Maggie 'beaming with pride' for Chicago

The new Rose of Tralee was in complete shock when Daithí Ó Sé opened the envelope and announced her as the winner of the 2016 event at The Dome on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old had been the first Rose to take to the stage on Tuesday, and immediately became one of the favourites to win the title. By around 10pm, she was odds-on favourite at 1-5 at Paddy Powers.

What happened in Kerry this week

The young cyclist who lost her life on the Conor Pass last weekend was due to return home to Germany the day after she was tragically killed. Julia Meyer (35) was fatally injured when her bike crashed while descending near Pedlars Lake on Sunday morning, during a cycling trip with her German boyfriend.

The iconic Rossbeigh tower, a Kerry landmark that was destroyed by storms five years ago has risen again in a new location - and now stands proud over Glenbeigh, near the local GAA grounds.

Gardai seized €11,000 worth of cannabis in Abbeydorney on Sunday, in what has been described as a “secret room” specifically adapted for cannabis growing and well hidden from the public view.

Kerry GAA bosses expect well over 15,000 supporters to travel to Croke Park for the big match against Dublin on Sunday. The All-Ireland semi final is already a sell out and a capacity crowd will watch the game.

Maggie McEldowney from Chicago is the 2016 International Rose of Tralee - on what was her third attempt to represent her home town in the internationally-known event.

The 27-year-old had twice previously sought the Chicago Rose title, but it wasn’t until this year that she was finally selected to represent the Windy City.

She couldn't become a Kerry carpenter…

Meet the Lyre woman who wanted to be a carpenter in Kerry - but is now one of most influential Irish women in the US.

Cora Creed left Kerry in 1991 after she was refused a carpentry apprenticeship, because there were no facilities for women on Kerry building sites. But 25 years later, the North Kerry native has no regrets - she’s just been listed by a leading magazine as one of the Top 50 most influential and innovative Irish women in the US.

The former student at Listowel Vocational School was named by Irish America magazine as one of the Top 50 Power Women in the US - having previously been listed as an Inspiring Leader by hi-tech website Silicon Republic earlier this year.

Tourist died on last day in Ireland

The young cyclist who lost her life on the Conor Pass last weekend was due to return home to Germany the day after she was tragically killed.

Julia Meyer (35) was fatally injured when her bike crashed while descending near the Pedlars Lake on Sunday morning, during a cycling trip with her German boyfriend.

'Will we wait for someone else to die?'

Almost a year after the inquest into the deaths of two nuns at Inch, Kerry County Council have not yet erected the recommended signs warning of dangers on the well known beach.

Sr Imelda Carew and Sr Paula Buckley died in August 2014 from acute cardiac respiratory failure, due to accidental drowning, an inquest into their deaths found last year.

The jury at the inquest requested that Kerry County Council erect signs on the Blue Flag beach to warn people of the dangers.

Kerry Rose shines on centre stage

This year’s Kerry Rose, Danielle O’Sullivan, was the only contestant guaranteed a place on the televised broadcasts from The Dome, and her appearance on Tuesday night did the county proud.

The Kilcummin girl, who is currently finishing her MA in Human Rights Law, was delighted to be on stage with fellow Kerry person, Daithí Ó Sé, who was completed his seventh year as presenter of the show.

 

Lisa close to tears at stage protest

The man who rushed on to The Dome stage on Monday night said this week he plans to undertake further protests in a bid to highlight his Fathers4Justice campaign.

Matt O’Connor ran onto The Dome Stage while the Cavan Rose, Lisa Reilly, was being interviewed.

Wearing a priest’s collar and carrying a placard reading In the Name of the Father,  he had a few seconds on camera before being tackled to the ground by security during the live RTÉ broadcast.

Back again: the tower that fell into the sea

A Kerry landmark that was destroyed by storms five years ago has risen again in a new location - and now stands proud over Glenbeigh, near the local GAA grounds.

The iconic Rossbeigh tower, which originally stood at the end of the spit on Rossbeigh Beach, had been threatened by erosion for years before it finally collapsed and fell into the sea in February 2011.

 

Student numbers are up at ITT

Over 1,500 new learners will begin study at the Institute of Technology in Tralee this year, where student numbers will increase by 6% bringing the total number to just under 3,400 at the college.

There were significant increases in applications for nursing and agricultural programmes, while the number of overseas students will increase again this year when 500 students enrol for the academic year 2016/2017.

 

'If you believe, you will achieve'

CEO of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said this week that having seen firsthand the challenges and perceptions affecting women in business, she is very proud of her role as Kerry's top public servant.

The head of Kerry County Council was speaking at the Enterprise Ireland International Business Women's Conference on Monday.

Facebook hops as Tralee's Square rocks

Rose of Tralee boss Anthony O'Gara said this week that the people of Tralee will have to decide how they want the Festival's street entertainment to work in the future, following a furore on social media last week about concerts in The Square.

Mr O'Gara, said that the intention is to continue to use The Square for entertainment, but agreed that issues had arisen this year.

 

Killarney music echoes in Kathmandu

A night of music and floor-tapping dancing held in Killarney last February is echoing this August in a Nepalese mountain valley, thanks to the generosity of countless volunteer musicians and locals who donated to a fund in aid of schools affected by the 2015 earthquake.

Mary O'Leary, Dunrine, Kilcummin, who organised the charity dance at the Gleneagle Hotel to mark her 60th birthday, returned last Monday from Nepal where she spent six weeks volunteering with the Umbrella Foundation and using the €17,000 raised through the fund to buy school equipment at source.

 

Killorglin celebrates River Laune

Large crowds gathered together in Killorglin last Saturday to celebrate the heritage and richness of the River Laune and its tributaries and the environmental importance of the river to the local area.

The day-long event focused on the river and was organised by the Save Our Laune group. There was plenty happening throughout the day including film and storytelling relating to the environment, guest speakers and information stands from various local groups including anglers, the rowing club and beekeepers.