Ashe wants new law to boost organ donations

A Kerry cystic fibrosis sufferer - who faces the possibility of a double lung transplant in the future - is appealing for an urgent change in the law to allow for an ‘opt out’ organ donation system.

Ashe Spillane (26), from Tonevane, Tralee, wants Health Minister Simon Harris to introduce a donor system that presumes agreement to donate organs.

Currently, 613 patients are awaiting heart, kidney, liver, lung and pancreatic transplants in Ireland. That’s double the number of organ transplant operations.

This week, following the RTÉ documentary ‘Orla Tinsley: Warrior’, featuring Irish woman Orla Tinsley’s double lung transplant in New York, CF Ireland and the Irish Donor Network have renewed their call on the Government to bring in the new law as quickly as possible.

Ashe Spillane supports a new soft ‘opt out’ organ donation system, to improve transplant rates in Ireland.


What happened in Kerry this week

Currow loses post office, shop and pub

The closure of the post office in Currow brings down a shop that depended on the business it generated - as a pub also closes in the village. In Ballinskelligs, the community opposes the closure of the only post office serving that small gaeltacht area.


Planning Objectors Scourge

Serial objectors are halting the construction of much-needed houses and projects which could create hundreds of jobs, according to TD Michael Healy-Rae.


Housing Crisis

Hundreds of people were forced to seek emergency accommodation in Kerry this year as the housing crisis continues to grip every county in Ireland.


Knotweed wreaking havoc

The invasive Japanese Knotweed is wreaking havoc around Kerry  and posing a major threat to property and waterways.


Now, our funerals can be ‘civil’ too!

A Tralee man is offering a course to train people to become civil funeral celebrants.

Retired school principal, Frank Houlihan, a native of Strand Road who grew up in Marian Park, said there is a growing trend towards civil funerals as an alternative to traditional, religion-based ceremonies.

The course will start next January and is run under the auspices of the Irish Institute of Funeral Celebrants.

Frank recently returned to his native town after spending decades in Dublin working as a school principal.

Since he retired he has found other interests to occupy his time and trained as a wedding celebrant.


Call for Queen Vic’s boat to be put on display

Boatmen and historians in Killarney want the State to put a local boat which carried Queen Victoria on the famous lakes during her visit in 1861 to be put on public display.

The boat, known as the Herbert Barge, was owned by the high-standing Herbert family who lived at their mansion in Muckross House and it saw the light of day for the first time last week since it went into storage over 70 years ago.

It’s been stored inside the ‘Dry Boathouse’ in Muckross but was temporarily brought outside last Thursday to accommodate refurbishment works at the boathouse.


Father-of-four turns to new drug in cancer battle

A Cahersiveen father-of-four is determined to beat a rare form of lung cancer by taking part in a drug trial based in America.

Andrew Cooke was diagnosed with lung cancer in July of last year following a routine checkup for back pains.

Now Andrew, his wife Kate and four children are seeking public support to raise the necessary €250,000 deposit to allow him take part in the drug trial.

“I was suffering from back pains that were radiating down my legs. I was told it was most likely sciatica but when we went for an MRI scan, we found out it was cancer.


500 celebrate Padre Pio in Lixnaw

Up to 500 people from all over Kerry, Cork and Limerick gathered together in Lixnaw to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Padre Pio’s death and 100th anniversary of his stigmata.

Devoted pilgrims of St Pio held a procession through the village carrying St Pio’s glove and a large statue, before making their way into a packed St Michael’s Church in the village on Tuesday night.

Mass was then celebrated by Fr Mossie Brick, followed by an evening of prayer to reflect on the life of Padre Pio, or Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, as he is also known.

Padre Pio, who became famous for exhibiting the stigmata for most of his life, died on September 23, 1968 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

He was canonised on June 16, 2002, by Pope John Paul II.


Adapt launch second charity fashion show

Whether it’s high street fashion of designer gear - one charity has it all - and plans to put the whole lot on display at their fashion show next month.

Adapt Kerry Charity Shop this week launched the show, to be held on Friday October 19 at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

“Last year’s fashion show was such a massive success that it was decided to move it to Ballyroe this year,” explained Helena Slattery, fundraising coordinator.

“Tickets sold out days beforehand and people were looking for tickets on the night. Jonathan Collins from the Ballyroe has been a fantastic friend to Adapt and we were delighted when the hotel came on board with us this year to host the show.”


Wrenboys take over in Listowel

Racing wasn’t the only thing on the cards in Listowel this week - the 60th annual Harvest Festival also took place with plenty of music, singing, fun and craic.

Street entertainment which included ‘Stockton’s Wing’ and pig racing kept the crowds happy - but the highlight of the week had to be the Wrenboys on stage in the Square on Friday night.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, two groups had to pull out at the last minute but that didn’t stop the three participating groups from providing almost three hours of live entertainment.


Big turnout for Inch Beach half marathon and 10km

IT’S ONE of the country’s most popular and well known beaches but on Sunday, Inch Beach became a running track for the first Annascaul Adventures half marathon and 10km races.

Around 150 runners from all over Kerry and other parts of the country took part in the two events with the proceeds going to Cuan Counselling in Dingle, Kerry Intervention and Disability Services (KIDS) and Autism Ireland, to supports services in Kerry.


Siobhan’s comfortable win at Listowel

DRESSING solely for comfort proved a winning combination for a Rathmore lady on Friday as she scooped the top Best Dressed Lady prize at Listowel Races.

Publican Siobhan Coakley, who runs The Corner House Bar in Glenflesk, was accompanying a busload of customers to the races and was shocked when picked from the huge crowds of stylish women in attendance and declared the McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady 2018 winner.

Her outfit, a super-stylish, blush pink brocade suit from Topshop with a matching headpiece by Kerry milliner Aine Kremenskiene, a handbag from Effigy in Tralee and shoes from Dorothy Perkins - all of which came with a total cost of under €200!


Fr Bernard heads for Rome to study theology

Tralee Priest Fr Bernard Healy is off to the Gregorian University in Rome to complete a doctorate in theology - admitting that he’s both excited and daunted in equal measure by the prospect.

Fr Bernard departs at the end of September on the three-year doctoral programme.

But it’s not entirely a leap of faith - the Tralee man has plenty of experience of life in the Eternal City, having previously trained and worked in Rome for seven years.



Young cyclists enjoy road trip around Ardfert

Over 50 kids geared up for a wonderful afternoon of exercise on Sunday as they took part in the second annual Ardfert Kids Cycle.

All were accompanied by an adult as they left Ardfert National School at 12pm to embark on one of two routes, a 5km and 10km.

“There was great excitement around the school beforehand as kids as young as eight, many of whom were taking part in their first organised cycle, geared up for the challenge ahead,” organiser Kevin Wiseman said.


Ballymac vintage run basks in September sunshine

The sun shone brightly for the Ballymac vintage run on Sunday, as a host of classic cars, tractors and land rovers came out to raise money for charity.

The event was held in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry. Recovery Haven is a charity aimed at offering free support for people suffering from cancer in Kerry.

George Glover, the PRO of the event, was happy with the turnout for the run.