Catastrophic injuries killed murder victim

A murder trial jury in the Central Criminal Court in Tralee will be told this week how bachelor farmer John Anthony O’Mahony from Ballyduff died from catastrophic injuries inflicted with the front prongs of a teleporter driven by his neighbour, Michael Ferris.

Michael Ferris (above) denies murdering Mr O’Mahony at Rattoo, Ballyduff, on the morning of April 4, 2017.

Prosecution barrister Patrick McGrath, SC, told the jury that he will produce evidence to show that Ferris rammed a car driven by the deceased and drove the front prongs of a teleporter five times in to Mr O’Mahony’s body.

Both the accused and the deceased were not on good terms, the jury was told, and their bitter falling out came to a head over the deceased man’s use of a crow banger on his land.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

A murder trial jury in the Central Criminal Court in Tralee will be told this week how bachelor farmer John Anthony O’Mahony from Ballyduff died from catastrophic injuries inflicted with the front prongs of a teleporter driven by his neighbour, Michael Ferris.

Michael Ferris denies murdering Mr O’Mahony at Rattoo, Ballyduff, on the morning of April 4, 2017.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna was given a spontaneous round of applause when her remains arrived at Dublin's Pro Cathedral ahead of her funeral mass yesterday, which was attended by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. 3.

A status orange weather warning has been announced for Kerry this Thursday and Friday, with gusts of up to 130km/hour expected around coasts.

A Killarney craft beer company is planning a state-of-the-art brewing and distilling facility that management says will create sixty new full-time jobs. The Killarney Brewing Company’s new facility - at the former Killarney Glass Factory in Fossa - will incorporate a distillery to produce gin, vodka and whiskey, and build on the success of its core brewing brand.

The €1bn gas project planned for North Kerry faces a delay of at least six months because of a legal battle in the High Court. Environment group Friends of the Irish Environment have secured permission to bring a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to extend planning permission to develop the project on the Ballylongford Landbank.

 Applause for Emma on her final journey

CERVICAL SMEAR victim Emma Mhic Mhathúna requested that her final journey should pass by Leinster House, Government Buildings and the Department of Health, her family said.

Mourners burst into a spontaneous round of applause when Emma’s remains arrived at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral ahead of her Funeral Mass yesterday, which was attended by President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina.

Her children, Natasha (16), Seamus (11), Mario (10), Oisín (6) and Donnacha (3) were comforted by family members.

Following the Funeral Mass, the cortege stopped outside Leinster House, Government Buildings and the Department of Health in a final powerful statement orchestrated by Ms Mhic Mhathúna before she slipped from our world, her family said.

It also stopped outside Áras an Uachtaráin ‘as a mark of her personal appreciation to President Higgins’.

 

Doggone it, Buddy's back!

After six months on the missing list, Emer O’Daly had almost given up on ever seeing her beloved pet Buddy again. But exactly 24 weeks to the day the 11-year-old Springer Cross disappeared, the Tralee woman got a call from Katherine Syme from Kilshannig in Castlegregory.

“We have your dog,” Katherine said.

The call ended an extensive search of the Maharees which had continued for almost six months after Buddy was spooked one day and bolted.

 

Sixty full-time jobs expected at new distillery in Fossa

A Killarney craft beer company is planning a state-of-the-art brewing and distilling facility that management says will create sixty new full-time jobs.

The Killarney Brewing Company’s new facility - at the former Killarney Glass Factory in Fossa - will incorporate a distillery to produce gin, vodka and whiskey, and build on the success of its core brewing brand.

It is believed the expansion, which will involve significant US investment, will cost in the region of €10 million.

The expansion will see a range of new products launched on the market, including Killarney Gin, Killarney Vodka and the Innisfallen Irish whiskey range.

 

 

Lotto talk about big Killarney winner

Kerry is fast becoming the Lotto capital of Ireland, with yet another lucky punter scooping a huge prize - this time €250,000 on the Lotto Plus 2 Draw in Killarney.

Speculation is that the winner - who has yet to claim the cash - could be a local as there’s strong local trade in Eager’s of High Street where the winning ticket was sold last Thursday.

The winning Lotto Plus 2 numbers were: 3, 6, 19, 21, 35, 43, and bonus number 11. And shop owner Pat Duggan, who was contacted by Lotto HQ on Sunday morning with the news, says it’s the first big win for Killarney town in a long time.

Moo...ving Sarah to Albania

STUDENTS at Tralee’s Presentation Secondary School decided ‘udder’ people should benefit when they were given a pedigree Holstein heifer.

The heifer, known as Sarah, was donated to them by the chairman of the school’s Parents Council farmer Pat Buckley of Drumcunnig, Abbeydorney, whose own girls also attend the school.

And after linking up with the charity Bóthar, it didn’t take them long to decide the heifer should go to a deserving family located over 2,000 kms away in Albania.

 

 

Ballymacelligott ladies who lunch raises €5,000!

Stylish ladies from Ballymacelligott GAA and beyond enjoyed an afternoon of fun, fashion, music, health and lifestyle tips at the Ballymacelligott Ladies’ Lunch in The Rose Hotel last Sunday.

The specially arranged lunch raised €5,000 for the ladies club and organisers are thrilled with how successful their day of glamour turned out. “We would like to thank everyone who came and supported it,” said PRO Teresa Higgins Walker.

The event commenced at 2pm, with a prosecco reception followed by a delicious three-course meal with wine which went down a treat.

 

 

Killarney students launch short film at Kerry Festival

A little encouragement from the Kerry filmmaker-in-residence was all a number of Killarney Community College students needed to create their short film which premieres soon in Killarney.

The film, which was written, directed and shot by the students is entitled ‘Just Be Care Free’ and has been selected by the Kerry Film Festival to screen at their Mini Youth Conference on Friday, October 19.

Under the guidance of Mieke Vanmechelen, who is currently filmmaker-in-residence in Kerry, Karen O’Donoghue and her classmates brainstormed to come up with ideas for the film that she co-wrote, directed, shot and starred in with her friends.

 

Blennerville festival pulls in biggest crowd

Now in its 29th year, the Blennerville Windmill Threshing Festival drew the crowds on Sunday for the busiest festival yet.

Footfall was up this year as families enjoyed a day of vintage cars, tractors, steam engines and lots more.

The weather was blustery but the traditional windmill demonstrations still went ahead. Spectators were enthralled as they watched the mechanics of the mill grinding the grain.

 

 

Culinary delights attract over 10,000 to Dingle

GLORIOUS FOOD, fabulous sunshine, talks, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s events and market stalls - the Dingle Food Festival had it all.

And there was even a presidential candidate amongst the thousands of punters who flocked to West Kerry at the weekend.

It was an incredible feat, carried off by a core committee of only five with about 20 volunteers each day, that ensured the smooth running of the 12th Dingle Food Festival for the 10,000 or so people who enjoyed the culinary delights the town has to offer from fantastic ingredients sourced on the peninsula.

 

 

Volunteering is good for your health

Killarney town was bustling last Sunday but for over 250 people taking part in the annual walk in aid of the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, nature served up the solitude and autumn beauty of the wide open spaces of the Old Kenmare Road.

The mountain track, which once served as the main road between Killarney and Kenmare, runs through the National Park and is part of the Kerry Way. Bellowing stags are sounding from the rust-coloured slopes to herald the rutting or mating season.

The wild landscape set high above the Upper Lake and leading to views over Kenmare Bay is the backdrop to one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the MS branch which provides support to 110 members and their families.

 

Walk on the wild side

Killarney town was bustling last Sunday but for over 250 people taking part in the annual walk in aid of the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, nature served up the solitude and autumn beauty of the wide open spaces of the Old Kenmare Road.

The mountain track, which once served as the main road between Killarney and Kenmare, runs through the National Park and is part of the Kerry Way. Bellowing stags are sounding from the rust-coloured slopes to herald the rutting or mating season.

The wild landscape set high above the Upper Lake and leading to views over Kenmare Bay is the backdrop to one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the MS branch which provides support to 110 members and their families.