Safety concerns at landmark pub

A section of Tralee’s busiest street remains closed this week - after structural safety concerns were raised about Baily’s Corner pub in Castle Street.

Work on the landmark pub was to begin on Friday, and plans were in place to extend the bar into the adjacent and former European Estate Agents building, as well as reforming the front entrance.

But on Saturday, council engineers and gardaí ordered that work cease, and closed off a section of Castle Street from the Edward Street junction to the Ashe Street junction.

What happened in Kerry this week

A section of Tralee’s busiest street remains closed this week after structural safety concerns were raised about local landmark pub Baily’s Corner in Castle Street.

 

Football fever has truly gripped the Kingdom as droves of devoted Kerry fans began queuing from 8.30am last Monday morning at Garvey’s SuperValu, Tralee, in a bid to secure tickets for this weekend’s big match against Mayo.

 

Having grown up nurtured with a love of jazz thanks to her grandparents in Killarney multi-talented singer Jessica Leen is now embarking on an Irish tour featuring her latest original song ‘Compliments’.

 

The ‘Endurance’, doggedness and work ethic’ of a Beaufort teenager has just won him a place on the Irish team to compete in the prestigious Errigal International Youth Tour taking place on the August bank holiday weekend.

 

A Kerry priest who has witnessed first hand the unimaginable horrors of a heartbreaking civil war that has already claimed the lives of thousands in South Sudan, has vowed to continue his missionary work in the war torn country.

 

Heartbreak  for  Fr   Tim as civil war horrors  rage on

A Kerry priest living with a heartbreaking civil war said this week that despite the unimaginable horrors endured by millions, he will continue to work in South Sudan.

Fr Tim Galvin from Brosna said that the civil war that has raged through the central African state since 2013 has claimed the lives of thousands and forced millions to leave their homes.

Currently back home on a break and to celebrate the marriage of his niece Greta Maher in Duagh, Fr Tim says the atrocities of war can be hard to take.

‘Doggedness’ earns Patrick place on the Irish team

THE ‘ENDURANCE’, doggedness and work ethic’ of a Beaufort teenager has won him a place on the Irish team taking part in the Errigal International Youth Tour on the August bank holiday weekend.

This will be cyclist Patrick Galvin’s second time to compete in the prestigious event but the 16-year-old is taking it in his stride and hasn’t left his call up go to his head. “I just try my best and if it happens, it happens,” said Patrick, who’s been a member of Killarney Cycling Club since he was 11 and got hooked on the sport from the get go.

“I just loved it but I think that was down to my trainers, Mark Murphy, Stephen Daly and Mike and Pauline Kissane, who always made it interesting.

“The first time I won a competition was at the nationals is Westport when I was U12 and that was a big shock at the time.

Ex-workers oppose plan for Denny site

Former workers at the Denny factory in Tralee say the memories of their ex-colleagues would be desecrated if the site is used for a new courthouse.

Ex-employees say there is huge emotion attached to the 2.3-acre site, because of its long history and the bonds of family and friendship formed there.

Developing a new courthouse at the town centre location - a plan currently under consideration by the OPW - would replace a site filled with positive memories with a place of discord and misfortune, the ex-workers say.

Kenmare asylum welcome group in line for award

A GROUP set up to extend the hand of friendship and welcome to people living in Direct Provision in Kenmare is one of three projects representing the whole county in this year’s Pride of Place competition.

Pride of Place judges will spend tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday in Kerry meeting with volunteers from the Kenmare Welcome Group, which has been nominated in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category, to find out more about what they do and how taking time to get to know people has benefitted the whole community.

They will also meet with representatives from the Kerry Camino, finalists in the Community Tourism Initiative, and Knockalougha Rambling House, which was nominated in the Age Friendly Initiative Category - the county’s two other entries in this year’s national competition.

Finucane wants many more jobs for Tralee

TRALEE’S MAYOR is launching a ‘blue sky thinking’ bid to bring hundreds of jobs to the town.

Jim Finucane is also offering rewards to anyone who can come up with the best ideas to promote Tralee.

He said the town needs to ‘make a bold statement’.

One of his ideas is a Gathering-style initiative to tap into Tralee’s diaspora.

And he wants to encourage wealthy business leaders with connections to Tralee to help bring jobs to the town.

 Football star excited by Cromane Seafest

GROWING UP in Cromane, former Kerry footballer Donnchadh Walsh spent his childhood picking periwinkles on the beach, rowing for the local club and, of course, picking up his Gaelic football skills in Cromane Football Club.

The three time All-Ireland winner was delighted to lend his support to Kerry’s newest festival, Cromane Seafest, which will showcase all the best the coastal village has to offer including its food, scenery and activities.

“Cromane is a hidden gem but our hidden gem is getting noticed far and wide. We have the best oysters, mussels and salmon in the land, our location is idyllic and we are proud to show it off to the masses,” Donnchadh said.

Cervical cancer jab lowest in Kerry

A leading Kerry doctor suspects that many Kerry parents have concerns about giving the anti-cervical cancer vaccine HPV to their children.

Dr Eamonn Shanahan, Honorary Secretary of the Irish College of General Practitioners, told Kerry’s Eye: “I do know there are people who believe vaccines are harmful.

Dr Shanahan was commenting following research that shows Kerry has the lowest uptake for the HPV vaccine in the country.

Oil find would mean millions for Kerry

Kerry stands to make millions from future gas and oil discoveries off the county’s coast following the Government’s decision to allow future explorations go ahead.

Last week, the Government shot down a Bill aimed at banning oil and gas exploration in Irish waters.

Had it passed, the Climate Emergency Bill – proposed by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith –  would have made Ireland the fifth country in the world to ban oil and gas exploration by halting the issuing of new licences.

 Nothing beats being there!

The GAA’s Nothing Beats Being There theme is certainly true for Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney this Sunday - fans queued for hours this week as tickets went on sale for the big Kerry-Mayo clash.

At SuperValu in Tralee, tickets went on sale on Monday - with Kingdom fans lining up for as long as eight hours to be sure of being at the match.

One of the first Kerry fans to receive their tickets on Monday was Helen O’Carroll, Tralee - who is married to a Mayo man.

“I’m getting a ticket for myself and my husband Peter Staunton from Mayo and my brother Paul O’Carroll who is flying in from Australia on Saturday,” said Helen.

Fundraising walk to remember young Ballybunion woman

The Ballybunion 5K walk to remember Carol O’Gorman brings comfort to families who have experienced bereavement.

Carol’s mom, Breda said “People tell us such lovely stories about what the walk means to them. It’s comforting for us to keep Carol’s memory alive - she was a little girl with a big personality,” she said.

Carol’s family organized the memorial walk to celebrate her 21st birthday after she passed away due to cancer in November 2015.

6,000 cyclists pedal famous Ring of Kerry

The next best thing to winning an All-Ireland is completing the Ring of Kerry charity cycle that has raised almost €16 million since starting 36 years ago.

Last weekend, triangle dances made famous on the internet took place on Coomakista and sandwiches, cakes and brack made by the dedicated volunteers who give the charity cycle its appeal, attracted over 6,000 participants.

Cathal Walsh was back this year as PRO for the 35th year and said it’s the passion of the people that make the day great.

“I am so proud to be a part of it. We visited the charities ahead of the cycle this year.

“To see that the money raised from the cycle does make a huge difference is what keeps me passionate.