‘Killer took everything from us’

The man who MURDERED Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika in Killorglin in June 2013 also “killed a small part of each member of the family and friends”, the victim’s sister said this week.

Kristine Kulevicience, who lives in Milltown, said she will never understand how someone could have viciously stabbed her sister and a little girl to death in their own home.

What happened in Kerry this week

The man who murdered Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year old daughter Enrika in Killorglin in June 2013 also “killed a small part of each member of the family and friends”, the victim’s sister said this week.

Kristine Kulevicience, who lives in Milltown, said she will never understand how someone could have viciously stabbed her sister and a little girl to death in their own home.

“He took so much, so fast and for nothing,” Kristine said. “He destroyed the natural happiness and safety we had before. He took it all from us without even giving a why.”

CCTV will be installed at strategic points across Kerry to track travelling criminals targeting homes and property in Kerry. Among the locations being considered will be the bridge in Killorglin, Tarbert and the Castleisland bypass, as well as the bridge in Dingle.

Six students from Presentation Secondary School Tralee have dedicated their time to their Butterfly Bank - and their hard work paid off as they were named the national winners of the AIB Build a Bank challenge on Tuesday.

Thousands to attend Rally of the Lakes Thousands of rally fans and car enthusiasts will descend on Killarney this weekend for the 38th Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes.  The event has grown into one of the premier rally events in Ireland and it’s estimated to be worth €10 million to local economy. Vital services like road repairs, public lighting and street cleaning are coming under severe pressure because Kerry County Council is owed €9.5 million by its customers. The local authority’s financial statement for last year, published on Monday, shows €9.5 million is owed in rates, rents, refuse collection and housing loans.

Stephen delivers with dream job for a day

Life can really deliver on dreams, as Stephen Roche discovered this week when he sat into a post van in Killarney and became a postman for the day.

Stephen (24), who attends an IT course run by Down Syndrome Kerry, donned his An Post uniform on Wednesday morning and set off on his rounds with postman Sean Morris, who is married to his sister, Michelle.

CCTV to target travelling gangs

CCTV will be installed at strategic points across Kerry in a bid to track travelling criminals targeting homes and property in Kerry. Chief Superintendent Tom Myers and the Kerry Joint Policing Committee (JPC) are working together to identify locations in Kerry for the installation of CCTV cameras.

Among the locations being considered will be the bridge in Killorglin - one of the key access points to South Kerry - and along the county bounds.

'Outrage' at damage caused by gorse fires

Wildlife expert Vincent Hyland is calling for people to join in a protest against a surge of gorse fires that have left hundreds of acres in Cork and Kerry torched over the course of the weekend.

The protest takes place at 2pm this Saturday in Kenmare, meeting near the Square and Town Park, and a silent walk will take place around the town.

 

Family's anger at North Kerry respite cuts

A North Kerry couple whose adult son requires round-the-clock care, say they are angry at cuts to respite care that have taken away a vital lifeline for them.

Evelyn Houlihan (55) and her husband Tom (58) from Ballyduff, whose son John (34) is non verbal, mentally very young and relies almost totally on them, are calling on Minister Finian McGrath to reverse the cuts, or staff the facility in Kilmorna purchased by the HSE last year to facilitate respite beds.

 

All revved up and ready to rally

If you’re anywhere near Killarney this weekend, there’s no mistaking what’s going on. The International Rally of the Lakes has an unmistakable identity of its own. It’s grown to become one of the county’s biggest events of the year.

Since 1979, a lot has changed about the Rally. This year’s Clerk of the Course, Anthony O’Connor, has a far bigger weight on his shoulders than his predecessors going back to the early days in the 1980s.

The Clerk of the Course, as Anthony puts it, is where the buck stops - all 250,000 bucks it costs to run the event this year.

 

Why are our post offices so important?

It’s Friday morning at Kilcummin Post Office and the sun is shining. Inside, there are serious discussions on the weather and the tragic death of the local parish priest, Fr John Lucid.

People are popping in for their basic shopping - ham and coleslaw for lunch, potatoes, bread, and other things they need quickly; things they don’t have to drive all the way to Killarney for. In between, others are popping in to post letters, pick up pensions and collect parcels.

 

24 miles in 24 hours?

Now that's a swim!

Kerry swimmer Kristian O’Donovan is well known for tackling major swimming feats and this week himself and other Kerry swimmers will take to the pool to swim 24 miles in 24 hours.

Kristian, who is originally from Tralee but now lives in Glenbeigh, became the first Irish man to complete the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, on St Patrick’s Day.

 

Over 200 sign up for Kerry Camino

 This weekend over 200 walkers will get to experience the very best of the county’s mountain and coastal scenery as they take part in the Kerry Camino Walking Festival.

There are already over 200 people registered to take part in the walk, along the route which was developed by the Tralee Mountaineering Club. The event will kick off tomorrow (Friday) and over the course of three days, walkers will pass through the rugged, mountainous and coastal scenery Kerry has to offer.

 

Dingle all the way for St Pats

Over 300 participants are gearing up for the fifth annual Dingle Way Challenge on June 4th, in aid of St Pats GAA Club.

This year’s route takes walk-ers from Dingle Harbour towards Ventry and onto Murrioch via the ancient pilgrim path ‘Cosán na Naomh’, where they’ll then have a choice of two famed routes to the finish line and well-earned BBQ in Cloghane.

 

Safety first for Killarney students

Killarney and District Motor Club joined the Road Safety Authority on Tuesday to promote road safety among students and to highlight the safety measures carried out during rally events ahe ad of this weekend’s Rally of the Lakes.

The event was organised for transition year students from St Brendan’s College, Killarney Community College and St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School on Tuesday and the aim of the event was to promote road safety and to help students understand that standard road cars can’t act like rally cars on the county’s roads.

 

Ballybunion marks women's role in media

The story of Kerry’s Eye co-founder Joan Kennelly and her pioneering role in Irish media wrapped up proceedings on a high note at this year’s Women in Media Conference in Ballybunion.

The Tralee woman’s innovation, courage and passion were recalled by her son Jerry Kennelly on Sunday morning, to a packed audience at Kilcooly’s Country House.

The Women in Media Conference marked its fifth year at the weekend, with a thought-provoking conference featuring high-profile speakers from various media and political fields.