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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 3rd September, 2014

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'They did their best for him'

The family of Castleisland man TJ O'Herlihy, who tragically lost his life last weekend, have praised all the people who assisted in the rescue operation in Limerick.

TJ O'Herlihy (36) from Tullig in Castleisland, was carrying out specialised remedial works with co-workers on Thomond Bridge on Saturday when the cable supporting the platform they were standing on snapped, and plunged into the river.

TJ was not supposed to begin work in Limerick until this week, but began on Saturday after accepting the offer of early work.

However, TJ's father Tim said the family knew that those involved in the rescue operation did all they could to save the young man's life.

"I want to thank the rescue crews - they did their best for him. They were very professional throughout it all and we really appreciate all they did," he said.

TJ was looking forward to welcoming his partner Tessa and two children Conor (3) and six-month-old Katie home to Castleisland from Sweden next week.

He was making the final preparations to the house in Castleisland that he and his family would call home before he tragically passed away last Saturday.

 

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'Tickets will be like gold dust'

Kerry GAA supporters will have to make do with 14,000 All-Ireland Football Final tickets which will be allocated to the GAA on Monday.

The County Board confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that the county will receive the same ticket allocation as last year, but supporters could be facing the biggest scramble for All-Ireland tickets in almost 20 years with an unprecedented hunger for All-Ireland glory being shown by Dublin and Mayo fans.

One website is already advertising All-Ireland premium tickets for €650 per ticket  - an indication of the anticipated demand before Kerry's opposition in the final is even known.

The county's 14,000 tickets will be distributed through clubs from next Thursday. The number available will be far below the level of demand, but GAA officials are confident that everybody hoping to make it to Croker will get to witness Kerry win the 'Double Double'.

The county board has also acknowledged the unique relationship between the current Kerry squad and their supporters, with exceptional numbers making the journey to Croker for the semi-final clash with Tyrone.

"Mayo have a huge global following, as have Dublin and tickets will be like gold dust - but we're confident that we'll have enough," said County Board PRO John O'Leary.

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Return of the Jedi to Skellig Michael

Debate raged over whether Star Wars should be permitted back to Skellig Michael this week - but Kerry's Eye can exclusively reveal that as of Tuesday, the Force is already with us.

A huge production crew for Star Wars VIII - the sequel to the film shot on the World Heritage Site last year - arrived in South Kerry on Tuesday and visited Skellig Michael.

The director, producer and head of photography for the blockbuster film - along with up to 30 pre-production crew, were ferried on to the island at around 2.30pm.

Star Wars VIII director and writer Rian Johnson, producer Ram Bergman and Director of Photography Steve Yedlin - possibly the most important figures in the production, apart from the stars - were amongst the crew members on the island on Tuesday.

The crew brought no equipment on board the boats with them, but it is understood that they were walking the island and taking pictures, and spent a number of hours surveying the area.

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Former bishop

attacked on train

Retired Kerry Bishop Bill Murphy (79) was attacked and punched while travelling on a train to Dublin last month, by a man claiming that the Kerry Diocese had not responded adequately to complaints of child sexual abuse.

A man in his 30s is alleged to have approached Bishop Murphy in a carriage after the train had left Mallow Station, and punched him in the face.

A male passenger sitting in the same carriage intervened and asked the man to leave the Bishop alone. According to another passenger, the man had been drinking during the journey.

After the exchange, the alleged attacker was escorted from the carriage by two Iarnród Eireann staff. Gardaí were waiting on the platform in Heuston Station, but it is unclear whether the man was arrested.

Bishop Murphy had been travelling with his brother Archdeacon Michael Murphy. The retired bishop is believed to have been very upset after the incident, which occurred on the 7.30am Killarney/Dublin train on August 6th.

"This unfortunate incident happened over a month ago and it has been reported to the Gardaí," the spokesperson  for the Kerry Diocese said this week.

"The incident has also been brought to the Designated Liaison Person for Safeguarding Children in the Diocese of Kerry."

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New Tralee Greenway plan revealed

The project to create further cycle and walk way amenities in the town of Tralee are moving forward with plans to develop a 3km greenway from Tralee Town Park to Blennerville.

A planning application has been lodged by Kerry County Council for the development of a greenway from The Neil Armstrong Way in Tralee Town Park, all the way to Blennerville, via Ballyard and the existing Ballymullen amenity trail or Riverwalk.

The new route will run from the Neil Armstrong Way to Siamsa Tire along the back of the old Town Council building and across to the Aquadome, where it will link with the existing Riverwalk.

It will continue across the Ballyard road near the Tralee Bay Wetlands, to the old railway bridge and onto the Tralee to Dingle Road, then back to the Basin, where the new route will join the existing Canal Walk from the Basin to Blennerville Bridge.

The public can now make submissions on the proposed project and the route and it is hoped that, once the planning process is completed, work can begin in the New Year.

The new greenway is part of the Tralee Active Travel town plans which received funding from the Department of Transport of €1.3m to develop facilities to encourage people to look at alternative travel methods.

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