Don't look down, Shane!

He’s so scared of heights he won’t even step on a ladder, but Shane Buckley is getting ready to face one of his worst nightmares - a terror-inducing climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Killorglin man suffers from severe acrophobia - an extreme and irrational fear of heights - and even lets his elderly father-in-law put up the Christmas lights while he keeps his own feet firmly on the ground.

Now Shane is determined to conquer his fears as he ascends the dizzy heights of Africa’s highest mountain, almost 6,000 meters above sea level.

The father-of-two is reaching for the skies to raise money for Comfort for Chemo and Down Syndrome Kerry.

“I want to prove to myself I can overcome this,” Shane said.

What happened in Kerry this week

He might suffer a fear of heights so severe he won’t even step on a ladder but that’s not going to stop one Killorglin man as he gets ready to face one of his worst nightmares - a terror-inducing climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Having just started playing Gaelic football two years ago Togor Silong has become the first-ever African-Irish captain to lift the Taft Cup. Now the CBS The Green, Tralee captain has his eyes firmly set on a much bigger prize - hoisting the Sam Maguire in Croke Park.

 

A group of Listowel teens are fighting to save our environment - with the sale of environmentally-friendly sanitation kits that they’re launching next week.

 

Kenmare woman and dog lover Christine O’Sullivan, who raises puppies for the Irish Guide Dogs, is to feature in a new TV show probing the secret lives of our canine friends.

Now Togor’s targeting Sam Maguire!

Togor Silong became the first-ever African-Irish captain to lift the Taft Cup for CBS The Green, Tralee on Sunday, but already his eyes are set on an even bigger prize - hoisting the Sam Maguire in Croke Park.

The school’s win over St Brendan’s College, Killarney in the Munster Colleges A Football Final finally brought an end to a fourteen-year drought and prompted major celebrations.

But team captain Togor (14) - who only began playing Gaelic football two years ago - is already looking well into the future.

Houses on the double!

Kerry County Council will double the number of social houses it builds next year but it will stop purchasing properties on the open market, it emerged this week.

Housing targets presented this week by Council Director of Services Martin O’Donoghue show that the local authority will complete 120 new houses next year – up from the 62 it completed this year.

Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) like Clúid will build an additional 118 units next year, bringing the total number of completed new builds in Kerry to 238.

Under the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland programme, Kerry has the largest and most ambitious housing programme outside of the country’s main cities.

Over the period 2017-2021, Kerry has a target of 1,770 units to deliver through new builds, purchases and getting vacant properties back in use.

They’re bio-boxing clever!

A group of Listowel teens are fighting to save our environment - with sale of environmentally-friendly sanitation kits that they’re launching next week.

By Michael Ahern

Fifth year students at Coláiste na Ríochta are preparing dozens of 100% biodegradable and reusable Bio Boxes for sale at Listowel Farmers’ Market

They hope the Bio Boxes will help curb the shocking level of plastic waste we produce everyday.

The Bio Box, which is made from bamboo, includes a bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles, 10 reusable cotton face pads along with cotton ear buds and dental floss they are both 100% biodegradable.

You can be heroes!

Nominations are being sought for the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2019 which were officially launched on Friday last, November 8, at Tralee Garda Station.

The awards are for youths between 18 and 21 years and recognise the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry.

They will be presented at a celebratory awards ceremony in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, January 24, 2020.

This year, 20 Merit Awards will be presented to individuals who have made a positive contribution to their community and make it a better place to live.

Asdee locals battle to save village

The people of Asdee are determined to revitalise their community through an innovative new business plan for their village.

Just two years ago, the 500-strong community was struggling to survive and faced with the closure of local businesses, they decided to come together and tackle their problems head on. This community effort is already bearing fruit and on December 6, hundreds are expected to attend the official Village Christmas Lighting Ceremony at 7pm while thousands more are expected to visit the live crib throughout Christmas period.

Speaking to Kerry’s Eye, Joint Chair of the Asdee Development Association John Kennedy said that since forming in 2017, the group has overseen several innovative projects including the introduction of more activities in their Parish Hall, the installation of a live crib at Christmas and most recently the creation of www.asdeevillage.com that is due to be officially launched in early 2020.

Famous Dingle church gets €600,000 facelift

THE CHURCH of Ireland in Kerry has lodged an application with Kerry County Council to extend and renovate one of the county’s most iconic buildings - St James’ Church in Dingle.

The planning application on behalf of Tralee and Dingle Union of Parishes seeks permission to build a new single-storey extension to the north of the existing church, which is a protected structure, and modify the existing church layout including the erection of a framed glass partition wall.

Conservation architect Mark Dignam, of Meitheal Design Partners in Kenmare, has been engaged to oversee the renovations that include a retractable, sliding stage, a new heating system, and a kitchenette and toilet in the new 11 metre-square extension.

Social farm project needs €1.4m more

The highly-successful Kerry Social Farming project desperately needs €1.4m if it’s to expand over the next five years, it emerged this week.

The social farming project, which began in 2013, offers a life-changing opportunity to people with disabilities by having them work on family farms around the county.

The project currently involves 19 farms which cater for over 30 people with disabilities who work on the farms for a few hours every week. There are 35 more potential participants on a waiting list.

Feale catchment survey to start soon

A major survey on water quality in streams, tributaries and catchment areas flowing into the River Feale is to be conducted early next year.

And to explain what the survey entails, a meeting will be held at the Kerry Writers’ Museum next Thursday, November 21, starting at 7.30pm.

Six water bodies feeding into the Feale have been identified as Priority Areas for Action by The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), who are organising the meeting. These water bodies include The Clydagh, Smearlagh and Lyreacrompane sections.

This Wednesday, a meeting was due to be held at Brosna Community Hall attended by a number of concerned locals.

Tributes to former chocolate factory boss

Tributes were paid last Friday to the former General Manager of the Cadbury factory in Rathmore, Dave O’Connor, who headed up the chocolate crumb plant for over 20 years.

Established in 1948, the then Fry Cadbury operation has since been taken over by food and snack giant Mondelez International. Using 60 million litres of milk, the factory produces 30,000 tonnes of crumb in Rathmore annually, exporting product to the UK, Belgium, the USA and Canada.

Mr O’Connor joined the company as Assistant Manager in 1948 when Cadbury first established a chocolate crumb production facility in Rathmore. The company later opened a facility in Coolock, Dublin.

Creating Bridges

The old Smoke House in Dingle will be revamped into a beautiful art space at the end of the month to host a new exhibition by well-known local artist Elouise Flannery.

Elouise presents her solo show ‘Bridges’ and pop-up gallery which will be launched at this exciting venue by journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh on November 28.

“I’m really excited about this new body of work and having a pop-up gallery. This body of work has evolved from my last collection ‘Love Potion’ which was exhibited in May as part of Féile na Bealtaine.

Listowel Food Fair goes down a treat!

Listowel witnessed a huge influx of people over the weekend as thousands gathered for the most successful Food Fair ever in the town.

Francis Brennan got the ball rolling on Thursday as he made an appearance at the Long Table Festival Feast at the Listowel Arms Hotel while businesses from across the town did their part to welcome guests into their premises for a variety of events.

Speaking to Kerry’s Eye, Listowel Food Fair Chairman Jimmy Deenihan said it was the best year on record.

“This was the best year ever and we had a great line-up,” said Mr Deenihan.