'Thank you for saving my daughter's life'

A Tralee mother has met and thanked the stranger who saved her daughter from drowning at Banna on Monday.

Adele Ní Chéilleachair from the Basin says her heart dropped and she ran as fast as she could when she realised her fifteen-year-old daughter, Danica - who is a strong swimmer - was being rescued from the water in Banna on Monday afternoon after a rip current pulled her under and out to sea.

What happened in Kerry this week

 Marathon man Shane runs home

 Dingle man Shane Finn was met with cheers and tears as he crossed the finish line last Saturday having completed a phenomenal 24 marathons in 24 days. “I put my body through hell,” Shane said, “If it meant going out raising another €110,000, I’d do it again next month.”

‘I know now it works’

Tina McElligott from Kilflynn has gone 44 days without a seizure - thanks to the medicinal cannabis treatment she’s getting in Spain. Her mom, Mags, says she was looking for a miracle and now she’s found it.

Stolen Lottery tickets

A Killarney mother who stole €19,000 worth of lottery tickets from her former employer has been given a 29-month suspended jail sentence. The shop where she worked suffered as a result and has since closed down.

 

Eight years too long to say sorry to Jack

The parents of a Killarney boy left brain damaged from birth and awarded €15 million this week have said eight years is far too long to wait for the HSE to say sorry.

Annette and Pádraig Leane from Lawlor’s Cross in Killarney are deeply hurt over what happened their beautiful son Jack.

Survey of Tralee estates raises residents’ concerns

Residents in five council estates in Tralee want gardaí and Kerry County Council to help them tackle anti-social behaviour, littering, speeding and maintenance of their estates.

The survey, undertaken in conjunction with NEKWD and Shanakill Family Resource Centre, highlighted a number of issues that are affecting their local areas.

Dingle man’s epic 1,000km charity run

It was a tough 24 days for Dingle man Shane Finn but it was all worth it when he crossed the finish line in Dingle on Saturday having completed 24 marathons in 24 days.

 His phenomenal feat meant he ran a grand total of 1,008km around Ireland.

The motivation for Shane was to raise funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) and he exceeded his expectations by raising in excess of €110,000 for the charity.

 

Listowel is placed firmly on the Worldwide map

one Listowel man is working hard to put the heritage town ‘on the map’ by taking part in this Saturday’s Google World Wide Map Editing Day.

Damien O’Mahony, who is on the Tourism and Events subgroup of the recently formed Listowel Business and Community Alliance, was recently named a local Google Map Guide for his months of hard work promoting the town behind the scenes, adding photos and reviews for various locations on the online interactive Google Maps.

Listowel man appears  in Game of Thrones

 Kerry fans of Game of Thrones may have recognised a familiar face on Monday night as Listowel man Sean McGillicuddy shared the screen alongside singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

The season 7 episode Dragonstone attracted 10.1 million viewers for its premiere with Sean performing in a cameo role in the same scene as Ed Sheeran as he sang a folk tune. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is attracted by the sound and ends up sharing a meal of rabbit and some homemade wine with the friendly men, including Sheeran.

Taxis ‘hopeful’ for rank solution

Discussions are proceeding between Kerry County Council and Tralee taxi drivers in the ongoing row over the location of a taxi rank in the town and it is hoped that a permanent solution will soon be agreed.

Taxi drivers attended the Tralee Municipal Meeting this week in a bid to get councillors to highlight their concerns. The taxi row was not on the council agenda but it was understood that councillors would raise the issue at the meeting.

 

Locals tackle beach issues

Local communities throughout Kerry are coming together to help fight against coastal erosion and to keep their beaches clean and safe during the summer season.

Various groups in several parts of the county have organised a series of events to help improve the appearance of their local beaches and to ensure they are safe for users during the busy summer season.

 

‘Her progress has been absolutely amazing’

 A Kilflynn mother who is obliged to travel to Spain in order to access medicinal cannabis treatment for her terminally-ill daughter says the decision is proving to be a miracle - as she is now 44 days seizure-free.

Mags McElligott, whose sixteen-year-old daughter Tina suffers from the rare and terminal illness Alpers, still doesn’t know what lies on the road ahead but said this week that treatment is working as Tina is no longer having multiple daily seizures and no longer needs to sleep for hours on end.

 

Heritage Trail in memory of Con Houlihan

 Con Houlihan is to be memorialised in his hometown of Castleisland as plans are at an advanced stage for a new heritage trail dedicated to the well-known journalist.

The Con Houlihan Memorial Committee and Castleisland Chamber Alliance are working together to create a heritage trail in the town in memory of the local man who impacted upon the lives of both locals and people from further afield through his writing.

 

The Salmon takes pride of place in Beaufort

The salmon has long been associated with Beaufort and the River Laune and now this special relationship will be forever immortalised with a state-of-the-art Salmon Sculpture in Beaufort.

The Salmon by the Laune (Bradán cois Leamhna) was presented to Beaufort Tidy Towns by Killarney Tidy Towns and has been erected on the banks of the River Laune for all to see.

 

Moving Moyvane memorial for fallen bikers

 It was an emotional occasion for a lot of families, many of whom had travelled from all parts of the county and country to remember loved ones at a very special Mass in Moyvane on Saturday.

The Until We Meet Again Bikers Memorial Mass, which is the only one of its kind in the South of Ireland to remember fallen bikers, was held in the Church of the Assumption at 4pm.