Doggone it

Give me back my pet!

Rossbeigh Councillor Michael Cahill confronted a group of five people on his local beach after his much-loved family dog, Toby, was bundled into the boot of a car.

by Aidan O’Connor

The Fianna Fáil politician said he was standing about 100 yards away from his 10-year-old Pomeranian on his local beach last Monday morning when he saw the attempted abduction.

He approached the men in the car, whom he described to last Monday’s Council meeting as ‘big burly lads’.

“‘What’s wrong boss?’ they asked me,” Councillor Cahill said, “‘Don’t mind your boss,’ I said.”

What happened in Kerry this week

Councillor Michael Cahill had to confront a group of five ‘burly lads’ in a frightening encounter on his local beach in Rossbeigh as they attempted to abduct his much-loved family dog.


After the recent hot spell locals in Ballybunion have been left disgusted as visitors to the beach treated it like ‘a tip’ and dumped several trailer-loads of domestic waste on the usually clean and picturesque beach.


Thrillseekers Terry and Tomás Deane spend their time chasing whales and dolphins and on one morning last month they ‘hit the jackpot’ when they came ‘face to face’ with a pod of humpback whales feeding 15 miles off The Maharees coast.


Wren Day fashions would normally be expected to be seen in the streets of Dingle on Stephen’s Day but thanks to one local fashion designer the West Kerry Wren look will soon be finding new fans on the catwalk in London.

The tipping   point

The LADIES Beach in Ballybunion was treated like ‘a tip’ at the weekend as visitors dumped several trailer-loads of domestic waste on the famous strand.

Thousands of visitors swarmed to the beach during the hot spell but locals were disgusted by the amount of litter they left behind.

After the visitors left, Council workers were forced to spend hours removing plastic bottles, cardboard packaging and various kinds of refuse, including soiled nappies, from the usually clean and picturesque beach and approach roads.

Several trailer-loads of rubbish were collected from the beach on Monday.

Spokesman for Kerry County Council Owen O’Shea said that the onus for this kind of behaviour must be on those who litter.

Whale of a time

A father and son from Camp were having a whale of a time off the Kerry coast - and captured the breathtaking moment on film.

Thrillseekers Terry and Tomás Deane spend their time chasing whales and dolphins and ‘hit the jackpot’ about 15 miles off The Maharees when they spotted a pod of humpback whales feeding.

The experienced pair came ‘face to face’ with the whales as their rib-boat floated nearby.

Dingle Wren inspires Roisín’s London fashion

The magic and chaos of the Wren Day in Dingle was paraded down the catwalk at London Graduate Fashion Week.

Roisín Ní Loingsigh from Dingle took a year out of Montessori teaching to explore a career in fashion design. After completing a course in Galway, she made the decision to apply to the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Five years later, Roisín has developed a promising career in fashion and was one of the few Irish designers to take part in London Graduate Fashion Week.

Her designs were based on the traditional Wren’s Day which takes place every year in Roisín’s hometown of Dingle on St Stephen’s Day.

My secret mission with a Legend

Killarney filmmaker Damian O’Callaghan grew to know and love Brendan Grace better than most in recent yeas. The late comedian, who died last week, aged 68, worked with Damian on two recent movies, both filmed in Killarney, The Gift and Tradition. Here, Damian recalls his first meeting with the comedian he regards as the greatest of them all.

“Once upon a time, I had the great privilege of working in The Great Southern Hotel in Killarney. I secretly called it ‘the building where legends live’ because I always found that the people that crossed my path daily were amazing storytellers. Just like working as a jarvey.

Every day was a new adventure. I used to regularly make it my business to bump into the great Mossie Horgan for our regular chat at the door which always consisted of friendly banter. Kerry versus Cork on the football field being the normal topic of conversation – or how many Irish Presidents he met being another.

Valentia’s UNESCO status ‘only a matter of time’

FINANCE MINISTER Paschal Donohoe said securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the Valentia Island transatlantic cable site was only a matter of time and the Government remained fully committed to the project.

Addressing the third Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation Lecture on Friday, Minister Donohoe paid tribute to the many islanders who had fought hard for UNESCO status. He said he particularly wanted to acknowledge the support given by the late Anthony O’Connell and the late Bob Joyce.

“Anthony, who sadly passed away this year, was vital in driving the cable project, as well as a number of other projects on Valentia Island,” Minister Donohoe said.

‘We refuse to be lab rats of Europe’

 Furious anti-wind turbine groups came together last Monday morning in Tralee to tell Kerry County Council they ‘refuse to be the lab rats of Europe’.

As newly-elected councillors gathered for their first monthly meeting at Council Buildings, Fred O’Sullivan, the chairman of Sliabh Luachra Wind Awareness Group, told the crowd they must fight the ‘bullying tactics’ being used by developers of large scale wind farms.

Mr O’Sullivan said the proposed construction of several new wind farms across communities in East and North Kerry will lead to ‘the total desecration of our county’.

Theresa gifts defibrillator to Castlegregory

for saving the life of a man in England is now helping save lives in Castlegregory.

Theresa Winters was driving to work at the Basildon Cardiothoracic Centre in Essex when she noticed a man was having a heart attack. Later, she was honoured at the UK National Lifesaver Awards and presented with the defibrillator.

Now working as Clinical Nurse Manager for Critical Care Services at UHK in Tralee, Theresa has gifted the defibrillator to Castlegregory where she lives.

Theresa was delighted when the Castlegregory Community Council accepted the gift of the defibrillator, which is now up and running at the back of the Seven Hogs Hotel in Castlegregory.

The price of an elephant is...

An elephant costs €1.6 million, according to the kids who packed the IT Tralee Sports Academy to show off all they had learned at two very cool summer camps.

The ‘Goalmine’ camp for kids between the ages 12 and 16 brought out the inner entrepreneur, creative and innovative mind-set while playing and learning through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

The ‘STEAMing Ahead’ five-day camp focused in on the world of coding, while the kids zoomed robots and drones around obstacle courses, developing games and animations.

One pair of excited Milltown Castlemaine boys were twins Dylan and Jamie Ladden, driving their robots, moving the hubs into the scoring zones and dragging and dropping commands on laptops to programme flying drones.

Dolores out of this world with delight

A KERRY teacher was among a group of 48 from all over Europe and Canada who took part in a summer workshop on teaching STEM subjects at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk in The Netherlands.

Dolores Martin was invited to attend the training workshop that was designed and delivered by some of the top minds in astro research because of her commitment to teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) through the medium of the arts (STEAM), through filmmaking with her pupils at Ardfert National School.

Films made by Dolores with the schoolchildren have won national awards for the school, including the Department of Justice’s ‘Someone Like Me’ that promoted positive attitudes towards disability, a FÍS Film Project Award for ‘The Gooseberry Fair’ that re-enacted an old Ardfert tradition, and the Cumann na nBunscol Digital Project run in conjunction with the athletics competition.

Hospital ‘friends’ delighted with support

n the 29 years they have been fundraising, the Friends of UHK have never failed to reach their target.

This year’s one and only fundraiser which benefits University Hospital Kerry will go a long way in reaching the €50,000 target to pay for new equipment for the Intensive and Coronary Care Units.

The Friends of UHK have spent years organising to raise money for the hospital and have bankrolled numerous pieces of equipment, getting vital services up and running when the HSE couldn’t provide them.

Oyster festival tribute to popular local man

The Barman’s Race at the annual Ballylongford Oyster Festival is to be renamed in honour of popular local character James McNamara who died tragically in May.

Running from August 2 to 5th, the extraordinary weekend sees people from all over the country gather to take part in novelty events such as the darts competition, oyster eating and a variety of other fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

Speaking to Kerry’s Eye, local woman Marie Hanrahan O’Neill says the Barman’s Race is sure to draw a few laughs as competitors struggle to pass the finish line with the most liquid in their three pint glasses.