Valen­tia: a re­view of the year gone

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Happy new year to all read­ers at home and over­seas. Athbh­li­ain faoi mhaise daoibh go leir. Let us take this op­por­tu­nity to re­view the year that was in Valen­tia Is­land.

Jan­uary: Cana­dian Min­is­ter-Catherine McKenna an­nounced that the Heart’s Con­tent Ca­ble Sta­tion Pro­vin­cial Site is one of eight places the coun­try ad­ding to its ten­ta­tive list for World Her­itage Sites con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Cana­dian an­nounce­ment of ten­ta­tive sta­tus was very sig­nif­i­cant to the Valen­tia Ca­ble Foun­da­tion Board’s ef­forts for UNESCO sta­tus in Valen­tia.

On Jan­uary 9, the death oc­curred in Ep­som, Eng­land, of Joan Re­gan (née Mur­phy), orig­i­nally of Knight­stown.

Johanna Grif­fin of the Ca­ble Sta­tion, Knight­stown, was 101 on Jan­uary 11.

The AGM of the Valen­tia Young Is­lan­ders GAA club took place on Jan­uary 13 and rat­i­fied Valen­tia’s Michael A O’Connell, now domi­ciled in Dro­mid, as the new man­ager/trainer.

Fe­bru­ary: On Fe­bru­ary 17, Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins vis­ited Valen­tia and was very well re­ceived at a well-at­tended func­tion with re­fresh­ments at the Ca­ble Sta­tion.

The Valen­tia Is­land un­der-16 bal­lad group achieved sec­ond place at the Kerry Com­mu­nity Games fi­nals in Bally­bunion. They were Fionn Cu­sack, Fionán Healy, Sean Lynch, Caoimhe Cour­nane, Ju­lia Cooper, Ruth O’Shea and Mary Gal­lagher (tu­tor).

The Valen­tia Is­land Car Ferry, on the ad­vice of the Marine Sur­vey Of­fice, was moved to dry dock in a boat­yard in Bere Is­land for re­pairs to give it a two-year re­prieve.

On Fe­bru­ary 23, the death oc­curred in Lon­don of Sheila Cur­ran (née King) who was orig­i­nally from Reen in Ballinskel­ligs and the wife of Valen­tia’s Michael Cur­ran.

March: The month be­gan with a na­tional shut down due to the se­vere snow storms of what was re­ferred to in me­dia cir­cles as ‘The Beast from the East’. Valen­tia Is­land did not es­cape and was also snowed over. It was like a sec­ond Christ­mas for some is­lan­ders liv­ing in other parts of the coun­try who came home due to work clo­sures.

The Valen­tia Young Is­lan­ders lost their County League Divi­sion Five open­ing match away to Churchill.

On March 3, Der­mot Paul, the hus­band of An­gela Mur­phy of Knight­stown, passed away in Cork.

The Min­is­ter for Tourism and Sport Bren­dan Grif­fin vis­ited the New­found His­tor­i­cal Ca­ble site in Heart’s Con­tent, where he dis­cussed a joint ap­pli­ca­tion to UNESCO for World Her­itage Des­ig­na­tion for the Valen­tia Ca­ble Sta­tion and its sis­ter site in Heart’s Con­tent.

Cau­tie Kis­sane, the mother of Valen­tia’a Mary B O’Sul­li­van, passed away on March 15; and Donncha Cour­nane, brother of Maebh Cour­nane of Valen­tia, passed away on March 6.

On a bit­terly cold March 18, Valen­tia cy­clists took part in the Dro­mid cy­cle to com­mem­o­rate local man John O’Shea.

Ger O’Con­nor of Bal­ly­manach and Liam Barry of Kil­lar­ney rep­re­sented the Kil­lar­ney Bad­minton Club who won the Divi­sion Four Men’s Dou­bles County Fi­nal. Ger and his part­ner, Jill Red­mond of Lis­towel, also won the County Divi­sion Four Mixed Com­pe­ti­tion and also went on to win the Mun­ster Divi­sion Four Mixed Dou­bles Mun­ster ti­tle.

The Scoil Der­arca Na­tional School won the Cu­mann na mBun­scol South Kerry Mini sevens in Ca­her­siveen by de­feat­ing Scoil Said­hb­hín of Ca­her­siveen by 3-3 to 2-3.

April: On April 3, Pa­trick O’Driscoll of Do­hilla and Dublin was laid to rest in Kil­more Grave­yard, Valen­tia.

On Easter Sun­day, at a cold and wet O’Con­nor Park, the Valen­tia Young Is­lan­ders de­feated Moy­vane by 4-11 to 0-5 in an open­ing County Ju­nior Championship en­counter.

Aoife O’Sul­li­van of Lis­caroll AC and Church­town, County Cork, won the All-Ire­land un­der-16 high jump com­pe­ti­tion. She is the daugh­ter of Martin and Siob­han (née O’Driscoll) of Valen­tia.

Bal­ly­duff knocked Valen­tia out of the County Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion in Kil­lor­glin by 2-14 to 1-8.

Ju­lia Cooper achieved first place in Sean Nós over-12 Dancing, and Saoirse King took sec­ond in the un­der-12 cat­e­gory at the Féile Rince Mill­street Tra­di­tional Fes­ti­val.

May: Cel­e­brat­ing the great light­houses of Ire­land with the ’’Shine a Light on Sum­mer Fes­ti­val’,’ the spot­light was on the Valen­tia Light­house, with an open day be­ing held, with many in at­ten­dance, com­ple­mented by an Ir­ish Coast­guard He­li­copter res­cue dis­play.

Min­is­ter Ben­dan Grif­fin of­fi­cially opened the new Skel­lig Rock Func­tion Room in the Royal Ho­tel.

The death in Cork on Satur­day, May 5, oc­curred of Maura Burke of Knight­stown. On Satur­day, May 12, Alice Blin­coe (née O’Sul­li­van) of Valen­tia passed away in Dublin.

The mar­riage took place of Brian O’Con­nor, son of Steve and Kath­leen of Bal­ly­manach, Valen­tia, to Mary Kin­sella of Leigh­lin Bridge, Car­low.

June: On June 1, the death oc­curred in Lon­don of Gearóid Grif­fin, for­merly of the Old School Road, Knight­stown. On June 9, the death, while on hol­i­days in Spain, oc­curred of Kate McIn­tyre (née Cur­ran) of Dublin and Chapel­town, Valen­tia.

The AGM of the Valen­tia Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal took place in the Ring Lyne.

On June 15, the death oc- curred in Birm­ing­ham of Janet McNa­mara, who reg­u­larly hol­i­dayed in Valen­tia to­gether with her hus­band, Bill.

On June 29, the death oc­curred of James (Jimmy) Healy of Bal­ly­hear­ney, Valen­tia, and orig­i­nally of Up­per Carhan, Ca­her­siveen. On June 29, the death also oc­curred of Ellen (Nell) O’Sul­li­van of Ca­her­siveen and for­merly Valen­tia.

July: On July 2, Pat Cur­ran of Chapel­town, Valen­tia, passed away in En­niskillen.

An Ir­ish Lan­guage Sum­mer School took place from July 2 to 6 at the Chapel­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Sor­cha Ní Mhurchú, the Valen­tia Glór na nGael sec­re­tary, or­gan­ised its fund­ing.

On July 5, the death oc­curred of Con O’Shea of Cloon, Ballinskel­ligs, who was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Valen­tia.

On July 6 the death oc­curred of Pa­trick (Tappy) Keating of Kimego East, Ca­her­siveen. He was the brother of Maureen O’Donoghue of Feigh­mane.

The venue was Keel and mem­o­rable for the fact that by de­feat­ing As­dee, the Valen­tia Young Is­lan­ders were pro­moted to Divi­sion Four.

Tony Tormey, aka Paul Bren­nan of the long-run­ning soap se­ries Fair City, hol­i­dayed in Valen­tia, stay­ing in Cooil Road. He was a big hit with lo­cals.

The for­mer Mayo foot­baller Wil­lie Joe Pad­den vis­ited the Royal Ho­tel.

The mar­riage took place of the Ra­dio Kerry Broad­caster Joe McGill to Mags O’Ma­hony of Dro­mid. Joe’s mother is Mary Ann Lyne of Cooil.

Paul O’Sul­li­van of Bal­ly­hear­ney won an All-Ire­land Ju­nior medal with a de­feat of Gal­way by the Kerry ju­niors. He played at cor­ner back.

The first-ever art ex­hi­bi­tion took place in the light­house keep­ers’ house of the Valen­tia Light­house.

Aoife Lynch, the daugh­ter of De­clan and Deirdre Lynch of Valen­tia and Cork city, rep­re­sented Ire­land at Ju­nior Ladies level in the dou­ble sculls event at Far­ran Woods, Cork.

Au­gust: On Au­gust 1, Agnes Ed­wards of the Rev­enue, Valen­tia, passed away.

Valen­tia Is­lan­ders took part in a cy­cle from Ca­her­siveen to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of the 1958 Rás Tail­teann win by the ‘Iron Man’, Mike Mur­phy.

Dan O’Con­nor of La­harn, Valen­tia, passed away on Au­gust 26th 2013. The an­nual Dan O’Con­nor Me­mo­rial Bea­gle Drag Hunt took place in his hon­our in Valen­tia.

Daniel Falvey of Chapel­town and Karla Es­camila Aquirre were mar­ried in Mex­ico.

The Valen­tia GAA Race Night was held in the Royal Ho­tel and was a huge suc­cess.

Alec Ger­rard, hus­band of the late Bri­die Cooper of Ten­nis, Valen­tia, passed away in Eng­land on Au­gust 15.

Des Burke of Bally­bunion and Valen­tia was 90 and Noreen (Nono) O’Donoghue of Chapel­town was 80.

Septem­ber: The Valen­tia Cricket Club, the ‘Mighty Oaks’ de­feated the vis­it­ing Ashford,

County Wick­low team at Cra­cow Park. Ger ‘Jack’ O’Sul­li­van was the hero of the day.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Cahill called for fund­ing for the Valen­tia Car Ferry at a County Coun­cil meet­ing.

Valen­tia Is­land is sin­gled out for an in­ten­sive door-to-door in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Gar­daí in an ef­fort to solve the on­go­ing ‘Kerry Ba­bies’ mys­tery. The is­land was un­der the glare of the na­tional me­dia, which did not go down too well here.

The Valen­tia Lifeboat is pre­sented with €500 by the Water­ville Golf Club.

Pa­trick O’Shea and Christina Quirke of Ca­her­siveen were mar­ried on Septem­ber 21.

Matthew Fo­ran of Knight­stown was hon­oured by be­ing a mas­cot for Not­ting­ham For­est v Rother­ham in the English Championship. He was the envy of all his friends.

Oc­to­ber: Pat O’Con­nor of Cooil was 60 on Oc­to­ber 2. Noreen Cas­sidy (née Mawe) of Valen­tia and Dublin was 102 on Oc­to­ber 6.

The an­nual Kells to Valen­tia RNLI cy­cle took place with re­fresh­ments after­wards in the Royal Ho­tel.

Der­arca Goldie (née Lynch) took the vis­it­ing Cham­ber Mu­sic par­tic­i­pants on a novel lux­ury cruise boat tour of local wa­ters. All were very im­pressed.

On Oc­to­ber 10, the death oc­curred of John (Seán) O’Driscoll of Ballinteer, Dublin, and for­merly of Do­hilla, Valen­tia.

The death in Dublin took place on Oc­to­ber 18 of Pa­trick (Paddy) O’Sul­li­van of Terenure, Dublin, and for­merly Peter Street, Valen­tia.

Novem­ber: The 100th An­niver­sary of World War I was com­mem­o­rated by oper­atic mu­sic and song in the Church of St John the Bap­tist of Knight­stown. Lo­cals who died were es­pe­cially re­mem­bered.

Noel and Noreen Lynch of Chapel­town cel­e­brated their 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

The Young Is­lan­ders de­feated Water­ville by 1-12 to 1-10 in a first round South Kerry Se­nior Foot­ball Championship en­counter in Valen­tia.

The Valen­tia Lifeboat crew is hon­oured with the an­nual Mon­signor Hugh O’Fla­h­ery Me­mo­rial Award.

The South and Mid-Kerry Row­ing So­cial is held in the Ring of Kerry Ho­tel. The Valen­tia Row­ing Club is recog­nised for win­ning the John­nie Reidy an­nual tro­phy for the sev­enth year in a row and many more un­der­age awards.

Adam Quigley fin­ishes fourth in the Mun­ster un­der-13 boys’ cross-coun­try race.

Bernie O’Driscoll of Feigh­mane cel­e­brated her 50th birth­day with fam­ily and friends in the Ring Lyne.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a €1.27m grant for the Valen­tia Is­land Ca­ble Sta­tion Dig­i­tal Hub project. It is an ad­di­tional fund to the €1.6m grant for the project from Fáilte Ire­land.

De­cem­ber: On De­cem­ber 3 the death oc­curred of Michael (Bobby) O’Shea of Corobeg, Valen­tia.

The 25th an­nual Ec­u­meni­cal Carol Singing Ser­vice took place in the Church of St John the Bap­tist of Knight­stown.

The death oc­curred on Christ­mas Eve of Ted McCarthy of Cahir­siveen and for­merly of Knight­stown, Valen­tia.

Fr Ger­ard Fin­u­cane of Water­ville cel­e­brated Christ­mas Eve Mass at 6pm in Knight­stown, and Fr Pat Mur­phy of Ard­cost cel­e­brated Christ­mas Day Mass at 11.15am in Chapel­town.

The 40th an­niver­sary of the build­ing the Scoil Der­arca Na­tional school was cel­e­brated with Mass in Chapel­town, with a func­tion of re­fresh­ments after­wards in the school.

Photo by Va­lerie O’Sul­li­van.

Valen­tia light­house was the scene of sev­eral ex­cit­ing events in 2018.

Photo by Stephen Power.

There was much de­bate in 2018 over the fu­ture of the Valen­tia Ferry.

Valen­tia Ca­ble Sta­tion’s pur­suit of UNESCO sta­tus gath­ered pace.

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