'We just want to visit

our loved ones'

For five days over Christmas, pensioner Thomas Trant was kept apart from his beloved wife. Instead of visiting Myra, who passed away two years ago, Thomas sat alone in a car outside Rath Cemetery, while his daughter walked to her mother’s resting place.

Thomas visits Myra’s grave every day - except on Sundays and holidays, like over Christmas, when the graveyard gates are closed to all vehicles.

The Listellick man is one of a growing number of the town’s elderly who are finding it more and more difficult to access the graveyard via the pedestrian route.

Many are now pleading with the council to make it easier to visit Rath by car.

What happened in Kerry this week

Thieves netted more than €10,000 in cash, €5,000 worth of jewellery and a number of cars in a series of raids targeting homes across Kerry in the past week that also included a burglary of an elderly woman’s house while she was at Mass.

A woman was awarded €15,158 and costs at Tralee Civil Circuit Court on Tuesday, after suing a Tralee tanning salon over burns received during a tanning session.

US President Donald Trump is set to cause a major row inside Kerry County Council on Monday - when a proposal to invite him to Kerry will be met with heated and opposing views.

East Kerry has been rocked by another tragic accident this week following the death of much-loved local man Aidan Daly, who passed away on Monday following a tragic fall from a wall. Aidan (32), of Lyre, Currow, was working on a construction project on a Currow farm when the accident occurred around 11.30am on Monday morning. Emergency services attended the scene and brought him to the University Hospital Kerry.

The founder of Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR), Suzanne Gibbons, has hit back at the RTE investigation aired this week which raised questions over how the Castleisland-based charity was being run and how some of the animals are being treated.

Thieves steal €15k in cash and jewels

Thieves netted more than €10,000 in cash, €5,000 worth of jewellery and a number of cars in a series of raids targeting homes across Kerry in the past week that also included a burglary of an elderly woman’s house while she was at Mass.

The raids - some of which gardaí believe were carried out by a single gang - occurred in locations across the county, including Killorglin, Cromane, Listowel, Ballybunion and Killarney.

'If you have it,  you have it'

Most 18-year-olds are enjoying college and having fun with friends but Leah Lynch from Glenflesk is facing a difficult year as she battles with a very rare form of cancer.

Leah was diagnosed in November with Ewings Sarcoma in her lungs. She started chemo just weeks before Christmas.

She was studying Art in Crawford College in Cork when she went to hospital complaining of chest pains. Leah was admitted to the Mercy Hospital where she underwent a host of tests and a week later her life was turned upside down.

Aidan ready to step up the pace on Dancing with the Stars

Kerry GAA star Aidan O’Mahony will have to pull out all the stops when he takes to the floor to show off the Quickstep in this Sunday’s Dancing with the Stars, which will see the first eliminations from the show.

The Rathmore man is currently 20/1 against being eliminated - but nothing is certain and the pressure is on the footballer to use those feet to capture the audience and the public’s attention.

Eva Orsmond and Teresa Mannion are joint 9/4 favourites to be the first to exit the hit show which has captured the attention of the country.

Love's on the run for Valentine's!

Love is in the air in Kerry for Valentine’s Day but instead of romantic dinners and flowers, the love of running is on the menu for many - with the launch of this year’s Valentine’s Week Run in Tralee.

The 10-mile road race has proved hugely popular since it first began in 2014, and this year marks the fourth year of the event, used by many as the lead-in to the big event of the year, the Tralee International Marathon and Half Marathon in March.

€5k paintings for art lovers

Two stunning John Hurley oil paintings, each worth €2,500, have made their way to Tralee and Killarney this week, as the lucky winners of the Kerry’s Eye competition were presented with their prizes.

Tralee woman Teresa Nolan and Killarney’s Ann McCarthy were named as winners in the competition, which attracted thousands of entries.

Teresa and Ann’s husband Jack collected the specially-commissioned oil paintings on Tuesday.

Teresa’s prize came as an early birthday present - she celebrates this week.

Jack's the lad at Young Scientists!

 It’s been a major weekend for Killorglin student, Jack Nagle, who was one of the top winners at this year’s BT Young Scientist Competition.

The Killorglin Community College student was announced as the winner of the Farm Safety Award 2017 in front of packed RDS on Friday evening.

Jack was the only Kerry student to take to the stage at the awards ceremony. Only the top 120 awards are announced and the Killorglin teenager was amongst the big names this year, winning the ABP Food Group Farm Safety Award.

Dingle teens eye national hoops honours

Coláiste Íde are vying for All-Ireland gold as they prepare to travel to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght next Tuesday to compete in the Subway School’s Cup basketball finals.

Third, fifth and sixth year students from the Dingle based school will travel to Dublin next Tuesday to take on St Joseph’s Community College from Charlestown in Mayo in the national final of the under 19 C girls cup.

On the run for O'Rahillys!

The family of the late Pat Healy, including his wife Lilie and daughter, Lillian, were at Kerins O’Rahillys GAA club last weekend to officially launch this year’s Kerins O’Rahillys 10k race.

The annual run, now in its third year, will this year remember former chairman of the Tralee club, Pat Healy, who was instrumental in building a strong future for the club.

Castleisland teens are walking on water!

Teens from Castleisland Community College are among the top three schools across eleven countries taking part in the Water Explore challenge, which sees students preserve water and raise awareness around the use and importance of water.

The students are undertaking a series of 25 challenges to raise awareness about water preservation and other issues relating to water.

The students have already undertaken several challenges and are currently in the top three schools - taking on groups from all over the world including Bermuda, France, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany.

Panto time for merry men and women

It’s been 54 years and counting and Killorglin Pantomime is back again this year with Robin Hood - but fears are mounting about the future of this annual success due to declining income.

For the past two years Killorglin pantomime has been running at a loss, and has been unable to make any donations to charity.

Both 2015 and 2016 saw a reduction in income for the successful pantomime and this loss cannot be continued, according to organisers.

Teen's art to hang in National Gallery

Young Kerry artists are getting national recognition for original work, and one student’s painting is to be hung in the National Gallery of Ireland this March.

Allen Ybanez, a student from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School will see his winning work added to the National Gallery while Eileen Novav is feeling very happy that her creative skills made her a winner in the 11-13 year category at National Level of the Credit Union Art Competition 2016.