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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 4th February 2016

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Ballymac boy steps back to 1916

A nine-year-old Ballymac boy stepped back a century to 1916 and experienced what life was like for a child his age, for a new RTE documentary "1916 Children".

 Ben Sharp, son of Richard and Olive Sharp, was the only child from Munster chosen to take part and live like his ancestors for the programme, due to hit RTE screens in a few months time.

This week however he said that he's glad to be back to reality.

From wearing the traditional clothes of the time to eating liver and kidneys and cooking his own ox tongue stew - it was a far cry from the home cooking Ben is used to.

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Killorglin and Listowel may house refugees

Killorglin and Listowel are both being considered as locations to house some of the seventeen refugee families due to arrive in the county in April.

Seventeen more refugee families are to come to Kerry this year as part of a resettlement programme for refugees. To date, twelve families have been housed in Kerry.

Ten of these arrived prior to Christmas and the remaining two families arrived yesterday. All twelve families have been housed in Tralee and Killarney.

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€3m deal struck on Technology Park sale

A deal has been struck on a joint venture between Kerry County Council and the Institute of Technology in Tralee to buy the Kerry Technology Park for over €3 million.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan made the announcement this week and said the unique purchase links education with enterprise and will bring major advantages for both the IT and industries in the Kerry Technology Park.

Home to 17 companies with over 250 employees on site, the KTP was previously owned and managed by the former Shannon Development.

The ITT stopped short of announcing that a deal had been finalised but confirmed that plans to acquire the KTP are "progressing".

At a board meeting of the Higher Education Authority, held on January 19th, the Institute received approval to proceed with the acquisition of the park in partnership with Kerry County Council.

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Blackmail scam targets Kerry victims

Children, teens and adults in Kerry are being targeted in an online blackmail scam involving explicit photos, a garda source revealed this week.

At least two young men in Kerry have contacted gardai in recent weeks after being targeted by the gang, which threatens to release compromising photos of the victims unless they hand over substantial amounts of cash.

In separate incidents, the victims - a teenager and man in his early twenties - were lured into sending revealing photographs of themselves after being contacted via their Facebook accounts.

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Council hit with legal bill in Kiely case

Kerry County Council is facing a substantial legal bill after the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that legal costs in the local election result challenge taken by candidate Dan Kiely will have to be paid by the local authority.

The Supreme Court decision - which comes ahead of next Wednesday's recount of almost 15,000 votes in the Listowel local electoral area - means the Council could face a legal bill reaching as high as six figures.

Kerry County Council said that they will make every effort to minimise financial exposure and that the matter is being discussed with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

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Ballyheigue man sells company for €2.9m

Ballyheigue IT consultant Kieran Lucid (31)has proven he has a good head for business by selling his four-year-old company - which specialises in gambling technology - for €2.9m.

Kieran from Tiershanahan in Ballyheigue, sold consultancy firm QuantumKDB to global giant First Derivatives, headquartered in Newry. The business, set up in 2011, was originally planned for Monavalley in Tralee, but the Ballyheigue man said he was unable to raise the investment locally after months of negotiations. Instead, he gambled on a move to London - and won big earlier this month when the multi-million deal was secured.

Kieran, son of Mary and Eddie, is a former pupil of Glenderry National School and Causeway Comprehensive School and holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from UCC and a Masters in Business Information Systems.

His company provides consulting for Kx, a California business, with the majority of the company's clients in the UK, US and Hong Kong.

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'We're not animals'

James Coffey, his pregnant wife Shirley, and their three small children huddle together every night in the same bed in a cramped, damp and cold council property in Gortroe in Killarney. On the outskirts of Kerry's tourism capital, they live in what can only be classed as Third World conditions.

The Traveller accommodation site where they live is just a short walk from a world-famous golf and fishing club, a multinational industry and a five-star hotel.

Inside the 25-year-old Coffey unit, similar in size to a mobile home, conditions have to be seen to be believed. The walls are blackened, damp and covered with mould. The only source of heat is a range which billows smoke when lit. High walls block most of the light and the family of five can barely fit together in any one of the rooms.

For the last three years, residents and Traveller's representative groups have pleaded with the council to either upgrade or totally demolish these units. They have began a protest at the entrance to the sight to highlight their plight.

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Parents left without vital epilepsy support

A Tralee family whose daughter has epilepsy has hit out at the HSE over what they say is a failure to replace vital paediatric nurses at Cork University Hospital.

John and Mary O'Callaghan say they are now 'in limbo' if their three-year-old daughter Amelia has a seizure - as they have nobody to contact for help and support.

The Kerry family are one of at least 100 families in Kerry who are affected after the only two paediatric epilepsy nurses covering Cork and Kerry are now unavailable.

No such service is available in Kerry General Hospital and all those affected in Kerry are under the care of CUH.

Up until now, worried parents could contact a direct telephone line which put them into contact with two epilepsy nurses who would then contact the consultant paediatric neurologists at the hospital, and return advice to the parents.

However, one nurse retired last summer and the other nurse is understood to have now begun a period of maternity leave - leaving worried parents with no support.

"We rely on this service. We are now completely without support. It is an absolute disgrace," said Mary.

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Muckross residents unite against crime

Residents around Muckross in Killarney are uniting in their fight against crime following a number of house burglaries in the area over the past year.

About 70 locals attended a public meeting on Tuesday night organised by the Muckross Community Association, which heard from senior gardaí including the superintendent, the crime prevention and garda liaison officers.

It was agreed that a community alert text system be put in place which would help share knowledge about suspected criminal activity and particularly help vulnerable residents and those living in isolated areas.

Superintendent Flor Murphy, who addressed the meeting, said that despite the common perception, the crime rate in Killarney was relatively low given the thousands of people who visit the tourist town every year  - many of them circulating in the Muckross area.

He said that while a number of burglaries had taken place involving the theft of cash and jewellery, many known and repeat offenders in Killarney are now serving jail sentences for their crimes.

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Chief Super's retirement raises €8k for charity

Almost €8,000 was raised for the Kerry Hospice Foundation's new in-patient unit thanks to chief superintendent Pat Sullivan, who held a coffee morning to mark his retirement from the gardaí in the Ballygarry House Hotel two weeks ago.

Instead of a retirement party, the head of the Kerry Garda Division decided to host a charity coffee morning for a cause close to his heart and to that of his wife, Maura,  a key figure in the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Family, friends and colleagues were amongst more than 500 people who attended the coffee morning, which marked 41 years of service in An Garda Síochána for Kerry's highest ranking garda.

Attendees on the day gave generously to this cause with a very impressive €7,930 collected on the day.

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