Vandals attack historic church

One of the most important historical sites in Kerry - an 800-year-old church at Ardfert Cathedral - has been closed to the public following a shocking act of deliberate vandalism.

Last week, OPW workers discovered that youths had climbed to the top of Temple na Hoe and ripped ancient stones from the walls before smashing them to the ground.

The historic church was immediately closed to the public when the scale of the damage was discovered, and doorways and windows providing access to the building were boarded up.

What happened in Kerry this week

As 65 Roses Day takes place this week, meet the young Tralee woman who stands as a shining example of why it’s so vital to continue supporting Cystic Fibrosis Ireland in their efforts to help sufferers across the county.

 

It was all over in minutes but one young Fossa woman revealed she had no regrets about shaving off her beautiful hair for charity - and is now loving her new lockless look.

 

Thanks to one oars-some act of kindness, a year’s worth of private physio has been fundraised for a brave four year old girl from Killarney, who has been living with life limiting conditions

 

There were three times the celebrations in Dr Bridget O’Brien’s surgery this week after a trio of Tralee sisters received their second Covid-19 vaccines.

 

One of the most important historical sites in Kerry has been closed to the public following a shocking act of deliberate vandalism.

 

Kenmare and Castleisland now least infected

THERE were just two new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Castleisland and on the Iveragh Peninsula in the space of two weeks as both areas recorded the lowest number of new infections in the country, the latest figures reveal.

The Kenmare local electoral area (LEA), which includes Killorglin where all patients over 75 at Sunhill Medical Practice received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in recent weeks, is among nine areas across the country that recorded fewer than five cases of the virus. The South and Mid Kerry area, with a population of 25,062 people, saw just one new case in the fortnight from March 15 to March 29, according to the latest data on Covid-19’s 14-day incidence rate in LEAs nationwide.

The incidence rate for the Kenmare LEA - which stretches from Valentia to Kilgarvan and from Killorglin and includes part of the Beara Peninsula was not recorded as there were less than five cases during the two-week period.

Cahill wants garden to honour our Covid dead

KERRY COUNTY Councillor Michael Cahill wants part of the gardens of Killarney House to be given over as a Garden of Remembrance for victims of Covid-19 and for all Kerry people who died during the pandemic.

The councillor first mooted his proposal in June last year but said one year on, the creation of a tranquil space where people could visit to remember a loved one lost during the pandemic was now even more important.

Now he has written to the Council and to the Office of Public Works (OPW) and has also brought the matter up at Council and Strategic Policy Committee meetings - although he admitted he wasn’t encouraged by the response he got.

Eoin takes action with lakeshore clean-up

When marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast Eoin O’Sullivan saw the Flesk Valley lakeshore in Muckross destroyed with rubbish last Sunday, he could have lashed out on social media about the mindless behaviour of those who partied in the sunshine, lit camp fires at night and left an unmerciful mess behind them.

Instead, Eoin, who is originally from O’Kelly’s Villas, Killarney, posted pictures of the devastation in Killarney National Park on Facebook and simply put out an appeal for others to come and help him on a socially-distanced clean-up of the shore between the boathouse and Muckross Abbey on Bank Holiday Monday.

About a dozen people answered the call and picked up twenty black sacks of litter there. They went on to pick a further two or three bags at Dundag near Muckross House where the clean-up had already been started by others when they got there.

West Kerry house builders told to stop

The developers of a building at Gurteen North, Annascaul, have been ordered by Kerry County Council to halt the works and remove the newly-built walls and roof.

Kerry’s Eye can confirm that the County Council has served an enforcement notice on two people in relation to the development and they have been given six weeks to comply with the order.

The Council issued the enforcement notice to Pat O’Shea, 11 Old Navan Road, Dublin 15, and also to John O’Shea, 50 Castleknock Grange, Laurel Lodge, Dublin 5, on March 31.

Kerry ‘chuckle brothers’ reveal all on TG4

Kerry’s own ‘chuckle brothers’ Muiris Ó Fiannachta and Gabrial Ó Céilleachair are featuring in TG4’s latest series of Turas Bóthair - giving the world a glimpse of what really gets them talking.

Accompanied on the show by fellow Kerry men Seán Breandán Ó Conchúir and Seánín Mac Eoin, these chatterboxes are rigging their cars with cameras and microphones, allowing the nation to eavesdrop on what crosses their minds as they travel about the country.

Featuring moments of joy and tragedy and a variety of topics from drug use and childhood obesity to Greta Thunberg, these six episodes offer a unique insight to the Irish psyche and a chance for people to have a laugh and reflect on life.

Dublin waste dumped in Kerry

A retired Dublin couple were horrified after discovering waste from a construction job at their home had been dumped more than 270km away in Kerry.

Ahead of the Easter Weekend, an outrageous pile of construction waste, facia boards, timber, plastic buckets and other items was tipped slap bang in the middle of a bog road in Ahaneboy, Castleisland, just walking distance from the stunning Glounsharoon viewing point.

After being tipped off by local man Pa Riordan, Councillor Charlie Farrelly decided to carry out his own investigative work - and uncovered a shocking paper trail that he says leads to construction work being carried in Dublin.

That’s the spirit...of gardening

THE BEGINNER gardener is the target audience of a new book that aims to combine gardening, spirituality and environmentalism and guide the reader to a more holistic way of approaching their vegetable patch.

But author Luke Eastwood says his new book ‘The Druid Garden: Gardening For A Better Future, Inspired By The Ancients’ is also aimed at the gardener who’s looking for an alternative approach and is open to a different attitude to how they might approach their gardens this year.

It’s a gardening book for the spiritually minded, based on Celtic, ancient traditions and modern ecological practices.

Residents oppose new Dingle homes

THE decision by Kerry County Council to grant planning permission for a major 43-unit housing development in Dingle has been appealed by local residents.

The development, which is being proposed by Dublin-based An Choill Developments on a current green field site is to include 31 houses, and 12 apartments in three apartment buildings at Goat Street in Dingle.

The proposal, at The Wood, Dingle, includes five two-bed houses, 22 three-beds, four four-beds, two two-bed apartments and ten one-bed apartments.

Residents complimentary of staff at nursing home

A privately-owned nursing home in Killarney did not have enough staff to help residents who required assistance and support with eating, the health watchdog HIQA has revealed.

A HIQA inspector who visited the Killarney Nursing Home was told by residents and staff that the Rock Road centre did not have efficient supervision arrangements at weekends, when no management was rostered.

The latest report from HIQA also revealed that the inspector raised concerns that care plans to manage challenging behaviour were not in place for all residents.

Sarah graduates college despite cycle of trauma

MTU graduate Sarah O’Brien has welcomed a new initiative at the college to support students who have come through the care system as children.

Ms O’Brien, who was first placed in care with her sister and brothers when she was just four months old, said people such as her - care leavers - can benefit enormously from extra support while pursuing third level education.

Dr Patrick McGarty is the Kerry Campus lead for the initiative and he told Kerry’s Eye: “Research has consistently highlighted that young people with ‘care-experience’ have lower educational attainment and progress through education at lower rates than many other socio-economically disadvantaged students.”

‘Boy Racers’ fined at Inch Beach

Seven ‘boy racers’ were issued fines for causing disturbances on Inch Beach over the Easter weekend.

The fines were issued by Kerry County Council Roads Enforcement Officer Neilus Cahill, under the beach bye-laws.

The Council’s Enforcement Officers have an important role in maintaining and monitoring activity on our beaches, keeping the coastal areas free of dog fouling, littering, anti-social behaviour and so on.

They were busy over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, patrolling the county’s beaches to ensure public safety - and while crowds were not a problem, there were seven fines issued for ‘boy racers’.