‘The town will come back to us’

Traders are calling on Kerry County Council to get the Tralee Town Centre works done as quickly as possible - by working through the night and weekends to get ahead of schedule.

Their calls come as Denny Street reopens as a two-way street next Monday - almost exactly 21 years after it first became a one-way route in 1996.

From Monday at 6am, all traffic, except for heavy goods vehicles, will be permitted to turn from Prince’s Street and Godfrey Place onto Ivy Terrace and onto Denny Street before veering right onto Castle Street/Ashe Street.

What happened in Kerry this week

The family of Annette Mannix, who tragically lost her life out cycling last Wednesday evening, say her death should not be in vain, and have begun a campaign for safety improvements to the Killarney bypass where her accident occurred.

Danny Healy-Rae is defending his claim that eating too much is leading drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel and causing fatal road accidents. He came under fire on social media sites yesterday, over remarks he made at a Transport Committee meeting about eat-driving.

He told the committee that "if you eat too much and get behind the wheel of a car you're a danger on the road because you're likely to fall asleep".

Traders are calling on Kerry County Council to get the Tralee Town Centre works done as quickly as possible - by working through the night and weekends to get ahead of schedule. Their calls come as Denny Street reopens as a two way street next Monday - almost exactly 21 years after it first became a one-way route in 1996.

An investigation is likely to be held by the GAA’s Munster Council into the ugly and violent scenes that marred the U17 football clash between Cork and Kerry at Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Tuesday evening.

A total of  627 properties are at risk of flooding in Tralee, including residential, non-residential and high profile properties such as University Hospital Kerry. Three flood defence schemes are being considered by the OPW to alleviate flooding.

'Treat Lyme patients in Ireland'

Peter O’Connor from Milltown has no choice but to travel abroad to get life-saving treatment for Lyme Disease which he contracted six years ago.

Peter’s wife, Anne-Marie, spoke publicly this week for the first time about the enormous battle they continue to face with a medical profession and a system that has failed them time and again.

'Help us finish Annette's work'

The family of Annette Mannix, who tragically lost her life out cycling last Wednesday evening, say her death should not be in vain, and have begun a campaign for safety improvements to the Killarney bypass where her accident occurred.

Annette had joined Killarney Cycling Club just a few weeks ago, and had begun a mentoring programme with the club after signing up to do the Ring of Kerry for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The 48-year-old had just got a new bike, and was with the mentoring group on the Killarney bypass when she lost her life in a collision with a tractor and agricultural machinery.

Violent scenes mar Kerry U17 victory

An investigation is likely to be held by the GAA’s Munster Council into the ugly and violent scenes that marred the U17 football clash between Cork and Kerry at Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Tuesday evening.

Players, officials and backroom team members were caught up in an ugly scene inside the tunnel as they made their way to the dressing room at half-time.

 

Locals to fight East Kerry wind turbine plan

East Kerry locals came out fighting this week saying that they will oppose plans to erect 14 wind turbines near their homes - which are 150 metres high.

Residents from the Gneeveguilla and Ballydesmond areas say that their campaign is just beginning, after holding a public meeting in Gneeveguilla GAA hall on Monday night.

They say that Silverbirch Renewables Limited has applied to Kerry County Council for permission for the 10 year development at Reanasup, Lisheen, Knocknageeha, Reaboy, Barna, Ballynahulla and Tooreengarriv.

 

'When is it going to end?'

 Frustrated Listellick residents are calling on Kerry County Council to immediately carry out traffic impact and road safety audits, due to the heavy volume of lorries on their local road.

A waste permit site at Curravogh North, Tralee, which takes in general construction waste, was granted approval from Kerry County Council in 2014, for a maximum of nine vehicles on the road to the site per day - an average of about one per hour.

But locals say traffic is far heavier, and that up to eight lorries an hour use the road every day, prompting concerns over traffic volume, dust and dirt.

 

Thousands to attend Fleadh Cheoil in Tralee

 Thousands of people will make their way to Tralee over the next few days for the annual Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí which will see performers showcase their talents in music, dancing, singing and much more.

The event was opened last night (Wednesday) by Tadhg O’Maolcatha, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan, and those in attendance enjoyed a special family performance concert which showcased the wide range of skills possessed by Kerry families.

 

Scart to host  World Fiddle Day

A 250-piece exhibition featuring historical documents and old images dating as far back as the early 1900s will be amongst the many highlights at this weekend’s World Fiddle Day in Scartaglin - which is Ireland’s biggest fiddle event.

World Fiddle Day will take place on Saturday and will celebrate the Sliabh Luachra style of music performed by the very best fiddle players in the country.

 

€100k monument to honour O'Connell

Plans are underway to honour Daniel O’Connell in his native Cahersiveen, with a call for submissions to design a monument to one of Kerry’s best known historic figures.

While Daniel O’Connell is remembered in Cahersiveen through the only Catholic Church named after a lay person, there is no specific monument to the great man.

ACARD, the local development company, have now decided that it is time that a monument be erected to him and have sought submissions from artists in Ireland and abroad.

 

'Angela's Ashes meets Roddy Doyle'

Well known Tralee business woman Breeda Hurley was described as the “personification of resilience” at her book launch on Friday night, and it was this very resilience that led to Breeda fulfilling her latest project to write the story of her life.

In Survive and Thrive: The Journey of a Lifetime, Breeda gives a fascinating insight into the world of a woman who, over the journey of a lifetime, has juggled the demands of family and business, and reveals how she got to where she is today.

 

'The speed is frightening'

Numerous accidents have taken place at Tullig Cross on the main Killorglin to Cromane road, including a recent accident which resulted in a woman from Tralee being seriously injured.

The accidents, locals claim, are due to the speed and also the lack of vision for cars exiting at Tullig Cross onto the main Cromane Road.

Active arts for Ballybunion ladies

From Ballybunion, the UK and the USA, they’re a diverse lot in one North Kerry active retired group and they are combining their lifetime experiences and planning a very special day this Sunday.

Ballybunion Active Retirement are planning their 11th annual Bealtaine Festival for May 21st at 2pm in Ballybunion Convent and with free admission, refreshments, music and dancing, recipe memory booklets, are inviting all to attend.