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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 18th December, 2014

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Chickens saved from fowl fate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A brood of mistreated and malnourished hens have got a new chance at life for Christmas - thanks to a Tralee family who have rescued 35 of the birds destined for the slaughterhouse.

Tjitske and Peter Breen and their children, Sam, Andrew, Daniel and Ella and Lily are now taking care of the rescued hens - even wrapping them up in specially-made woollen clothes to keep them warm.

 

 Courageous Killarney man reveals battle with depression

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messages of support have been pouring in this week for a Killarney man who has gone public with his battle against depression - in a bid to reach out to others suffering with the condition.

 Neil Kelders has been battling depression since he was a teenager. Now 36, the well known runner and former youth worker published a courageous message on his website this week marking the 21st year of his struggle - including an extraordinary video clip recorded in March, in which he revealed his acceptance that his life would end soon.

 

Denney’s Dreams come true!

Rugby fanatic Denney Culloty has never been to an Irish international match, but 2015 will see his dream come true - after Ronan O’Gara personally delivered a pair of tickets for the Ireland-England Six Nations game next March

The former Munster and Ireland star arrived in secret to O’Donnells in Mounthawk, Tralee, to present the tickets to Denney last week, along with two Irish jerseys.

 

 

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The tragic accident that claimed the life of Catriona Dowling (50) on Saturday stunned all of north Kerry, and sent shockwaves through the school community of which she was a part for the last 27 years.

The mother-of-three teenagers died in a single vehicle accident before 9am on Saturday morning on the Ballincrossig road, after skidding on what is believed to have been black ice.

Staff at Presentation Secondary, Tralee gathered in the school on Saturday afternoon to comfort each other, while a large number of students responded to the invitation to come into the school on Sunday afternoon.

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Tears as tragic accident victim  is laid to rest

But the big news only came to light this week when a video capturing the special moment was released online.

“He was absolutely shocked. He had a smile up to his ears after,” said Denney’s daughter Elaine, who was behind the big surprise.

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Food bank to feed 1,000 families this Christmas

Over 1,000 families will be fed this Christmas from a new food bank opened in Tralee as the food poverty crisis in the county gets worse.

Up to ten staff are now working late into the evenings in the Tralee town warehouse, as the Vincent de Paul prepares food hampers for people and families who just can’t survive this Christmas.

For the first time ever, people who have donated to SVP over the years are now  coming back - to be fed and clothed themselves.

Despite reports of improvements in the economy, the Vincent de Paul in Tralee  are baffled as to why demand from poverty-stricken families for food, money and basic essentials has jumped by 25% this Christmas.

The 1,000 requests for help comes from just around the Tralee and north Kerry areas.

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‘I’m a celebrity,

get me to Sneem!’

Television superstars Ant and Dec, presenters of the smash hit series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, are planning to enter 2015 in style - in the south Kerry village of Sneem.

The celebrity presenters are to attend the wedding of former Eastenders actor Sean Maguire, who will marry his childhood sweetheart, Tara Flynn, in Sneem on December 30th. The reception will be held in the Sneem Hotel.

The wedding group - including And and Dec and what is believed to be a  a star-studded guest list - is to spend New Year’s Eve in the Blue Bull Bar in Sneem, where they will ring in the New Year.

The news that Ant and Dec are among the guests broke on Wednesday morning and the village has been buzzing since.

“We didn’t realise they were going to be guests but there is great excitement around about Sean and his wife and their wedding party - and then we heard Ant and Dec were coming,” said Coleen O’Carroll, owner of The Blue Bull.

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500 in vigil for loved ones

Memories of loved ones helped light up a moving ceremony at Holy Cross Mercy National School in Killarney on Monday night. Over 500 people joined a candlelit vigil at the official switching on of the Christmas tree, led by Fr Niall Howard and pupils at the school.

Each bulb on the tree represents a loved one, and to date over 1,000 bulbs have been purchased by those who want to remember someone special who has passed away.

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