Miracle boy Tomás needs kidney

The parents of a little West Kerry boy who was given no change of survival after birth are appealing for the public to carry a donor card as their son waits for a life saving kidney transplant.

Four year-old Tomás O’Dowd from Dunquin, who receives dialysis six days a week, wasn’t expected to live longer than an hour.

What happened in Kerry this week

Historic Cabinet meeting in Derrynane

Government ministers gathered in Derrynane House on Wednesday morning for a historic Cabinet meeting at the ancestral home of the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell. For Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, it was an emotional trip as she visited South Kerry for the first time since the death of her wife last year.

 

€1 billion for the Taxman

Kerry Co-op members face a potential tax bill of well over €1 billion if they press ahead with a ‘spin-out’ by cashing in their shares in Kerry Group.

 

New multi-million  facelift for old Denny site

The old Denny site is set for a multi-million euro facelift which is due to get underway next year. This week, Kerry County Council published a draft masterplan for the 3.5-acre site.

 

Holiday nightmare as car slips off road

It was almost the perfect Irish holiday but five American tourists were left shaken yesterday (Wednesday) - and their pockets a little lighter - after their rental car suddenly slipped down a two-foot embankment.

The group, who were brought onto Kearney’s Road via their sat nav as they made their way from Dingle to Tralee, say they were left startled as the car’s two left wheels suddenly dropped while their were pulling in for on-coming traffic.

 

Liberator's home hosts Cabinet meeting

Government ministers gathered in Derrynane House on Wednesday morning for a historic Cabinet meeting at the ancestral home of the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell.

It was the second major event to take place at the O’Connell home and follows the recent visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to the house on June 15 before taking a walk on nearby Derrynane Beach.

Minister Zappone 's emotional return to Cahersiveen

CHILDREN’S MINISTER Katherine Zappone made an emotional return to South Kerry this week - her first since the death of her wife in June last year.

The Dublin South-West TD revealed it was her first trip back to Cahersiveen, where she and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan holidayed for over two decades and where she owns a holiday home.

Speaking exclusively to Kerry’s Eye, Minister Zappone admitted her return to South Kerry for yesterday’s (Wednesday) Cabinet meeting was emotional.

 

Tralee's new brand for jobs

Tralee has a new identity with the unveiling of a new brand which aims to attract jobs and secure future business and economic growth for the town.

The brand, an initiative of Tralee Chamber Alliance, was unveiled in Siamsa Tíre on Tuesday afternoon by Dick Spring, the new Business Development Ambassador with the group.

The new symbol of Tralee will showcase the town with a vibrant image and strengthen its case when attracting investment and promoting tourism. It will also help position Tralee as the integral business, technology and retail hub of Kerry.

 

New multi-million facelift for old Denny site

Work on a multi-million euro phased development of a 3.5 acre site in Tralee town centre will get underway next year, it was confirmed this week.

Kerry County Council published the draft masterplan for the development of Tralee Town Centre West and the Island of Geese site in the town this week.

 

Plastic pollution on our most pristine beaches

TEN YEARS ago, marine biologist Lucy Hunt was asked what her biggest fear for the ocean was. She replied, plastic pollution.

A decade later, she’s still raising awareness about the issue through her Sea Synergy Marine Awareness and Activity Centre in Waterville.

“I didn’t remember it like that when I was a kid but now I’m just seeing plastic all the time,” the Waterville native told Kerry’s Eye.

 

Regaining the people's trust

THE townland of Toorbona in the parish of Rathmore is one of those small pockets around the county bounds that was lost to Cork. Rathmore is in Kerry but Toorbona is in Cork. It’s where Fr Dan O’Riordan was born 75 years ago.

Fr Dan wasn’t meant to be an only child. His mother suffered a number of miscarriages and he lost a sister when she was just four months old.

 

Dash of Colour

The second annual Colour Dash for Crumlin Hospital took place in Tralee on Sunday and it was another huge success as the rain stopped and the sun shone throughout the run.

What started out as a miserable day was quickly brightened up as over 300 runners were covered with brightly coloured powder for the event. Participants of all ages - from babies in buggies to grandparents - walked, jogged, ran and even cycled the 5k route and enjoyed every minute of the fun-filled event.

 

Valentia Cable Station gift boosts UNESCO bid

VALENTIA ISLAND has inched nearer its aim of achieving UNESCO World Heritage Status with the handing over the Transatlantic Cable Station to the community on Friday.

Campaigners who are trying to achieve the status for an ensemble of cable sites, including the Cable Station, the Slate Yard and Foilhummerum Bay, say they are confident Valentia will be included in the Government’s Tentative List process in the second half of this year.

 

Fun and entertainment at Castlegregory fest

One of Ireland’s oldest summer festivals - which was in danger of not going ahead this year - proved an amazing success with many changes to its usual format.

From Thursday to Sunday, there was fun and events for all ages at the Castlegregory Summer Festival which this year celebrated 60 years.

 

Kicking up a Sandstorm

Fitness levels were tested to their limit and only pure stamina, stubbornness, determination and sweat meant the difference between success and failure in Ballyheigue at the weekend.

Over 400 participants got to grips both physically and mentally with the Sandstorm Challenge on Saturday morning which tests participants’ fitness and agility along a 5km obstacle course.