Finally, someone listens...

President Michael D HIGGINS flew to Ballydavid in West Kerry on Wednesday for an unprecedented private meeting with cervical cancer test victim, Emma Mhic Mhathúna.

The 37-year-old mother-of-five called for a meeting with the President last week when she revealed that her cervical cancer was terminal.

President Higgins flew into West Kerry by helicopter at 4.45pm on Wednesday, touching down at the Gaeltacht GAA grounds at Gallarus.

He was driven to O’Gorman’s Clifftop Restaurant nearby to meet with Ms Mhic Mhathúna and her five children, Natashia, Seamus, Mario, Oisín and Donnacha.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

A young Canadian man fell over 300 feet to his death on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks on Tuesday as his horrified fiancée looked on. The tourist – in his late twenties or early  thirties – was descending the mountain with his fiancée when the tragedy occurred shortly after 3.30pm at an area below Hag’s Tooth Ridge on Beenkeragh Mountain.

A middle-aged Kerry man claimed this week that he is the innocent target of a vigilante group that set up a decoy on social media to expose him as an alleged child groomer.

A Facebook group called Silent Justice claims the man had intimate message conversations with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl but who, in fact, was an adult member of their organisation.

Over 10,000 lit up the dawn across Kerry on Saturday, in the biggest Darkness Into Light walks in the event’s three-year history. Thousands turned out in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and all over the county.

A man who applied for bail at Tralee District Court threw a kettle of boiling water at gardaí as he was being escorted down into the cells in the courthouse basement on Wednesday.

Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell said his dreams came true at the weekend - when he met his hero, superstar fighter Conor McGregor. The 16 year-old, who was badly injured in a cycling accident last year and is now paralysed from the shoulders down, sat beside the world-famous fighter during a UFC event at Dublin’s 3 Arena on Saturday.

President Michael D Higgins flew to Ballydavid in West Kerry on Wednesday for a private meeting with cervical cancer test victim Emma Mhic Mhathúna.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna called for a meeting with the President last week when she revealed that her cervical cancer was terminal.

Woman watches as partner falls to his death

A young Canadian man fell over 300 feet to his death on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks on Tuesday as his horrified fiancée looked on.

The tourist – in his late twenties or early  thirties – was descending the mountain with his fiancée when the tragedy occurred shortly after 3.30pm at an extremely steep section below Hag’s Tooth Ridge on Beenkeragh Mountain .

 

Taking it in their stride...Pupils and staff take scenic route to school

Pupils and staff from a Tralee primary school took part in Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week (WOW) yesterday to mark the tenth birthday of the event.

Staff, pupils and parents from Moyderwell Primary School gathered at Deanes Lane, Tralee 8.45am, before setting off to school together.

The lively event aims to encourage students, families and teachers to enjoy walking to school and to focus on continuing the journey to school on foot into the summer months – and year ‘round!

Billy puts on a royal performance at Chelsea

A KELLS BAY horticulturist is living a lifelong dream this week as he shows at the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Billy Alexander is bringing a little piece of South Kerry to the prestigious London event, which he describes as being like the Olympics for horticulturists and gardeners.

His display includes around 350 ferns, including 55 to 60 different varieties of the plant that he grows at Kells Bay Gardens. He bought Kells Bay House 12 years ago and moved in six years later.

 

Farmers reeling over costs of fodder crisis

The fodder crisis may be over but hundreds of farmers are left reeling in its wake with some in dire financial straits.

Kerry Group alone sourced 7,000 tonnes of fodder at a cost of €350,000.

The majority of the fodder (5,500 tonnes) was brought in from the UK, while the remainder was  transported from the East of the country.

 

Fairer world project wins national award

Castleisland Community College students have been working to promote a fairer world and their efforts have earned them a national award.

The local students won the Make Our World Fair and Just award at the Young Social Innovator awards in Croke Park last Tuesday.

The Castleisland students were among 7,000 people exhibiting over 420 projects in the competition - 33 of which reached last week’s national final.

 

Sunshine and scenery for Ireland's friendliest marathon

It’s now billed as ‘Ireland’s friendliest marathon’ and this year’s Hardman Lakes of Killarney event on Saturday proved  another resounding success.

The sixth year of the event attracted over 300 competitors who ran in Saturday’s brilliant sunshine in the stunning surrounds of Killarney National Park.

 

Students' 'Deer Watch' wins SciFest at IT Tralee

 THREE STUDENTS from St Brendan’s College in Killarney have discovered a deterrent that may keep wild deer off public roads and prevent accidents - human hair.

The discovery was just one part of ‘Deer Watch’, a science project by students, Darragh Fleming, Ethan O’Neill and Colm Looney, that also developed a website and app for tracking deer movements, as well as ways of deterring deer from straying where they’re not wanted.

 

Thousands flock to Kerry Expo

It’s been hailed as a massive success for the business community across Kerry and already preparations are underway for next year’s Kerry Expo.

Thousands flocked to the INEC in Killarney on Sunday and were wowed at the sheer scale of businesses in Kerry – from major multi-nationals to small-scale start-ups.

“We actually had more exhibitors than we initially expected. We aimed for 100 but we ended up having 140,” said Expo Co-ordinator Liz Maher.

 

Over 70 boats take part in Wild Atlantic Challenge

AROUND 70 ROWING boats, representing clubs from all over the country and Wales and England took part in the second Wild Atlantic Challenge in Kenmare Bay on Saturday.

This was the second year of the event, which is organised jointly by members from Templenoe and Kenmare Rowing Clubs, and already they plan to announce the date for next year’s event later this week.

 

Tralee hosts magical walk in memory of loved ones

Magical and brightly coloured fairies and dancers helped spread the message of hope and that there is light at the end of the tunnel at the Tralee Darkness into Light walk on Saturday.

It was the biggest in their three-year history as organisers estimated that over 4,000 people took part.

They rose in the middle of the night all to spread Pieta House’s message, to help raise awareness and funds to support those in crisis.

 

Lanterns of hope as 4,500 welcome the Light in Killarney

Lanterns floated over the Killarney sky in the early hours of Saturday morning remembering all those who have died by suicide at Nathan’s Walk, the town’s Darkness into Light event.

Over 4,500 people took part in last Saturday’s walk in Killarney.

It was a poignant occasion as families remembered their loved ones and helped raise awareness around Pieta House’s message of hope.