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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 26th May , 2016

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Massive rugby week for Tralee's Ultan

Tralee man Ultan Dillane has been named on Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt's squad of 32 to play three tests against South Africa in June - just days before lining out for Connacht in the Guinness PRO 12 Rugby Final in Edinburgh.

The former Tralee player only broke into the national squad this year in the run-up to the Six Nations Championship. The 23-year-old made a significant impact when he came on as a replacement against England and picked up two further caps against Italy and Scotland. He made his debut for Connacht 18 months ago. On Saturday, he is expected to be on the Connacht squad for the province's historic first final against Leinster in Edinburgh. Ultan's family home is close to the rugby club in Tralee, where he first began playing. Ultan came through each age grade with Tralee before winning caps at U-18 Clubs and U-19 for his country.

 

 

 

Boy, 13, terrorised by teen drug bully

A teenager who tried to bully a 13-year-old into becoming a drug dealer, and later sent texts threatening to kick him to death if he didn't come up with cash, was sentenced to 18 months in jail this week.

0000LightBlue@Normal:The teenager - a 15-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons - had given cannabis to the younger boy and ordered him to sell it.

The younger boy was terrified and took possession of the drugs, but after he threw them away he was subjected to a series of threatening text messages telling him he would be beaten if he didn't hand over €150.

The older boy told the terror-stricken child to steal his mother's jewellery, and forced him to hand over his brother's PlayStation, which he said would take €50 off of his "drug debt".

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Oh Dani boy!

How does a soccer superstar worth €25,000,000 prepare for the biggest game of the year? By relaxing at a Kerry football match, of course.

How does a soccer superstar worth €25 million prepare for the biggest game of the year? By relaxing at a Kerry football match, of course.

Hundreds of millions of football fans around the world will watch Real Madrid ace Dani Carvajal line out against Atletico Madrid in this Saturday's Champions League Final.

It's one of the biggest, most high-pressure games of the season - but the La Liga star looked relaxed and stress-free on Sunday as he enjoyed one of the best GAA matches of the year in Kerry.

The 24-year-old was on a short break in Killorglin to visit his partner, who is currently studying English in Kerry.

Dani - reported to earn around €48,000 a week - stayed in Killorglin with Derek Twiss, wife Evelyn and son Luke, during his short visit. On Sunday, Derek was heading to JP O'Sullivan Park for the County Senior Football Championship double header - and Dani asked if he could come too. "It was his first time seeing GAA," said Derek.

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Satellite company to create Killarney jobs

A high-tech company specialising in satellite communications will create at least 20 new jobs at an office base in Killarney within weeks.

The company, VT iDirect, will base its operations on the fifth floor of the Reeks Gateway building which currently houses several retail outlets and a number of medical practices at the Cleeny Roundabout on the Tralee Road.

The fit-out of a 3,000 sq ft office centre is currently nearing completion in a section of a building recently acquired by an Irish-registered investment company with US links.

The new offices are located above the retail section and overlook the Killarney Court Hotel. Employment numbers will begin at 20 with the potential to increase to 30, according to sources.

VT iDirect is described as a global leader in IP-based satellite communications.

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Scrap town plans

Plans are in town's best interests - Cllrs

Suggestions to scrap the plans in their entirety were shot down by local councillors who said that the plans are in the best interests of the town, and that the €2.3m in funding should not be thrown away.

They said that they had been given a commitment that concerns would be addressed regarding parking and the taxi rank.

Cllr Toireasa Ferris said that the plan is good for the town.

"The plan was designed to increase business and I believe we did the best thing for the town."

Cllr Jim Finucane also backed the planned changes.

"I am not saying it is the be-all, but progress has been made on key issues."

He said "taxis and parking can be looked at, but we have to drive it forward. €2.3 million is not insignificant."

A heated discussion also took place at the meeting between Cllr Norma Foley and CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kieran Ruttledge, over the previous consultation on the proposed plans.

Cllr Foley insisted that she had been told by management that traders had signed off the plan and were broadly in agreement with it after proposals were submitted by the Tralee Chamber Alliance on the proposals back in 2012.

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Kerry Rose faces busy summer

The newly-crowned Kerry Rose, Danielle O'Sullivan is set for a busy year - between studying for her solicitor exams, completing her thesis and representing her county in the 2016 Rose of Tralee Festival. The 23-year-old is completing her MA in Human Rights Law in UL, having completed a degree in Law and Economics, and is hoping to train as a solicitor.

The Kilcummin girl sits her first round of her exams in September - a few short weeks after the Rose of Tralee Festival ends.

Former Kerry Rose, Helen Sheehan (nee O'Sullivan) from Sneem, encouraged Danielle to go forward for the Kerry Rose contest.

The former Rose gave good advice - Danielle was deemed the top entry from 31 contestants at the selection at Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee on Friday night.

Being chosen as the Kerry Rose is a dream come true for Danielle, who watched the International Rose of Tralee Festival, every year growing up.

"I always thought I would like to be the Kerry Rose, but you just think it is one of those things that won't happen," says Danielle.

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Good news - Kerry's still got the blues

Just in time for summer, Kerry's beaches are getting the blues - today's announcement of the latest round of Blue Flag beaches is expected to include all thirteen of the county beaches currently proudly flying the flag.

The internationally-recognised Blue Flag is considered a significant factor in attracting tourists to an area, highlighting excellent standards of water-quality, the environment and amenities.

Thirteen Kerry beaches are currently designated as Blue Flag standards, and all thirteen are expected to retain their status in today's announcement.

The thirteen Blue Flag beaches are Ballinskelligs, Ballybunion north and south, Ballyheigue, Banna, Derrynane, Fenit, Inch, Kells, Maherabeg, Ventry, White Strand and Rossbeigh.

Rossbeigh renewed its Blue Flag status last year after losing it in 2014 due to construction works taking place on the beach.

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