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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 24th September, 2014

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Shock at sex assault in Sneem

Residents in Sneem have been left living in fear following a shocking sexual assault on a woman in her 70s in a rural area outside the village in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Nobody has been arrested in relation to the incident and gardaí are not releasing any details regarding the sexual assault. They are fully investigating the incident and are confident they will be able to progress the matter which they described as “shocking”.

It is believed that a male entered the house between 5.30am and 8am on Saturday and sexually assaulted the woman.

It is believed that guests at a nearby party on Friday night could help gardaí with their enquiries, and it is understood that statements have been taken from some of those who attended this event.

It is also believed that an earlier incident took place at the woman’s house when a group of youths apparently surrounded her house, but it is not known if this is linked to the sexual assault.

 

Walsh to

return to

Kerry team

Kerry’s prospects of retaining the Sam Maguire in 2015 are set to be given a huge boost by the return of Tommy Walsh from Australia. The 26-year-old Sydney Swans star had hinted last week that he would like to return when his AFL contract ends this year.

Sources close to Walsh and the Kerins O’Rahilly’s club have confirmed that Walsh intends to return home shortly, after a four-year stint in Australia.

Walsh starred against Cork the last time Kerry won the All-Ireland in 2009. He also won the Young Player of the Year award the previous year.

In October 2009 he left to take up an offer with Australian Rules outfit St Kilda’s before transferring in 2011 to Sydney Swans, the home of another Kerry All-Ireland winner, Tadhg Kennelly.

But Walsh’s progress was hindered by a series of injuries, the last a horrendous hamstring tear that required surgery and a long recuperation.

Since returning to football in the late spring with Swans’ reserve side, Walsh had put in a series of impressive performances.

This led the club to offer him a three-year contract but the Kerins O’Rahilly’s man did not want to commit himself to that long a contract.

Sydney Swans play Hawthorn in the Grand Final this Saturday. After that Walsh is expected to fly back to Kerry and will be available to play for the county from the start of the 2015 season.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has also predicted a bright future for the Kerry squad and confirmed that Walsh is in line for a much-anticipated comeback.

“Would I expect him Tommy Walsh back? I’d say there’s a good chance he’ll be back, yeah,” he said.

 

Govt does U-turn on school bus refusal

The Department of Education has done a U-turn and allowed three students with  special needs get on a school bus and return to school.

Kerri Marsh from Rathmore, Jessica Power from Abbeyfeale and Labhaoise O’Connor from Tralee have been attending St Ita’s and Joseph’s  special school in Tralee.

They had been told by the Department of Education they can’t get on the school  bus that passes their front doors - because they have all turned nineteen - and must leave the school.

After Kerry’s Eye highlighted the story three weeks ago, and South Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, showed a copy of the newspaper to Junior Education Minister, Damien English.

Once the minister read the article, he ordered that a special exception be made -  and that Kerri, Jessica and Labhaoise be allowed on the bus.

In an email sent by Minister English to Deputy Griffin on Monday about Kerri Marsh, he said that he was “pleased to advise that as an exceptional matter, for this school year only (2014/15) Ms Marsh may avail of transport on a concessionary basis subject to a number of terms and conditions including the payment of the annual charge.

Issue

“Bus Éireann has been advised accordingly and are contacting the family directly regarding the matter.”

 

Local hoteliers to buy Malton for €15m

The Malton Hotel in Killarney is to remain in local ownership through a deal brokered between NAMA and hoteliers Joe and Margaret Scally, for a sum understood to be in excess of the guiding €15m price.

The couple and their four adult children run the four-star Killarney Royal Hotel and the five-star Hayfield Manor in Cork.

Joe Scally told Kerry’s Eye this Wednesday that he expected the deal in relation to the Malton to be finalised in mid-November.

“Anybody I have spoken to is glad that it is being kept in local ownership,” Mr Scally said. “Substantial overseas interest has been expressed in it.

“The opportunity was there and we felt it was a natural progression. We hope to put our own stamp on the hotel, and continue to offer value for money to the customer,” he said.

The couple’s sons and daughters, Mark and Annemarie,  and Brian and Claire, respectively run Hayfield Manor and the Killarney Royal with son-in-law, Ettienne van Vrede,  who is general manager at Hayfield.

Mr Scally said the second generation would be involved in the new venture.

“There will obviously be continuity of employment at the Malton and we look forward to working with the staff,” he said.

Joe Scally, who has been in business in Killarney for 38 years, is originally from the Tullamore area.

His wife, Margaret, is a member of the well-known Killarney hotel family, the Treacys.

Her brother, Padraig Treacy of the Killarney Park and Ross Hotels, was a member of the consortium which bought the Malton in 2006 for €42m.

 

 

We’re only getting started

Killarney was transformed on Monday night into a scene Kerry football supporters hadn’t witnessed in decades.

Submerged in a glorious sea of green and gold, at least 10,000 supporters packed College Street and the Glebe Car Park to cheer home the boys who did the double.

After a rousing  reception in front of 25,000 in Tralee, the two open-top buses made their way down Lewis Road in Killarney at around 10pm. One by one, the minor and senior champions were brought on stage - Sam Maguire and Tom Markham held aloft. For local boys, Kieran  O’Leary, Fionn Fitzgerald and James O’Donoghue, the Killarney welcome will live long and strong in their memories.

Earlier that evening, the champions’ train made a special  stop in Rathmore as over 3,000 supporters welcomed home their local boys - five-time winner Aidan O’Mahony, Man of the Match , Paul Murphy, and shot-stopping minor goalkeeper, Shane Ryan.

Before a night of celebration at the INEC, minor star Tomás Ó Sé went head to head on stage in a dance-off with senior colleague, Donnchadh Walsh.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice suggested the celebrations could become a regular occurrence.

“The future is bright in Kerry,” he said.

“I can tell ye - we’re only getting started.”

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45 escape as fire rips

through school  tour bus

Forty-five students had a miraculous escape on Wednesday when the bus in which they were travelling burst into flames just minutes after they were evacuated. Money and luggage were lost in the blaze, and the bus was completely destroyed by flames.

by Sinead Kelleher

The dramatic rescue unfolded just after 7am on Wednesday, as the pupils were travelling to the Ploughing Championships in Laois.

The blaze began in Ballyvourney, shortly after the bus set off from Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine in Kenmare. One of the students smelled smoke and alerted the driver, and the students were immediately evacuated.

Within minutes, flames roared through the rear end of the bus, gutting the vehicle.

The evacuating students were directed to walk as far away from the vehicle as possible. As they walked away they could see flames at the back of the bus, and heard loud bangs, believed to be from aerosol cans in the students’ luggage.

Bags containing money, wellington boots and clothing as well as tickets for the Ploughing Championships were in the luggage holder beneath the vehicle, and some items including cash were lost in the blaze.

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Massive turnout as teams

return with All-Ireland trophies

Tens of thousands of Kerry fans welcomed their heroes home on Monday night, turning Rathmore, Tralee and Killarney into an ocean of green and gold on an unforgettable night for Kerry football.

There were no official figures available for the numbers of supporters on the streets, but local estimates suggest as many as 40,000 people came out to welcome home the senior and minor teams with the Sam Maguire and Tom Markham Cups.

At least 25,000 lined up in Tralee, another 3,000 in Rathmore, and well over 10,000 in Killarney, turning the homecoming into the biggest welcome home party the Kingdom has ever seen.

It’s a sight Kerry supporters may become used to, according to senior manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

In Killarney on Monday night, he told thousands of fans that Sunday’s historic double over Donegal could be just the start of something special.

“The future is bright in Kerry,” he said, to deafening applause. “It is a very exciting time to be involved in Kerry football with the success this year in the Hogan Cup and the minors and seniors winning on Sunday.

“I can tell ye - we’re only getting started.”

It was close to 5pm on Monday when the Kerry train finally crossed the border and ground to a halt in Rathmore. The Sam Maguire was back in Kerry after a five-year absence.

Record crowds of about 3,000 attended the celebrations at the border town. Rathmore has now produced its third All-Ireland Man of the Match award winner in eight years.

Shoulder to shoulder they stood on the  stage;  five-time  winner Aidan O’Mahony, Man of the Match Paul Murphy, and minor  goalkeeper, Shane Ryan.

Aidan O’Mahony remembered those who had passed on, including his own father, before thanking his club for the support they had always shown to him through his eight All-Ireland  appearances.

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It’s the perfect way for all supporters to commemorate Kerry’s first All-Ireland double in 34 years

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