KERRY’S EYE online

KERRY’S EYE online

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

Have you got a story

CONTACT OUR NEWS TEAM

Colin Lacey, Editor

Email:

Anne Pullen

Phone: 087-2357781

Email:

 

Sinead Kelleher

Phone: 087-9303061

Email:

Michelle Crean

Phone: 086-1023233

Email:

Aidan O'Connor

Phone: 087-1221759

Email:

Breda Joy

Phone: 087-9372542

Email:

Gordon Revington

Phone: 087-4187464

Email:

Kerry’s Eye welcomes views and opinions from our readers

Telephone: 066-7149200

Textline: 087-9111198

email:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Headlines from Kerry's Eye this week

NEWS

 

Report slams Cahersiveen hospital

The HSE is standing over the quality of care given to elderly patients at Cahersiveen Community Hospital after major concerns were raised this week about parts of the facility.

It's the second community hospital inside a month where HIQA found aspects of facilities for the elderly failed to meet standards and where action needs to be taken.

In their report published this week, inspectors who visited the 33-bed hospital in Cahersiveen found that a good standard of care is given to residents, but  improvements needed to be made in fire safety practices, how personal property was managed and staffing.

It follows a scathing report last month on the elderly unit at Listowel Community Hospital where one resident was left without emergency medication and another resident remained constipated for nine days.

The most serious failing in Cahersiveen was the lack of space, with the dining area only capable of seating half the residents at any one time.

 

Killarney man flies the flag at Tour De France

It seems the Irish get everywhere and this time round the Killarney cycling jersey and Irish flag were spotted at the Tour de France.

Killarney man Richard Maes was seen on Eurosport waving the Irish tricolour and running beside the second-placed cyclist of the famous event, Nairo Alexander Quintana during stage 20 - the Alpe d'Heuz - one of the most famous stages of the race.

Richard was among a group of five who travelled over from Killarney to see the Tour this year, bringing their bikes and cycling the same routes as the participants of the world famous race.

The group which also included Derry, Brendan and Darren O'Mahony and Marcus Treacy, who managed to meet and mingle and shout support at their heroes. They then followed in their tracks on some of the races most famous climbs including the Alpe d'Huez. The group saw four stages in total during their holiday.

Richard was spotted on Eurosport at this stage running behind Nairo Quintana on Saturday's stage shouting motivation to the world-class cyclist. He was wearing his Killarney club gear and carrying the Irish flag.

The group also met with Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin and even managed a chat with the performing cyclists.

IN THIS WEEK’S KERRY’S EYE:

Follow us on:

'We are taking it

step by step'

A Killarney teenager, whose life was turned upside down when he was paralysed by a car accident has been overjoyed to stand again using an exoskeleton and is hopeful that one day he may walk again.

Josef Ubanszky (19) was injured in a single car collision just over one year ago which resulted in him being paralysed from the chest down. He was a back seat passenger in the car which overturned while travelling from Killarney to Tralee on May 31st, 2014.

The accident left Josef, who is originally from the Czech Republic, seriously injured and he spent months bed-bound. Since that fateful day Josef's life and that of his girlfriend, Amy Doyle from Firies (22) have been completely changed.

"I knew straight away it was serious but Josef was drugged. It was surreal; I actually stayed very calm. It was like it was happening in slow motion," recalls Amy.

"It didn't really sink in first, it still hasn't, they told me how I would never walk again," recalls Josef.

"It was very difficult, at first, learning to do things like get out of bed or into the car.

Read the full story in Kerry's Eye

Star Wars force returns

It's another coup for Skellig Michael as filming is now certain to take place again this year when cast and crew of the new Star Wars VIII blockbuster make their way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The writer and director of Star Wars VIII, Rian Johnson, visited the location in May and dozens of  representatives from Disney Lucasfilm have been coming to the Skelligs and staying in South Kerry since Christmas, locals confirmed this week.

Ever since scenes for Star Wars VII 'The Force Returns' were shot on Skellig Michael last August,  speculation about possible future filming on the island has circulated for months. However, locals are in no doubt about the sci-fi blockbuster  making it's way back to South Kerry.

"It's going to happen, there's no doubt about that. They've been around here since Christmas really," one local source confirmed.

However, not even the locals have been told of when film crew and actors will arrive. It's almost certain to be September - before the Skelligs boat trip season ends  - but local boatmen haven't yet done a final deal with film producers that compensates them for lost trips and which is worth about €1,000 a day.

The details surrounding Star Wars and it's filming locations around the world remain top secret and locals are terrified to talk -  breaking a confidentiality clause makes them lose the deal.

300 hungry every week

Up to 300 people are going hungry every week in Kerry and are now relying on charities to ensure there's enough food on the table.

The startling figures, released by Foodshare Kerry, show that food poverty is a major issue in the county, with hundreds of people struggling to get bills paid while going without food in order to survive.

Foodshare Kerry began operating a giant food bank in Tralee and helps 12 charities to see after hundreds of individuals and families every week. They get leftover food from shops and supermarkets and deliver it free to those most in need.

However, they're helping just a fraction of those who can't afford to eat and want more suppliers to help tackle the problem. They expect food poverty numbers to hit 600 by Christmas.

St Vincent de Paul in Tralee alone helps feed up to 50 families every week. "There are people unemployed who have to pay bills like heating and electricity. They pay the bills to keep a roof over their head but they go without food," said Paddy Kevane.

"It is shocking that in this day and age in 2015 that there are people out there that need food. People are talking about a recovery but we don't see it on the ground."

Read the full story in Kerry's Eye

Brendan to swim at World Games today

Tralee man Brendan O'Connell will compete in the 1,500m Open Water Sea Swim today (Thursday) in LA at the Special Olympic World Games.

It is a big day for Brendan (30) from Oakview and his Dublin teammate, Keith Butler, according to Brendan's mother, as they are the first Irish duo to compete in the Open Water Sea Swim at the Special Olympics.

Brendan has been testing the water in LA over the past week and he feels ready for today's challenge.

"I am not nervous. I have been training in both the sea and pool. I had a rest day on Monday and was back training again Tuesday and Wednesday. I am looking forward to it," he said.

Brendan took part in divisional swims on last Sunday in Long Beach. He gave an excellent performance and managed to keep within his entry time.

Read the full story in Kerry's Eye

Beach access victory

Hundreds of locals fighting to keep public access to parts of Banna strand have secured a major victory in their campaign.

Kerry County Council was in the courts, fighting to have four separate access points to Banna beach listed as rights-of-way.

The council has now told the local Akeragh Action Group that the case relating to two access points has been settled and that they're open to the public for generations to come as legal rights-of-way.

For the first time, Kerry County Council has to list every right-of-way in its new county development plan. Four of these were disputed in the circuit court.

However, agreement has now been reached on two locations - one access point to the strand from the Cúl Trá; the other from the Small Rock.

"It's fantastic. It means these are listed as public rights-of-way for generations to come," said Catherine Godley of Akeragh Action Group.

Hundreds of locals wrote letters of support to Kerry County Council, asking them to keep fighting the cause in the courts. They want the access points listed as rights-of-way to ensure they can continue a long tradition of public access and walks by the beach.

Since the group was set up last October, their campaign gathered momentum and involved mainly locals - as well as many others who love to walk the beach between Banna and Ballyheigue.

Read the full story in Kerry's Eye

CONTACT US

TALK TO A REPORTER

SEND US A STORY

ADVERTISE IN KERRY'S EYE

Contact us

Read Kerry’s Eye on your Android tablet, iPad or iPhone

 

KERRY'S EYE NEWSPAPER,  22 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Phone: 066 71 49200, Fax: 066 71 23163, Email: news@kerryseye.com

Text Line: 087 9111198

ANDROID

Tablets & Phones

 Digital Edition

iPad

Download the Free App

from the App Store

Download the Free App

from the App Store

Not only can you read Kerry’s Eye on your computer

you can also read the full newspaper on your Android tablet, iPad or iPhone

 

 

 

Digital subscribers can also download the free Kerry’s Eye App from iTunes

to have the newspaper delivered to your iPad or iPhone every week.

 

 

 

 

 

           Wherever you are, keep Kerry with you

           The Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition bringing you the news from home every Thursday.

1 YEAR

SUBSCRIPTION

€50

  Sign up for the Kerrys Eye Digital Edition

iPhone

Talk to a Reporter

Colin Lacey, Editor

 

 

 

Anne Pullen

Phone: 087-2357781

Email:

 

 

Sinead Kelleher

Phone: 087-9303061

Email:

 

 

Michelle Crean

Phone: 086-1023233

Email:

 

Aidan O'Connor

Phone: 087-1221759

Email:

 

 

Breda Joy

Phone: 087-9372542

Email:

 

 

 

Gordon Revington

Phone: 087-4187464

Email:

 

 

KERRY'S EYE NEWSPAPER

22 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Phone: 066 71 49200, Fax: 066 71 23163

Email: news@kerryseye.com  Text Line: 087 9111198

 

Send us a Story

 

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

Captcha Image

Advertise in Kerry's Eye

Brendan Kennelly

Advertising & Marketing Manager

 

Phone 0872591140

Email: brendan@kerryseye.com

 

 

 

KERRY'S EYE NEWSPAPER

22 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry

 

Phone: 066 71 49200

Fax: 066 71 23163

Email: advertising@kerryseye.com

 

Catherina Cunningham

Advertising Co-ordinator

 

Direct Line 066 71 49229

Email:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eileen Curtin

Tralee and West Kerry

 

Phone: 087 2619023

Email:

 

 

 

 

 

Brendan O'Sullivan

Motoring and Farming

 

Phone: 087 227 3742

Email:

 

Tanya Allen

Tralee, Listowel, Abbeyfeale

and West Limerick

 

Phone: 087 6785469

Email:

 

 

 

 

 

Sean O'Keeffe

Killarney & South Kerry

 

Phone: 086 418 7454

Email:

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Cloona

Castleisland, and North Kerry

 

Phone: 087 622 5383

Email: