It's all to dance for!

Five-time All-Ireland football winner Aidan O’Mahony is bidding for more national glory this weekend - when he takes to the dance floor for the final of Dancing With the Stars on Sunday evening.

Over 600,000 viewers - almost as many as watch the Rose of Tralee - are expected to tune in to watch the Rathmore man and Valeria Milovia dance off against TV stars Aoibhin Garrihy and Denise McCormack and their dance partners.

The two-time GAA All Star was at home in the Kingdom early this week, in last-minute rehearsals for the final.

What happened in Kerry this week

A Killorglin family this week received a record settlement after their little boy was brain damaged at birth in Kerry General Hospital - but said they would give it all back if their son could walk or talk or play with his brothers and sisters. The Costello family from Sunhill received a total settlement of €17.8m at the High Court for injuries suffered by Tadgh, who was severely brain damaged after an emergency Caesarean was delayed for two hours on May 25th 2006.

Criminals targeting homes in rural parts of Kerry are believed to be responsible for seven burglaries inside a 24-hour period around Killarney and Castleisland on Tuesday and Wednesday. Four men suspected of a burglary in Kilcummin were tracked by gardaí yesterday and detained for questioning following a tip-off from vigilant neighbours.

Killarney’s Dr Crokes were double champions this week - after winning the All-Ireland Club Final and making the dreams of a little Killarney girl come true. Ten-year-old Amy O’Connor, who is battling cancer, helped club captain Johnny Buckley lift the cup after the club’s magnificent win in Croke Park.

A Lithuania-based criminal organisation is sending heroin dealers into Tralee town, as part of a European-wide drug trafficking business, according to senior gardaí. Tralee is seen as a “lucrative” area for drug dealers, and as soon as one is arrested, another is sent into the town to take over the position.

Five-time All-Ireland football winner Aidan O’Mahony is bidding for more national glory this weekend - when he takes to the dance floor for the final of Dancing With the Stars on Sunday evening.

Superfan Amy lifts the cup!

Killarney’s Dr Crokes were double champions this week - after winning the All-Ireland Club Final and making the dreams of a little Killarney girl come true.

Ten-year-old Amy O’Connor was in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day to watch the big match with her family.

The Crokes fan, who has been battling cancer, has been involved with the club from the age of four, and was delighted to be at GAA headquarters for the senior club final against Slaughtneil.

She was thrilled when the final whistle blew and her club won. But the victory was nothing on what was to come.

Walking on air in South Kerry!

A new attraction in South Kerry - believed to be the longest rope bridge in Ireland - will add further to visitor attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Skellig Ring, which has seen a huge increase in tourism since the filming of Star Wars on Skellig Michael.

The Skywalk Rope Bridge has been put in place at Kells Bay House and Gardens. Owners, Billy and Penn Alexander, added the 112-foot Skywalk Rope Bridge to their facilities at the garden, located just off the main Ring of Kerry road.

At 93, Mary blooms for Daffodil Day

Listowel woman Mary Keogh is getting ready to bloom for Daffodil Day tomorrow - and at age 93, she’s looking forward to her 27th year of volunteering to help the Irish Cancer Society.

Mary has already beaten cancer twice, and says she gives up her time to help out on Daffodil Day because she has seen first hand the great work carried out by the ICS.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1990 and she had to undergo an operation and radiotherapy. Luckily, Mary received an early diagnosis and received the all-clear after her treatment.

 

Could Fenit house be Home of the Year?

John and Sinead Moriarty are having people around tonight - tens of thousands of them! They’re opening the doors of their home in Fenit to RTÉ cameras, as part of Home of the Year.

The popular television show features homeowners around Ireland who have done something extraordinary to the place they call home.

The Fenit couple’s redesigned bungalow will be seen by viewers all over the country as they go head-to-head with two other properties for the title in tonight’s episode at 8.30pm on RTÉ 1.

 

Works to improve 'car-centric' Tralee

Works on Denny Street and The Mall will make Tralee more pedestrian-friendly, and will lead to more vibrancy in the town centre, according to Kerry County Council senior engineer Eamon Scanlon.

The aim of the works is to rebalance priorities and make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly, he said this week, during a Council-arranged tour of the current works.

“Part of the problem with town centres is that they are too ‘car-centric’ - the successful towns centres are the ones that get the balance right,” he said.

 

Owl's well that ends well!

Wildlife has well and truly been brought to life in one Tralee estate this week - with the unveiling of a 10-foot wooden carving of an owl.

The sculpture made from cedar wood also includes sunflower designs along the trunk, and according to the Manor Village Residents Committee it’s a work of art unique to their estate.

 

Pull like a dog, then run for it!

‘Pull like a dog’ has become an Irish catchphrase, but you can really do it now, with the launch of Tralee Rowing Club’s first ever Row and Run duathlon.

The Tralee Rowing Club Row and Run Duathlon was officially launched this week and will take place on Sunday, April 23rd.

The novel event is open to all budding fitness enthusiasts, be it gym lovers, triathletes, duathletes, athletes, cyclists or first timers.

 

Tidy Towns to hit the road

There’s a new set of wheels on the road and it’s sure to make Tralee town a whole lot better - after a donation of a new van this week to Tralee Tidy Towns.

On Wednesday morning, Sam Locke of Tralee Tidy Towns received the keys to the 2012 Nissan van worth €13,000, donated by Randles Bros Garage in Manor West and SuperValu.

There to hand over the keys were Dave Randles from Randles Bros Garage and Jim Garvey from SuperValu to a delighted Sam and Joe Moynihan from Tidy Tralee Together.

 

'Anyone can be a victim'

This month the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre marked its 25th anniversary. When the service began in the early 1990s, they received 50 calls a year. Now, over 1,000 calls are made every year.

Last year, the service hosted 2,237 face-to-face appointments with clients, compared to 1,625 just six years ago. These are all new appointments, not roll-over appointments. The statistics show that the number of clients accessing the services, in most cases female, has increased.

 

Diversity rules at Killarney parade

Not even the wind, the rain or the street works in Killarney could stop this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade and the prizewinners were out in force on Tuesday night to reap their rewards.

Over 100 people were in the International Hotel at the prizegiving, including the 16 category winners that covered themes such as Best Voluntary Group, Best School, Most Stylish Entry and Best Greened Building.

 

School building ahead of schedule

Work on Castleisland's Muire Gan Smál's new extension is ahead of schedule and the building will be completed by September, just in time for the new school year.

There's great excitement in the school as the pupils and staff watch the work on the building progress.

The extension will include three classrooms, a new staffroom, sports hall and toilets and there will also be a large garden area on the new site.