What happened in Kerry this week

Kerry students Dearbhla Quirke and Laura Manley are giving up their summer and using their skills to help vulnerable children in Uganda.

Kieran Donaghy has donned the green and gold in EIGHT All-Ireland Finals – but July 28 will see him backing the Orchard County to glory for the very first time, following Armagh’s shock defeat over Kerry, and an emotional day out at Croker for the former Kingdom player.

The humpback whales that gave a spectacular display to visitors off the coast of Dingle on Sunday were young animals that had never been catalogued off the Kerry coast before, it has been confirmed.

Nearly 460 complaints have been lodged with Kerry County Council this year relating to waste or litter issues across the county, with the latest incident leaving locals in one North Kerry community appalled when dozens of rubbish bags were dumped near their homes.

With a little help there’s nothing that young Grace O’Sullivan can’t do – aside from being a national Irish Dancing champion, she’s preparing to go to Mondello race track later this month and gearing up for a performance at a fundraising cycle hosted in her name.

Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.



Humpbacks are back in Dingle!

THE HUMPBACK Whales that gave a spectacular display to visitors off the coast of Dingle on Sunday were young animals that had never been catalogued off the Kerry coast before, it has been confirmed.

Lucky passengers on board a Dingle Sea Safari boat got way more than their money’s worth on Sunday and had front-row seats to the spectacle of two young whales cavorting in the bay.

Jimmy Flannery, director of Dingle Sea Safari, received confirmation from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on Tuesday morning that the two humpbacks spotted earlier this week were newcomers who had never been seen off the Kerry coast before.

Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.



Check out County Library’s new health initiative!

The library is somewhere you can go to exercise your mind but now Kerry Library in Tralee is helping with all-round fitness by rolling out a scheme for people to borrow activator poles that have been proven to improve balance and mobility.

For this new initiative, the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Kerry Library and Healthy Kerry have joined forces to provide locals with a fresh and exciting physical activity opportunity when visiting the County Library in Tralee.

Anyone with a library card can now borrow a set of activator poles from Tralee Library, and all going well the scheme will then be rolled out across the library network around the county over the coming months.

Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.



Dozens of rubbish bags dumped at roadside

Nearly 460 complaints have been lodged with Kerry County Council this year relating to waste or litter issues across the county.

Since January 1, a total of 117 waste related complaints have been received, along with 340 litter related complaints –spurring a number of high profile clean-ups in Castleisland and Tralee.

The most recent dumping incident occurred at Banemore in North Kerry, where locals were shocked to discover dozens of black rubbish bags dumped near their homes in their quiet, rural community.

Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.



Old history and new traditions at Puck Fair

Puck Fair is back and this year the festival is ready to deliver a packed line-up that will pay homage to over 400 years of history, introduce some new traditions and of course, crown a new King Puck.

Following the enormous success of last year’s festival, which saw Killorglin welcome record crowds over the three days, Puck Fair, Ireland’s oldest gathering festival, will take place on August 10th, 11th and 12th.

With ties to the ancient Celtic festival of Lughnasa, some of today’s festival’s traditions can be traced back as far as 1613!

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Listowel’s fundraising effort for littleAxel continues

Locals in Listowel continue to rally in support of Axel Horgan, the two-year-old who is now facing a double leg amputation.

The latest fundraising effort for the brave little boy who is suffering from an extremely rare condition saw locals take part in a dance event for kids at the Listowel Community Centre.

Two-year-old Axel is inspiring a huge effort to fundraise so that he can get the treatments he needs to live a full and happy life.

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Grace gears up for her next challenge

With a little help there’s nothing that young Grace O’Sullivan can’t do –aside from being a national Irish Dancing champion, she’s preparing to go to Mondello race track later this month and gearing up for a performance at a fundraising cycle hosted in her name.

For the third year in a row, Grace’s parents Mary and Canice are hosting an event called  ‘Pedal for Grace’ in the village of Firies where the family live – and to date they have raised over €46,000 for Vision Ireland.

Grace who is heading into Second Year in Presentation Secondary School Milltown this September was diagnosed with a visual impairment called Stargardt disease about seven years ago –there is currently no cure and it is likely that Grace will only retain up to 10% of her vision.

Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.