‘Our terror ordeal is  finally over’

Family threatened and pet dog shot to death

A Killarney couple embroiled in a long, bitter and violent right-of-way dispute over the use of a lane on their land told Kerry’s Eye this week that their terrifying ordeal is now finally over.

Cornelius and Suzanne Dennehy from Fossa succeeded in their High Court action this week after a judge ruled that a gate they erected on their land, to prevent the public from accessing the famous Lough Léin, does not require planning permission.

 

What happened in Kerry this week

Former GAA player David Shanahan grew up dreaming of Croke Park glory with Kerry, but now he has Georgia on his mind after securing an American football scholarship in Atlanta.

 

Normally she’s making special effects costumes for Hollywood movies, but these days Elizabeth Harkin is back home in Kerry - making hospital scrubs for frontline workers.

 

Tributes have been paid to the much-loved Austin Stack Park steward the late Maurice (Moss) Spillane, who died suddenly at his home in Balloonagh on Tuesday night.

 

A little boy who cheated death after being snatched unconscious from a West Kerry stream is now recovering at home from his terrifying ordeal.

 

Destined for his big TV moment in Germany one museum owner from North Kerry sadly had to sit it out after getting stuck back in Ireland due to the lockdown.

David  takes his punt on US success

Former GAA player David Shanahan grew up dreaming of Croke Park glory with Kerry, but now he has Georgia on his mind.

The 19-year-old has just secured a scholarship with Georgia Tech University in Atlanta - as a punter with the school’s American football team.

Now, instead of practicing on his own at an empty GAA pitch, he’s looking forward to converting touchdowns with an American football in front of 100,000 people.

The Castleisland teen has become the first Irishman to take part in an American football scholarship in the US.

Liam misses his big screen moment

A museum owner from North Kerry is missing his big screen moment - the Covid-19 lockdown meant he couldn’t get home to Germany to take part in an exhibition celebrating the history of television.

Liam Ó Hainnín is originally from Beale but since the 1970s he has been based near Frankfurt-am-Main, where he owns an impressive radio and television museum.

The exhibition ‘90 Years of Television’ was due to end on International Museums Day last Sunday, and because he couldn’t be there in person, Liam joined in online

Items from his collection in the exhibition included a set made by television inventor John Logie Baird in 1929.

Mother saves her son from drowning tragedy

A little boy who cheated death after being snatched unconscious from a stream is recovering from his ordeal at home in the loving embrace of his family.

George O’Flaherty (2) had lost consciousness in the water near Ventry Beach in West Kerry when his mother Saidhbhe grabbed him from the water and starting performing CPR.

The terrifying ordeal happened in seconds last Wednesday afternoon.

The little boy had been playing happily with his older brother Luke, who’s nearly five, splashing in shallow water off An Srúill and had only momentarily been out of his mother’s sight.

“They were up to their ankles splashing and he was only out of my sight for seconds. The next thing I looked and he was floating in the water. It all happened in a matter of seconds,” Ms Ní Fhlatharta told Kerry’s Eye.

Rising star subjected to racial abuse

Rising Tralee soccer star Leo Gaxha - who just last month signed with Premiership club Sheffield United - said this week that he has been subjected to racial abuse in Tralee.

Gardaí confirmed they received a report of the alleged incident on March 26 and that the incident was subsequently investigated - but nobody has been prosecuted.

The 17-year-old said that himself, his father and his nine-year-old brother were ‘singled out’ and asked ‘why don’t ye f*** off back to your own country’.

Leo, who is Irish born and has spent almost his entire life in Kerry, said he believes he and his family may have been targeted because he looks ‘a bit foreign’.

“To be quite honest, I’ve gotten over it - but it’s unacceptable what happened,” he said.

We’ve been knifed in the back by Debenhams

Workers have been knifed in the back by Debenhams, according to a former employee at their collapsed store at Manor West, Tralee.

Piotr Skowronski, who worked at Debenhams in Tralee for 10 years, said he is nervous about the future, about his family, and about the other workers after years of doing their best for the company. He accused Debenhams of deciding to close the business at the beginning of the pandemic.

“It was a knife in our backs,” said Mr Skowronski.

The workers are now furious that they’ll only receive statutory redundancy payments as compensation despite earlier redundancy agreements.

Mr Skowronski started as a part-time worker with Debenhams, and has worked in almost all departments, eventually being promoted to a supervisor and was acting manager for a time.

‘We’re hotels not hospitals’ says Park Hotel boss

KENMARE hotelier John Brennan says he doesn’t want hotels to become like hospital spaces and said it is important to balance health and safety while still offering the ultimate guest experience as the tourism industry prepares for a new world of hospitality.

John and his brother Francis should now be getting ready for the peak summer season at the Park Hotel Kenmare but instead the popular duo are planning for life after lockdown with hotels set to reopen on July 20.

The Park Hotel Kenmare managing director revealed that he is living with incurable but treatable cancer on last Friday’s Late Late Show.

Kerry players pitch in for Pieta House

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Kerry’s GAA clubs, a massive €30,000 has been raised for Pieta House and its services.

The news of the Kerry club’s good work will come as a huge boost to Pieta House in the wake of the Darkness Into Light walk being cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Run4Pieta campaign saw members of GAA clubs all over the country undertake a 24-hour relay run.

To date, 97 men’s and ladies GAA clubs in Ireland have signed up, and over €503,000 has been raised for the mental health charity.

Cancer patients use more Health Link lifts

THERE has been a huge increase in demand by Kerry cancer patients for the free transport to hospitals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kerry Cancer Support Group manager Breda Dyland said patients who usually rely on family and friends to bring them to appointments are now using the charity’s Health Link Transport service due to Covid-19 restrictions, bringing with it a substantial surge in costs.

But Covid-19 response funding of €5,000 from the Community Foundation of Ireland has allowed the cancer support group to cope with rising expenses in recent weeks.

Golfers swing into action as courses reopen

They’re not in full swing just yet but Kerry’s golf courses did come back to sort of life on Monday as the first phase of Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

The county is home to over 20 golf courses – some of them ranked among the top 100 in the world.

The Government approved the reopening of golf courses as part of Phase One of its reopening Ireland roadmap.

But for now, golf is confined to members living within 5km of the course. Clubhouses are shut and club managers have also been reminding golfers of public health advice, including social distancing.

Meals on Wheels on the move

Saint Vincent de Paul in Tralee has delivered over 10,000 dinners via Meals on Wheels since March, and continues to supply 1,200 meals every week.

This week, the service began operating out of IT Tralee, after using the kitchens at Ballyseedy Garden Centre since the Covid-19 crisis began.

SVP’s Area President Paddy Kevane said he is forever grateful to the owners of Ballyseedy for giving them the use of the premises.

Now that Government regulations have allowed the Garden Centre to reopen, the Institute of Technology Tralee has opened its culinary arts kitchens to allow the volunteers to continue the service.

Laugh out loud with Breda’s new novel

Star Wars, Airbnb and the ‘Wet Atlantic Way’ are all in the mix when Carol O’Connell returns to Kerry to recover from a broken relationship and discovers that the sleepy valley of her youth has woken up to a busier reality.

by Audrey Reidy

In Breda Joy’s funny and gritty new novel, Under a Skellig Sky, Carol’s plans for a new life before she turns forty are disrupted by an old lover, a troubled friend, a bingo-loving Fáilte Ireland inspector and sinister outsiders.

Her experiment with Airbnb in her mother’s old farmhouse overlooking the Skelligs is turning into one more in a series of half-baked decisions that pass for her life.