A brave little Castleisland girl - who had both legs amputated after contracting meningitis - is taking the challenge in her stride and will today show off her new prosthetic legs to her school friends for the first time.
Seven-year-old Kayla McGaley, who uses a Kaye Walker and a wheelchair to get around, received her second prosthetic leg on Monday - and immediately took her first steps into her future.
A photo showing the proud moment was posted by her mom to her private Facebook page, but within hours it had been shared by over a thousand people.
What happened in Kerry this week
Kerry General Hospital has apologised to a devastated north Kerry couple whose newborn son tragically died following a series of errors during delivery in March last year.
Sinéad Scanlon and her partner Mike Mangan’s baby survived for three days after being transferred to Cork Maternity Hospital following an emergency Caesarean delivery in Kerry.
At least €26,000 worth of the highly addictive drug crystal meth was seized by gardaí from the Kerry Divisional Drugs Unit, in two separate incidents on Tuesday. Gardaí believe the drugs originated in the UK, and that they may have arrived in the county by post.
Gardaí have launched a new road safety campaign - targeting parents whose children are not securely restrained while travelling in cars. Cars in the Killarney area will be specifically targeted.
A major operation to disrupt a boy racer gathering in Killarney took place on the Main Killarney to Cork road on Saturday night after 130 cars in convoy were stopped near Glenflesk.
A brave little Castleisland girl - who had both legs amputated after contracting meningitis - is taking the challenge in her stride and will today show off her new prosthetic legs to her school friends for the first time. Seven-year-old Kayla McGaley, who uses a Kaye Walker and a wheelchair to get around, received her second prosthetic leg on Monday - and immediately took her first steps into her future.
'We do it out of love'
Being a full-time carer is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week job, but for Mary Wallis it is very much a labour of love. She has been looking after her beloved husband John since he became ill, almost nine years ago.
John and Mary have been married for 51 years and moved to Glenbeigh to retire 14 years ago, but tragically their retirement dreams were shattered after John suffered from an AVM, which is similar to a stroke, leaving him unable to walk a step.
Now Mary looks after John around the clock, but the 71-year-old never lets it get her down.
At 82, Ena is Strictly ageless!
Who needs a time machine? When Ena and Johnny O’Shea from Tralee hit the dance floor, it’s as if they are whisked back to their teenage years.
The well known Tralee couple have danced through the decades, and this week, Ena - who has just turned 82 - is busy making last minute preparations for Sunday’s Strictly Come Dancing event at the John Mitchels GAA Club.
Ena and Johnny will be amongst the couples taking to the floor in the big fundraiser - and hope to impress the judges with their special routine.
Monika is a solid gold hero!
There was a hero’s welcome home in Killorglin on Tuesday for World Rowing Champion Monika Dukarska who won the Women’s Singles World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco last weekend.
Rowers from all parts of Kerry along with members of Killorglin Rowing Club, local community members and dignitaries made their way to Killorglin on Tuesday evening to welcome back their world champion winner.
There was a great sense of pride to be felt among the large crowd as Monika’s ten years of hard work paid off and she returned with her World medal.
With thousands of readers over the years, Billy Keane is one of the best-read writers in Kerry. And with his new collection of journalism, the Listowel man could be about to gather even more admirers.
A new collection of journalism - The Best of Billy Keane - is a greatest hits package including some of his best work for the Irish Independent over the past five years.
The book features 49 columns that Billy says reflect his take on life. They each help him to change the world in a small way, he says.
A Killarney family is €200,000 richer this week after they won the top prize on an All Cash Spectacular scratchcard. The family collected their winnings from the National Lottery headquarters on Tuesday.
Ljatif Saiti - a native of Kosovo who moved to Killarney in 1999 - purchased the scratchcard in Healy's Newsagents in Killarney and he couldn't believe his luck after winning the top prize.
The Killarney resident regularly buys scratchcards and is delighted to have won big this week.
Gardaí have launched a new road safety campaign - targeting parents whose children are not securely restrained while travelling in cars.
Cars in the Killarney area will be specifically targeted in the campaign, which will run from now to Christmas, according to gardaí.
Many parents do not realise that older children must have child restraint seats or booster seats, up to the age of 12, unless they are of a specific height and weight.
This week gardaí in Killarney teamed up with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to promote safety awareness in relation to child car restraints, and have hosted open days in Kenmare and Killarney.
A brave Kerry woman who is battling a second incurable bout of breast cancer praised the county's cancer services and this week is urging sufferers to use the supports that are available.
Mary O'Keeffe from Scartaglin, but now living in Tournafulla with her husband Brendan and daughters Emma (11) and Chloe (8), was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, an incurable form of cancer, and will have to take medication for the remainder of her life.
First it was Star Wars, now it's the Lonely Planet - South Kerry is looking forward to a potentially huge increase in tourism again next year, having been included as one of the top 10 destinations on earth in one of the bibles of world tourism.
The Skellig Ring in South Kerry was named as one of the top ten regions in the world to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel media companies.
The Skellig Ring drive is listed alongside destinations like Peru, New Zealand, Chile and Malaysia in the top ten, announced this week.
President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to Kerry poet Brendan Kennelly on his 80th birthday celebrations in a packed out Abbey Theatre on Sunday. The event was designed to celebrate the life and work of the former Trinity College professor, one of the country's most highly-regarded writers.
The President described his own poetic efforts in Nenagh in a scheme to extend poetry readings up and down the country. He was finding it difficult to fully engage the audience - but a lady in attendance provided the explanation: "we had Brendan Kennelly here last week."
Hundreds of secondary school students in the Castleisland area are to receive support promoting positive mental health, creating alcohol awareness and encouraging them to engage with support services during difficult times.
The wallet sized card promotes positive mental health with a message ‘Pause for a Moment and Reflect’ and promotes alcohol awareness including information on units per drink.
Traditional music will fill the streets of Castleisland this weekend as the 24th annual Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival gets underway tomorrow (Friday), as some of the best traditional musicians visit the town.
Well known musicians including Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Gerry Harrington, Billy Clifford, Mickie McConnell as well as local musician Darragh Curtin among many more will take part in the annual festival.