'Shock doesn't even cover it'

Campaigners opposing plans to develop a wind farm in their local community say they will take a High Court action to stop the development - after An Bord Pleanala granted permission for a plan to build ten 156-metre turbines.

The decision, granted with sixteen pages of conditions, has left “a sense of deep anger” amongst homeowners in the areas of Ballyhorgan, Finuge, Lixnaw, Irremore, Listowel, Lissahane, Muckenagh.

Locals, who have campaigned for over two years against the application by Stacks Mountains Windfarm Ltd, were informed of An Bord Pleanala’s decision on Wednesday.

They say they will continue to fight the decision, and now plan an estimated €50,000 High Court action to turn the decision in their favour.

What happened in Kerry this week

Campaigners opposing plans to develop a wind farm in their local community say they will take a High Court action to stop the development - after An Bord Pleanala granted permission for a plan to build ten 156-metre turbines in north Kerry.

Gardaí are on a countywide crackdown on drink driving as the number of drunk motorists getting caught behind wheel continues to rise in Kerry. Senior gardaí have issued operational orders for additional checkpoints across the three garda districts in the county every Saturday night up to the end of August.Almost one hundred years ago to the day when Roger Casement was executed for his role in the 1916 Rising, one of the country’s most treasured links to the rebellion - the anchor from the Aud - has gone on display in Tralee.

Soccer star Shane McLoughlin from Castleisland has been included in the Ipswich Town first team squad for the upcoming Championship season - making him the highest ranking Kerry soccer player currently playing in the UK.

Ray Darcy’s radio show was broadcast live from Dingle on Tuesday afternoon - bringing footballers, food and Star Wars to the nation’s airwaves.

Aud anchor goes on display

Almost one hundred years ago to the day when Roger Casement was executed for his role in the 1916 Rising, one of the country’s most treasured links to the rebellion goes on display in Tralee.

One of the anchors belonging to the ill-fated Aud that attempted to bring arms to Kerry in 1916 went on display this week in Blennerville - overlooking Tralee Bay where the ship was captured a century ago.

The restored half-tonne stockless anchor is one of four believed to have been used by the Aud and it’s now based in Kerry for good.

Two of the  anchors were recovered in 2012 and restored as part of a €200,000 project headed by archaeologist Lar Dunne.

Railway festival on track this weekend

What started off with with just a model of the Tralee to Dingle railway has now grown into a wonderful exhibit of various train models at Blennerville Windmill complex.

This week the success of the Kerry Model Railway exhibit was celebrated with the unveiling of a plaque in Blennerville.

The Kerry Model Railway Association unveiled a plaque on Monday evening to mark the generosity of the Chester Model Railway Club, which donated the the very first exhibit of the Tralee to Dingle Railway to the association.

'Save our school!'

Parents in the vicinity of the Two Mile School in Killarney are calling on the Diocese of Kerry and the Department of Education to ensure that the school remains open.

The school is set to become a one teacher school this September, following a reduction in pupil numbers to just 17 last year. Four of these have graduated, leaving just 13 students this year.

Numbers are expected to fall further from the start of the new school year, as not all of the 13 students are expected to return in September.

 

Climber died after 1,000-foot fall

Gardaí are still trying to contact family members of a Tipperary man who fell 1,000 feet to his death on Carrauntoohil in a tragic climbing accident on Saturday afternoon.

At least one other walker witnessed the accident from a distance and saw the man fall down the steep, northern cliff face shortly after 2pm.

A major search and rescue operation was launched involving the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and the R115 Rescue helicopter from Shannon.

 

Darcy does Dingle

They may be more used to playing against each other on the GAA pitch but former Kerry star Tomas Ó Sé and current Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan put their cooking skills to the test live on the Ray Darcy show from Dingle on Tuesday afternoon.

The football stars created their own home-made burgers which were put to the taste test and their cooking performances were suitably monitored by commentator, Micheal O'Mhuircheartaigh.

The West Kerry GAA commentator along with Ó Sé and Brogan were just some of the guests at the Ray Darcy Show live, which broadcast live from the Dingle Skellig Hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

 

GAA's back in Cloghane after 70 years

Seventy years is a long time to wait for a game of football - but this Saturday a historical game will be played in West Kerry as young footballers play for the Patrick Rohan Memorial Cup.

Team Castle take on Team Cloghane at 5pm this Saturday in Ballyguin as part of Féile na Lughnasa. The last known game to take place in the area was the 1943 Parish Final, in which Cloghane faced Ballyduff.

“It was played in O’Donnell’s Field and it would prove to be one of the last games played in An Chlocháin/An Bhreannáin, as, following the purchase of the present football field from The Land Commission in 1947, almost all games were subsequently played in Páirc an Chaisleáin," said local man Tom Hogan.

Best Dressed Claire wins €10k prize

Claire Murphy from Banna is set to share her €10,000 prize with family and friends following her huge win at the Dublin Horse Show, where she was crowned the Best Dressed Lady last week.

Claire stepped out at the show in a cream Bardot fitted dress and a matching cape by Killorglin designer Tina Griffin and a headpiece by milliner Carol Kennelly from Tralee.

Her classy ensemble caught the eye of the judges, and placed her ahead of 500 other hopefuls to scoop last Thursday’s massive prize, which comes in the shape of a shopping voucher for Dundrum Shopping Centre.

 

Community raises €30k for Amy

It’s not something he’ll ever wear, but Killarney councillor, Donal Grady is the proud owner of a dress owned by actor Saoirse Ronan - after bidding €300 for the item at a special fundraiser for the O’Connor family in Killarney.

He can match the dress with a cap worn by TD Michael Healy-Rae, which he also bought at the fundraising auction for €110.

 

Oysters at the ready  in Ballylongford

North Kerry locals are building up their appetites for this weekend’s 24th annual Ballylongford Oyster Festival.

PRO Marie Hanrahan O’Neill said that as well as oysters, there’s plenty more on offer too, from darts and fishing competitions, to puppet and magic shows. The main event, of course is the Oyster Swallowing Competition for men and women on Friday night.

 

Now you can put down roots in Tralee - literally

Members of the Kerry diaspora and locals who have family abroad will get the opportunity to establish a permanent family link in the county next month - by literally putting down roots in the town park.

As part of a new initiative at Tralee Community Garden, the Garden Committee is calling on families with Irish descendants abroad - particularly those with links to Kerry - to invite their loved ones home to take part in a tree-planting event on August 20th.

 

Maeve has big plans for Kerry Film Festival

With just over a week in her new role as Artistic Director with Kerry Film Festival, Maeve McGrath is well settled into her new position and has big plans for the year ahead to ensure the festival continues to strive.

Maeve took over the reins on Monday July 18th. She has extensive experience in film production and film festival management and she is looking forward to bringing something new to the Kerry festival this year. The new artistic director has big plans to continue to work alongside local filmmakers and to help them promote their work within the industry.