It’s virgin on the miraculous!

Heavens above! A 100-year-old cabinet in an antique store is causing a stir in Tralee - due to a “striking resemblance” to the Virgin Mary in the wood grain on the door.

Over 11,000 have viewed a photo of the mahogany door posted on Facebook by Vintage Vendors in Moyderwell.

Dozens have been arriving in person to see the image - and to rub holy medals against it.

 Vintage Vendors bought the cabinet for a “few hundred euro” - but has been offered thousands for it since news of the image began to spread, according to the shop’s Damien Culhane.

“We’ve had some crazy offers - but we’re going to hold off from selling it for a while,” he said.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

Kenmare native Bernard Looney is to take over at the helm of BP, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas producers. His appointment at the energy giant marks the pinnacle of a glittering career that began on a small dairy farm in Ashgrove over 40 years ago

 

Anorexia survivor Daniella Russell celebrated her 20th birthday this week, less than two years after being given just weeks to live. Having made an astonishing and heart-warming recovery from the brink of death, the young Ardfert woman called it '‘the best birthday ever’.

 

She was a natural food lover with good health and there was no family history of breast cancer, but when Christine Klein heard she had triple-negative breast cancer, she went into shock - “I still can feel the shock in my bones. Triple-negative breast cancer - the nasty one. In a blink of an eye, my whole life had been shattered.”

 

The Kerry Under 17 soccer team stand on the brink of glory - and sheer talent and determination will be enough to secure them a historic win in Tralee next Sunday when they face the mighty Bohemians in the Mark Farren Cup final.

Kenmare man  new head of oil  giant BP

Kenmare native Bernard Looney – who is to take over at the helm of energy giant BP – was described this week by his former principal as a bright, eager and ambitious student.

One of the world’s biggest oil and gas producers, BP announced that Mr Looney (49) will succeed Bob Dudley as group chief executive and join the company board on February 5 of next year.

The appointment marks the pinnacle of a glittering career for the former Holy Cross College student in Kenmare who grew up on a small dairy farm in Ashgrove and went on to study at UCD.

Bernard Looney faced his toughest career challenges as the one of the key people to tackle the worst oil spill in history - the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Breast cancer vigilance saves lives

When Christine Klein heard she had triple-negative breast cancer, she went into shock - but now reminds women to be vigilant during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Christine told Kerry’s Eye that Breast Cancer Awareness Month was ‘utterly important’.

“Looking back to March 2018, when I got the news, I still can feel the shock in my bones. Triple-negative breast cancer - the nasty one. In a blink of an eye, my whole life had been shattered,” said Christine, who said the diagnosis didn’t make any sense.

She was a natural food lover with solid health and there was no family history of breast cancer.

Greenway ‘could be a Ryan’s Daughter’

The 32km proposed greenway between Renard and Glenbeigh has the potential to transform South Kerry in the same way the film Ryan’s Daughter transformed the Dingle Peninsula, it was claimed this week.

An oral hearing into the planned 32km greenway got underway in the Manor West Hotel, Tralee on Tuesday.

The hearing – chaired by An Bord Pleanála Inspector Karla McBride – is expected to last two weeks and will hear submissions from over 30 participants.

The hearing is being held to hear views from the greenway applicants, Kerry County Council, and from a number of other landowners and organisations – some of whom are opposed to all or aspects of the project.

Screen time for Kerry Film Festival

A KERRY filmmaker whose film won top accolades at US festivals says he’s delighted to finally share his movie with its intended audience - the Irish.

Writer and director Seanie Sugrue’s film Misty Button will be screened at this year’s Kerry International Film Festival, which runs in Killarney from October 17 to 20th.

The film premiered at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California in March - and won Best Feature Film.

Hindu festival brings eastern colour to Killarney

East met West in Killarney last weekend when Hindu people from all over Ireland joined their Kerry friends to celebrate the annual festival of their powerful mother goddess.

The swish of saris, the beat of traditional drums, the chant of Hindu verse and the sharing of traditional food marked the festival of Durga, Hindu goddess and defender of goodness, which extended from October 4 to 8th this year. Durga is the name of the goddess.  Puja means prayer.

Many of the Hindu families in Kerry work in the hospitality sector and in Munster Joinery. They came together in Mill Road on Saturday and Sunday with friends from all over Ireland for the festival.

More power to you Rachel!

Tralee powerlifter Rachel O’Connor has returned home in triumph with a bronze medal from the World Championships in Canada.

A former Kerins O’Rahillys footballer, Rachel only joined a gym last year and has since then made her mark internationally for powerlifting - this time taking third place in her 90kgs category.

Working with Diarmuid Brennan from Dynamic Strength and Conditioning Gym in High Street, Tralee, Rachel transformed her life, working on an intense nutrition and training programme that increased her fitness and made her a strong contender for the World Championships.

Towns plan joint effort for business

A new plan to boost tourism, economic growth and cooperation between business groups in Listowel and Ballybunion has been widely welcomed.

The Listowel Economic Strategy 2019-2021 aims to build the ‘Literary Capital of Ireland’ into a thriving Digital Hub where e-commerce and home working can be utilised to sustain more jobs, while new developments such as the Food Hub and highly-anticipated Greenway and Blueway projects will increase tourism footfall.

Among the many other interesting ideas proposed by the report, which is funded through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund, is the teaming up of the Listowel Business Alliance and the Ballybunion Business Forum to promote festivals and events that would benefit both towns and their combined population of around 6,200.

School protects pupils from Lyme Disease

Faha National School has issued special information packs to parents and students, highlighting the dangers of Lyme Disease.

Parent Linda Mannix, a member of the school’s Parents Council, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2015; her son Jack, a pupil at the school, was diagnosed shortly afterwards.

To help prevent more cases, Linda persuaded the school to issue the information packs to pupils.

“People need to be aware of the dangers, wear the proper clothing and know how to remove the tick properly in case of a bite,” she said.

Tasty wins for Kerry food producers

 ELEVEN FOOD producers from Kerry were among the winners in this year’s Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards, winning gold, silver and bronze in the 2019 finals in Dingle.

For Dingle butcher Jerry Kennedy, the 2019 awards were very successful. Jerry, whose butcher shop is located on Orchard Lane, was named Rogha na Gaeltachta in the category sponsored by Udarás na Gaeltachta.

He also won a gold award for his herbed rack of Dingle Peninsula Lamb and silver for his lamb lollipop chops.

Quinlan’s Kerry Fish won two gold awards for its organic smoked salmon cured with Atlantic Sea salt infused with dill pollen and its fresh Kerry crab.

‘I’d prefer woman for Toiréasa’s seat’

Sinn Féin’s newest county councillor, Cathal Foley, says he would have preferred if a female candidate had replaced Toiréasa Ferris on the local authority.

Mr Foley (45) was formally ratified last Friday night as the candidate to replace Councillor Ferris who announced her retirement from politics last month due to personal and health reasons.

A qualified carpenter who is married with three children, Mr Foley served as a member of Tralee Town Council for 15 years up to 2014.

He currently works as Parliamentary Assistant to Deputy Martin Ferris – a position that will come to an end at the next general election.

Another year of impressive results

 Kerry’s Junior Cert students have been praised for their astounding efforts in achieving yet another year of impressive results.

Last Friday, almost 2,000 Junior Cert students received their long-awaited results in schools across the county. At Mercy Mounthawk Secondary in Tralee, Deputy Principal Pat Fleming said there were great celebrations at the school as the 217 Junior Certs receiving their results did exceptionally well.

“As you can imagine, there was plenty of activity at the school while they were getting the results. I think they are underestimated. They put great efforts into their work, and it would surprise you how focused they are,” he said.