Laura's in 11th heaven!

Students all over Kerry received their Junior Certificate results yesterday morning (Wednesday), and amongst them was Tralee teen Laura Harty, who received an amazing eleven As - a perfect score in every subject she took.

Laura opened her results under the watchful eye of deputy principal Pat Fleming and was thrilled to discover an A marked alongside every single one of her subjects.

What happened in Kerry this week

The family of a man who disappeared in 1991 are waiting anxiously as gardaí and specialist cold case investigators search for his remains in a remote area of South Kerry. Charles Brooke Pickard’s wife Penny and son Crohan say the discovery of remains after 25 years would give them peace and finally bring closure to the family.

Motorists around the county had better fasten their belts and brace themselves for a hike in parking charges as Kerry County Council looks for ways to fill a €5.5 million hole in next year’s budget.

Tourists visiting other parts of the country are being told to stay away from Killarney - because of the chronic traffic delays, a leading local hotelier has claimed.

Game of Thrones super fans travelled in their droves to the Institute of Technology in Tralee yesterday for the chance to sit on the show’s iconic Iron Throne. Over a thousand fans travelled to see the famous seven foot high Throne - and more are expected today.

Kenmare hotelier Francis Brennan is to follow in the footsteps of former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin later this month, when the TV personality launches his new Francis Brennan Collection for Dunnes Stores.

Students all over Kerry received their Junior Certificate results yesterday morning (Wednesday), and amongst them was Tralee teen Laura Harty, who received an amazing eleven As - a perfect score in every subject she took. The Caherslee teen was one of just 125 students out of 60,000 in the country to receive 11 As.

All day and all of the night

A day in the park is about to take on a whole new meaning for 45 amazing endurance runners - they’re planning a full 24-hour run around Tralee Town Park next weekend.

The event, the first of its kind in the county, will see participants running around a .75-mile circuit of Tralee Town Park for 24 hours straight.

Cold case offers hope to family

The family of a man who disappeared in 1991 are waiting anxiously as gardaí and specialist cold case investigators search for his remains in a remote area of South Kerry.

Charles Brooke Pickard’s wife Penny and son Crohan say the discovery of remains after 25 years would give them peace and finally bring closure to the family.

The Throne is in the Kingdom!

Game of Thrones super fans travelled in their droves to the Institute of Technology in Tralee yesterday (Wednesday) for the chance to sit on the show’s iconic Iron Throne.

Over a thousand Game of Thrones fans travelled to see the famous seven-foot high Iron Throne replica which is central to the show and has seen characters battle it out to be in with a chance to claim it.

Packed programme for Culture Night

Never before seen artefacts, unusual and intriguing objects will be on display at the Kerry County Museum tomorrow night (Friday) as part of the Behind The Scenes Tour which is taking place to mark Culture Night.

There are a host of events taking place tomorrow night including dance performances, film screening, museum tours, historical talks and walking tours as the best cultural and arts groups open their doors to the public.

 

'We're following Tom Crean's footsteps'

A hundred years after Tom Crean made the precarious crossing of South Georgia, his family are following in his heroic footsteps.

For the past year Tom Crean's granddaughter, Kenmare-based Aileen Crean O'Brien, her partner Bill Sheppard, and her sons Cian and Morgan d'Arcy, have been training for the difficult journey.

 

All is not lost!

Gardaí could soon turn to social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram to get lost and stolen property back to its rightful owners.

The garda division is holding its first 'Open Day' asking people to come and reclaim property they think might be theirs.

 

Top marks for Junior Cert students

There were cheers of delight and excitement across the county yesterday morning (Wednesday) as over 1,800 Kerry students collected their Junior Certificate results.

The general consensus among the 899 girls and 922 boys across the county was extremely positive and the majority of students were thrilled that their hard work was reflected in their grades.

 

Flood works to begin in Tralee

Works to help ease the threat of flooding in Tralee will begin this week - after the OPW received funding to clean the rivers and cut back bushes and shrubs linked to flooding difficulties in the town.

Tralee was hit hard by floods earlier this year, in particular areas of concern include Blackpool in The Spa, Ballyard, Ballinorig and the Castlemaine Road area around Lidl, as well as Ballymullen, which has long been one of the key flood risk areas in the town.

 

It's in the game

A group from Tralee is to recreate an old tradition next month as they revive the Inter-Firm soccer competition - an event that is at the core of many fond memories for locals - and the proceeds from the competition will be donated to local cancer charities.

The Inter-Firm blitz was hugely popular and drew large crowds throughout during its time. It is to make a welcome return to the town next month as a group of locals want to do their bit to support local cancer charities.

 

Forget Strictly -GAA's going Hollywood in Abbeydorney

Could this be the new Strictly? Abbeydorney GAA are bucking current fundraising trends in local communities - with a Battle of the Parish based on scenes from blockbuster movies.

Instead of two-stepping their way across the ballroom floor, contestants will act out famous film routines in a competition that's already grabbed the attention of the local community.

 

'It's an absolute miracle'

He had as much chance of winning the EuroMillions but Listowel's Alan Gleeson had luck shining down on him last weekend - when he got the call to say a kidney has been found for him.

The Listowel man, who is a garda based in Dublin, has been on the transplant list since August 2015 and got