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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 19th March, 2015

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 Drugs hidden yards from national school

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered by gardaí in Killarney on Tuesday - hidden in woodlands just yards from a local national school. The Muckross woodland was the scene of the search by several Killarney gardaí using a sniffer dog drafted in from Cork.

The drugs were uncovered in Dromickbawn Wood beside Lough Guitane NS during the full-scale search carried out with assistance of the dog unit from the Southern Region Drugs Unit.

The search followed the dramatic roadside arrest of two men in their 30s and the seizure of a car in the same area on Monday evening, shortly after 7.30pm.

The men had been driving along the Lough Guitane Road when their car was pulled in by two unmarked garda cars, one taking up a position in front of the car and the other behind it.

While the men were being questioned at the roadside, a garda personnel carrier, commonly known as a ‘paddywagon’, arrived on the scene.

The men were  conveyed to the garda station in this vehicle while a garda drove the car they had been travelling in.

“Following a targeted surveillance operation by Killarney gardaí a quantity of controlled drugs were seized when a vehicle was stopped at Dromickbane, Muckross, Killarney on Monday evening, 16th March 2015,” gardaí confirmed in a statement.

 

Gardaí probe into suspicious approach to

10-year-old child

Parents of 130 children at a national school in north Kerry were put on alert last week after a suspicious approach was made to a child by three men in Kilflynn village.

Detectives are examining CCTV footage across Tralee, Listowel and other parts of north Kerry, as well as conducting house-to-house inquiries this week following the incident, which Tralee gardaí say is being treated very seriously.

The incident - described locally as an “attempted abduction” - happened last Wednesday shortly before 5pm, as a 10-year-old local boy was walking alone to the village.

The child was reportedly approached by the men who offered sweets, but he immediately ran home and alerted his father, who in turn alerted gardaí.

The following day, Thursday, principal Mary Carroll of St Theresa’s national school, which has approximately 130 students, alerted parents in a note sent home with pupils.

This week gardaí renewed their appeal to anyone who may have seen a white van  in the area between 4pm and 6pm possibly a new or recently purchased Ford Transit with light blue writing on the side, and with a high white roof.

 

 Anna Meria is a Kerry first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Meria Costello, became the first ever Kerry winner in the Kerry’s Eye Tralee International Marathon last Sunday. The Kilmoyley woman led the field in the women’s section, crossing the line in a time of 2.58.38.

The win is a huge achievement, made even more special by the fact that Anna Meria’s first marathon win came on home ground.

Anna Meria runs with Gneeveguilla AC but she is from Kilmoyley. She works with Kerry County Council and has been running since she was 12 years old.

 

 Solar eclipse to take over Kerry skies

A spectacular solar eclipse is set to take over the sky this Friday morning and locals can get involved by making their way back to Ballinskelligs Beach to watch this rare event.

Friday’s solar eclipse is caused by the moon passing over the Sun and it will begin at 8.20am and continue until about 10.30am.

Southwest Kerry is expected to experience the peak of the eclipse around 9.20am.

 

There’s a buzz of excitement around Fenit and the locals are bursting with pride as native girl Shauna Nolan gets ready to perform in The Voice of Ireland live shows this Sunday night.

Shauna has been in Dublin practising since the start of the week and Fenit natives are counting down the days until they see “their own” Shauna battle it out in the live shows this weekend.

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Tralee twins live with rare blood condition

Twins Adam and Grace Roche were celebrating St Patrick’s Day this week but the brave little two-year-olds couldn’t even go to watch the parade - because the slightest scratch or accidental bump in a crowd could cause horrific injuries and send them straight to hospital.

Adam and Grace are the only boy-girl twins in Ireland currently diagnosed with haemophilia, a rare condition that’s even more exceptional in twins.

Parents Rebecca and Maurice Roche, who live in Ashgrove in Ballyvelly, Tralee, can never take their eyes off them - as even the most minor bump can trigger a life-threatening bleed.

Rebecca and Maurice highlighted their story this week to help promote Haemophilia Awareness Month.

“It's just so hard to see them in pain and so badly bruised and you can't do anything to help.

“Any bumps can cause horrific bruises - they literally can be shocking,” Grace said.

But the twins, who will be three on May 2nd, are now at an age where bumps and bruises are part of the day, she said.

“It’s also harder in a way with twins because they always bang into each other,” Rebecca said.

“Grace will run away laughing - but Adam will end up bleeding

Parents alerted after ‘attempted abduction’

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Ice maidens to take plunge in Russia

It’s enough to give you the chills. Three ice-cool local women are about to take the plunge for Ireland - into sub zero waters at the International Ice Swimming Championships in Russia this weekend.

Dingle swimmer Nuala Moore will be joined by Frances Lynch and Alice Kelliher from Tralee as part of the ten-strong Irish team at the event, which begins on Saturday in Murmansk.

The three women will be swimming in waters at freezing point and below, while the air temperature will dip to between minus 3 and minus 11.

Bitterly cold water temperatures are no barrier to Nuala Moore, who has previous experience at such challenges, but for Francis and Alice it will be a chilling new experience.

Francis is a member of Tralee Bay Swimming Club and Kingdom Masters and has plenty of swimming experience under her belt.

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Camp man Mike O’Neill is well-known amongst locals as a character and his humorous personality has booked him a slot on our television screens as part of AIB’s latest advertisement.

Mike’s larger than life personality caught the eye of the casting crew, who offered him a place on their new ad which hit screens earlier this week.

The advert features Mike looking for a loan to purchase a new Volkswagen Beetle.

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Mike banks on TV appearance

The organisers of the Killarney Festival of Food and Music will pay €70,000 plus a percentage of ticket sales for the use of a field in the National Park as a venue.

The ticket sales percentage will be less than five per cent, according to a departmental source who said that any income would be re-invested locally by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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