Kaito takes Rockies road to GAA history

His home parish is 10,000 kilometres away - but Kaito Ikeuchi made GAA history in Tralee last week, becoming the first ever player from Japan to wear the famous black and amber of one of Kerry’s biggest clubs.

Now the 17-year-old wants to establish a GAA team back home to spread his newfound love of football throughout the Land of the Rising Sun.

Kaito arrived in Kerry last August as part of an education programme. Before leaving Japan, he learned about GAA in his Irish culture classes.

What happened in Kerry this week

Parents of pupils at Blennerville National School have banned their children from all social media for the remainder of the school year. According to school principal Terry O’Sullivan, it could be the first time ever that such a crackdown has been implemented.

After a three-month campaign, Kerry’s Eye has succeeded in getting the names of EVERY person who benefited from Judge James O’Connor’s Court Poor Box last year. The names of seven beneficiaries - which had been withheld and never previously published - can now be revealed.

There has been widespread shock and sadness following the unexplained death of a young mother-of-two in Listowel. Teresa Kennelly, 38, was found unresponsive in bed beside her children on Tuesday morning. “It’s a terribly tragic situation for a young mother of two to lose her life,” Superintendent Dan Keane said.

Almost €5m in rates was written off by Kerry County Council last year and millions more are still owed by business owners in the county, it emerged this week. The Council’s Annual Financial Statement for 2017, published this week, shows the local authority is now owed over €9m in rates, rent and housing loans.

The family of the two people who lost their lives at the Gap of Dunloe last week have expressed their great concern for the driver of the pony and trap involved in the tragedy. American tourist Rosalyn Joy Few and her Canadian partner Normand Larose were killed after a pony bolted near Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Archdeacon Simon J Lumby said the family wished ponyman Dan Casey, Kilgarvan, well for the future.

“They said they felt for him deeply as he too struggles to come to terms with the tragedy,” the Rector of the Church of Ireland in Killarney said.

Parents ban kids from social media

Double column:Parents of PUPILS at Blennerville National School have banned their children from all social media for the remainder of the school year.

According to school principal Terry O’Sullivan, it could be the first time ever that such a crackdown has been implemented.

The ban follows a meeting between the school’s teachers, board of management and parents this week where concerns about the impact of social media on young children were discussed.

Sharon keeps her big day promise

 THE BRIDE was fashionably late but it was all for a good reason - she had to go to school first to visit some very important people.

Sharon O’Riordan had every intention of getting to the church on time - once she had stopped in at Little Explorers Preschool first to visit her small charges on her wedding day.

The mother-of-four had promised the children she would call in and she wasn’t going to disappoint.

Faithful bring  petitions  to Holy Family icon

SOME CAME with their petitions, others just to gaze at the image in thoughtful prayer but the Icon of the Holy Family has attracted a steady stream of the faithful as it made its way around Kerry.

The twelve-day visit of the icon to the Diocese of Kerry comes to an end on Friday morning when it leaves St John’s Church, where it has been displayed since Tuesday. Before that, it visited churches in Killarney, Kenmare and Listowel.


Testing the limits of endurance

“I know myself inside out. I know every chink in the armour. I can accept the things I’m good at and the things I’m not.”

Nuala Moore was just 10 years old when she won her first swimming trophy. She recalls jumping from a boat into the water, close to Dingle pier, and nobody had even asked her if she could swim.

It’s only when you listen to Nuala Moore and try to understand the extremities and dangers of her sport that you begin to realise how remarkable she really is.


Deenagh Lodge is heaven on earth

Deenagh Lodge tearooms in Killarney National Park is a little slice of heaven for its employees and the citizens of the world who enjoy its old-world charm.

Set up almost 10 years ago by Kerry Down Syndrome Society as a work experience programme for its young adults, the tea-rooms is an award-winning project, with the young adults all being paid for their work.


Thatch'll  be the day!

 Old traditions are being kept alive in Ardfert this week, as Kate Browne’s Bar and Restaurant are rethatching their roof for the first time in twenty years.

The project is expected to cost in the region of €30,000, but for Dorren Browne and her sisters Sarah and Kate, it’s important to keep the tradition alive. “It needed to be redone and the thatch is something that we didn’t want to lose,” Dorren said.

“It is part of the look and design of the building and we wanted to keep it and keep the tradition of it here.”


Camán everybody!

Presentation Secondary School students in Castleisland are taking the world by storm with their product ‘Complete Camán’ - which has already been sold all over Ireland as well as New York and Shanghai.

The Castleisland students have been selected to represent Kerry in the junior category of the National Final of the Student Enterprise Competition on May 2, alongside students from Killorglin Community College and St Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion.


'Standards will improve at Beaufort'

Family members with loved ones living in St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort are confident that standards at the residential centre will continue to improve in the near future.

Ina O’Dwyer – whose 42-year-old son Bernard lives in the Beaufort facility run by St John of God Community Services – said an inspection report published this week showed many positive improvements made in recent months.


Hundreds saddle up for Ballyfinnane NS

It has been a huge success for the past few years and last Saturday was no different, as over 300 cyclists took part in the Tour de Ballyfinnane Cycle.

People came from all over the county and beyond to take part in the fundraising cycle and together they helped raise funds for Ballyfinnane National School.

The fundraising cycle was organised by the Ballyfinnane NS Parents Association and Ciara Keenan, one of the organisers, says she’s delighted with the turnout.


Drinking containers the biggest litter problem on roads

Coffee cups, plastic bottles and drinks cans are among the most frequently dumped items along Kerry roads.

Over 6,000 volunteers joined together around the county last Saturday for the Kerry County Clean-Up Day - to tackle the ongoing litter scourge along our roadways. It was a case of all hands on deck, as 1,000 more volunteers took part this year, with 292 groups registering as compared to 190 last year.


St Pats getting ready for Dingle Way Challenge

St Pats GAA Club are gearing up for their annual Dingle Way Challenge this June.

The challenge is always a huge success with over 250 people taking part last year.

This year’s event will take place on June 3 and organisers are calling on people to keep the date free so they can take part in the event.