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Lisselton

Lios Eiltín
Village
Lisselton
Lisselton
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°29′17″N 09°34′35″W / 52.48806°N 9.57639°W / 52.48806; -9.57639Coordinates: 52°29′17″N 09°34′35″W / 52.48806°N 9.57639°W / 52.48806; -9.57639
Country Ireland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Kerry

Lisselton (Irish: Lios Eiltín) is a village in County Kerry, Ireland. [1] It is located 8 km northwest of Listowel on the R553 road to Ballybunion. The village is part of the Parish of Ballydonoghue, which is located in the centre of North Kerry.

The village contains three pubs (Cantillons, Tomaisins and The Thatch Bar), a church, a supermarket/post office and a butchers. There are about 50 houses in the village itself and a number of private businesses have started in the locality over the past five years.[when?] There are two primary schools in the parish.

Leisure and sport

Ballyloughran Leisure Centre was operated by Limerick Youth Service but has since closed down. It contained a gym, pool, sauna, steamroom and jaccuzzi.

A number of sporting organisations also exist in the parish, including Ballydonoghue GAA Club and Lisselton Rovers FC. Lisselton Rovers, one of the most successful sides in the Kerry District League, was based in Lisselton until 2012, when they relocated to Ballybunion and renamed themselves LB Rovers.

Ballydonoghue GAA club have their own grounds at Coolard and they host a weekly GAA lottery draw.[2] The club has been represented on the county team on a number of occasions, providing three of the 1947 team that played in the only All Ireland final ever hosted outside of the country, the Kerry-Cavan duel played in The Polo Grounds in New York.

Lisselton Grotto

Lisselton Grotto was built in 1954, the Marian Year, and was recently[when?] refurbished as part of the work carried out by members of the local FÁS scheme.

Transport

The famous Lartigue monorail passed through Lisselton from 1888 until 1924. The village now has a taxi service and a bus service.

Education

Lisselton National School opened in 1983. The School has approximately 134 students, five class teachers, a learning support teacher, a resource teacher and two special needs assistants.[3] Coolard National School is the second school. Dromerin National School was the third, but it was unfortunately closed in September 2012 due to dwindling numbers. It is known for producing local legends.

Literarature

Lisselton was the birthplace of Maurice Walsh, whose most famous work was The Quiet Man. John B Keane's family were also from the area and he once remarked that it was a throbbing vein of literary genius running through the locality that made it easier to write than not to write.

The Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine was established in the 1980s and each annual edition has over fifty articles covering a range of issues of local relevance, including Gaelic games.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Dublin City University. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.ballydonoghuegaa.com/
  3. ^ "School History". Lisselton National School. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ http://ballydonoghuemagazine.com/
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