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 Photo memories from the archives
   Michael Healy-Rae sold more ccopies of Wet & Wild than the Farmers Journal in his shop in Kilgarvan..
Brendan Kennelly and John B Keane enjoy a light hearted moment in 1989.
A young Tiger Woods pictured on his first visit in Waterville Golf Club in County Kerry in 1998.
Picture by Don MacMonagle
Bessie the Farmhall Cub is Back...
   First Published 2007
Brendan Griffin from Killarney takes Bessie for a spin while below he tunes the engine. the parts. Then through my contacts I managed to get the odd spare part like the seat but to complete the tractor I was overjoyed when I managed to source the four tyres from our very own Donie ‘Mackey’ O’Shea in High Street”, says
celebrations on Easter Sunday, will feature a special section on vintage tractors and already a prized collection of German tractors including Deutz, Eicher, Fendt and Kramer will be exhibited. Between 1950 and 1975 there were 26 different tractor manufacturers in Germany and Brendan hope to have at least one from each brand on show. Another vintage icon Ossie Bennett will again be honoured having completed his 40th London to Brighton run at the age of 92years.
Some of the German tractors which will feature in next years rally.
  Brendan Griffin’s passion for all things old is unquestionable; he has been organising the annual Killarney Vintage Parade, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next Easter Sunday.
Kerry farmers because of the tax consession applied to a 10hp engine “You should have seen the kids faces around here when I took in on its first drive around the estate. There was smoke billowing from the exhaust and the chug- chug of the engine had all the kids in laughter” said Brendan.
The retired Liebherr operative now spends his time collecting other people’s ‘junk’ and is equally famous for his array of oil cans and tractor seats. But the most difficult restoration is awaiting re- incarnation. Sitting peacefully in the corner of his shed is a pre war Austin, bearly holding itself together because of rust which Brendan says is his next project.
His own personal achievement has also now been fulfilled after completing the restoration of an American tractor which he affectionately calls ‘Bessie’.
Brendan was gifted the 1949 Farmhall- Cub tractor by a family near Lissarda and he has painstainkly restored the machine to its former glory over the past three years.
“All I had really was the chassis so I had to rebuild it from scratch. I made contact with an 80 year old man in Pennsylvania,
The Killarney Vintage Rally is now one of the top three in Ireland attracting people
The red tractor was famed for its miserly
petrol consumption, it could do an hours ploughing on half a gallon. After the war the tractor was most popular with North
 with Dan Dwyer, Kilcummin
Tommy Parker (Dr Crokes and London based Dentist) won an All Ireland minor football medal with Kerry in 1980 and went on to win an Junior All Ireland medal with London (V Cork) in 1986. Fr Paddy O’Donoghue ( Dr Crokes) won Leinster Senior Colleges medals with Knockbeg College Carlow in both hurling and football in 1955.
Seamus MacGearailt, an All Ireland medal winner with Kerry at minor, U-21 and senior level, also played in the Connaught senior colleges hurling championship in 1962-63 with St. Marys College, Galway.
John Keenan, All Ireland medal winner with Galway in the mid 60’s, is a son-in-law of the great Jack Walsh, Asdee, holder of six All Ireland senior football medals with Kerry.
Paud O’Donoghue, Ballylongford, captained the Kerry senior football team in the Munster senior football final of 1973.
Paudie Lynch former Beaufort, Mid Kerry, UCC and Kerry footballer was a member of the Kerry County Council team that defeated Liebherr to win the first ever East Kerry inter- firm championship in 1969.
Legion defeated Kilcummin 1-8 to 1-0 in the first East Kerry O’Donoghue Cup final of 1954. Dessie Farrell of GPA fame played minor football for Dublin in 1988 and played under seven different managers until his retirement in 2004. Former Laune Rangers wing back Shane
    USA who specialises in restoring this type of tractor and he supplied me with most of
from all over the country and the United Kingdom. Next years 25th anniversary
O’Sullivan is the holder of 17 Mid Kerry senior football championship medals
Cliff Richard and The Shadoiws in The Gleneagle Hotel 2009 celebrating 50th years in showbusiness.
Picture by Don MacMonagle
Michael Fassbender at Ross castle Killarney in 2012. Picture by Don MacMonagle
Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke in Killarney while partak- ing in the Irish Open
Picture by Don MacMonagle
Picture by Don MacMonagle

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