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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 30th October, 2014

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Better, faster broadband

- But years away in Kerry

Thousands of broadband customers in Tralee and  Killarney have been made more promises of even faster connection over the next few years - but no date of delivery or no price is being given.

Eircom announced on Tuesday that it is to roll out the ‘fibre-to-the home’ (FTTH) service to 66 locations around Ireland, including Tralee  and Killarney. The superfast speeds will offer a one gigabit connection, making it possible for users to download a film in less than a minute.

Work will commence on three locations outside of Kerry next month. However, Eircom said it does not know when the service  will become available to Tralee and Killarney, and admitted it could be several years from now.

It can’t predict the price until it deals with COMREG - the body that regulates the communications industry.

 

Cannabis, ecstasy ‘destined

for Halloween party market’

Drugs worth A TOTAL OF €45,000 were discovered in three different locations in Tralee last week, including in a makeshift shed at an abandoned ghost estate that gardaí believe was being used to prepare the substances for sale.

The drugs, which included cannabis, suspected ecstasy and amphetamines, were destined for sale in Tralee and north Kerry and in other major towns in the county, and were intended to target the Halloween party market, according to a senior garda source.

Undercover gardaí from the Drugs Unit have been monitoring the activities of a number of non-national gangs in north Kerry that they have linked to a number of major drug finds this year.

Practice makes perfect for single-handed HOOPS teen

Killarney basketballer Jordan Lee has shown single-minded devotion to make his mark at national level - the Killarney teen has been selected to star with the  national U15 development squad.

The achievement is extra remarkable for Jordan (14) - because his left arm never developed from the elbow joint down.

“I never really let it affect me,” the young athlete said. “I just go out there and give it my all.

“It’s practice that counts. You have to do a lot of practice.”

Jordan and fellow Saint Paul’s Club player, Ewan Weldon, have been called up to the Irish development squad ahead of next year’s European Basketball Championships.

They train with Saint Paul’s twice a week and three times with their school team at Saint Brendan’s College.

Jordan looks up to the US basketballer, Zach Hodskins (18), a one-armed athlete who has qualified to play college basketball and is in his first season.

“My team mates in St Paul’s and at school have always been a big support to me,” he said.

“They put their faith in me and believed in me. They didn’t treat me any differently, and I want to thank them for that.”

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Anti-water charge group

expect 1,000 for Saturday march

Hundreds marched through Tralee town to protest against the introduction of water charges on Saturday, and it is expected that up to 1,000 people will attend a similar march this Saturday.

A protest will also take place in Listowel the same day and in towns and villages across Ireland as part of a nation-wide campaign.

The Tralee march is being led by Right2Water Tralee Kerry. Right2water is a national organisation set up to campaign against the introduction of water charges which they say will discriminate against working people and the employed in favour of the wealthy and are just another the tax.

The group is calling for domestic water charges to be abolished. Chairman of the Tralee branch, Phil Hogan, said that anger was palatable at Saturday’s march which was attended by an estimated 400 people.

“People are sick and tired of what is going on. People can’t afford to pay for water it is too much. People are on their last cents,” he said.

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Galvin sets record straight in his new autobiography

Former Kerry star Paul Galvin says his suspension over the incident in 2010 for sticking his finger in Eoin Cadogan’s mouth was a pill he could never swallow, and felt he was “guilty until proven guilty”.

His account of his suspension and other controversies that dogged the Finuge man’s inter-county career are included in his autobiography, In My Own Words, which hits the bookshops today (Thursday).

He claimed that the controversial ‘finger’ incident with Cork’s Eoin Cadogan in 2010 came about after he found himself on the ground “struggling to breathe”.

“As the play developed on the other side of the field, he pulled me to the ground from behind,” he writes.  “My head was on one side of him, my body on the other. I was struggling to breath. To release myself I stuck a finger in the side of his mouth and pulled his cheek. It is the most effective way I know to defend yourself and prevent a situation from escalating. No punch, no gouges, no squeezing their windpipe. It works and it’s pretty harmless. It disarms immediately. That’s not to say it’s an acceptable thing to do. But as intended it defused the situation. He let go and I could breathe again.”

However, Galvin  says that the two-month suspension was hard to accept. He said he was sent off for striking a player and unsuccessfully defended his case on the grounds that he didn’t strike anyone.

“I felt I was  guilty until proven guilty,” he writes in the book, published by Transworld Ireland.

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Writing about the All-Ireland Final against Cork the previous year, Galvin says that the insinuation that Tadgh Kennelly’s high tackle on Nicholas Murphy in the opening seconds of the game was pre-planned was unfounded.

He says it was a situation blown out of proportion, and came about because Kennelly’s book was  ghost-written by an Australian author in a different time  zone, under time pressure,  with huge sociological differences.

In a series of accounts of his life from on and off the field, Galvin also writes about the incident involving throwing a duster while  teaching a class at the Sem  in Killarney.

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