How did he get out alive?

A BALLYBUNION pensioner miraculously escaped serious injury this week - after his car left the road, fell five feet and landed on its roof in a dyke.

Sam Edwards (80) emerged from the wreckage visibly shaken, but with no apparent physical injuries after the accident around 1pm on Saturday, on one of Kerry’s worst stretches of road - the notorious R556 Rathscannell/Dale Road.

Mr Edwards was on his way to visit his wife in hospital, and it is thought he may have pulled in to make room for a passing car when his Skoda Octavia dropped from the road and into the dyke.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

 

Castleisland rescue centre could now face €250k tax bill

Castleisland animal RESCUE centre AHAR is facing a tax bill of up to €250,000, and Revenue plans to publish details in a Tax Defaulters List later in the year.

A damning Revenue audit report on AHAR’s finances found the charity failed to explain thousands of euro in cash payments over a two-year period in 2015 and 2016.

A further audit is expected to find a similar level of tax evasion for 2017 and up to October 2018.

 

Arty Anna eyes Texaco title

Fossa artist Anna Dunlea is in the running to win honours in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, after her stunning ‘Self-Portrait’ caught the eye of the judges in the national competition.

 

Kiely considers political comeback

Former councillor and senator Dan Kiely is considering a return to politics - as an Independent Healy-Rae candidate. Meanwhile, Labour’s Graham Spring announced he will not seek re-election, marking the end of the Spring political dynasty.

 

Thief stole €70k in Tralee

Cash, jewellery and goods worth almost €70,000 were stolen from a family home in Tralee during broad daylight, the Circuit Court heard this week. The robbery included €10,000 in cash, three Rolex watches worth €10,000 each and an 18-carat gold ring worth almost €9,000.

 

Royal treatment in Ballybunion

Italian royalty arrived in Ballybunion this week, to celebrate 100 years since the first transatlantic voice message between Ireland and Canada.

Three Kerry pubs  amongst Ireland’s best

The popular watering hole was one of three on the Dingle Peninsula that were given the thumbs up this week in a nod to St Patrick’s Day in its ‘20 of the best pubs in Ireland: Readers’ tips’.

The Annascaul bar was joined on the list by Ned Natterjack’s in Castlegregory and Murphy’s Bar in Brandon.

Gary Percival, who has had the lease for the past 20 years, said there’s still “massive” interest in the Antarctic explorer, whose name still draws the crowds. The Shackleton Society will hold its gathering there in May.

Marconi’s still making waves!

On March 19, 1919, the first spoken word communication from east to west was made by engineer WT Ditcham, between the Marconi Valve Transmitter Station in Ballybunion, and a receiving station in Nova Scotia, Canada.

One hundred years later to the day, Princess Elettra Giovanelli Marconi - the 89-year-old daughter of radio communications pioneer Guglielmo Marconi - was in Ballybunion for the unveiling of a plaque marking her father’s technological feat.

The princess was joined by her son Prince Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi, and his wife Princess Victoria, for a two-day celebration in the North Kerry town.

In Kerry, blue is the new green!

As part of the proposals, six recreational water activity trails will be developed under the 2015 National Blueway Strategy and Guidelines, including a canoe trail along the River Feale.

Routes include the Tralee Canal, Tralee to Fenit, Fenit Lighthouse/Samphire Island, Fenit Island/Castle and Saleen Pier/Carrigafoyle Castle.

According to Eamonn O’Reilly of North, East and West Kerry Development, there is “massive potential” to develop tourism and get people spending more money and more time in North Kerry.

Gary’s golden shot wins Olympic honour

The Castleisland native, who turned 31 during the games, revealed this had been his last port of call before he travelled to the United Arab Emirates, though it was 6am and lashing rain.

“He was looking down on me,” said Gary, who won Gold in the 4kg Shot Put on St Patrick’s Day and finished off his Olympic success the following day, winning Silver in the 400 metre Walk.

“I was shocked. I was speechless. I still am,” he told Kerry’s Eye, joking, “I’m famous now.”

Gary, who’s also involved with Kerry Stars, and the 90 other members of Team Ireland face a heroes’ welcome when their plane touches down at Dublin Airport tomorrow (Friday).

Brave Killian battling deadly disease

Killian Browne (10) is a little fighter from Listowel, who was just six when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

In February 2015, Killian began a three-and-a-half year treatment plan in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

He got the all-clear last July, but now, after all his struggles, the disease has returned.

“Killian was doing great until February of this year, until he started complaining of headaches and nausea.

Sports heroes sign up for Tralee cycle

Seán Kelly and Sonia O’Sullivan, along with around 1,500 cyclists of all ages and abilities, will be at the starting line in Tralee on Saturday March 30 to take part in the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge (SRAC) that will be hosted by the Chain Gang Cycling Club in Tralee for the next three years.

The charity event will raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Seeking Vision and the Alzheimer Society’s Rosemary Centre in Tralee - and is expected to generate around €200,000 for the local economy.

Apart from cycling legend Kelly and Olympic hero O’Sullivan, the cyclists will also include Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro racing team, seven times national triathlon champion Gerard Hartman and Lance Armstrong’s former soigneur Emma O’Reilly.

Long live Born to Run!

Over fifty novice runners, who had been training three nights a week in all weather since January, set off in the rain from Áras an Phobail in Boherbee, where the club had laid on food and refreshments to celebrate their huge achievement.

“Everyone remembers their first 5k,” said chairman of Tralee Born to Run JJ O’Connell.

“It’s great to see so many stuck with it over the last number of weeks, constantly building up their fitness bit by bit, and tonight is the accumulation of their efforts to go out and run 5k.”

Handing out the medals at the finish line were many of the mentors who volunteered their time over the weeks to bring the new runners from literally off the couch to being fit enough to run a full 5km distance.

‘We climbed Everest on the Conor Pass’

Ciarán Ó Slattara and Aodh Ó Currain achieved the monumental feat just after 5pm yesterday evening, having cycled through wind, rain and the bitter cold to beat the odds and rise almost €1,000 for MS Ireland.

Taking off from Dingle town at 8pm on Tuesday evening, they cycled to the top of the Pass 23 times - until they had climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest.

Ciarán, a quantity surveyor by trade, says their motivation was born out of a fascination for the outdoors and keeping active.

Katrina dances her way to London

The 24-year-old is now planning the big move to London, and a shot at the big time.

“I am truly grateful. I’ve done a lot of shows in Ireland on the ‘Step up Dance Project’ travelling for various shows. “I feel so lucky to be given these wonderful opportunities fresh out of college,” said Katrina, a UL graduate who went to school in Presentation Milltown.

Katrina has been involved in the business from a very young age, having started as a ‘free style’ disco dancer at 10.

Killarney teens to abseil Thomond Park

They saw what Jigsaw does to help young people and have started piecing together an awesome event that will raise the youth support service a whole lot of cash.

Emma Lynch is a fifth year student in Killarney Community College. After completing the peer education programme and joining the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) for Jigsaw this time last year, Emma was asked to take part in an abseil  event in Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby, this April 13.

“My goal is to raise €300 for jigsaw who provide excellent mental health services to young people aged 12 - 25 free of charge. Our mental health is so, so important and to be supporting such a great cause is amazing,” she said.

According to statistics, one in four teens in the country will suffer from some mental health issues in their life,  so says Emma, “it’s very important that they know where to go for help and know that it’s okay to get help too.

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