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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 29th January, 2015

In this week’s

Kerry’s Eye....

A massive campaign to pile pressure on An Taisce and the government and save the €65 million N86 road project is gathering pace, and hundreds are expected to attend a demonstration in support of the project next week.

The county’s top council official, Moira Murrell, along with Kerry Mayor, John Brassil, want a meeting with An Taisce in Dublin in a desperate bid to have them withdraw the High Court challenge now threatening the project - the biggest roads scheme in the county for decades.

Criminals targeted an elderly business owner for the third time in three months at the weekend - leaving him in a state of shock and prompting locals to demand the return of a full-time garda to help keep their village safe.

The community in Ardfert is backing calls for increased garda presence after yet another break-in at the small grocery owned by 74-year-old Jimmy Collins in the centre of the village.

A Kilcummin man who ambushed a woman walking her dog during an attempted robbery in a Dublin park was this week ordered to pay €8,000 in compensation to his victim.

Damien Fleming (28), who is now living in Cork,  grabbed the woman from behind but fled when she managed to get free.

He was caught as he made his getaway and handed over to gardaí by three passers-by, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

The Mayors of Kerry and Tralee, John Brassil and Jim Finucane, have secured  a meeting  with Energy Minster, Alex While, in a last-ditch plea to get the Shannon LNG project off the ground in North Kerry.

Eight years after the €1 billion gas project was first announced, at least €65 million has been spent by Shannon LNG - but the project still hasn’t gone to construction.

 

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Rent-a-mob protesters achieve nothing

 

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For years we wouldn’t protest over anything in Ireland. Now it’s gone the other way - there’s a rent-a-mob group protesting at every possible opportunity. And worse - it seems the way they’re protesting is becoming more aggressive every time they show up.

Take the disgraceful reception given to President Higgins during a school visit in Dublin last week. A small group of anti-water charge protesters shouted, roared, blew whistles and bawled personal abuse at Mr Higgins as he left the school, protected by a heavy garda presence.

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WALSH IS BACK

Kerry's Tommy Walsh made his return to GAA football for his club Kerins O'Rahillys in the Tralee Town Final against Austin Stacks on Saturday. Playing in midfield he scored a long range point.

But Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and club colleague Micheál Quirke have both asked fans to be very patient .

"Tommy has a huge amount of work to do before his kicking gets back to the high standard we saw in the All Ireland final of 2009", says Quirke.

Read their views and a full match report in this week's Kerry's Eye

 

DON'T WRITE OFF KERRY TEAMS

As if the capture of Sam in 2014 didn't send out a message, two Kerry clubs reinforced it last weekend.

Firstly Brosna faced the overwhelming favourites Rock St Patrick's from Tyrone. The Red Hands had won Ulster hands down - by 11 points. But Brosna showed that Kerry club football is at least its equal. The sides played out a thrilling draw in the All Ireland Junior semi-final and replay same time same place next Sunday.

Then Ardfert, also major underdogs, confounded the odds by beating odds-on favourites,  Warrenpoint in The All Ireland Intermediate semi-final.

Read Jimmy Darcy and Jim O'Gorman's reports.

 

VALENTIA TAKE MUNSTER

There was hardly an Islander left on Valentia. The cars and buses headed to Knockaderry for their Munster Junior B final against Kildimo. The Limerick side tested them to the very limit but the South Kerry men got there by a whisker.

Read Deirdre Lyne's report in this week's paper.

 

FANCY A FLUTTER

Sylvester Hennessy looks at 5 golfers to follow in the 2015 season. He includes Rory McIlroy but also Tiger Woods.

Is Tiger going to win a major this year having stalled on 14 majors a few years back? Can he get closer to Jack Nicklaus' world record of 18 majors?

Read World of Sport this week.

 

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