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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 16th October, 2014

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Three Tralee generations in Love/Hate

The appearance of Tralee actor Tom Lawlor in the new season of Love/Hate brings a third generation of his family into the gripping gangland drama. It’s a case of saint and sinner - with Tom playing a priest and his son, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, starring as Nidge, the country’s most famous fictional bad guy.

Three-year-old Freddie Vaughan Lawlor, who made his debut in the show as Nidge’s toddler son over a year ago, is the actor’s son in real life, also.

“The immediate reaction of Tom’s wife, Claire, was that we had to get the boxset because the three generations are in it,” Tom Lawlor said. “I never imagined it would  happened. It’s a bit of a thrill, really.”

Tom Vaughan Lawlor - who plays Nidge - is called after his late grandfather who was a doctor in Tralee’s Ashe Street. His grandmother, Lally Lawlor, is a well-known Tralee woman.

He was born and reared in Dublin, but considers Kerry his second home and spent most of his summers here as a child.

His father, Tom, played a priest speaking at the funeral of a murdered dentist in last Sunday night’s episode.

“I am quoting from the Bible, referring to the fact that the people involved in the killing have no fear of God,” Tom Senior said. “This becomes a voice-over for other scenes.”

 

Zoo warns Kerry students after bongo ‘incident’

South Kerry students faced a stiff reprimand from Dublin Zoo staff on Friday, after a teenager allegedly attempted to enter a prohibited area near an enclosure housing an endangered species.

TY students from Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen, were on a day trip when some from the group allegedly attempted to enter the enclosure housing the zoo’s bongos - an endangered species of antelope with less than 150 left in the wild.

A spokesperson for Dublin Zoo confirmed that there was an incident on Friday and that staff took the matter in hand.

Zoo spokesoerson Catherine O’Connor said there was “an incident at the Zoo involving pupils from a Kerry school who attempted to enter a prohibited area near the bongo habitat.

“Dublin Zoo staff explained that bongos are sensitive animals and such behaviour could have a negative effect on the animal.

“The school has not been banned from Dublin Zoo and the Zoo hopes that they will learn from the incident for future visits.” The animals were not affected by the incident, she said.

The school confirmed an incident at the Zoo, but denied that there was any attempt by students to enter the area.

“During a visit to Dublin Zoo by Coláiste na Sceilge students on Friday last, a student who was leaning on a metre-high wooden perimeter railing located approximately three metres from the main fenced area which encloses the bongos habitat was pushed over the railing by two fellow students,” school principal John O’Connor said in a statement.

“The student immediately stepped back outside the railing.”

He said there was “no question” of the students attempting to enter the main bongo habitat.

“An apology has been made to and accepted by the Zoo. The matter has been handled in a restorative manner by the school,” Mr O’Connor said.

 

Meet super

sister Lauran!

Lauran Smith is the best sister anyone could ask for - and it’s official! The ten-year-old was this week named ‘Super Sibling of the Year’ at an awards ceremony in Dublin recognising inspirational people.

Lauran is often the only person who can communicate with her autistic sister, Kayleigh, and the dedication and care she provides put her top of the list at Friday’s Baby Elegance Maternity and Infant magazine awards.

Lauran helps her six-year-old non-verbal sister learn to talk, and spends all her spare time  teaching her the basic skills in life - by dancing and singing with her.

Parents Laura and Gary Smith, from Racecourse Heights in Tralee, nominated Lauran after seeing the awards on Facebook.

They wanted to thank her for all the help she gives - and couldn’t believe it when she won. The family won a weekend breakaway and Lauran will also be famous - the awards will be aired on TV3.

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Galvin to publish ‘fiercely honest’ autobiography

One of the most controversial Kerry footballers ever, Paul Galvin, is to release his autobiography on October 30th - two days before his 35th birthday.

 

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The Finuge man’s brutally honest account of his career is contained in the book called In My Own Words. It’s likely to be a contender for one of the biggest sports books of the Christmas season.

Unlike many ghost-written sports autobiographies, the former Kerry captain has penned his entire story himself. Publishers TransWorld Ireland are remaining tight-lipped over the content and - aside from describing the book as “fiercely honest” - have declined to reveal details of what the 272-page paperback will include.

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Tralee homes evacuated

as bomb unit explodes device

A major drug gang from Dublin or Limerick left a bomb-like device on the bonnet of a car in a Tralee housing estate last weekend - as a sinister warning message to a local drug dealer.

Residents at Cuil Doire estate were evacuated from their homes on Saturday morning after a passer-by alerted gardaí to a suspicious device left in the estate.

Gardaí rushed to the scene and discovered the suspicous device - initially believed to be a pipe bomb with a mobile phone  timer attached - placed on the bonnet of a parked car in the quiet estate.

Members of Tralee gardaí and detectives secured the estate, which was sealed off from public access into the afternoon. Residents were evacuated from their homes around 11 am and removed from the vicinity of the device.

Gardaí alerted the Army Bomb Disposal Unit in Cork, and explosives experts arrived at the scene, off the Kileen Road, near Scoil Mhic Easmainn.

Mid-air  terror for

30 Kerry pilgrims

Thirty terrified pilgrims from Kerry refused to reboard a plane in Dublin Airport yesterday (Wednesday) - after the same plane was twice forced to turn back twenty minutes after take-off because of technical difficulties.

At one point, the passengers told airline staff they wouldn’t travel in the same Air Contractor 737 plane a third time, because they feared for their safety.

Twenty-two Asdee residents had left the village by bus at 1am on Tuesday to make the 7.30am flight from Dublin to Split in Croatia.

They were joined by other north Kerry pilgrims from Ballylongford and Duagh as well as from Limerick and Donegal on the 147-passenger flight.

Anger amongst fans, but new ticketing system to bring in €70k

The GAA in Kerry is determined to end a ‘nod-and-wink culture’ that has left the association thousands of euro out of pocket from gate receipts over the years.

Controversy over the new ticketing system introduced this year peaked  last Sunday - when the county semi-finals in Tralee were delayed  for twenty minutes, as thousands of spectators had still not entered Austin Stack Park.

County Board treasurer Weeshie Lynch acknowledged that mistakes were made  last Sunday, but he’s determined that the ticketing system will continue to be developed in Kerry.

Without added numbers attending matches, it’s expected that the ticketing system could boost the GAA’s coffers by up to €70,000 this year alone - clearly  indicating that hundreds of people have attended matches in Kerry every year for free.

“I’m admitting there were difficulties last Sunday and I can assure people that we have learned from this - and there won’t be a problem for the county final,” Mr Lynch said.

There were a number of factors that caused the delays and the long queues on Sunday, he said.

“There was a larger than expected crowd and the timing of hundreds of people coming to the grounds at the same time were two major factors.

“By keeping the prices at €13 and €8, we also had the issue of coinage, which delayed things. But I wasn’t going to increase the price,” he said.

Paid staff working in the ticket vans are brought in from Cork and Limerick so that local GAA officers are no longer compromised by deciding who should pay in and who should be free.

The GAA says the introduction of the ticketing system will lead to increased revenue - which will ultimately help run inter-county teams and benefit clubs.

 

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