Minister says sorry over

hurtful remarks

The mother of a 41-year-old resident at the St Mary of the Angels facility in Beaufort has been given a personal apology over remarks made by Disability Minister Finian McGrath.

Ina O’Dwyer has received extensive media coverage this week over her open letter addressed to Minister McGrath over remarks he made about families who have loved ones with intellectual and physical needs staying at residential centres.

What happened in Kerry this week

Ballybunion float in Norway

A float attached to a crab pot in the Cashen in Ballybunion made its way to Norway and has been found by a family close to the Arctic Circle.

Donal Liston could hardly believe it when a Norwegian family managed to track him down having found his float 4,000km away.

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Windfarms hit with huge charges

A new range of charges for all forms of development in Kerry are on the way. It’s going to mean a reduction for many home builders and new businesses - but windfarms are facing a 1000% hike.

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Castleisland jobs boost

Plans to expand the Crown Hotel in Castleisland have got the green light and thirty jobs are on the way to the town.

The hotel has a remarkable history and is soon to be back as a main attraction on Main Street.

First crop of Kerry snails to be exported to Europe

In the coming weeks, the first crop of Kerry snails will be harvested and exported to dinner plates across Europe.

For the past seven months, the snails have been growing in their farm in Rusheen, Firies and the first crop are now almost ready to harvest.

 

Missing float travelled  4,000km to Norway

one Ballybunion man got a huge surprise last week when he heard from a family 4,000kms away in Norway who found a float from his crab pot two years after it went missing.

Donal Liston, who etched his name, mobile number and town onto the float, was shocked when the family from Larvik in Norway contacted Donal’s wife Jean via Facebook to track down the owner. They had never heard of Ballybunion and were intrigued to find out who it had belonged to.

Mall will open for Rose Festival

Over the coming weeks, the newly-revamped Mall will be unveiled to the public as the barriers are removed from the town centre ahead of the International Rose of Tralee.

The €1.7m redevelopment of the town centre is on schedule and works are beginning to take shape this week.

No traffic will be allowed through until the completion of the works in November but the barriers will be pushed back allowing pedestrians access to The Mall.

‘Please keep Shane walking’

The parents of a 12-year-old boy from Currow fear that their son will no longer be able to walk and will be confined to a wheelchair because of cuts to vital medical services.

Simon and Norita Brosnan from Currow say their son Shane’s ability to walk is now under threat if he does not receive extensive physiotherapy and the equipment necessary to strengthen his legs.

 

TDs to battle it out at GlenFest

Kerry’s TDs and Senators are togging off and going head-to-head in a three-legged race and a wheelbarrow challenge on August 13th as part of GlenFest - the day-long celebration to mark 40 years of Glenflesk GAA.

It’s going to be far from fun and games for the county’s top politicians when they are drawn with partners to race over 100 yards in a three-legged race and in a wheelbarrow challenge in the last great sporting event to be held on Glenflesk’s 40-year-old GAA pitch.

Milltown GAA club requires lands to expand

Milltown was the fastest growing village in Kerry during the economic boom and this huge increase in population has led to the need for the local GAA club to expand its facilities.

With many GAA clubs facing difficulty due to rural depopulation, Milltown is bucking that trend and needs to expand facilities to cater for the huge increase in membership.

Milltown-Castlemaine GAA Club says it needs to source additional adjacent facilities or to relocate to a new and larger site to cater for a huge increase in membership and players, particularly at underage level.

Community Vibrancy Award for Firies project

Such has been the success of the Kerry Food Hub in Firies that plans are already underway to expand the community project which has brought a huge economic boost to the village.

The Kerry Food Hub is located in Firies village and saw the development of four food production hubs to help promote and develop the food industry in Kerry and to help attract business to Firies.

Since the hub opened, the four units have been full and there is a demand for further units. The units are occupied by Cordal Goats Cheese, Harty Nutrition Ltd, Leens Salads and Krave and Fruity Farm.

Two Kerry nominations for the Pride of Place Awards

Glenbeigh is “privileged” to be chosen to represent Kerry in this year’s annual Pride of Place competition and the combined efforts of every single person in the village impressed the judges and Kerry County Council.

Secretary of Glenbeigh Community Council Vera O’Sullivan said Glenbeigh’s community spirit is the reason that Kerry County Council chose the South Kerry village for the Pride of Place Awards.

This is the 15th year of the Irish Public Bodies Pride of Place competition, an all-island competition, which focuses on people coming together to showcase all that is good about their area or project.

New Ardfert documentary to feature local rescue service

It was lights, camera, action and plenty of drama as Fenit filmmakers got up close and personal with Banna Rescue and Rescue Helicopter 115 at the weekend for a new documentary they are currently working on.

James and Catherine McCarthy of Digimac Photography in Fenit, are currently in the middle of creating a documentary about Ardfert, including documenting the work of the local rescue service.

Workmen's 'Ciaras' taste Irish success on the double

Two young Killarney oarswomen did their club and country proud last weekend when they brought home bronze medals from the 2017 Home International Regatta in Scotland.

Workmen Rowing Club’s Ciara Moynihan (16), The Park, and Ciara Browne (16), Loreto Road, were placed third in the highly competitive Junior 18 Double Scull event.

They were part of a proud Irish effort that had six wins in total at the 2017 Home International Regatta which was hosted by England in Strathclyde Park last Saturday, July 22nd.

Currow to celebrate area's rich local heritage

Currow’s rich heritage will be commemorated in the village as a local group have formed to erect a plaque to highlight the history, sport, music and drama of the area from years gone by.

Funding for the project was granted under Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund to erect an information plaque in a public space in Currow Village and a voluntary committee have formed to oversee the project.