What happened in Kerry this week

Daring Dan O’Donoghue is ready to deliver a leap year proposal with a difference – setting his sights high, the brave 65-year-old Tralee grandfather is now planning to make a massive 13,000 foot leap from a plane to raise money for the Kerry Mental Health Association.

A man who survived the bombing of his shop and apartment block in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza - and was buried underneath rubble for 30 hours - has been reunited with his wife and children in Tralee, after a harrowing escape from his war-torn country.

Global pharma company Astellas confirmed this week that it is to take over the €3.5m IDA-owned Advanced Technology Building at Kerry Technology Park in Tralee - just months after it secured planning permission for a €330m development at the same Park.

That the cúpla focal can go a long, long way is something that one GAA club in Tralee is aiming to prove over the next two weeks and into the future as it embraces the Irish language like never before.

The importance of community policing in the Tralee area and around the county in helping build a relationship between the public and members of An Garda Síochána was recognised last week at awards ceremonies designed to honour and acknowledge the successes and achievements of locals.

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Reunited in Tralee after Gaza horror

on Gaza - and was buried underneath rubble for 30 hours - has been reunited with his wife and children in Tralee, after a harrowing escape from his war-torn country.

Father-of-three Abdallah Musleh was forced to flee his home following an Israeli airstrike on the Rimal district of Gaza City on October 9th.

He’s witnessed the deaths of neighbours and friends in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza that has so far claimed the life of over 29,000 people, including over 12,660 children.

Meanwhile his wife Nada, a UNICEF worker and PhD student, and their three children, Raed (18), Sarah (15) and Jude (12), awaited news of his fate at their home in Caherslee - not knowing from one day to the next if the husband and father was still alive.

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Mitchels kick on with thecúpla focal

THAT THE cúpla focal can go a long, long way is something that one GAA club in Tralee is aiming to prove over the next two weeks and into the future as it embraces the Irish language like never before.

John Mitchels in Tralee is behind this new language movement within the club that it has launched as part of the upcoming Seachtain na Gaeilge festival that will take place for the next two weeks.

Three enthusiasts in the club - teachers Adrian Bhreathnach and Paul Barden, sound engineer Brian Nammock, who works in Raidió na Gaeltachta - are spearheading this new initiative that will see a range of different measures put in place to promote the language within the club.

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Down Syndrome Kerry ready to hit the catwalk

An array of diverse and talented models decked out in the latest fashions are about to storm the runway as the Down Syndrome KerryRe-New Fashion Show prepares to dazzle on March 15.

The Rose Hotel will be transformed into the fashion center of the county for the eagerly anticipated evening that organisers promise will be filled with fabulous fashion, stunning vocal performances and laugh-out-loud comedy.

But above all, guests will get a chance to see the amazing fashions on offer from the 321 Shop that not only sells pre-loved clothing but provides training and work experience opportunity for those with disabilities.

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Ukrainians thank Kerry for support

WHEN UKRAINIAN woman Natalya Krasnenkova arrived in Kerry in March 2022 and her two teenage children, they like many others thought the war would soon be over and they would be home by the summer.n

The former journalist fled the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with her daughter Zoia (16) and son Stepan (14) soon after the Russian invasion and found refuge in Killarney.

Now a Community Worker with North East and West Kerry Development (NEWKD), she’s one of the 10,000 Ukrainian refugees living in Kerry, about 10% of the total number granted protection in Ireland 102,000 because of the ongoing war which has displaced around 10 million Ukrainians.

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What a re-leaf - 5,000 new trees!

AN EXTRA 5,000 native trees are being planted on the Dingle Peninsula this spring, as part of an initiative by a community group that’s trying to offset the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss at local level.

And members of Corca Dhuibhne Community Forum had (wellington) boots on the ground in Ventry on Saturday where they helped plant a native hedgerow and trees at the home of forum member Fionna Sheehy and her husbandAndreas Herkommer.

The trees were sourced through the charity Trees on the Land, a cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees across the 32 counties, with the help of local farmer Dinny Galvin.

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Revving and rocking for a really good cause

A motorbike club made up of frontline workers rocked out last Saturday night at the first of what they hope will become an annual charity event to raise funds for the emergency response charity Critical.

Courtney's Bar in Killarney was hoping as club members, supporters and music fans turned out to enjoy a great night’s entertainment for a life-saving cause.

Organising the inaugural Rock Night was the kind-hearted club members of the Omerta Kin Motorcycle Club, who put the night together to raise funds for the life-saving charity,Critical.Critical was established in 2009 and since then has successfully launched Ireland’s first and only charity air ambulance while each year the charity’s team ofEmergency Medical Responders have attended thousands of serious incidents and emergencies.

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