Relief all round for Leaving Cert students

0000LightBlue@Intro Single Col:Students, teachers and parents all over Kerry breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, as the big day arrived and the 2017 Leaving Cert results were finally released.

Just over 1,800 students in Kerry received their results, including 961 girls and 850 boys, while 79 collected their Applied Leaving Cert results.

What happened in Kerry this week

The HSE has launched a new campaign to persuade teenage girls in Kerry to take up a life-saving cancer vaccine - after it emerged that the free treatment was refused by almost 400 eligible girls in the county last year.

Vandals who attacked and smashed a Civil War monument in Knocknagoshel last Thursday delivered a “significant blow” to efforts to reconcile families whose forebears had taken part in the Civil War, according to former minister Jimmy Deenihan.

With thousands of tourists arriving in Killarney during the peak season, locals believe there are not enough public toilets which is leading to people relieving themselves up laneways and in all of the wrong places.

A teenager from Lithuania was selling heroin in Tralee last week, just hours after landing at Cork Airport, Tralee District Court heard. The 18-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and charged with having drugs for sale or supply. He had landed in Cork that morning and taken the train to Tralee.

It’s been the worst seven months for trolley numbers at University Hospital Kerry since records began eleven years ago. Figures compiled by the INMO this week show that from January to the end of July this year, 1,203 patients were lying on trolleys in the Emergency Department and in wards, waiting to be admitted.

Anthony scales the heights at RDS

A Tralee man is celebrating an impressive feat of jumping almost 6ft 8 inches in this year’s Landrover Puissance Class at the Dublin Horse Show last week.

Anthony O’Regan from Bawnboy in Tralee took joint 4th in the competition which is an impressive feat for the Tralee show jumper.


Kerry welcomes the Roses of 2017

There were tears and smiles and huge excitement as this year’s 64 Roses sashayed up the red carpet amid cheering and clapping and flashing cameras - for a celebrity-style welcome to Kerry on Tuesday.

Fresh from a two day tour of Dublin and Kildare the 64 Roses from across the globe were welcomed to their the Rose of Hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

Healy Rae joins Carolina Rose

It has been a whirlwind of activity for this year’s crop of Escorts, kicking off with welcoming the Roses to Kerry on Tuesday evening. Their role for the coming week is to accompany the 64 Roses around the county and at a host of Roses events.

As usual some of the 64 Escorts have been home grown - including the best known Escort, Jackie Healy Rae Junior, who has been paired with North Carolina Rose, Rebecca Phipps.

He answered a twitter ad to become a Kerry Escort and hasn’t looked back since.


'There were no warning signs'

A devastated mother-of-two whose husband passed away from a shock illness in May is appealing for support from the community as she attempts to come to terms with his death.

Catherine Duggan (35), Ballymacelligott, is still trying make sense of how her husband Liam died from an extremely rare condition - as he was never sick a day in his life.

On Friday, a verdict of natural causes was recorded in the case at Cork Coroner’s Court. Assistant State Pathologist Margaret Bolster gave the cause of death as multiple organ failure due to septic shock from colitis, in a case described as “extremely rare”.


Stacks mean Strictly business!

The Stacks footballers stepped down a division this week but their dancers are about to step up for what looks like being one of the best local events of the year - the Austin Stacks Strictly Come Dancing.

The big event brought over 1,000 to the Dome at The Rose Hotel last year and organisers of the 2017 version - part of the club’s 100th anniversary celebrations - are expecting the same level of interest this year.


A man walks into a pub...

One of Tralee’s best-known pubs could be about to become a bestseller - a new book is being planned on the Abbey Inn to mark the landmark bar’s 50th anniversary next year.

The book will also tell the story of its owners, Danny and Tess Leane, and will be a history of Danny’s life and the town centre pub he opened in 1968.


247 callouts in 12 months for First Responders

They don’t do it for the praise or the glory - they to it to save lives, and in the first year of their existence, Tralee First Responders have been helping make Tralee a safer place to live.

The vital 24-hour service celebrated its first birthday just last week, after responding to 247 callouts in their first twelve months of operation - including 18 cardiac arrests, 70 strokes and 159 chest pains.

Hi-tech help for Rescue service

One of the country’s busiest beaches could become safer than ever from next year, with the introduction of drone technology to help in rescues and searches.

A volunteer rescue unit at Banna Beach is currently training to become licenced with the Irish Aviation Authority to use drones as part of land searches.

On the catwalk for charity

Vincent’s shop in Castleisland are busy preparing for their first in-house fashion show which will take place on August 24th and will showcase everything the local shop has to offer.

The free fashion event will take place in their premises on Church Street and will showcase the very best fashion looks - including a number of designer pieces - while also giving people a chance to browse the store.


Time to Discover Castleisland!

The very best of Castleisland has been compiled into a new booklet which showcases everything the town has to offer. The Discover Castleisland booklet was compiled by the Castleisland Chamber Alliance’s tourism committee to showcase the town and highlight to visitors and locals the many amenities in the area.

“We felt that it was important to show all the amenities that the town has,” said Jeremy Burke, PRO of Castleisland Chamber Alliance.


Chats, chips and a goat that's crowned King

Tourists who arrive in Killorglin in the middle of August to find thousands wandering the streets, singing in the bars and dancing everywhere you look - while a goat sits up on his perch high up over the town - probably think we’re all a bit tapped.

But Puck Fair is Puck Fair, and every year, the magic attracts tens of thousands, making it the focal point of the summer calendar in Killorglin and Mid Kerry.