 2016: Thursday, 15th Oct. – Wether’s Well & other North Kerry holy wells [Dónal Stack]. Thursday, 19th Nov. – Memoirs of Olive Trench – daughter of an Ardfert land agent [Tommy O’Connor]. Thursday, 3rd Dec. – 100 years ago – Ardfert in 1915 [Tommy O’Connor]. Thursday, 28th Jan. – Ardfert witnesses at the Casement trial [Helen O’Carroll]. Thursday, 18th Feb. – Ardfert Placenames [Ciarán Dalton] Thursday, 31st March – Ardfert video & photos from the archives [Steve Baker] TIDY TOWNS: The 2015 Tidy Towns report has just been published and Ardfert managed to improve its score by two points this year. Many thanks to all who have contributed in helping to present our unique village to its best advantage – that includes residents, businesses and community organisations. The weekly work of the Rural Social Scheme gang and any help we receive from Kerry County Council is also greatly appreciated. ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 1. Ardfert Local Historical Lecture Series – ‘Wethers Well and other North Kerry Holy Wells’ with Donal Stack, Thurs 15th Oct 8pm. Donations welcome for the upkeep of the Retreat Centre. 2. ‘The Joy of being a Grandparent’ with Joan Barrett. Thurs 29th Oct 10am-12pm. Bookings and further info: 0863583120 or 066 7134276. Email MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREAT took place in Ardfert Retreat Centre for three days where 17 Filipino couples renewed their marriage vows on the 4th of October in a ceremony officiated by Dean Sean Hanafin. The couples are members of Couples for Christ Ireland. ARDFERT/KILMOYLEY COMMUNITY GAMES: We will hold our AGM on Thursday 22ndOctober at 9pm in Cul Mhuire. Everyone is welcome. We had great success in 2015 and hope to build on this in 2016. New members are urgently required to ensure the continued success of this great organisation in our parish. ARDFERT FOOTBALL CLUB: Bord na nOg: Social Media: Please like and share our Facebook page Ardfert Gaa, so as to spread the news and happenings about your local club. All updates are posted regularly to our Facebook page so be sure to follow us online also. Twitter a/c : @ArdfertGAAKerry U-14: Despite a great performance, our under 14 footballers lost the Town League Final to St. Pat’s Blennerville on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-10. Thanks to team mentors Philip Healy, Mike Shanahan and David Moore for all their work with this team during the year. Siobhan Cotter Tournament: Our Under 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 teams took part in the Siobhan Cotter Tournament in Churchill on Sunday. The football played by all teams was like Sunday’s weather—fantastic. Thanks to the Churchill GAA for the hospitality and to mentors Cyril Wallace, Billy Stack, Conor Foley, Nicholas O’Sullivan, James O Halloran, and Kevin Wiseman for their work on the day, and during the year. ST. BRENDAN’S ATHLETIC CLUB: Second part of of Kerry Athletics Cross Country championships took place on Sunday, 11 October in Firies. This weekend it was the turn of the uneven ages juveniles, Intermediate and Masters athletes. Unusually dry and warm weather conditions for this time of the year brought a large crowd of runners from Clubs around the county. The day started with Intermediate and Masters Women’s race with 4 laps of the course. In Masters O35 we had Ursula Barrett who got a bronze medal after finishing 3rd in her age category with Yvonne Quill representing St.Brendan’s AC in Masters O40 category. In juvenile races we had Aaron Horgan & Zach Walshe running in Boys U9 category with Aaron finishing very strongly in the last 200m to take the silver medal. Well done to Zach Walshe in his very first competitive race for St.Brendan’s AC. In Girls U11 our sole representative was Lilly Nowak running in older age category and still doing very well, finishing in top 20 position. Boys U11 category had one of the highest number of entrants and St.Brendan’s AC was represented by Stuart Daley, also competing in an older age category. A great run by Stuart in his second race in 2 weeks. In Girls U13 we had Eimear O’Sullivan and Daisy Nowak. Girls had 2500m to run (2 laps) and Eimear placed just outside medal position with Daisy a few places behind. In the last Race of the day, St.Brendan’s AC had representatives in the Men’s Intermediate and Masters race over a 7000m distance. James Daley had a very productive race, finishing 4th overall in Intermediate section and Artur Nowak was participating in Masters O40 category.

Local notes 12/10/15
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