After her six-stone weight loss, Catherine could be 'Woman of the Year'

This time last years, Catherine Wall weighed 18 stone and barely squeezed into a size 22. Now, the Abbeydorney woman is six-and-a-half stone lighter and a slim size ten - and in the running to be Slimming World’s Woman of the Year.

Mom-of-six Catherine (35), has made it through to the semi-final of the Woman of the Year competition, after being nominated by members of her Slimming World class in Tralee.

What happened in Kerry this week

The number of patients waiting  to see a consultant or to get treatment at University Hospital Kerry has reached an all-time high and is set to reach 10,000 people by the end of the year. At the end of August, a total of  of 9,649  adults and children were waiting for treatment or to be seen at a clinic at UHK -  the largest number ever seen since waiting list records began.

A North Kerry hurler who said he hasn’t the money to pay compensation to an umpire he assaulted has been remanded in custody until next Wednesday, when the case will be reviewed.

Causeway will come to halt on Friday evening when the village welcomes home its newest All Ireland winner - Colm Dineen, who won the 3-Furrow Junior class at the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday. It will be a double celebration on the night - Michael J Donegan finished in third place in the U-28 Conventional Junior Grade on Tuesday.

The Kerry Minors received a heroes’ welcome home in Killarney on Monday night after making history by winning their fourth All-Ireland title in a row - an impressive record that will never be beaten.

This time last year, Catherine Wall weighed 18 stone and barely squeezed into a size 22. Now, the Abbeydorney woman is six-and-a-half stone lighter and a slim size ten - and in the running to be Slimming World’s Woman of the Year.

Hospital waiting list nears 10,000

The number of patients waiting to see a consultant or to get treatment at University Hospital Kerry has reached an all-time high, and could be set to reach 10,000 people by the end of the year.

At the end of August, a total of 9,649 adults and children were waiting for treatment or to be seen at a clinic at UHK - the largest number ever recorded since waiting list records began.

Home are  the heroes!

The Kerry Minors received a heroes’ welcome home in Killarney on Monday night after making history by winning their fourth All-Ireland title in a row - an impressive record that will never be beaten.

It is being hailed as one of the best performances by a Kerry team in Croke Park and hundreds of people made their way to Fitzgerald Stadium to welcome back the victorious team and management.

Young Killarney climbers crest Mont Blanc

Four young Killarney climbers with a passion for heights crested Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, this month in biting cold conditions.

Colm Casey, Kilcummin, Aidan Sheehan and Killian Buckley, both Muckross, and Tomás O’Donoghue, Kilbrean, negotiated snow and ice as well as fighting off altitude sickness to reach the 4,808m summit at 8.33am on Thursday, September 7th. The friends are all in their mid-20s.

 

Rescue drama at Skellig Michael

A middle-aged man suffering a suspected heart attack was airlifted by helicopter from Skellig Michael on Sunday and successfully brought to hospital in Tralee.

The alarm was raised at 11.20am by a group of visitors who tended to the man as he began to feel unwell.

Two nurses - who happened to be on the island at the time - assisted the man while Valentia Radio co-ordinated the rescue.

 

Play on at Tralee school!

They’ll never want to be late for school again now that a brand new €30,000 playground has opened in one Tralee school.

The excitement was clear this week amongst the approximately 350 children at Moyderwell Mercy Primary School, as they watched the play equipment emerge into a giant play area in the school yard.

 

Torchlight parade to honour 1916 hero

1916 Volunteer Thomas Ashe will be remembered in Tralee next Monday, on the 100th anniversary of his death, in what promises to be a colourful torchlight ceremony.

A torchlight parade will leave Ashe Street at 8pm, led by a colour party of UN veterans and the Killarney Gleneagle Brass Band. Members of the Civil Defence will participate as will more than 30 members of Tralee Irish Volunteers, the group which has organised the event with Kerry County Council.

Pipers and other cultural groups are also expected to take part, and anyone attending is invited to dress in the attire of the 1916 period.

 

Think Pink, and have a cuppa!

As Kerry branches of the Irish Cancer Society prepare for their annual Pink Ribbon fundraising collection, the latest figures from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland reveal that 115 women in Kerry received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2014.

The Killarney and South Kerry branch of the ICS is appealing for volunteers to take part in its Pink Ribbon street collection on Friday, October 6th.

“It’s a very important one because it’s very important to let women know that October is Breast Check Awareness Month,” branch member, Eugene O’Sullivan, said.

 

Siamsa in his body, blood and soul

Jonathan Kelliher was barely nine years old when he first walked through the doors of Teach Siamsa in Finuge. There wasn’t a lot else to do around North Kerry in 1980, so learning Irish dancing with Siamsa seemed as good a pastime as any.

Four years later, he would take to the stage for his first performance in Fadó Fadó - Siamsa’s original show and still one of its most successful.

 

Talk, support and craic at men's cancer group

Cancer support service Recovery Haven is marking seven years in the community, during which it has helped thousands of cancer patients and their families.

This week three members of the group opened up about what it’s like to have cancer, the changes it has brought to their lives and how they are now helping others to cope with their diagnosis.

 

'This is my country now'

“When I came to Ireland first, I never understood why people went to the pub to drink every day. Now I do - it’s the weather,” says Claudio Pinho.

Claudio came to Ireland from Portugal ten years ago, and although the original plan was to stay for just a while, he has been living in the county ever since. Claudio is from Barro Agueda, between Aveiro and Coimbra in central Portugal.

“I said I would never leave my country, but look - here I am,” he says.

 

Clothes call for Currow

Scoil Mhuire agus Naomh Treasa in Currow are calling on their neighbours to clean out their wardrobes and donate any unwanted items to their clothes collection which will take place in the school next Wednesday.

The collection is a very important one for the school as it teaches the pupils the importance of recycling and the impact it has on the environment, according to school principal Margaret Hanifin.