'I'm a recycled teenager!'

She might be a hundred years old, but that doesn’t matter to Betty O’Shea. Kerry’s latest centenarian still goes by the motto that used to hang on her wall at home: “I’m not an old age pensioner - I’m a recycled teenager’.

The Glencar woman celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends last week, including her famous grand-nephew, former Irish international soccer star, Gary Breen.

The former Wolves and Sunderland star travelled from Kent to Our Lady of Lourdes in Kilcummin, to present Betty with the cheque she received from President Michael D Higgins to mark her milestone birthday.

What happened in Kerry this week

A young boy is in critical condition in a Dublin hospital after suffering serious head injuries in a fall from the upstairs window of his home on Tuesday afternoon.

The five-year-old fell from an upstairs window at the back of his home in Hogan’s Place, off Castleisland’s main street at around 4pm.

The manager of Killarney Municipal District has been asked to intervene in a row between the Mayor, Brendan Cronin, and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism - over the location of the viewing stand for the St Patrick’s Day parade.

Thieves netted more than €7,000 around Tralee last Friday when two crèches and a residential home were targeted by gangs of raiders.

Up to 30 business owners and residents in Killarney are furious with Kerry County Council over how they handled works that got underway at Plunkett Street on Monday morning. They want to stop paying rates for two months while improvement works are taking place, and accused the council of treating them with utter disrespect.

The two Killarney men charged in connection with the armed robbery at Waterville Post Office changed their plea to guilty on the fourth day of the trial this week and they remain in custody.

Denny factory to disappear in May

The demolition of the former Denny factory in Tralee will begin in May, and will be completed by December 2017 according to Kerry County Council.

The iconic factory has been at the centre of Tralee town for many years employing over 400 at the height of its success.

The factory closed its doors back in 2008 for the last time but now the €2.3 acre site is set to transform Tralee Town Centre.

The factory and the buildings are to be demolished and the site will be used for various projects to enhance the town.

Jessica and Mike turn Strictly into generation game

It's one of the most popular fundraisers around, but the Strictly Come Dancing at Kerins O'Rahillys next month will stand out from all the rest - when ten-year-old Jessica Lynch partners up in the big event with her dad Mike.

Jessica - the daughter of Mag and Mike from Kerins Park in Tralee - is one of the youngest ever to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in the county.

The father-daughter duo will perform the American Smooth to You've Got a Friend in Me - which is sure to impress the judges at the Strand Road fundraiser in March.

Heroes welcome for All-Ireland champs!

Mid Kerry came to a standstill on Monday night as the football heroes of Glenbeigh and Glencar returned home wrapped in glory - as the All-Ireland Junior Club champions.

There was huge excitement on Sunday as the club overcame a strong challenge by Tyrone's Rock St Patricks at Croke Park to capture their first national title.

Emotions ran high at the highly-contested clash - which more or less emptied the two parishes as supporters hit the road for Croker - and the Mid Kerry side finally ran out winners by 1-14 to 1 -11.

 

€6.5m Lidl opens in Tralee town centre

German-owned supermarket giant Lidl opens a new shop in Tralee town centre today, at the former Heiton Buckley premises on Edward Street.

The new Tralee supermarket is the 150th store opened by Lidl in Ireland and the seventh in Kerry.

The site was earmarked for offices and an apartment development during the height of the boom but this never materialised and the site lay idle for many years.

The new Lidl store is expected to help transform Tralee town centre. The new shop has also created fifteen new jobs in the town.

 

Aidan's back training in the Kingdom!

Aidan O'Mahony is well used to fighting his way back to victory - and this week the GAA star is putting in 110% effort in his dance rehearsals, after a disappointing performance on Sunday's Dancing With the Stars.

Aidan and his dance partner Valeria Milova are in Kerry this week, putting in hours of extra training and rehearsals to impress the judges in next weekend's live show.

"It was a tough weekend - but that's part and parcel of it. Everyone has a tough weekend," he said.

 

'We're doing this for Alexis'

A Killarney family whose little girl suffers from a rare metabolic condition say they thank their lucky stars every day for the time they have with her.

Little Alexis O’Mahony is just 10 months old and but already has spent most of her young life at Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Stephen O’Mahony, who works in Radio Kerry, and his wife Teresa, are now regular visitors to the National Metabolic Unit at the hospital in Dublin.

 

Council honours peacekeeping heroes

Members of the Defence Forces who have served in peacekeeping missions overseas were honoured at a special reception hosted by Kerry County Council this week.

Commandant Cathal Keohane, Second in Command of the 12th Infantry Battalion at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick, spoke on behalf of the Defence Force members at county buildings in Tralee on Monday.

 

Tralee is going through changes

Work has begun in Tralee town centre this week, on a major project that will see Denny Street become a two-way street for traffic, and The Mall become a shared pedestrianised space.

The €1.7m project is set to transform the town centre according to Kerry County Council and will be finished by November 2017.

Last Wednesday, a public meeting facilitated by the Tralee Chamber Alliance was held with the appointed contractor, John Cradock Ltd, and Kerry County Council engineer, Eamon Scanlon, to lay out the planned schedule.

 

Orange is the new uniform

The first thing you see when you walk into the Canteen in Killorglin Community College is a huge banner when the now well known slogan "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help"

This motto is one that the school now lives by as an ambassador school for Cycle Against Suicide.

Last Friday saw the Killorglin school go orange as part of a national  #SchoolsGoOrange day all over Ireland to raise awareness of the key mental health message.

 

From Puck to Broadway and back

Muiris Crowley's short film Change in the Weather, screened recently on RTÉ, was a striking and real glimpse of life in rural Ireland.

The award-winning work depicts the life of a young teacher living in rural Ireland whose relatively normal and settled lifestyle is thrown into chaos by personal crisis.

The film was shot over two weeks, mostly around Killorglin and Glenbeigh, and features some familiar faces and places: Muiris's own parents Edso and Eileen, his family home, the Laune Rangers football team, Rossbeigh Beach, Falvey's bar, the Intermediate School, and even the familiar voice of Weeshie Fogarty on Radio Kerry.

 

Local films inspired by Donal

Aspiring local filmmakers put their work on display in Tralee last Thursday at the annual Donal Walsh Live Life National Film Competition - and their work continues to spread the local teen's message of making every second count.

Killarney's Ian and Valerie Harrington won the first prize in the adult category for their film, which included a poem written by Valerie and talked about making every second count in life.