A Swim-pressive Castlegregory family are celebrating victory as their 15 month-old daughter paddles against illness to be crowned Water Babies Little Heroes Winner 2019.
Mothers Paula and Adeline were delighted when Carmen Rose Fahey Palma - who was born 10 weeks premature - won the competition, aimed at preparing babies for life in the water.
While their little hero weighed only 2 pounds 11 ounces at birth, she has since developed a fondness for the water that has dramatically improved her quality of life.
What happened in Kerry this week
THE family of James Cahillane who was beaten to death at his home in Beaufort seven years ago wants Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to launch a new murder hunt for the killer.
Despite an exhaustive Garda inquiry, nobody has ever been brought to justice for the slaying of 58-year-old James Cahillane shortly after he returned home after a night out.
The extraordinary and heart-warming image of Dr Crokes Flag Girl jubilant Leah McMahon (12) running onto the pitch after Dr Crokes’ All-Ireland Semi-Final victory on Sunday captures the spirit of the black and amber to perfection. FINAL: PAGE 3
New speed limits will come into force near every school in Kerry as well as in over 400 housing estates as part of a countywide speed review.
Killarney schoolboy Michael O’Brien, who was the star of the Late Late Toy Show, teamed up again with Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald to inspire his side’s win over Tipperary last Sunday.
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The fighting McElligotts
Lisselton’s Elaine McElligott emerged victorious after an epic trilogy against old-foe Eimear Codd at the Rumble at the Rockies Muay Thai boxing tournament in Cork City last Saturday evening.
The pioneering Muay Thai boxer came out on top after five, tough three-minute rounds that tested her strength and endurance against one of Ireland’s most experienced fighters.
This is the third time the duo have met in competition, the first being October 2016 at the Neptune Stadium, where Elaine emerged victorious.
Speed limits slashed near all schools
An extensive review of all speed limits in Kerry means that dozens of changes will be made on national and local roads, including some well-known accident blackspots.
At Monday’s meeting of Kerry County Council, Director of Roads Charlie O’Sullivan said the most significant change is the new 30km speed limit which will apply in 424 housing estates across the county. This speed limit will also apply in Tralee and Killarney town centres.
The new limits are expected to come into force in four months time, following years of consultation with the Gardaí, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the public.
School’s a marathon!
And school principal Paul Moroney is as proud as could be as a result. He watched his pupils cross the line to complete a marathon that was started in the school just after the Christmas break.
“Every child, regardless of the weather, put on their jackets and went off. Each child ran 2kms a day - three laps in the morning and three at break time and three more after lunch,” explained Mr Moroney.
Since they started in January, the pupils, all the way from Junior Infants right through to sixth class, have been out and ‘really loving’ the chance to complete a marathon.
The allocation of €415,000 for the old hospital, under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), will be used to employ a project manager to oversee the project and prepare a planning application.
It was the third Údarás na Gaeltachta project in Kerry to receive funding under the RRDF this week. An allocation of €292,500 was also approved to support the design and development of a community, sport and education facility in Ballyferriter in West Kerry.
Another allocation of €174,351 was approved to employ a project manager to develop and implement the Uíbh Ráthach Taskforce Action Plan in South Kerry.
Inspectors prepared a report on the standard of care being provided to residents at St Joseph’s Home in Killorglin and Riverside Nursing Home in Abbeydorney.
The two homes were among the 56 reports published by HIQA recently. Inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 32 centres.
When inspectors carried out an ‘announced’ inspection last July at St Joseph’s in Killorglin, residents expressed satisfaction with the standard of care provided to them.
All residents said that they felt safe in the centre and many said that staff were very obliging and would go out of their way to help them.
“I went to one and I didn’t turn back,” says Stella. “The very first day I was going up a hill, struggling badly, and there was a lady who came up behind me and put her hand on my elbow and said ‘come on you can do it’. And since then I’ve hardly missed one. There’s great camaraderie and you feel normal for however long it takes you to do the 5k. And I need that normality every week. I need it.”
Unwell for a year prior to her diagnosis, Stella’s cancer was finally discovered by a surgeon at Cork University Hospital (CUH). But by then it had already reached her lymph nodes, which meant a bout of energy-sapping chemotherapy.
“I have a lot of side effects from the chemo still. I have peripheral neuropathy, damage to my nerves in my hands and my feet. There’s a lot of pain, it’s uncomfortable and it’s awkward and then there’s all the horrible things that go with having something wrong with your nerves but, you just learn to live with it,” Stella explains.
The Home Visitation Service will be launched on March 5 at the North East West Kerry Development (NEWKD) Centre in Listowel.
The service, which was first piloted in 2018, will focus on meeting with older men and women who may be living on their own. Many of these people have no transport and for medical reasons are unable to interact with people as much as they would like.
Rural Social Scheme workers - who are mainly part-time farmers looking to supplement their income - will ensure that isolated members of the community are looked after and enjoy more frequent interaction with others.
Gosia has been living in Tralee for the past 10 years and while searching an online archive for maps, she discovered a hidden treasure from Kerry.
“I found an archive called Goldmine. I was looking for maps of Kerry when I came across these watercolour maps and drawings by a geologist who came to Kerry in 1856.
“They mapped all the ‘outcrops’ - describing all the rocks that jutted out. I was trying to find out who the person was because it was just initials,” explained Gosia.
An educational talk revealed all about the honey making insect to a large attendance, including families.
“There was a great turnout. We had over 100 people, many of whom were children. The talk highlights the great educational asset that the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is for all,” said Mary O’Connor of Tralee Bay Wetlands.
Alan Balfe, Education and Wildlife Officer at the Wetlands, spoke enthusiastically about the bee. He spoke about how their natural habitat is under threat in the modern world and how each one of us can do our bit to help save the Irish bee species.
The halls of the KCFE were filled with the enticing aroma of cooking as students welcomed two expert chefs for demonstrations.
The KCFE teacher and chef Kay Lanigan Ryan was joined by Kerry ETB’s training centre chef Simon Regan in the KCFE in Denny Street last Thursday to put what the students have learned in class to the test.
Chef Simon delivers the Kerry ETB Commis Chef Apprenticeship in Kenmare, to prepare and provide a cookery demonstration to promote healthy eating and diet.
But while off the field the welcomes were warm and reassuring, once the action started the reception was decidedly more frosty - somewhat competitive - as the local clubs flexed their muscles.
The Senior, Intermediate and Junior men’s titles all went to Kerry clubs, with Dingle, Annascaul and Cromane victorious respectively. Yet while any local triumphs are to be celebrated, the Comórtas, now in its thirtieth year, has always been about much more than football.
Pádraig Óg Ó Sé, son of the legendary Páidí, paid testament to the dedication and commitment of those who helped to ensure this year’s event passed without a hitch.