Bringing it all back  home

A Tralee man who played a leading role in a multinational firm bringing 50 recruitment jobs to his hometown has singled out the pool of talent available in Kerry as one of the main reasons for the decision.

Shaun O’Shea is Head of European Recruitment with Sigmar – a multinational that now wants to open its European Talent Hub at Liber House in Monavalley.

The company, which employs 125 people in Dublin, Cork and Galway, recently announced a €1 billion partnership with French giant Groupe Adéquat.


What happened in Kerry this week

Kerry Rose Celine O’Shea from Foilmore is all set for her week in the spotlight - along with the 56 other contestants who arrived in Kerry last night ahead of this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival. The 2018 Rose of Tralee will be announced live on RTE on Tuesday night.

An animation company headed by Tralee’s Deirdre Barry has secured a deal with Warner Bros to work on a new spin-off of the iconic Flintstones cartoon series - Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs!

Tourists visiting Kerry will face paying millions extra if the special 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector is increased in the budget, prominent hotelier Tom Randles warned this week as the Government came under mounting pressure to reverse the preferential rate.

Gardaí seized over €192,000 worth of drugs last Sunday after they swooped on a house in Glenbeigh. Up to four gardaí from Killorglin seized 140 cannabis plants with an estimated value of €112,000  and a further €80,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb.

Kerry County Council has dismissed claims it adopted a “heavy handed” approach to commercial rates collection, despite issuing letters that threatened legal action.  The council said that reminder letters to commercial ratepayers were “standard” letters issued at this point every year as part of the process of rate collection

More than 1,800 students - and their parents and families - breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday, as the Leaving Cert 2018 results were finally released.

Top marks for Kerry students!

More than 1,800 students all over Kerry - and their parents and families - breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday, as the Leaving Cert 2018 results were finally released.

Now the attention turns to Monday - and the first round of CAO college offers.

Most local schools reported strong results - with a large number of maximum 625 points, including Laura Hayes and Caoimhe Doyle from the Intermediate School, Killorglin (above).


'Football nun' marks 60th milestone

Sister de Sales Horgan became a nun at the tender age of 19 - and sixty years on is still as dedicated to the faith as ever.

Sister de Sales is the last of the Dingle Presentation nuns. She has lived in the Presentation Convent for the last 35 years, and for the last seven has lived by herself in the old convent.

She says she’s privileged to have reached her milestone 60th anniversary in such good health.

“How did I do it? With the love of God and the love of my neighbour,” she said.


Hollywood's tasty Flintstones deal for Deirdre's Salty Dog Pictures

AN ANIMATION company that’s headed by a Tralee woman has just secured a deal with Warner Bros to work on a new spin-off of the iconic Flintstones cartoon series.

Deirdre Barry’s Salty Dog Pictures is providing overseas animation services for the new Flintstones series, ‘Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs!’.

The Tralee native told Kerry’s Eye it had always been her plan to work with US studios, but be able to do so from Ireland.

The Dublin-based company most recently worked on the Tom Hanks animation, The David S Pumpkins Halloween Special for Saturday Night Live, and created and produced the children’s series, Brewester The Rooster, in association with RTÉ Jr.


Celine rolls with the changes

Kerry Rose Celine O’Shea says her boyfriend isn’t too worried about ‘the escort’ - but he’ll still be keeping an eye out!

Foilmore native Celine O’Shea says that after four years together, Dave Murphy, from Killeagh in Cork, is behind her all the way as she represents Kerry in this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival.

Celine works in Cork while Dave is based in London - but the couple have been able to make their romance work, despite the distance.



Kerry gets set for a fabulous festival

 Fifty-seven roses from around the world will flock to Tralee today to take part in Kerry’s biggest festival of the year.

Early betting has London Rose Grainne Hawkes as favourite to win at 11/ 4,

 with Melbourne Rose Suzie Jackson coming in as second favourite with odds of 11/ 2.

Boylesports have Queensland Rose Sarah Griffin-Breen in the running at 8/ 1, while Kerry Rose Celine O’Shea still in the running with odds of 28/ 1.



Kerry teens race into Irish U16 cycling team

TWO KERRY teenagers are making up the Munster contingent of the Ireland Under 16 cycling team competing in a five-day race in Austria next week.

Tom Moriarty (15) from Castlegregory and Seán Barrett (15) from Scartaglen are part of the team that’s representing Ireland for the first time at the Radjugentour Osteirmark. It also includes two young cyclists from Connaught, one from Leinster and one from Ulster.

They were selected from their performances at the three major youth races throughout the year, Rás na nÓg, the Kanturk Three Day and Rás Mhaigh Eo.


What Katie did next

Killarney barrister Katie O’Connell is swopping the cut and thrust of Kerry courtrooms for Kenya slums this August to work as a volunteer with some of that country’s most deprived children.

This is the third summer that she has travelled to Africa to work with the charity, Kenya Education Project, which was set up 16 years ago by Killarney’s Eddie Sheehy. One of the first questions she will be asked on arrival is ‘Where’s Mr Eddie?’

“Eddie is phenomenal,” Katie said. “He’s the kindest person I’ve met in my life. Every summer I meet young people working in IT or hotels, or who are in third level education, thanks to the education scholarships his charity has funded.”


Single mum struggles with school costs

Feral Ashworth (23) from Dromid in South Kerry is worried that her five-year-old son DJ is going to be left behind because the costs of getting him back to school are becoming unaffordable.

The mother-of-two says that costs could be as high as €400 as her son enters senior infants this September.

“It has me broke. I have just got the list of what he needs for the school year and it’s way too much,” she said.


Puppets with love from Kerry

Members of a women’s group in Tralee have created toys to bring comfort to children in the Philippines. The ‘Name It’ women’s group in Spa Road produced 20 special puppet-style dolls and according to member Marie Quirke, they’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring joy to needy children around the globe.

The group, who meet every Tuesday from 10am-12pm in the Civil Defence Building, Tralee, have been busy preparing the toys for the charity ‘Billy’s Dolls of Comfort’. The charity sends the gifts to where they are needed, in particular to children in nursing homes and hospitals. Where a doll is not appropriate, children sometimes receive a small gift that suits their needs from Billy Dolls.


‘Use it or lose it!’

North Kerry residents are urging locals to fight to retain the Post Office service in their community - before it’s gone forever.

Ballylongford residents have already formed an action group and set up a petition - but are now calling on their neighbours to use the local service, before it’s closed for good.

 Ballylongford Post Office is to close in a matter of months, after Postmistress Jennifer Allen accepted an exit deal from An Post, citing mounting debt running the service.


Killorglin celebrates another Puck Fair success

ANOTHER successful Puck Fair out of the way and all that was left to be done on Monday morning was the final clean up, remove the stand and release the goat.

King Puck received his final veterinary review and was back in the wilds of Kells before most Killorglin people had even roused themselves on Monday morning.

This year’s festival fell on a weekend but that didn’t really impact on numbers either way as most people who attend keep August 10, 11 and 12 free.