Our family pub is worthless

A popular third-generation publican in

Killorglin says his pub is now worthless following the Government’s refusal to allow licensed premises reopen next Monday.

Declan Falvey of the well-known JD Falvey pub in Lower Bridge Street would normally be preparing for the annual Puck Fair which attracts tens of thousands of revellers to Killorglin every August.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of Puck this year and now Mr Falvey doesn’t expect pubs to reopen until after the New Year.

Speaking to Kerry’s Eye after the Government announcement this week to delay the reopening of pubs for at least three weeks, to August 31, Mr Falvey said:

What happened in Kerry this week

County Council workers Donal O’Sullivan Casey and Connie Cremin have been hailed as heroes after they helped save Finbarr Quill’s popular Kenmare shop from ruin as flash floods hit the town last week.

 

A popular third-generation publican in Killorglin says his pub is now worthless following the Government’s refusal to allow licensed premises reopen next Monday.

 

Cataract patient Paddy Cassidy says he’s forever grateful for the ‘superb’ service he received as he made the bus trip to Belfast’s Kingsbridge Hospital to save his eyesight and avoid several years waiting for a cataract procedure in the Republic.

 

THE Government’s refusal to allow more than 200 people attend GAA matches will have huge financial implications for the Kerry County Board and clubs throughout the county, according to Kerry GAA chair Tim Murphy.

 

After the long wait for visitor restrictions to be lifted, Jeremiah Sheehy was overcome with joy at Oaklands Nursing Home on Tuesday morning as he finally got to hold his great-granddaughter’s hand for the very first time - some six months after she was born.

Finbarr salutes the Kenmare flood heroes

Finbarr Quill met his two heroes again this week -  County Council workers Donal O’Sullivan Casey and Connie Cremin who he credits with saving his popular Kenmare shop from ruin as flash floods hit the town last week.

Mr Quill said that, as the rising flood threatened to destroy his stock, both Donal O’Sullivan Casey and Con Cremin - who happen to be first cousins - were out with sandbags and prevented a complete washout.

And because of their hard work, supported by Quill’s staff who had to wade through floodwaters to try to salvage what stock they could, Quill’s was open for business again on Friday last.

Love across the generations

Jeremiah Sheehy was overcome with joy on Tuesday morning as he took hold of his great-granddaughter’s hand for the very first time - six months after she was born.

Baby Demi Stryker and her mother Taylor Sheehy had been unable to visit Jeremiah (81) as a pair since the introduction of visitor restrictions, because of the coronavirus, at nursing homes across the country, including Oaklands Nursing Home in Listowel where Jeremiah lives.

Members of the extended Sheehy family were thrilled to see Demi and Jeremiah - with mom Taylor telling Kerry’s Eye it was ‘surreal’ to witness.

Dog-snatchers use cable ties to target pets

Sophisticated dog thieves are now attaching cable ties to gates outside Kerry homes where they believe family pets may be available for stealing.

This sickening trend has been spotted at a number of homes in recent days, as reports of dogs going missing skyrocket throughout the county.

In Kenmare, Sabine Batternay of Kingdom Cat and Dog Rescue (KCADR) says she’s amazed at the ingenuity of some criminals, and the lengths they’ll go to steal animals who’re often viewed as being part of their owner’s family.

Boat operators disappointed by Skellig ban

THE decision to keep Skellig Michael closed to tourists until at least next year has disappointed boat operators barred from dropping off visitors at the UNESCO heritage site off the coast of South Kerry.

The historic island will not reopen this year due to Covid-19 concerns for visitors and staff, the OPW has confirmed.

Skellig boat operator Paul Devane, from Portmagee, said he is disappointed but believes the ‘right call was made’.

“It was expected under the circumstances,” he said.

Forced to Belfast over fears of going blind

It’s ‘ridiculous’ that elderly cataract patients in Kerry are being forced to travel to Belfast for essential surgery to ensure they can continue seeing their grandchildren.

That’s according to Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae following the resumption of a private bus route from Kerry to Kingsbridge Hospital in Belfast last weekend, carrying well over a dozen people he says are ‘at risk of going blind’.

The route had been temporarily suspended in February after the outbreak of Covid-19 and the introduction of new travel restrictions.

Helen McEntee caves in to the hunger strikers

Residents of the Skellig Star Direct Provision Centre in Cahersiveen now want an independent inquiry into the circumstances and conditions of their accommodation.

The 32 adult residents suspended their hunger strike last Thursday, which had lasted three days, following Justice Minister Helen McEntee’s announcement that residents would be moved out.

The Department of Justice has since confirmed that the Skellig Star in Cahersiveen will not be used to accommodate asylum seekers in the future.

Foley suggests Ronan’s agony may end

THE PLIGHT of a Killorglin teenager who has suffered an agonising 22-month wait for an ‘urgent’ spinal operation to correct a curvature in his spine could be coming to an end, Education Minister Norma Foley has suggested.

Minister Foley said she was aware of ‘developments’ in the case of Ronan Foley (14) from Dungeel in Killorglin and knew that her colleague, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, was familiar with it.

“I have consistently been raising this case now with Minister Donnelly and it is my understanding that progress is being made here and that has been communicated to the family,” Minister Foley told Kerry’s Eye.

‘We had no part in funfair licence’

KERRY COUNTY Council says it had no part in the granting of a licence for a funfair in Dingle and was only informed of the decision on the evening before it was issued.

This follows a claim by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that it had consulted with the local authority on renewing the annual licence granted to Turbett’s Spin City to run its annual funfair in Dingle and that no objections were raised by the Council.

However, a spokesman for Kerry County Council insisted it had not been consulted about the funfair and there was neither a requirement nor any provision for making objections.

Men’s Sheds swing back into action

John Goddard is absolutely thrilled to be back in the Men’s Shed.

After four long months of lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chairman of the Tralee Men’s Shed said the reopening couldn’t have come sooner.

Now Men’s Sheds all over Kerry are beginning to reopen, while also implementing strict health guidelines.

Mr Goddard said lockdown was difficult for the Tralee group’s 30 members - but they are delighted to be back.

Mother pleads to Minister for school safety

An Ardfert mom is waiting to hear from Minister for Education Norma Foley about whether her son, who was born with several heart problems, can return to school safely.

Tracey Kearney has been taking every precaution since the beginning of the pandemic to keep her eight-year-old son Seán safe.

Seán, who suffered a cardiac arrest when he was eight months old, was born with several heart problems.

Killarney company scoop coveted business award

A Killarney firm that specialises in human resource management and payroll consultancy have been awarded prestigious All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation.

Killarney HR and Payroll achieved the quality mark for meeting the highest standards of customer service and trust. Speaking about the award, founder and owner of the company Damien McCarthy told Kerry’s Eye: “It is a prestigious accreditation - it is a benchmark we would have set ourselves.”

“In achieving this accreditation, we join a unique group of businesses and we believe this continues to demonstrate our commitment to improving our service for the people we work with.”