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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 30th June , 2016

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FF made private deal on mayor's job

Fianna Fáil made a 'confidential agreement' with Councillor Brendan Cronin two days after the general election in February, and told him they would support him becoming Mayor of Killarney.

A voting pact was made on who would be Mayor of Killarney for each of the five years after the last local elections. The deal involved FF, FG and Danny Healy-Rae.

Healy-Rae was in line to be elected Mayor of Killarney at the AGM last week and when he got elected to the Dáil earlier this year, he assumed the position would automatically go to his successor on to the council.

His daughter Maura Healy-Rae was later co-opted in her father's place,  and assumed her father's deal would be honoured and that she would be mayor.

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No charges in fatal gas blast

No criminal charges will be brought over the horrific gas explosion in Killarney town centre three years ago which  claimed the life of 59-year-old local man, James Gleeson.

The inquest into Mr Gleeson's death finally concluded on Wednesday - three years after a fireball ripped through his laundrette business on Brewery Lane at around 6.15am on July 13th, 2013.

After an extensive investigation by the Health and Safety Authority, the DPP decided on two occasions not to bring charges against any person or company in relation to the explosion which cost Mr Gleeson his life, caused several injuries and cost millions of euro in damage to property in the vicinity.

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Ring riders to clock up two million kilometres

Just under two million kilometres - or fifty times around the equator - that's the amazing distance riders will clock up between them on Saturday's massive Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

Almost 11,000 have signed up for the big event, including riders from as far away as Cambodia and Vietnam, Australia, the US and Canada, and fifteen other countries, as well as from every single county in Ireland.

Riders of all abilities are taking part in the Ring - now Ireland's largest cycling event - and between them are expected to raise in the region of €1.8 million for charities in Kerry.

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Celebrity survival show shoots in Kerry

Hot on the heels of Star Wars and Top Gear, the cameras are rolling again in Kerry - adventurer Bear Grylls is currently filming in a remote location for his smash hit American TV series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

Courteney Bass Cox - better known as Monica from Friends - is also in Killarney to shoot scenes for the survival skills show in remote mountain valleys in South Kerry.

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The fellowship of the Ring

It's not all about the cyclists, you know. This weekend's Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is backed by 22,000 hours of behind the scenes volunteer work to ensure that the biggest cycling event in Ireland runs without a hitch.

The riders saddle up in Killarney on Saturday morning, and an estimated 2,000 volunteers will be helping out on the day, keeping the cyclists safely stewarded, watered and fed.

Last year, the annual event raised €1.8 million for local charities and organisers say that with just short of 11,000 cyclists signed up for Saturday's 180-kilometre spin, hopes are high that at least the same amount can be raised this year.

This year, 42 charities will receive funds from the Ring of Kerry Cycle, including the 10 main recipients.

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Ready, steady Puck!

It's ready, steady, go again for Puck Fair as the official countdown begins to Ireland's and Kerry's longest-running festival.

This week the date for the official launch of the world famous three-day Puck Fair was announced for July 8th and doing the honours this year is the poll-topping TD Michael Healy-Rae, who is now nearly as famous as the traditional festival itself.

Running from August 11th to 13th, organisers say this year's line-up and plans are as good as ever.

"It is just great to be able to do it every year," said Chairman Declan Mangan.

This week also saw the announcement of the 2016 Queen of Puck - Kerry Lynch from Caragh Lake, and her lady-in-waiting is Bláthnaid Carney from Killorglin.

This year's highlights include night-time concerts, children's events and entertainment for all the family.

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Fr Pat prepares for battle ahead

The announcement at Masses over the weekend that Fr Pat Moore is to retire as Parish Priest in the Duagh and Lyreacrompane parishes sent shockwaves into the community as he faces cancer for a second time.

The popular priest learned of the second diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in April and began treatment on Monday, travelling daily to Cork University Hospital.

He had been out on sick leave recuperating from his first battle with cancer, which was diagnosed in early 2015, and had been away from parish duties for the past 16 months.

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