Garden party,dancing and award for royal couple

Heir to the British throne Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will touch down by helicopter in South Kerry on Friday morning as they embark on the final leg of their three-day official Irish visit.

After weeks of speculation and high-level secrecy, the royal couple’s visit to Kerry is the third leg of a three-day visit to Ireland which began in Omagh, Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

The royal couple’s first stop-off in Kerry will be at Derrynane House – the birthplace of The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell.

What happened in Kerry this week

Over 200 jobs at the Liebherr crane factory in Killarney - up to a quarter of the entire workforce - may be lost between now and August, it emerged late on Wednesday evening.

The company - which has a current workforce of approximately 800 - told union representatives this week that 27 people will lose their jobs almost immediately, while another 60 may be let go in July, and that a further 128 may be cut from the workforce in August.

Sinn Féin TD and former top Provisional IRA member Martin Ferris is more than willing to shake hands with the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, who visits Kerry tomorrow with his wife Camilla. The Kerry TD – a convicted gun-runner  –  said he’ll do the right thing for Kerry and welcome the Royal couple to his native county.

Days after his cannabis plants were seized by gardaí in a drugs raid, a South Kerry man says he is already back growing new plants. Father-of-three, Brendan Rigter (47), who has a severe progressive form  Multiple Sclerosis, says he has no option but to continue to grow the illegal plant for medicinal purposes.

Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have to juggle the demands of his GAA job with his new role as school principal. But the history teacher, who was appointed principal at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne this week, says he’s used to juggling several balls in the air and is looking forward to the challenge.

Raw sewage flowing into gardens in a Beaufort housing estate is now causing a major public health concern for the residents. The stench of raw sewage has been lingering in Coolmagort Avenue housing estate for years.

A CCTV system that helped solve the shocking double murder of a mother and her young daughter in Killorglin is in danger of being removed - because there’s no money in the kitty to pay for insurance.

'I'm growing cannabis again'

Days after his cannabis plants were seized by gardaí in a drugs raid, a South Kerry man says he is already back growing new plants.

Father-of-three, Brendan Rigter (47), who has a severe progressive form  Multiple Sclerosis, says he has no option but to continue to grow the illegal plant for medicinal purposes.

Gardaí provide escort for Special Olympics run

Up to 40 members of An Garda Síochána in Kerry joined together on Monday to take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run ahead of the Special Olympics Ireland Games beginning in Dublin today (Thursday).

Gardaí began their run at Listowel Garda Station at 11.30am and headed to Tralee with Garda Aidan O’Mahony carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope into The Mall on Monday afternoon.

Lorna and Brendan give Park the royal treatment

Gardeners Lorna and Brendan Enright are giving Tralee Town Park the royal treatment - just in case Prince Charles and Camilla drop by during their visit to nearby Siamsa Tíre.

They’re both big fans of the British royal family, and preparing the town park for a potential royal visit - as well as this weekend’s Féile na mBláth - has edged out thoughts of their upcoming retirement.

 

'Raw sewage' crisis in housing estate

Raw sewage flowing into gardens in a Beaufort housing estate is now causing a major public health concern for the residents.

Coolmagort Avenue housing estate in Beaufort Village is not connected to a public sewerage system and its ‘communal sewerage system’ is in dire need of repair.

Built during the boom, the estate contains  21 houses of which 20 are currently occupied – many of them home to couples with young families.

 

Carmel crowned Lily of Killarney

NEWLY-CROWNED Lily of Killarney Carmel O’Leary had to come straight back down to earth to do exams to qualify as an Irish dancing teacher the morning after her coronation.

The 23-year-old Tuosist woman was plucked from a bunch of 33 at the Gleneagle on Friday night by celebrity judges Jake Carter and Karen Byrne of Dancing With The Stars fame.

A world champion Irish dancer, Carmel is also a dental nurse and works at Gleeson’s Dental Surgery in Killarney, which she represented in the competition.

 

Denny Street plan to bring back residents

IT IS one of the finest examples of a Georgian streetscape anywhere in Europe - and the most westerly - but 20% of the houses in Denny Street in Tralee are lying idle.

Once the main residential and business centre of the county town, Denny Street fell into decline in the 1970s as people moved out - though the street, constructed in the 1820s, remains an important commercial hub.

 

Kind-hearted kids donate their confirmation money

Kind-hearted pupils from Spa National School, Tralee are giving back to their own community by donating some of their confirmation money to charity.

The generous sixth class pupils recently made their confirmation and they decided to donate some of the money they received to Enable Ireland’s Kerry service last Thursday.

Donating some of their confirmation money has become part of tradition in Spa National School and this year the students handed over €290.

 

Volunteers take 30 bags of rubbish from Banna

Toothbrushes, a coat hanger and even a tracksuit were just some of the more unusual items found during a coastal clean-up in North Kerry at the weekend.

30 bags of litter were collected by the 40 volunteers at Banna Beach, who gave up an hour of their time on Sunday morning to help combat the problem of marine litter.

A tyre, two bags of bottles and some old wire fencing, fishing line, nets and ropes, crisp and sweet wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic bags and glass bottles were also taken from one of Kerry’s most beautiful coastlines as part of the Clean Coasts which engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

 

Kerry's young entrepreneurs in national finals

CHILDREN from five Kerry schools will compete in the national finals of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) at the RDS, Dublin on Monday.

The programme, developed by well-known Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, promotes business creativity amongst children by encouraging them to turn bright ideas into thriving mini-companies.

 

Over 740 'extremists' at Dingle Adventure Race

AROUND 740 extreme sports enthusiasts completed the Dingle Adventure Race on Saturday, a slight drop since last year, the organisers have revealed.

It still proved a bumper weekend for the West Kerry town with accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and shops all doing well from the huge influx of people into the town for the events.

 

Rose adds splash of colour to school sports day

Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne made a special visit to Tralee last Friday to take part in Scoil Eoin Balloonagh’s annual sports day.

The event is always a huge hit and last Friday’s sports day fell on the hottest day of the year - making it an extra special occasion for all involved.

600 Scoil Eoin pupils, from senior infants up to sixth class, took part in the day full of activities. They put their vast range of skills on display and some even found hidden talents.