How Sinead lost 7 1/2 stone

Good old-fashioned guts, a burning desire to change, and the determination to mark the thirteenth anniversary of her son’s death. Together, these three ingredients have added up to a massive weight loss that has changed Ballyheigue woman Sinead Deutrom almost beyond recognition.

Sinead dropped a massive seven-and-a-half stone in the past two years, and reduced her weight down from nineteen stone to a far healthier and happier current weight.

She says the weight loss has entirely changed her life - and how she looks at the world.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

The new graveyard for Killarney could be headed for a costly legal battle as up to 70 residents will consider joining forces to stop Kerry County Council going ahead with their plans.

Funds of up to €50,000 are urgently needed to pay legal fees for the final round of a three-year campaign against plans for an industrial windfarm in North Kerry - as locals face developers in court on Tuesday.

Two Killarney men have gone on trial at the Circuit Court Criminal trials in Tralee, charged in relation to an alleged armed raid at Waterville Post Office last August. Brian O’Sullivan (32), Coolies, Muckross, and Marcus O’Rourke (38), Rathoonane, Kilcummin, both deny four charges in relation to the alleged incident.

After attending over 12,000 incidents during his 35-year career at Tralee Fire Station, this weekend Station Officer Nigel Corner will officially hang up his boots and safety helmet and retire from his role.

The debut album from a young Killarney brother and sister has shot into the UK rock charts after a sell-out concert in London on the day of its release. Paul and Steph O’Sullivan - who perform as Greywind - are based at Ballydribeen, and commute to London for gigs.

Ditches and fields in the Tralee and Kielduff areas will be searched on Sunday, in one last effort to locate Ballybunion man Willie Mulvihill, who has been missing for six months.

A Kerry’s Eye special supplement exploring the links between the rebels of 1916 and the GAA in Kerry has won a MacNamee Award, one of the most prestigious media honours in the country. Kerry GAA and the 1916 Rising - which will be republished in next week’s newspaper - has scooped the Provincial Media Award in the GAA’s annual MacNamee Awards.

Kerry's Eye wins nationalmedia award

Our special supplement exploring the links between the rebels of 1916 and the GAA in Kerry was this week honoured by Croke Park - with a prestigious national award.

Kerry GAA and the 1916 Rising which was published in our April 21st edition last year, scooped the Provincial Media Award in the MacNamee Awards, which are presented annually by the GAA in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of media and communications.

The awards will be presented by GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail at a special ceremony in Croke Park tomorrow (Friday 17th).

'This is our last chance'

Funds of up to €50,000 are urgently needed to pay legal fees for the final round of a three-year campaign against plans for an industrial windfarm in North Kerry - as locals face developers in court on Tuesday.

Thousands of donations have been made over the last few months as locals tried to gather the cost of legal fees, which could be anywhere between €80,000 and €100,000 when they head to the Commercial Court.

Parents demand action on respite beds

Older parents of adult children with disabilities have been shocked at sudden respite cuts in Listowel, and say they are angry that no funds are available to staff a purpose-built respite house bought last June.

The parents, who say they are heartbroken and now at crisis point, had the issue raised in the Dáil and are now planning a meeting tonight (Thursday) in the Kerry Parents and Friends Day Centre in Clieveragh Listowel at 7.30pm.

Tralee Tesco staff on picket line

Staff at the Tesco store at Manor West in Tralee picketed outside the supermarket this week, as part of an ongoing strike action prompted by a dispute over changes to pre 1996 contracts.

Two staff members - Yvonne Donnelly and Matthew Healy - at Tesco's Manor West store are affected by the proposed changes. The Tesco store in Manor West was the only Kerry store to be affected by the action.

 

10 out of 10 for BallyB kids!

Appearing on one of the country's biggest shows last night (Wednesday) was very exciting for North Kerry schoolchildren as Operation Transformation featured their 10@10 Challenge.

Camera crews from the popular RTÉ programme turned up bright and early in Ballybunion on Friday morning to film the 135 pupils of Scoil Íosagáin exercising on the beach, after one class wrote asking the show to come to their town.

 

'Give us the space to stay safe!'

Kerry cyclists are welcoming the news that Minister for Transport Shane Ross is looking at possible new legislation to protect cyclists from being dangerously overtaken by drivers.

Most local cyclists would admit to having had dangerous experiences on Kerry roads - from close calls on roundabouts and junctions to being hit by vehicle wing-mirrors when being overtaken.

 

Memories are made of this…

Thirteen-year-old Dylan Mangan is looking to the past to create a future in business, and has created an app that teaches children how to record their grandparents' childhood memories forever.

The Killorglin teenager has already made sales across the world the app, titled Grandparent Memories.

 

'It feels like the right time to move on'

After attending over 12,000 incidents during his 35-year career at Tralee Fire Station, this weekend Station Officer Nigel Corner will officially hang up his boots and safety helmet and retire from his role.

Saturday at 12 midnight, Nigel will no longer be part of the Kerry Fire Service team, as he'll be turning 58, the official age for retirement in the service, and his colleague John Fitzgerald will take over as acting station officer until a new one is appointed.

 

Paul finds musical path to business success Music to his ears

Different varieties of timber produce different musical sounds, according to Cahersiveen man Paul Evans.

And he should know - his hand-crafted mandolins have been in demand from musicians across the world for almost ten years.

 

We're walking on  sunshine!

Aidan O’Mahony may be the man of the moment when it comes to the dance floor but the couples in this year’s  Irish Cancer Society’s Strictly Come Dancing at the INEC could give him a run for his money.

This includes of course the winning couple Jennifer McCarthy and Timmy O’Connor. Timmy works in Boots in Killarney while Jennifer is a teacher and fitness coach and they wowed the judges with their Quickstep to well known 80’s song Walking on Sunshine.

 

Causeway beats the big chill

"It was a lovely dry day and for once, no one needed the wellingtons because there wasn't a sign of any water on the land," Michael Donegan reported from the Causeway Ploughing Match which took place at the Sally Road, Ballyduff on Sunday.

If the boots were not required on the feet, overcoats and heavy pullovers certainly were needed to ward off the stiff, cold breeze blowing in from Europe but it meant that conditions were very suitable for ploughing and the contestants went about demonstrating their skills with relish.