Let's help Rose bloom this Christmas!

Little Rose O’Flaherty's beautiful smile hides the challenges of living with a rare condition - and the brave Ballymac girl is fighting hard to be in good shape for Santa this Christmas.

Six-year-old Rose is a little ray of sunshine at home and at school - even as she continues to recover from surgery to treat her scoliosis.

To see her, you’d hardly believe the Junior Infants pupil at Clogher isn’t long over having a magnetic rod inserted in her back.

 

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What happened in Kerry this week

Civil Defence volunteers from around Kerry were officially hailed as heroes for their work during the Covid-19 crisis this week - but said they were just doing what they had to do.

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Little Rose O’Flaherty's beautiful smile hides the challenges of battling a rare life-changing condition - and the brave Ballymac girl is now fighting hard to be in good shape for Santa this Christmas.

Read Rose's story in tomorrow's Kerry's Eye

 

A hundred years to the day that members of the newly-established police force of the Irish Free State came to Kerry for the first time, past and present members of An Garda Síochana gathered in Listowel to celebrate a century of service in the county.

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Pupils at one South Kerry school could never have forecasted their luck last week as they got a surprise lesson on the weather from one of the country’s best known meteorologists, RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly

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Listowel’s brave Ellie-Mai Neylon got the surprise of her life last Friday night when she learned she was going to be one of the stars on the Late Late Toy Show.

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Outgoing principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Cáit Uí Chonchuir, has given a thousand thanks to all those pupils who made her 32 years teaching at the Tralee school so special and memorable.

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Three Killarney teens came back to Kerry as heroes at the weekend - after being named SciFest STEM Champions at the national finals of SciFest Ireland in Dublin last Friday.

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'We did what we had to do'

CIVIL DEFENCE volunteers from around the county were officially hailed as heroes of the State’s response to the Covid-19 crisis this week, when they were presented with special medals of honour from the Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.

Twelve members of the service from Kerry received their special Covid-19 medals at a ceremony in Croke Park on Tuesday, in recognition of the vital role they played in helping the frontline emergency staff during the pandemic.

“The day itself was a fantastic experience,” said Pat Shortt, a Civil Defence volunteer from Killarney.

 

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Finally - Daniel gets back respite nights

AN ELDERLY Killorglin couple who had been unable to access respite care for their adult son with special needs are finally to have his allocated respite nights restored in January.

Daniel Courtney has been unable to avail of his allocated nine nights per month since November 2021 because the room, which he’d shared with another client though not at the same time, was being used by the other client on a full-time basis.

Danny (38), who has an intellectual disability and suffers from severe epilepsy, requires around-the-clock care and had been allocated nine respite nights at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort since 2000.

 

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Cruiser sinks in collision at Dingle Harbour

MECHANICAL systems failure is thought to have caused a collision between a fishing trawler and a number of smaller vessels in Dingle Harbour on Friday evening in which thousands of euro of damage was caused to marina infrastructure.

The Marine Surveys Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the accident that sunk part of the pontoon and damaged several smaller boats, including a cruiser that was moored at the pontoon near the breakwater at the time.

The Spanish-owned and French-registered Bikain that usually fishes out of Ondárroa in the Basque country in Spain, remains in Dingle Harbour until the investigation is complete.

 

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Muckross club rows back the years

A milestone in the history of Muckross Rowing Club was celebrated at the weekend when the four-man team that sparked a huge upturn in the fortunes of the Killarney club were reunited after 50 years.

John Lyne, Denis Horan, Donie Cronin and Pat Casey are credited with kickstarting a run of unprecedented success with their famous factory in the Killarney Regatta senior four-oar race of 1972.

Last Friday, at a special evening in Muckross Rowing Club, the four oarsmen together to recreate the photograph that was taken in 1972, after they won the prestigious Great Southern & Western Railway Hotel Cup.

 

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'I am fighting every day for Ben'

A distraught mother says she is fighting to hold onto her son as she watches his health rapidly deteriorate – and says they have been continuously let down and dismissed by health services.

Lisa O’Connor is a full-time carer for her 15-year-old son Ben, at home in Firies.

Despite being diagnosed with Autism and a moderate intellectual disability, Ben was once capable of feeding and dressing himself, was active and full of energy and spent his time outdoors enjoying the beaches and hills of Kerry.

But for the past two years, life for Ben and his mother has become a nightmare.

 

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Tralee boxer wins gold in Poland

FRESH from taking home a silver medal from the European Boxing Championship in October, talented Tralee boxer Mary McDonagh (15) has gone one step further - and claimed gold in the prestigious Carpathian Cup in Poland last weekend.

The victorious teenager fought off tough local competition in Przemyśl after being picked to represent Ireland following her recent success at national and European level.

Mary says it was a proud moment winning the fight while not only representing her country, but while representing Kerry, her family, and her boxing club, Sliabh Luachra in Castleisland. A total of seven different countries were represented at the tournament.

 

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Ellie-Mai makes Late Late date

Listowel’s brave Ellie-Mai Neylon got the surprise of her life last Friday night when she learned she was going to be one of the stars on the Late Late Toy Show.

Ellie-Mai’s mom Fiona kept the show appearance a secret until the last minute, when the 12-year-old Coolard NS pupil learned she would be reunited live on the show with her best friend – Saoibh Lonergan.

Elli-Mai and Saoibh met while they were both patients in Temple Street Children’s Hospital last summer and they have kept in close contact since.

 

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Fury over 'silence' on Greenway marketing

The absence of a marketing and awareness campaign on the new North Kerry greenway is now undermining the many years of hard work to put the facility in place, according to local councillors.

At a meeting of Listowel Municipal District, mounting frustration over the failure to promote the new facility, which links Listowel and Abbeyfeale, led to demands for a 'joined-up' marketing blueprint between local authorities in Kerry and Limerick for greenway initiatives.

A motion tabled by former Mayor of Kerry, Councillor Jimmy Moloney (Fianna Fáil) asked when the marketing campaign for the greenway would begin and what would it entail.

 

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West Kerry Tractor Run raises €16k for charity

THE LOOSE change in the buckets has still to be counted but this year’s West Kerry Tractor Run has already raised over €16,000 for local charities.

A total of 104 tractors of all makes and various vintages from all over the peninsula headed off from the starting point at the former fish farm premises in Lispole on Sunday.

They were joined by around 10 more as they made their way to Dingle town, heading west.

Supporters dug deep in their pockets and donated generously even exceeding last year’s total despite the rise in the cost of living and diesel prices.

 

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KDYS welcomes Ukrainian kids

A day out was organised for kids from Ukraine by the youth workers in the KDYS Tralee as a way of bringing the children together for a day of fun activities.

The KDYS hosts the children from the age of 10 upwards every Saturday where they can enjoy activities ranging from sports to arts and crafts.

As a special treat before Christmas, an event was held last weekend for about 35 children who enjoyed an afternoon of Zumba, face painting and creativity.

 

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Forever in their hearts

A NEW book that’s just been published by the Churchill Heritage Group will be a valuable historical record as well as a lasting memorial to those who have died in the parish.

‘Forever In Our Hearts’ contains approximately 1,800 memorial or mortuary cards of people from the Spa parish - that includes Fenit, Barrow, Churchill and The Spa – dating from 1885 to the present day.

It was launched at The Forge in Churchill on Friday night where copies were being snapped up by parishioners eager to send them to relatives abroad in time for Christmas.

 

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