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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 31st July, 2014

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Well, here in Kerry it is all about Darth - not Garth - this week as filming for sequences in the new JJ Abrams film Star Wars Episode VII proceeded on Skellig Michael. It provided a mini-tourist boom in south Kerry where the sun also seemed to be an interested spectator and there is firm optimism that the film itself will provide great coverage for the area when it is released.

A competition for architects to design the new permanent headquarters for the Rose of Tralee Festival, and also an arena for the town at Fels Point, was announced this week. In the meantime, the Dome rose again in advance of the 2014 event.

Retired schoolteacher Nancy Keane from Caherslee, Tralee became the sixth and final winner of the Kerry’s Eye/Radio Kerry Local Hero award. Nancy got the approval of the judges after a former pupil and close friend wrote a moving and worthy account of their relationship in nominating her.

But it was a sad week for Castleisland where the old-established shop JK O’Connor’s closed down. The Kingdom House is an iconic property in the town centre and the family business operated here for over 100 years.

And locals and visitors to Dingle experienced a frightening event yesterday when a truck lost traction in Green Street and rolled down the roadway striking a number of other vehicles before crashing into the front at Garvey’s SuperValu. The driver repeatedly hit the horn and mercifully, there were no serious injuries.

Council removes 1km mast ban

Section 13.18.11 of the County Development Plan had placed a prohibition on siting telecommunications masts within one kilometre of human habitation or activity. The new council has accepted the reality that it was deemed to conflict with national policy and voted to remove if from the new CDP.

There had been something of a contradiction when it stood for councillors bemoaned the poor mobile ‘phone coverage while the section remained the policy of the local authority.

 

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RECORD MAKERS: This weekend Marc O Se passes Colm Cooper in appearances. The game against Galway will be his 77th. Only two players in GAA history have racked up more - his brothers!!

Tomas tops the tree with 88 and big brother Darragh has 81.

Read Sylvester Hennessy and Mike Quirke on this unique achievement in this week's Kerry's Eye

So it's Galway. The Tribesmen beat Tipperary in an 8 goal thriller in Tullamore. Watching Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was impressed by the youngsters from the West. But can they beat Kerry? Read Mike Ferriter's forensic analysis of Galway and Fitzmaurice's own assessment.

Third weekend in a row for the hurlers. Champions St Brendan's beat Lixnaw in an extra time thriller. Kilmoyley have been going about the business of beating their opponents almost unnoticed. They accounted for Crotta. So the losers from the 'Winners' Group' meet the winners from the 'Losers' Group this Saturday night for the remaining two places in the semi-finals.

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Another development that has almost gone unnoticed is the success of our young golfers. Ring of Kerry's Tommy O'Driscoll took the Ulster Boys title at the weekend. Tralee's Sarah Fitzgerald and Aoife Fitzgerald won the May Fitzgibbon trophy. This follows the success of Killarney'  Mairead Martin ad the future of Kerry golf is looking very bright.

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