Tony Hannon (71) is being laid to rest in his native Listowel this morning (Thursday), having lost his three-year battle with lung cancer.
He is at least the fifth person to have died prematurely because of the missed diagnoses medical disaster at UHK.
His heartbroken wife, Marcella, has promised to honour Tony’s dying wish - and says she will fight to ensure that those responsible for what happened to her husband are held to account.
“Simon Harris needs to apologise to me and our family for what happened to Tony. This is not over. I’m going to keep fighting - that’s guaranteed,” Marcella told Kerry’s Eye.
What happened in Kerry this week
Hundreds are hoping for a heavenly sunrise on Easter Sunday as they gather for the third annual Dawn Mass at Annagh burial ground near Tonavane Cross, outside Tralee.
A 19-year-old lorry with over a million kilometres on the clock is part of a fleet of clapped-out vehicles costing Kerry County Council over €700,000 to maintain every year.
Remaining positive can’t be easy when your kid has Cystic Fibrosis, but for the parents of Zach O’Connor, the eight-year-old’s warm and active nature helps keep up their spirits.
Kieran and Aisling O’Connor from Tralee were amongst the families with members who have CF who helped highlight the condition during Cystic Fibrosis National Awareness Week last week.
John Martin Carroll has the best personality in Ireland - and says it was some friendly advice that helped turn his life around and set him on track for the national title.
The 32-year-old was named Mr Personality for 2019 in Kilkenny at the weekend - just three years after recovering from cancer and the death of two parents.
Kate’s thanks for €118k treatment funding
THE WIDOW of a Cahersiveen man who lost his battle with cancer in February has paid tribute to the people who helped them raise almost €120,000 for his treatment for allowing them to ‘exhaust all avenues’.
Kate Cooke said without their help, she and her husband Andrew would have had to give up the fight when he was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer in July.
The father-of-four, who ran Quinlan & Cooke Boutique Townhouse and QC’s restaurant on Main Street, had set up a GoFundMe to raise money to take part in a medical trial in the US.
Fury over new grave laws
Kathleen O’Brien, whose husband Vincent was buried in New Rath Cemetery, says the changes were not properly explained to her before she purchased the plot from Kerry County Council.
“Kerry County Council need to realise the severity of their rules,” she said. “They have no right to dictate what headstone I use and they are trying to tell me what I can and can’t do.
“Vincent could have been buried with his father or my mother and father, where I could have put in a surround and personalised the grave with flowers and ornament.
Tralee centre addresses memory loss
It’s all part of a nationwide project by the HSE that aims to improve the lives of people with a memory impairment or a dementia diagnosis, and a consultation with an occupational therapist is available free of charge at the Tralee Centre.
Occupational therapist Ciara Breen said it’s very hard for a patient to come to terms with a diagnosis of dementia or even admit they have difficulty remembering things, so it’s often a close family member who might look for some advice on simple things they can do that will help them in their everyday lives.
“The same things might not work for everyone and the equipment at the Memory Technology Resource Room is called Assistive Technology (AT), which includes a range of aids that can be used to increase independence and safety at home,” Ciara said.
“Sometimes all that’s required is a white board to write things down on or other people might use an app on their phone.”
Kate’s a born fighter
Last Monday, the founder of Béal Organic Cheese gave a presentation to Kerry County Council in which she highlighted the crop’s role in preventing climate change, as well as the many products it can produce, from textiles to paper and from food to body care goods.
“I’ve planted about 3.5 acres on my farm as a rotational crop as it improves the quality of the ground,” explained Kate.
“But as it is still a fledgling industry, I’ve given away much of the crop for research,” she explained.
Throughout her life, Kate has spoken out against injustice and corruption and has always advocated for healthy, natural food.
The Bill, if passed into law, will make Ireland the fifth country globally to ban oil and gas exploration.
The Porcupine Basin, located about 200km off the Kerry coast, is a major area of interest to some of the world’s largest oil exploration companies.
The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association said that the exploration sector has the potential to create 1,500 jobs per annum and deliver up to €11bn to the exchequer from a single commercial discovery.
But the association warned that the Climate Emergency Bill – currently going through the Oireachtas – could damage counties where large-scale exploration is taking place hundreds of miles off the county’s coast.
Comhar Chreidmheasa Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Credit Union) and Siopa Lyne in Killarney received top prizes and an award of €200 for their window displays.
The children’s clothes retailer on High Street won its prize for its window display that consisted of green clothing festooned with St Patrick’s Day badges and green scarves.
Other winners in the Gaeltacht included Brian de Staic Teo jewellers in Dingle and Tigh a’ Chúinne on Brandon Pier, both of which received €100.
Early on Sunday morning last, Louise and the film crew flew out from Cork Airport bound for the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro where the Tír na nÓg organisation has been helping improve the lives of Tanzanian locals for the past twelve years.
They were accompanied by Louise’s husband Derek O’Connor and friends Deirdre Burke, Maureen Murphy and Pat Costello who will volunteer with the project during their stay.
A primary school teacher at Scoil Mhuire Killorglin, Louise founded the Tír na nÓg orphanage in 2007 which is now home to upwards of 60 children, with a kindergarten, primary school and farm also forming part of the project.
Improving access to education is one area in which the organisation has made a major impact with over 200 children attending a primary school opened by Louise.
Cara Leahy, Marcos Leahy, Ronan Kelly and Joseph McElligott did their school proud after finishing within one point of gold at the event held at the RDS on April 7.
They battled through ten rounds of general knowledge questions that tested their wit, memory and ability to work as a team.
Principal Mary O’Connor says everyone is very proud of their achievement.
“We are absolutely delighted and very proud of them all as the questions were very varied and not easy,” Mary explained.
“For ten-year-olds, they were very well able to take on questions such as ‘What ballet by Tchaikovsky featured the story of Odette?’ - and they got the answer right with Swan Lake.
There’s a rush to buy tickets for what is expected to be a sell-out event as over 350 people will pack the hall on April 20.
The centre was revamped to include acoustic panels and a state-of-the-art sound system so that Ballyheigue could bring top class entertainment to the town.
“We are absolutely delighted to bring Celtic Steps and the O’Neill Sisters to the stage. That’s what we had planned with the centre and so it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition,” said manager of the centre Joanne Leen.
A civic reception was held for the team in the Council Chamber on Friday, April 12, attended by teammates, various Tralee MD councillors and Mayor of Tralee Graham Spring.
Councillor Spring said: “This is the highest award that Kerry County Council can award.”
Meanwhile, Tralee Municipal District Manager Michael Scannell expressed his delight that the entire Tralee community could come together under one banner.
The Warriors saw off defending champions UCD Marian on a scoreline of 88-73 in front of a home crowd at the Tralee Sports Complex to be crowned Basketball Ireland SuperLeague champions for 2019.
Organised by An Ríocht AC, over 400 runners passed through the streets of Castleisland as they took on the 10 mile and 5k routes.
The event has grown in popularity over the years attracting runners from local running clubs and from all over Munster.
Competitors were sure of an enjoyable experience over the fast and flat course with entrants for the 5k setting off at 10.45am followed by the 10 miler at 11am.
Both routes were looped with the 5k race heading along Main Street and turning left to pass the Church of St Stephen and St John before heading out into the countryside and then returning to town.