Rescue hero saves teen's life

A teenager was dramatically rescued from extremely dangerous waters after getting caught in a riptide in West Kerry last Thursday - on the same day that the sea claimed the lives of a brother and sister in a tragedy in Ballybunion.

Fifteen-year-old Shona Sinnott was plucked from the raging sea at Fermoyle Strand in Brandon last Thursday by hero lifesaver John Timlin, who used his surfboard to save the young holidaymaker’s life.

The young girl was semi-conscious when she was brought ashore, and spent two days recovering in University Hospital Kerry.

 

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What happened in Kerry this week

A teenager was dramatically rescued from extremely dangerous waters after getting caught in a riptide in West Kerry last Thursday - the same day that the sea claimed the lives of a brother and sister in a tragedy in Ballybunion.

 

The highly-regarded cancer doctor, Dr Patricia Sheahan, is set to be honoured as the Kerry Person of the Year at a special function in Dublin on September 3.

 

A bird that was once extinct in Ireland is now flying proud over Kerry's skies thanks to the success of a project that was centred in Killarney National Park which was visited this week by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

 

Club is family in the GAA, but the slogan had an extra-special meaning on Sunday in Causeway where a father and son lined out on the same County Championship winning side - for the second time.

 

Having only taken up cycling at the tender age of 38, a 52-year old Kerry cyclist has just won what is considered to be the toughest cycling event in the country.

 

A young Killarney man has the world in his hands after marking his international rowing debut for Ireland with a gold medal winning performance at the Home International Regatta in London.

 

Ireland's oldest fair is finally back as Killorglin's world renowned Puck Fair made a most welcome return this week - this is the first time the festival has been staged since 2019.

Like father, like son!

Club is FAMILY in the GAA, but the slogan had an extra-special meaning on Sunday in Causeway where a father and son lined out on the same County Championship winning side - for the second time.

47-year-old John Mike Dooley and his 22-year-old son Gavin were linchpins of Causeway’s win over Ballyduff in Austin Stack Park.

And amazingly, it wasn't even their first time as a county title-winning combo - John Mike and Gavin also played together on Causeway's 2019 senior hurling championship win.

 

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Students face serious housing crisis

MUNSTER TECHNOLOGICAL University (MTU) in Tralee is trying to get in touch with private landowners in a bid to secure suitable accommodation for its students ahead of the start of the new semester.

The university will launch an advertising campaign in local press and through its social media platforms asking people to consider renting to students.

It’s also going to target individuals who may be interested in accommodating a student in their home.

 

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Massive welcome home for golden oarsman Ethan

A YOUNG Killarney man has the world in his hands, and his oars, after marking his international rowing debut for Ireland by bringing home a gold medal to the banks of Lough Leane.

Eighteen-year-old Ethan O’Neill represented club, county and country at the recent Home International Regatta in London, winning gold as part of the four-man Irish team in the 500m sprint event.

“It was a cracking experience to be on the international stage,” Ethan told Kerry’s Eye.

 

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Celebration of Light to remember cancer victims

Recovery Haven Kerry’s Celebration of Light returns to Tralee Bay Wetlands on Sunday week, to remember those lost to cancer.

The very meaningful ceremony organised by Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer support charity returns on Sunday, August 21, at 7pm.

Recovery Haven’s PR and Marketing Officer Marisa Reidy said the charity is thrilled to announce the return of the annual Celebration of Light ceremony which will be run in association with the Rose of Tralee Festival.

 

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Top honour for Dr Patricia Sheahan

The highly-regarded cancer doctor, Dr Patricia Sheahan, is to be honoured as the Kerry Person of the Year at a special function in Dublin on September 3.

The Kerry Association in Dublin announced Dr Sheehan as the 2020 recipient in February of that year and planned a special function to honour her contribution to medicine for the following month.

However, Covid struck and restrictions were introduced, forcing the association and many other organisations to effectively cease all of their activities indefinitely.

 

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'High stool only place left for fishermen'

GOVERNMENT PLANS to create marine reserves and build windfarms off the coast from the Shannon Estuary around the Kerry coastline could end the county’s already-decimated fishing industry.

This warning has been sounded by Dingle-based Dr Kevin Flannery of the fisheries action group, FLAG South West, who told Kerry’s Eye this week that the “only place left for fishermen will be the high stool” if the Government presses ahead with a blueprint for the coastline.

He made his comments after Taoiseach Micheál Martin visited the Dingle Peninsula last week and warned that the Government had to live up to its responsibility to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

 

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More needed for Blaskets experience

KEY PIECES of infrastructure need to be put in place to bring the Great Blasket experience up to the standard required to be able to cater for the 10,000-plus people that flock to the island every year.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told Kerry’s Eye that despite the recent investment of €2.9m in redevelopment work at Ionad an Bhlascaoid - bringing to €4m spent at the facility by the OPW and Bord Fáilte over the past two years - ‘we have to do more’ to ensure issues of concern on the island are properly addressed.

These issues centre around the building of a new pier facility for easier and safer access to the island, as well as the provision of public toilet facilities — two infrastructural projects that have been talked about at government and OPW level for many years, but never delivered upon.

 

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Fexco brings 50 new jobs to Killorglin

A TOTAL of 50 new jobs will be created in Killorglin over the next three years after Fexco and Dublin-based TEKenable have joined forces to agree a new strategic partnership.

The agreement, worth an estimated €250,000 over the first three years, is expected to create 75 new jobs overall by 2025, 50 of which will be in Fexco and 25 in digital services company TEKenable.

While 50 of those jobs will be based in Kerry for Fexco, full-time hybrid or remote options will also be available for those looking to work for the Killorglin-based financial technology and business services company.

 

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More eagles spread wings over Kerry

A BIRD that was once extinct in Ireland is now flying over the sky around Kerry thanks to the success of a project that was centred in Killarney National Park.

The fruits of this labour of love and nurturing was celebrated in Tarbert last Friday when Taoiseach Micheál Martin released white-tailed eagles into the wild, while a second release took place in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.

These two events are part of a long-term initiative to re-establish a population of the iconic species in Ireland.

In 2020, the  National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) began a second phase white-tailed eagle reintroduction project to bolster the existing eagle population in Ireland.

 

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Record crowds as Dingle Races return

SAM MAGUIRE didn’t make an appearance at the Dingle Racing Festival over the weekend, but the equally famous Galway Plate did as the flagship event of the horse and pony circuit drew record crowds to its famous Ballintaggart track just outside the town.

It’s estimated that up to 8,000 were in attendance on Sunday, with the occasion given added significance when Galway Plate winning trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon added the blue riband Dingle Derby to his list of achievements  - and then raised both trophies aloft in the parade ring in celebration.

“It was a great sight,” said the chairman of Dingle Race Committee, Colm Sayers, “when after his son Paddy won the Derby on The Auld House he produced the Galway Plate to go alongside the Dingle trophy”.

 

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Classic day out in Ballymac

After a very successful weekend at the Ballymac Vintage Rally with over 150 participating cars, the Ballymac Vintage Club are set to hold their first ever Tractor Run which will take place this Sunday.

Having staged many successful vintage car events over the years, the club have now decided to hold this weekend’s Tractor Run, which will be hosted to raise funds for the Glanageenty walkways.

The Tractor Run takes place this Sunday, with registration taking place from 9.30am before the run pulls out at 11.15am sharp from O’Riada’s Bar in Ballymac.

Meanwhile, last weekend the club hosted a highly successful Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda 50 Run, which took place at O’Riada’s in glorious sunshine last Sunday morning.

 

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