Thieves face Christmas on naughty list

Two women who drove from Dublin on a pre-Christmas robbery trip found themselves on the naughty list as soon as they hit the road home - after gardaí discovered sackfuls of toys, clothes, booze and candles crammed into the back of their car.

The women, believed to be in their 20s and from Blanchardstown in Dublin, were stopped at a routine checkpoint last Thursday outside Castleisland when gardaí noticed their Ford Fiesta was crammed with over €3,500 worth of toys.

The women were arrested and questioned in relation to an alleged raid on a warehouse in Tralee.

What happened in Kerry this week

It will be the weekend before power is fully restored to every household and business across Kerry. The force of Ophelia and the damage it caused to transformer and power lines left 35,000 customers without electricity. According to ESB Networks Manager, Ger Deenihan, it was the second worst storm in living memory and did not inflict the level of damage as Storm Darwin which struck on February 12th, 2014.

Hundreds of drivers in Kerry wrongly prosecuted for road traffic offences are expected to appeal their cases and have their convictions overturned and fines repaid. Killarney solicitor Pádraig O’Connell said he estimates that since 2006, hundreds of drivers have been wrongly convicted, fined, disqualified from driving or even jailed because they did not receive a fixed charge penalty notice.

Anti-social behaviour is making life hell for residents living close to a homeless shelter in Tralee town centre, locals claimed this week. Residents and business owners near Arlington Lodge say they are fed up with what some described as “non-stop, round-the-clock anti-social behaviour”.

Vandals and thugs are making life hell for several car owners in Killarney who have had their vehicles smashed, scratched and defaced with dog foul.

It’s known far and wide as the The Fat Mile - but it’s time we started calling the Bracker O’Regan Road by its proper name, according to former local councillor and teacher, Billy Ryle. He said the commonly-used nickname - which emerged almost as soon as the new link road between Mounthawk and Monavalley was opened in 2008 - does a disservice to the memory of one of the greats of Tralee and Kerry football.

'Stop calling it the Fat Mile!'

It’s known far and wide as ‘The Fat Mile’ - but it’s time we started calling the Bracker O’Regan Road by its proper name, according to former local councillor and teacher, Billy Ryle.

He said the commonly-used nickname - which emerged almost as soon as the new link road between Mounthawk and Monavalley was opened in 2008 - does a disservice to the memory of one of the greats of Tralee and Kerry football.

Ophelia blasts into Kerry

It will be the weekend before power is fully restored to every household and business across Kerry. The force of Ophelia and the damage it caused to transformer and power lines left 35,000 customers without electricity.

According to ESB Networks Manager, Ger Deenihan, it was the second worst storm in living memory and did not inflict the level of damage as Storm Darwin which struck on February 12th, 2014.

Storm hits at 100 locations

Kerry County Council estimates that crews attended fallen trees and debris at over 100 locations as Ophelia made its way north and west across the county.

Several roads were blocked, with gardaí advising motorists on Monday to avoid certain areas.

Fallen trees on the Kenmare/Castletown-Bearhaven road made the area treacherous and a fallen tree on the N71 Ring of Kerry near Gortamullen, Kenmare, also caused major disruption for motorists.

 

Tralee church to unveil stained glass window

A new stained glass window will be unveiled at St John’s Church in Tralee next week - 60 years on from the last stained glass installation.

The new Window of Reconciliation was commissioned to mark the foundation of Tralee 800 years ago. It was created by artist Tom Denny - whose family played a vital role in Tralee’s history.

Gerry's last wish moves the nation to tears

One of the final wishes of Knocknagoshel man Gerry Collins moved the nation to tears on Monday - when his beloved daughter learned on TV that before he died, he had put money aside to buy her wedding dress.

Cora Anne Collins from Knocknagoshel featured on RTÉ’s Say Yes to the Dress Ireland, and found the perfect dress thanks to Peter ‘Franc’ Kelly.

 

Ballyheigue set for ploughing match

Organisers of this year’s Ballyheigue ploughing match are hoping Storm Brian stays away on Saturday as their annual event takes place from 12 noon.

A great family day out, there’ll be nine classes on the day which include, Senior, U21, U28, Reversible, Three Furrow, Vintage, Farmerette, Novice and Horse Class, with competitors from Ballyheigue, Causeway, Ballyduff, Abbeydorney, Castleisland and Killarney taking part.

 

Guitar hero, strings attached

Cathal Flaherty wasn’t long a pupil at St Brendan’s College in Killarney when he innocently asked ‘where’s the music room?’. A few laughed. The Sem was, and still is, one of the country’s most traditional and famous GAA and sports colleges in Ireland. Music wasn’t their thing back then.

By the time Cathal Flaherty had left secondary school, music had become a subject at St Brendan’s. He even got to do a guitar gig inside the canteen before he left. It hardly mattered by then - Cathal’s love-affair with music had already taken root.

 

Homemade meals for Killarney kids

It’s 1pm at St Oliver’s National School, Ballycasheen and children come in from their classroom to their dining room for a warm meal - on Friday it’s homemade fish goujons and potato wedges.

Chicken curry and spaghetti bolognese are also both firm favourites, but what’s most important about all the food is that it is home-cooked and freshly prepared every day, right on the school grounds.

 

The lips don't lie!

A host of people from the greater Knocknagree area will impersonate their favourite stars next month as the local GAA club hold a Knocknagree Does Lip Sync event to raise funds for the club.

Over forty participants will take part in the fundraiser which will be held in the INEC in Killarney on Friday, November 17th.

The acts are already preparing for the big show and it looks set to be a night to remember as they plan to pull out all the stops for the big fundraising night.

 

Maura nominated for top award

Baking and cooking their old time recipes was such a big hit in one West Kerry nursing home that an employee is now up for a national award.

From traditional brown breads to Christmas cake recipes from home - residents in Ocean View Nursing Home in Camp have never felt more at home as their old recipes are brought to life.

 

Mounthawk promote healthy lifestyle

The focus was on health, well-being and increased activity in Mercy Mounthawk last week as the students and staff took part in Health Promotion Week in the school.

Health care experts visited the Tralee school last week to talk about a range of topics from nutrition, to reducing sugar intake, the importance of being active and the positive impacts being healthy has on the body.