"I wouldn't change it

for the world"

Mother-of-seven Liz Forde, who dedicates her life to looking after her children - including three with special needs - has been honoured for her positive outlook on life, and the Ardfert woman is this year’s Kerry Carer of the Year.

Liz was nominated by her husband, Dave - because she is a “fabulous mother”.

What happened in Kerry this week

Over 3,000 Kerry dairy farmers are in for a massive €21m pre-Christmas cash bonanza as settlement of their dispute with Kerry Group over milk prices. Kerry Group, which turned in a €633m pre-tax profit last year, made the offer last Thursday after prolonged arbitration on their commitment to pay the leading milk price to farmers.

A treasury of antique books - lovingly restored by bookbinders at Muckross House - has returned ‘home’ to the shelves of Killarney House after an absence of 17 years. The collection, now known as ‘The Kenmare Library’, numbers 2,397 volumes, the oldest of which date back to the late 1700s.

Not guilty plea to 38 sex assault charges

An elderly Kerry man has pleaded not guilty at Tralee Circuit Criminal Trials to 38 charges of indecent assault on a boy aged between 6 years and 14 years, the alleged incidents occurred 45 years ago. The alleged victim, now in his 50s, said he was around six when the incidents began. “I wished I could make him stop, but I couldn’t,” he said.

HSE officials are being pressed today (Thursday) to explain how the killer gas radon found its way into Deer Lodge - the HSE’s €13.5m new mental health facility in Killarney. Killarney Councillor John Joe Culloty, has tabled a question for today’s Regional Health Forum meeting, asking HSE officials to explain the problem.

Mother-of-seven Liz Forde, who dedicates her life to looking after her children - including three with special needs - has been honoured for her positive outlook on life, and the Ardfert woman is this year’s Kerry Carer of the Year.

What's Chinese for 'next stop Moll's Gap?'

Jarveys in Killarney have been told to start brushing up on their Chinese as tens of thousands of the Asian visitors are expected to hit Ireland’s tourist capital in the coming years.

Tourism expert Peter Bellew - who was recently appointed Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer - told a conference in Killarney that the number to Chinese visitors coming to Europe is expected to increase by up to 60% over the next two to three years.

Welcome to the  new-look Tralee!

Shoppers and the general public have given their seal of approval to the Council’s decision to pedestrianise The Mall in Tralee, seven days a week from 10am-6pm.

Last Friday, councillors voted to pedestrianise the newly-revamped area after the proposals went out to public consultation. The pedestrianisation includes the shared space on Bridge Street, from its junction with Russell Street right up through The Mall.

Works are expected to be completed by next Tuesday, November 21st.

Historic documents return to Tralee church

Choir books and sheet music dating back to 1884 from St John’s Church of Ireland have been returned to their rightful place this week, after they were discovered in Kerry Auction Rooms.

However, how these historic documents ended up for sale remains a mystery.

History enthusiast Martin Conway from Tralee was browsing in the Kerry Auction Rooms for books some years ago, when he came across the historical documents, and decided to purchase them as they are part of the history of the town.

 

Treasury of books returns to Killarney House

A treasury of antique books lovingly restored by bookbinders at Muckross House has returned ‘home’ to the shelves of Killarney House after an absence of 17 years.

The collection, now known as ‘The Kenmare Library’, numbers 2,397 volumes, the oldest of which date back to the late 1700s.

 

Danish boots come home to Kerry

Best friends Eddie Horan from Scartaglen and Cathal O’Donoghue from Cordal came away from the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night with some consolation after Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen handed over his boots after the World Cup qualifier match.

The two were part of a 20-strong group that travelled to Dublin from Castleisland FC.

“The match was over and we waited for the fans to go. We were in the south stand and then we wandered over near the dugout,” said Eddie, a key player with this year’s victorious Kerry Minor team.

 

4,000 sign road petition for Minister

A petition signed by 4,000 people demanding action on the county’s most dangerous junction was handed over to Minister Shane Ross this week.

Thousands signed the petition online and 850 GAA supporters signed it as they made their way to the match between Dr Crokes and Clare’s Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Fitzgerald Stadium last weekend  - just a short distance from the notorious junction.

The accident blackspot that joins Lewis Road and the Killarney Bypass has been the scene of death, serious injury and carnage.

 

'Team effort' brings national award to Tralee

Garvey’s SuperValu in Rock Street, Tralee is celebrating major success this week - the recently-revamped supermarket was named National Store of the Year in the prestigious Retail Excellence Annual Awards.

Garvey’s SuperValu is the first-ever supermarket to win this award, and the first Kerry winner of the national title.

 

Trial collapse in careless driving case

The trial of a young woman charged with careless driving causing death collapsed at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court last week and the jury in the case was discharged.

Sarah O’Connell, Sean Boylan Park, Mallow, denied careless driving causing the death of a friend,14-year-old Caitlin Taylor on June 15, 2014, at Knockeenahone, Scartaglen.

The trial ended after Judge Thomas E. O’Donnell told the jury they had been inadvertently given a document with edits that they should not have received.

 

'When my life changed forever'

It all happened in seconds, but it felt like a clip from a slow-motion horror movie. It was a Friday in May, 12 years ago, and Ciara Irwin Foley was driving her car from the Cork side of the Killarney Bypass, travelling towards Tralee.

She drove past the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre and came to the Lewis Road Junction on her left when she suddenly hit the brakes.

 

Kerry Respite Care salutes Theresa

THE driving force behind the establishment of the Kerry Respite Care in 2002 has retired as manager.

Theresa Coughlan from Asdee, who led with distinction at the unit at Edward Court, Tralee, will continue on as a board member.

To mark her retirement as manager of the not-for-profit organisation, Theresa’s colleagues and members of the board of directors held a function in her honour at The Rose Hotel on Friday to thank her for her contribution to the organisation.

 

Killorglin Tidy Towns target national award

Killorglin Tidy Towns has a lot to celebrate this year after gaining an extra 30 points in the National Tidy Towns competition.

This year, the town broke through the magic 300 marks barrier and is now within touching distance of a major national award.