In the name of their grandfather

For Faha sisters Rebecca, Coralee and Katie Howe, their performances at the County Fleadh in Milltown this weekend will have a special poignancy.

Their grandfather Denis Courtney was the driving force behind the event in the Mid Kerry town until he passed away in February following a brave battle with cancer.

Denis, from Rockfield, Faha, was a founder member of the Milltown-Listry branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, which is hosting Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí and his passing will be remembered in the coming days as music lovers from all over the county gather for the annual festival.

As a former chairman of the Kerry County Board of Comhaltas, Denis was a key player in the organisation in the county, and until he died had been at the heart of preparations for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

What happened in Kerry this week

A Royal welcome

History was made once again as Kerry looked its splendid best and welcomed British Royals Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to the Kingdom last Friday.

Council gets tough on rubbish

New domestic waste laws will mean householders will have to prove what they're doing with their rubbish or face fines up to €2,500.

Homeowners fight to keep their properties

Over 100 properties have been repossessed in Kerry over a four-year period and now anti-eviction groups fear that vulture funds are going to make things even worse.

 

Storm Hector carries 40-ft yacht across Ballinskelligs Bay

A 40-FOOT yacht that was lifted from its moorings at Ballinskelligs in a storm on Wednesday night ended up across the bay on Inny Strand just behind the 18th hole of Waterville Golf Links.

Staff at Waterville Golf Club were surprised to find the vessel, understood to be called The Sea Biscuit,  on the beach near the course when they turned up for work early on Thursday morning.

 

'These were Golden Years'

FIFTY years a priest - and not the slightest hint of regret. In fact, the contrary. For Fr Dan O’Riordan (75), a native of Ballydaly, just over the border in Cork, his half-century as a priest has been as enjoyable as it has been fulfilling.

“The priesthood is a wonderful calling. I never seriously considered any other way of life and I never regretted saying yes to that call,” he said.

1,464 days makes Clodagh the perfect student

Presentation Primary School, Tralee student Clodagh McCluskey has achieved the perfect primary school attendance of 1,464 days - having never missed a single day in eight years.

Bad weather, sickness, holidays or family events never got in the way of Clodagh going to school since she first started in Junior Infants eight years ago.

 

After 3,000 weddings, Cathal says farewell

THE man who welcomed over 3,000 couples to their wedding celebrations has hung up his suit and said farewell.

Cathal Nugent (65) was the perfect host for newly-weds and all visitors to Tralee’s Ballygarry Hotel for decades and was instrumental in the hotel’s extraordinary development over the past 30 years.

 

Ferris shakes the hand of Prince Charles

Peace broke out on the scenic grounds of Killarney House last Friday as Britain’s Prince Charles and former top IRA member Martin Ferris shook hands and exchanged words.

It was one of the most anticipated encounters of the entire royal visit to Kerry and a photograph that would capture another historic moment in Irish history.

The Sinn Féin TD stood in line alongside Senator Mark Daly and Deputy John Brassil as the Prince of Wales went through his meet-and-greet in Killarney House.

 

11,500 back Noreen's cannabis crusade

A petition set up by a Kerry mother which calls for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received over 11,500 signatures of support.

Noreen O’Neill from Kilgarvan set up the petition to call for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis products, to combat her son Michael’s seizures.

Michael, who will be two in August, has been taking CBD oil, which is legal - but his mother is campaigning for another drug which contains both THC and CBD. THC is currently illegal in Ireland.

 

Killarney pupils are top entrepreneurs

Scoil Bhríde Loreto were named as Community Champion award winners at the national Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) showcase day at the RDS, Dublin on Monday.

Fifth and sixth class pupils from the Killarneyschool developed ‘Tick Kits’ - an easy to transport kit to help people learn what a tick is and how to remove them safely.

Scoil Bhríde student Ali O’Donoghue inspired the project following her own experience of being bitten by a tick in Killarney. This incident coupled with the prevalence of ticks in Killarney and the warnings to prevent Lyme Disease sparked the concept for Scoil Bhríde Loreto’s JEP project.

 

Brogan will use her time to do good

The newly-crowned Miss Kerry, Brogan O’Sullivan, plans to use her new platform to promote positive mental health, anti-bullying and inner beauty.

Brogan (20) from Killeen Wood, Tralee, previously took part in the Miss Kerry competition two years ago, but her confidence was knocked the same year following bullying and negativity directed at her by other girls her age.

This year, she decided to enter the competition again, after boosting her own self-esteem and confidence, but only told her mom, Edel Lawlor, and sister, Clodagh, she had entered beforehand.

 

CHECK! school hits jackpot with Drive-In Bingo

It was another resounding success for the annual Drive-In Bingo in Castleisland and with over 200 people taking part, the event raised in the region of €1,900 for Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary.

Families travelled in their droves to attend the event which has become part of tradition in the town.

 

Camilla goes back to school with Killarney pupils

On a cool day of showers and sunbursts through grey clouds, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was given a taste of summer by pupils from Killarney’s five primary schools singing the folk song ‘Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn’.

The Duchess squeezed into a front bench in Muckross School House at the Traditional Farms to be entertained ‘as Gaeilge’ by pupils from Lough Guitane, Lissivigeen, Holy Cross, Loreto and Presentation Monastery Primary Schools to the accompaniment of Dingle harpist Deirdre Granville.

 

'At last I've had a chance to visit Kerry'

It was nothing short of a royal welcome for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they arrived in the county capital on Friday.

The future British monarch, Prince Charles, thought Kerry was ‘remarkable’.

The couple flew by helicopter to Tralee from Derrynane in South Kerry where they visited the birthplace of the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, earlier that morning.