Keith’s a seventeen billion dollar man!

A Kerry man’s face is worth seventeen billion dollars in Hong Kong - and people are queuing up to get their hands on his image.

Keith Ho, whose family owns the popular Ho-Kee takeaway on Tralee’s Castle Street, features on Hong Kong’s brand new $20 bill, which entered circulation this week in time for the Chinese New Year.

The 35-year-old, who was born at University Hospital Kerry and attended Moyderwell Secondary School and the ITT, is pictured on an estimated 850 million of the new banknotes - the equivalent of seventeen billion dollars, or €8.5 billion in our currency.

What happened in Kerry this week

The late Kerry GAA legend Dan O’Keeffe could be about to receive a permanent memorial - with a €30,000 bronze bust near his home in Castlecountess, Tralee.

 

A massive €3m injection of public funding is set to revolutionise learning for 330 lucky students at Listowel’s Presentation Secondary School.

 

All-Ireland winning captain Darran O’Sullivan has joined another winning team - the All-Star has signed for Kerry’s Eye Sports, and will provide exclusive analysis and insight on Kerry’s League and Championship campaigns this year.

 

Even though locals fear it will damage their health, Kerry County Council have said they have ‘no control’ over the rollout of 5G technology from a privately-owned mast near Listowel.

It's time to honour Danno

The late Kerry GAA legend Dan O’Keeffe could be about to receive a permanent memorial - with a €30,000 bronze bust near his home.

A campaign to install a bronze memorial in honour of the seven-time All-Ireland winner and Kerins O’Rahillys goalkeeper has begun in Tralee.

Danno played for Kerry for an impressive 18 seasons, from 1931 to 1948, and was named as goalkeeper on the GAA’s team of the century.

A member of the GAA Hall of Fame, he was the first player ever to win seven All-Ireland football medals - a record not equalled until 1985.

Now locals are hoping to erect a permanent tribute to the GAA star near his home in Castlecountess.

 

330 girls to benefit from €3m funding

A €3m injection of public funding at Listowel’s Presentation Secondary School will revolutionise the learning environment for the school’s 330 students.

The grant money will go towards the provision of two high-spec science labs, a new Science Preparation Area, the replacement of existing prefabs and the refurbishment and conversion of existing science labs into classrooms.

New classrooms will also be provided for students at the all-girls Catholic school, while provisions are also being made for the installation of new toilets, a locker space, stairs and a lift.

Council has ‘no control’ of 5G rollout

Locals fear it will damage their health, but Kerry County Council say they have ‘no control’ over the rollout of 5G technology from a privately-owned mast near Listowel.

Pressure is growing on the government to inform people of any potential health risks posed by the high-speed internet technology.

Some campaigners claim 5G can lead to increased levels of cancer among young children and vulnerable adults.

Listowel woman Catherine Quilter is among a growing number of people across the county who are demanding more information on 5G.

Have your say on The Green

Members of the public are being encouraged to make submissions on the future of Tralee’s hugely popular Town Park, known affectionately by locals as ‘The Green’.

Kerry County Council is currently developing a strategic plan for the huge local and tourist attraction to help rejuvenate Tralee Town Centre and attract more visitors to the area while reducing incidents of anti-social activity.

Covering an area of 35 acres and featuring a variety of manicured gardens, tree species, a community garden, playground and the famed Rose Garden, the public amenity is one of the largest urban parks in the country and a wonderful space for people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Kerry students shine at Young Scientists

Kerry Students were among the winners at this year’s BT Young Scientists Awards in the RDS.

Two CBS The Green, students made it three wins in a row for the school. In 2018, Kian Trant, Seamus Bradley and Conor Crowley won third place in the intermediate category in the technology section and last year Michael Carroll, Michael Kirby and Pádraig Crean won first place in the senior Social and Behavioural Sciences category.

But this year, the spotlight is on two bright 4th year boys. Joshua O’Sullivan and Swithin Pais questioned why there is a vaccine hesitancy amongst first-year secondary school male students and explored the topic with statistical analysis.

They came third in their category, Intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Blooming delightful!

Reigning Rose of Tralee Sinead Flanagan let her hair down at an informal get-together for former Roses and the class of 2019.

Sinead, a doctor from Limerick, was crowned 2019 Rose of Tralee during the 60th anniversary of the international festival last August.

At the special get-together, Sinead and over 20  previous Roses from all over Ireland and abroad, were wined and dined at The Rose Hotel, Tralee.

The first-ever Rose of Tralee, Alice O’Sullivan, joined in the two nights of fun at one of their many calendar events for the year.

Gleneagle team gets creative!

The artistic talents of a team of staff from the Gleneagle Hotel has won a place in the Grand Final of the TG4 series, ‘Creative Company’.

Having been asked to take part in the series trying to find Ireland’s most creative company, six staff members from different departments at the Gleneagle got together to create a sculpture which is now outside the hotel for all to enjoy. And so impressed were the competition’s judges with the Gleneagle’s entry that they’ve awarded the team a place in the Grand Finale, which will air in five weeks time.

The TG4 series producers selected the Gleneagle and nine other Irish companies to take on the challenge of creating a piece of large-scale public art - from concept to completion. And in the first episode of the series, the Gleneagle team booked their place in the Grand Final after competing with another company, Maurice Ward, based in Dublin and Shannon.

Walking the walk...

RETIRED COUPLE Pat and Anita Doody are more active than they’ve ever been and, now, they’ve handed over a cheque for €4,450 to the Kerry Hospice Foundation, the proceeds from the Portuguese Camino walk they completed in September.

Averaging around 29km per day and some days exceeding 40kms, Anita said they found the 237km route from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain tough going at times because a lot of it was on road.

“I would advise anyone thinking of doing the Portuguese Camino to do their preparation on the road. The first three days were the hardest as there were a lot of tarmacadamed or cobblestone surfaces,” she told Kerry’s Eye.

Running recruits take first strides

It was cold, wet and dark - but that didn’t stop a record number of new runners joining Tralee Born to Run’s new couch-to-5k training programme on Tuesday evening.

Nearly 130 people turned up for the first night of the free eight-week programme, which will literally transform them from having no running experience into fully-fledged runners.

“We are delighted with the record number of people who turned up,” said Born to Run PRO Tom Dillon.

“Ninety out of the 120 participants last year went on to complete the training, and many of them continued running with the club afterwards.

Fundraiser for Tanzanian orphanage

The children of Tír na nÓg orphanage in Tanzania will benefit to the tune of €2,000 thanks to a health and fitness event held in Tralee.

The Rose Hotel was the venue for the Kinetic Health and Fitness, Keep Health Simple information evening held last Thursday night.

Tralee native Louise Quill, the face, heart and soul behind the orphanage, said that every euro collected makes daily living for the orphans in Tanzania that little bit easier.

Sun shines on James Ashe Tractor Run

THE sun shone high in the sky as over 90 tractors, both old and new, took to the roads of Boolteens, Castlemaine, Milltown and Killorglin as the sixth annual James Ashe Memorial Tractor Run proved to be an outstanding success last Sunday.

Despite the impending Storm Brendan, weather conditions on Sunday January 12 were excellent for the tractor run as the life of well-known local character James Ashe was celebrated with all funds raised going towards the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.

As the tractors turned out to show their support, including a rare grey Massey Ferguson, and a magnificent new Scania truck, so did the crowds.