Joshua's on top of the world

:A six-year-old Killarney boy is on top of the world - after climbing the highest mountain in North Africa last week.

LIttle Joshua Davison  (right) is hoping to enter the record books as the youngest ever person to scale Mount Toubkal in Morocco - at 4,167m, almost four times higher than Ireland’s biggest mountain, Carrauntoohill.

Joshua battled icy conditions and thick snow and donned specialised  climbing footwear for the very first time during the six-hour trek to the summit with his mother Lyndsey and her partner, Lucky Flynn.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

The windsurfer who ‘miraculously’ survived an ordeal at sea during which he was lost for seven hours, drifting 25 nautical miles around the west coast, has insisted: ‘I’m no hero’. Lorenzo Cubeddu (59) said the true heroes of his story are the members of the emergency services who conducted the search, and his friends and family, who kept faith.The traditional family swap-over of a child on Christmas Day ended with one grandfather hitting the other and knocking him unconscious, a jury at Tralee Circuit Court has been told.

The row erupted when the accused grandfather called to the home of the 69-year-old alleged victim to collect his grandchild.Kerry County Council has paid out a staggering €10m in compensation payments and legal fees over the last five years. The vast majority of the payouts related to trips, falls and accidents on Council-owned property. But the local authority does not know how much of the €10m was paid to lawyers and experts involved in settling or defending the claims.

A mother-of-three from Tralee was ‘beaten to death’, a jury in a murder trial heard yesterday. Cathal O’Sullivan has pleaded not guilty to murdering Nicola Collins on March 27 last year in Cork. Ms Collins (38) was born and reared in Tralee, originally living in St Brendan’s Park.

A ghastly collection of students from the ITT and Mercy School Mounthawk in Tralee have made the Guinness Book of Records - they’re the largest gathering of people dressed up as ghosts the world has ever seen.

A west Kerry GAA club struck a blow for equality this week - by appointing both a female chairperson and female vice-chairperson at its Annual General Meeting. The club  will now be chaired by Anne O’Grady, with Tara Cronin as her second in command.

Meet Kerry’s littlest eco-w arriors!

Two little eco-warriors are making a real difference in Tralee - after being horrified when they saw a cygnet eating styrofoam on the Canal.

Eight-year-old twins Alex and Evan Nealon decided to do something about it, and now travel from Lixnaw every Saturday morning with their mom Laura-Jane to clean up the Canal - and give the young swan a better chance at life.

 

Women elected to top roles at Castlegregory GAA Club

A west Kerry GAA club struck a blow for equality this week - by appointing both a female chairperson and female vice-chairperson at its Annual General Meeting.

In a move very much in keeping with the times, Castlegregory GAA, which won the All-Ireland Junior Championship in 2010, will now be chaired by Anne O’Grady, with Tara Cronin as her second in command.

Anne admitted afterwards she was “still in shock” about her appointment, but that it was an honour to have been selected.

 

'I'm no hero' says brave Lorenzo

The windsurfer who ‘miraculously’ survived an ordeal at sea during which he was lost for seven hours, drifting 25 nautical miles around the west coast, has insisted: ‘I’m no hero’.

Lorenzo Cubeddu (59) said the true heroes of his story are the members of the emergency services who conducted the search, and his friends and family, who kept faith.

The Sardinian native, who’s called North Kerry home for the past 18 years, is a little bit embarrassed by the attention - but wanted his wife Amanda to speak to Kerry’s Eye on his behalf to thank all those who helped in the effort.

 

 

Falvey winds down adventure career

Ireland’s greatest living explorer and adopted Kerry man, Pat Falvey, has revealed some fascinating insights into his remarkable life in his tell-all autobiography, Accidental Rebel.

Falvey has just turned 61 and also announced this week that he is retiring from extreme adventures. However, he will  still undertake about six treks a year to places like Nepal, Kilimanjaro and South America.

The Cork-born explorer – who lives  at the foot of Carrauntoohil –  tells a story of a child born in a Cork City Council house who left school at 15, became a millionaire in his twenties and then lost everything.

 

 

Ghosts bust Guinness record!

A ghastly collection of students from the ITT and Mercy School Mounthawk in Tralee have ghosted their way into the Guinness Book of Records.

Exactly 560 of them gathered at the Mounthawk school early last year to become the largest gathering of people dressed up as ghosts that the world has ever seen.

Now their effort has received the official stamp of approval - and will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

Na Gaeil celebrate 40th Anniversary

KERRY’S youngest GAA club celebrated its 40th anniversary in style on Saturday.

Na Gaeil Clubhouse was packed with supporters and invited guests to mark the founding of the hugely successful club on November 3, 1978.

Over 250 people attended, with 150 sitting down to enjoy a meal.

“It was a night to celebrate the amazing progress this club has made in its short 40-year history,” said Club PRO Michael Herlihy.

 

 

Bikes sing the blues for charity

 Rock and Blues and Bikers came together as the Tralee Rock Blues and Motorcycle Festival descended on the Meadowlands Hotel last weekend.

The annual event is in its 5th year and organiser ‘Kez’ and his biker group set up the festival to have a little fun from their passion for bikes and music and more importantly, to raise money for charity.

“We are all bikers so we came together to plan something. After the bands are paid and all costs are handled, we donate what’s left to charity,” Kez explained.

This year, money raised will go to the Kerry SPCA.

 

 

Rathmore backs charity fashion show

A ladies’ fashion show organised to provide aid to children affected by the Chernobyl disaster took place in Rathmore Community Centre on Thursday last and was supported  by more than 300 people.

Organised by the local branch of Friends of the Children of Chernobyl (FCC), this festival of fashion showcased the very latest trends and styles, all provided by local retailers free of charge. FCC Secretary Eileen Buckley helped run the night and praised the hard work and dedication of all involved. “We had 16 models and they were all excellent,” she said.

 

 

Best festival yet as circus hits town

Clowns to the left, jokers to the right - and here was Tralee at the weekend, stuck in the middle of all this!

The annual circus festival lit up what, otherwise, would have been a dreary November weekend.

The weekend of fun featured six different groups’ workshops, entertaining parades and much more.

 

 

Mum-of-two Lizzy is new Food Hero

A MOTHER-of-two who started selling tasty treats at a Friday food market before eventually opening her own restaurant was named the 2018 Local Food Hero at Listowel Food Fair.

Lizzy Lyons of Lizzy’s Little Kitchen (LLK) in Lower William Street said words could not express her delight at being recognised by her own community. She was one of 14 Kerry winners in this year’s Listowel Food Fair, Ireland’s longest running food festival.

Francis Brennan of the Kenmare Park Hotel and RTÉ’s At Your Service was named as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Kerry ETB students take part in Spike Ball Blitz

They came prepared - students from the Kerry ETB put their training into use at a fast-paced Spike Ball Blitz for 3rd Years last Friday.

The students from Coláiste Gleann Lí and Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí were joined by others from the KDYS Tralee and Castleisland Community College. Junior Cycle students from the Community Colleges of Killarney, Killorglin and Causeway joined the Coláiste Na Sceilge, Cahersiveen and Coláiste na Riochta, Listowel, to form 57 teams who participated in the games.