Let’s all fly our true Colours!

GAA HERO Kieran Donaghy has a message for all GAA fans this week - it’s time to turn Kerry green and gold.

Our footballers are preparing for one of the biggest GAA games ever - and need the backing of the entire county as they take on the Dubs, he said.

“The players need to feel the buzz, so  let’s turn Kerry green and gold,” Kieran said.

“Knowing they have the backing of the entire county could make a big difference.”

What happened in Kerry this week

Whatever about the odds for the All-Ireland Final - Kerry Rose Sally-Ann Leahy is so far the bookies’ favourite to be crowned the 2019 Rose of Tralee.

Yesterday’s (Wednesday) odds were going in Kerry’s favour - Sally-Anne was at 4/1 for a win, with Mayo’s Nicole Loughlin at 6/1.

Chicago’s Shana Pembroke was at 7/1 with Clare Rose Victoria O Connell, at joint third, also at 7/1.

 

The Chicago and South Australian Roses are proud to take part in the Rose of Tralee - but especially because they both have family ties in Kerry.

Chicago Rose Shana Pembroke describes Kerry as her home away from home - her dad, John, is a native of Currow.

The 24-year-old said she is thrilled to be back as this is her tenth visit to Kerry, having been here visiting her aunts, uncles and cousins over the years.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Kerry’s Eye

 

Two out of every five motorists prosecuted in Kerry for drink-driving avoid a conviction, new figures reveal.

Over the period January 2017 to May 2019, a total of 554 drivers were summonsed to the District Court in Kerry to answer a charge of drink-driving.

However, just 338 (61%) were convicted of the offence, while the remaining 39% left without a conviction.

In 2017, less than half of all drivers (49%) prosecuted were convicted.

The conviction rate rose in 2018 to 68%, and up to May this year, 67% of prosecuted drivers were convicted.

 

Tralee looks set for heavy traffic this Sunday - as the County Hurling Finals and the Rose of Tralee Festival bring thousands of extra visitors into the town.

Sunday will be one of the busiest days of the Rose of Tralee festival as families arrive for family day events, including the Rose Parade, while more than 3,000 are expected at Austin Stack Park for the County Senior and Minor Hurling Finals.

My guardian an gel will be with me

Sally-Ann Leahy says she had some help on the night she was selected as Kerry Rose - from her guardian angel.

The 27-year-old from Causeway says her late mother was with her on the stage that night in June - and she knows that her mom would be very proud if she was still here today.

The teacher in Mean Scoil An Leith Truig Castlegregory was devastated after the sudden death of her mom, Mary Barron Leahy.

Sally-Ann was only 14, when Mary passed away after a sudden heart attack. The loss was devastating - but the Kerry Rose says she ultimately grew stronger as a result.

 

Roses on a roll as they arrive in Kerry

official Rose Tour on Wednesday, and arrived into Kerry ahead of the Festival of Kerry, which officially begins on Friday.

It’s been a whirlwind for the contestants as they spent the first few days of their trip getting to know each other and experiencing Irish hospitality.

 

Fastest man in Ireland wants to stay in Kerry

Irish sprint champion Travane Morrison wants to remain in Kerry and represent Ireland one day in international athletics.

The 26-year-old from Jamaica is member of the Tralee Harriers Club - and recently took gold in the 100m at the National Championships in Santry.

The sprint specialist crossed the line in 10.61 seconds.

He arrived in Tralee in 2017 and has finished his 18-month UNESCO Masters at the Institute of Technology in Tralee.

He first learned about Ireland at home in Jamaica from listening to the music of the High Kings.

 

 

Lucky readers bag Big Match tickets in our great competition

Tickets for the biggest All-Ireland Final in years will be like gold dust - but two lucky competition winners have already secured their seats in Croke Park.

Tommy O’Donoghue from Moyvane and Currow’s Diarmuid Kearney are already looking forward to being at the big game - after winning a pair of tickets each in our massive All-Ireland Final competition.

Thousands of entries from all over Kerry poured in to the Kerry’s Eye offices over the past week, as football fans sought to get their hands on the hottest tickets in years.

 

 

Anna amongst the medals at World Games

A KILLARNEY mother, who only took up cycling and running after undergoing a kidney transplant less than two years ago, has won Silver and Bronze medals for Team Ireland at the World Transport Games.

Anna Pokojska (36) added a Silver medal to Ireland’s haul on Sunday in her first event, the 5km road race.

She scooped her second medal at the games in Newcastle on Tuesday, winning Bronze in the 30km cycle with a time of one hour and nine minutes.

 

 

Noel gets the Hill Street Blues!

It was just another regular night of playing the piano for talented Killarney musician Noel O’Sullivan.

But what unfolded last Tuesday night left Noel gobsmacked.

“I was playing piano in the Killarney Park Hotel and a middle-aged American came up to me, complimented my playing and stopped for a chat.

 

 

Killarney friars spread their wings

 As four newly-professed friars in Killarney moved on to a new phase of religious life with the Franciscan Order on Thursday, thoughts of the community turned to the late Fr Chris Connolly, who had played a very significant part in their spiritual formation.

The four novices, who were professed in a special ceremony in the Friary at 11.30am, were drawn from Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands, reflecting the new international mission of the Killarney base.

A fifth novice will be professed in his native Sweden later this month.

Among the professions the novices had followed before the call to be ‘fishers of men’ were nurse, restaurateur, undertaker, computer expert and a cabinet maker.

 

 

Family’s tribute as hundreds turn out for Niall

The family of 16-year-old Niall McGillicuddy from Killarney have paid a heartfelt tribute to the hundreds of people who turned out in their son’s memory last weekend, less than a year since he passed away so unexpectedly last October.

Niall’s life ended tragically on October 12 when he lost his short battle with an illness he fought with incredible courage and dignity.

A gifted  all-round sportsman, he was earmarked from an early age to make it to the highest level in football.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia in May last year, and was waiting for a transplant.

He was determined to make a great recovery and his death in October was totally unexpected and left a huge community in shock.

Last Saturday, hundreds of family, friends and the larger GAA community gathered in Killarney for an U16 football tournament which had the winner’s cup named in his honour.

 

 

John Mitchels add walkway to GAA grounds

John Mitchels GAA have enhanced their grounds in Ballyseedy with a scenic walkway that wraps around their football pitches.

The public can now enjoy the 855m walk, which will also be used for the annual Operation Transformation walks, leisure and training.

“It is for everyone to enjoy. Families can come to the grounds and enjoy the walkway. It’s a welcome addition to the facilities here at Ballyseedy,” said George.

 

 

 120 is the new 40 for Tralee triplets!

THEY CAME bouncing into the world on August 19, 1979 and on Monday Tralee’s Greensmyth triplets - John, Kieran and Mark - celebrated 120 years between them as they reached the big 40.

The boys were born before the era of antenatal scans - and first time mum-to-be Helen had no idea of what lay ahead when she was referred for an X-ray when she was five months pregnant.

“I was big - but I had no idea it was more than one baby,” recalled Helen, who was only 21 and had no experience of babies, let alone multiple births.

But she had little time to get over the shock and let the news sink in - her three boys arrived into the world three months later by caesarean section at eight months and one week, weighing in at 5 lbs 2 ounces, 4 lbs 10 oz and 3 lbs 7 oz.

 

 

Chain Gang’s €5k for local charity

yclists from the Chain Gang in Tralee are using the sport they love to support numerous causes in the community.

The club have made their latest donation of €5,500 to the Rosemary Centre in Caherslee, Tralee, which provides day care to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

The funds were raised from the SRAC Charity Cycle back in March and the Club Ring of Kerry in June.

In the past, the club has raised €1,000 for the Special Olympics and the Palliative Care Unit which holds special meaning for the club.