It's gonna be a Lotto love!

He’s one of the luckiest men in Tralee - and not just because he’s appearing on Winning Streak this weekend.

Jimmy Kelly (73) from Oakpark says he’s lucky in love too - he was celebrating Valentine’s Day with wife Kathleen yesterday for the 47th year, and looking forward to a romantic trip abroad if all goes well in RTÉ on Saturday.

What happened in Kerry this week

A convicted child sex abuser and his wife were rushed to hospital on Wednesday morning after being found unconscious at their home. A caller to the couple's home raised the alarm after the couple were found unconscious inside.

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris will put his party before his own conscience and vote in favour of allowing unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks. Deputy Ferris is in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment - but he's personally opposed to allowing on-demand access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

A judge this week turned down the HSE’s offer of €35,000 compensation to a young girl who was misdiagnosed at University Hospital Kerry in 2011 after a trampoline injury. Judge Thomas O’Donnell said he would be more likely to approve an offer of €45,000.

Hundreds of disgruntled Kerry supporters who made the 800km round trip to Monaghan last Sunday are going to have to do it all again this weekend - weather permitting.

A steaming-hot picture by Cahersiveen photographer Stephen McCarthy - taken at the Lions tour in New Zealand last summer - has been nominated for the most prestigious photo award in the world.

You won't be 'board' with David's new game!

A fun new board game that promotes social interaction, education and fun will be launched by a Listowel man this weekend.

David Lyons (33), created his very first board game, Marathon-X, which he’ll launch this Saturday in Listowel Garden Centre between 2 and 5pm.

'Sleep tight little princess, untilwe meet again'

Bright, bubbly, honest and funny - that’s how brave Kilflynn teenager Tina McElligott will be remembered, mourners heard at her packed funeral Mass yesterday (Wednesday).

Tina (17), daughter of Mags and Martin McElligott, was the world’s oldest sufferer of Alpers, a rare and terminal neurological disease.

She lost her battle with the illness on Sunday morning, at home in Fahavane, Kilflynn, surrounded by her family.

Lucky (or unlucky) winner scoops €330k win

Depending on how you look at it, Tuesday was either the luckiest day of a Euromillions player’s life - or the unluckiest.

The mystery lottery buyer struck it rich with a €333,913 win - but missed out on the mega jackpot of €138 million by just one single number.

 

Eyes of the world on Stephen's steaming hot photo

A steaming-hot picture by Cahersiveen photographer Stephen McCarthy has been nominated for the most prestigious photo award in the world.

The photo, from the Lions Tour in New Zealand last year, shows the Lions and the All Blacks in a scrum - with a massive plume of steam soaring skywards from their bodies.

The photo has been nominated for the World Press Photo contest in the Sports Category.

Stephen snapped the incredible photo in New Zealand last June, during a six-week assignment with Dublin photo agency Sportsfile.

 

John rediscovers the joy of life

“I had it all planned out,” John Sheehan recalls.

He’d gone over to the shed other days to see how he could end his life.

John didn’t want his wife Mary to find him. The same for his mother.

It was Wednesday, September 6, 2017 when John tried to kill himself.

The night before, he’d sent his favourite photographs from his mobile phone to members of his family. He told them he was clearing out his phone, nothing more.

Minutes before his suicide attempt, he sent a text to his five sisters. It was his last goodbye.

 

Hundreds bid farewell to Ted

Ted Moynihan enriched the local community and left Kerry at the forefront when it comes to Hospice care - and hundreds of people who were touched by his efforts said their final goodbye to him last Saturday morning.

Ted has left an amazing legacy and his devotion to Kerry has impacted the lives of local families.

Hundreds of mourners packed into St John’s Church last Saturday morning to give Ted the send-off he deserved.

 

Death sentence passed on Tralee Courthouse

Tralee’s iconic courthouse in Ashe Street has been sentenced to close and a site for a new facility is being actively sought, Kerry’s Eye can confirm.

This ‘verdict’ by the Office of Public Works will come as a devastating blow to Tralee business people, the legal profession and Kerry County Council who bitterly oppose plans to abandon the 19th-century building.

 

Road safety initiative for Tralee teens

A live crash demonstration by emergency services will take place in Tralee next month to teach teenagers all about road safety.

The unique road safety initiative, called the ‘Just One Life’ driver awareness programme, was launched on Tuesday by Tralee Rotary Club in conjunction with the emergency services and local schools.

 

New plaques celebrate Currow's history

Information plaques erected to preserve and highlight Currow’s heritage and history as well as sporting traditions and community achievements have been launched in the village.

The new plaques are located at the entrance of Scoil Mhuire agus Naomh Treasa and include a range of information and pictures relating to the local village and surrounding areas.

 

Fundraising drive for a dive!

Sports stars and sport lovers are well known for their competitive streak and they put this to good use at a sports-themed quiz at The Rose Hotel on Thursday night.

The unique quiz idea was dreamed up by Tim Moynihan who presents Terrace Talk on Radio Kerry and who is taking a great leap of faith for Pieta House by jumping out of a plane.

The well-known Tralee man is to take to the skies for Pieta House in April along with friends Ted Cronin from Rathmore and Louise Ryan of Kilmoyley.

 

Kara and Shaun are Strictly class

A hair salon boss and an office manager delivered a jaw-dropping performance in the INEC last Saturday night and were crowned Killarney Strictly Come Dancing champions 2018.

Kara McDonagh and Shaun McSweeney wowed the judges with an amazing performance, helping to establish Strictly Killarney as one of the most successful events in the county.