Our Big Match made in heaven!

They booked their wedding three years ago - but Carrie-Anne Boylan and Gearóid Clifford had no idea their Big Day this Saturday would clash with the Big Match.

But the happy couple have a solution that will make sure all 220 guests at their wedding are happy too.

The Kerry fans are installing big screens at their Ballygarry House Hotel reception - and have called time on their wedding meal until after the final whistle blows in Croke Park!

Now they’ve invited the Kerry team to join in their celebrations - and to bring the Sam Maguire to their after party on Sunday!

“If they win, it’d be great if they brought the Sam Maguire into Quanes in Blennerville on Sunday where we’ll be the following day,” Carrie-Anne said.

One thing’s for sure - win, lose or draw, for Carrie-Anne and Gearóid, Saturday will be a match day made in heaven!

What happened in Kerry this week

IT WAS a historic day for Kerry camogie but a truly magical moment for the Leen family as sisters Niamh and Anne-Marie lined out side by side in the Kerry team that defeated Limerick to claim the All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship title.

 

Elaine Burrows returned to swimming just three years ago. This week the Tralee swimmer has just become the first Kerry woman to swim the English Channel.

 

Just weeks after being vandalised, a unique set of wooden sculptures erected on a schoolchildren’s nature trail in Killarney has again fallen victim to a vandal attack, with the latest attack causing some €8,000 in damage to the sculptures.

 

What do you do when your Big Day clashes with the Big Match? That’s the dilemma facing Carrie-Anne Boylan and Gearoid Clifford this Saturday - but they’ve found the ideal solution.

‘They treated my mom like a person, not as a patient’

The daughter of a Castleisland woman who died from cancer says her mother would be thrilled that her story could help ease the fears of other patients.

Marie Downey - a lifelong supporter of Daffodil Day and cancer charities - passed away peacefully in June 2015, having enjoyed an improved quality of life thanks to palliative care services.

During this week’s Palliative Care Week, her daughter Liz Downey revealed that when Marie was diagnosed and referred by doctors to palliative care, the family was plunged into fear.

But it was fear of the unknown, Liz says - Marie’s experience with the Kerry Palliative Care Services team ensured she maintained her quality of life throughout her illness.

“When I heard she was being referred to palliative services, I thought it wasn’t good news,” said Liz.

Niamh and pals make history and magic rhyme

IT WAS a historic day for Kerry camogie but another magical moment for Causeway with all bar one of the victorious All-Ireland Junior Camogie champions coming from the Clanmaurice club - the county’s only senior ladies camogie club.

For the Leen family, it was extra special as sisters Niamh and Anne-Marie lined out side by side along with friends they have known all their lives, beating Limerick by three points to win the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship title on a final scoreline of 0-11 to 0-8.

With the exception of Bríd Horan of Cillard, which operates at underage level, the rest of the team were part of the revival of camogie in Causeway that started in the mid 2000s when they were still in national school.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first day back at work for team captain Niamh Leen (22), who with teammate Michelle Costello, are both science teachers at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Ballybunion.

€8,000 sculptures vandalised

VANDALS HAVE again attacked a unique set of wooden sculptures erected on a schoolchildren’s nature trail in Killarney.

The attack on the sculptures, estimated to have cost about €8,000, comes just weeks after one of the same set was also vandalised.

The carved pieces by West Cork-based artist Sol Soloman, which depict animals you would expect to see in the Killarney National Park, were installed in January.

The sculptures depict an owl, squirrel, otter, heron, kingfisher, pine marten and a goose.

They are dotted along the River Deenagh walk from the Port Road bridge to Deenagh Cottage.

Our Girl and Her Dog in BBC classic

THE EXTRAORDINARY ability of a teenage sheep farmer to communicate with her trusted sheepdog, Sky, will feature in the ever-popular BBC series ‘One Man and His Dog’ - but for Tara Foley the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

The Killorglin teenager learned her skills at her father Donie’s knee, and the pair were inseparable up until the time of Donie’s untimely death from cancer on December 23 last.

Tara’s mother Martha told Kerry’s Eye that her late husband would be bursting with pride to see his little girl compete as part of the Irish team in the Junior Handlers’ competition that will be broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on September 22.

“She was with him all the time and she got very good and very knowledgeable about sheep. He used to collect her from school and they’d go farming.

‘I owe my life to the Care Unit’

John Ward almost died twice - and says he owes his life to the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.

The Killarney man who had to give up his business when he was diagnosed with an ongoing illness ten years ago, says the team in the Palliative Care Unit went to great lengths to save him.

John suffers from Multiple Myeloma, a disease of the bone marrow. Doctors liken the effects of the disease to a mouse nibbling on the bone.

“It nibbles all the way along until it eventually gets a hold. That’s what happened to my arm,” says John, who suffered a pathological fracture in 2015.

Aimée’s Keane for Writers’ Week role

IF SHE was asked to write a job description for her ideal job, Aimée Keane would be hard pressed to come up with something more suited to her as her new role.

The Tralee woman has landed her dream job as the new Festival Programming and Marketing Manager at Listowel Writers’ Week - replacing former festival manager Máire Logue - and joins Ireland’s longest-running literary festival as it prepares to celebrate 50 years.

The daughter of Nancy and the late Ted Keane from Cahersalee, the public relations professional has a track record in volunteerism and community involvement and joined Listowel Writers’ Week earlier this year as a volunteer.

Supermarket’s food donations cut costs

SURPLUS SUPERMARKET food donations from Lidl are helping slash the costs of meals-on-wheels in Killarney.

Killarney Community Services, which provides elderly day care facilities including meals on wheels, says food donations have cuts bills by 40%.

In a social media post, supermarket giant Lidl said they were proud to support Killarney Community Services through their Feed It Back programme, in association with Food Cloud.

“Food collected from Lidl Killarney is used in meal planning for all clients who attend their day centre,” Lidl said.

Killarney Community Services said they’ve had a 40% reduction in food bills as a result.

And they’re off

With seven days of racing on the schedule, Listowel’s Harvest Festival Meeting is now one of the great occasions of the declining summer and the programme began once again on Sunday.

“We are very happy with how things have gone so far. We did a bit of work on the track like scarifiying to allow the rain get into the surface during the summer and it has held up very well,” the Secretary of the racecourse, Brenda Daly, said.

The most attractive races of the week - by a considerable distance - are the national hunt races with the principal prizes going to the owners and connections of these. Yesterday, the Guinness Kerry National brought out another immense crowd to watch the contest for the €200,000 in prize money. ‘The National’ has been one of the biggest horse races in Ireland for a long time and it is going to remain in the front line.

Fenit Lifeboat marks 25 years

Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Service hosted an open day last Sunday, not just for Fenit but for the entire Kerry community.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the return of the lifeboat service to Fenit, the volunteer crew of Fenit RNLI marked the special occasion with lots of activities and supervised tours of the lifeboat station and the lifeboats.

The reinstatement of the lifeboat service to Fenit, exactly 25 years ago this month, renewed cover by the emergency service off Loop Head, the Shannon Estuary, beyond the west coast of Kerry and even further if required.

Family fun at Beaufort’s Threshing for Cancer

Beaufort’s Threshing for Cancer has raised €170,000 for cancer charities in the county since it started seven years ago with last Sunday’s hugely successful event set to add to that incredible fundraising effort.

The family day that surrounds the age-old tradition of threshing is always a popular one. But it’s more than just that, there are lots of activities over the course of the day and weeks of preparation go into it.

Chairman of the organising committee Brendan Ferris said they are truly grateful to the sponsors who have been instrumental in raising the money for the various charities.

The Kerry Cork Health Link Bus, the Hospice, Comfort for Chemo Kerry and the Recovery Haven have been the beneficiaries of the event and it is hoped that once all money is tallied for this year, the total fundraised will reach €200,000.

Tony O’Donoghue Walk fundraiser tops €45,000

The Tony O’Donoghue Walk for the Kerry Hospice had its most successful attendance yet, with almost 180 people taking part.

A real family event, lots of moms and dads, grannies and granddads mixed with new faces and plenty of family pets.

PRO for Kerry Hospice Andrea O’Donoghue, the daughter of Tony O’Donoghue who died in September 2014 after a short battle with cancer, reflected on the weekend with huge gratitude and said it couldn’t have gone any better.