What happened in Kerry this week

Forget Elf on the Shelf, young Danny Lawlor wants to get his own book on the shelf - and now the 11-year-old has become one of the Kingdom's youngest-ever published authors, after launching his very own book in his native Listowel.

The biggest housing scheme in Tralee in nearly two decades - a €70m development of 235 new homes - has received planning permission from Kerry County Council, and could help transform the housing market in the county town.

A hugely creative Killarney student, who has already made her mark as a very accomplished artist and writer, is celebrating yet another remarkable achievement in her budding career after her play was chosen for a new theatre festival in Dublin.

It’s never too Late Late to give a shout out to your schoolmates says Listowel’s Mikey Dee who got to make a special star appearance on the Toy Show last Friday night as a game demonstrator.

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The little lighthouse with big stories

The love, the loss and the memories inspired by the ‘History Of Little Samphire Island Lighthouse’, are captured in a brand new and unique documentary that will shine a light on local history when it’s screened in Fenit this Saturday.

The new 36-minute documentary from James McCarthy and his team at Digimack Productions provides the most in-depth account ever compiled of the history and heritage of the Fenit Lighthouse .

Two-and-a-half years of research to compile all existing documents, interviews and accounts have gone into the production that tells the story of the beloved landmark from the heart.

The premiere for locals will take place this Saturday, in the Fenit Community Hall and will be a chance to see the documentary before it goes online next week.

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

Just 23 houses to be built next year

JUST 23 Kerry County Council-owned houses are listed in the 2024 budget figures for completion next year — this is despite the admission by local authority chiefs that it has a statutory responsibility to deliver over 1,000 houses over the coming three years.

The snail’s pace of local authority house building in Kerry was laid bare at a special meeting of Kerry County Council on Monday, when councillors backed the implementation of the 2024 Budget of €210m.

That budget will see the spend on housing increase by €5m to over €47m, but the paltry amount of houses that will be added to the Kerry County Council housing stock in 2024 represents a huge decrease of 2023 returns.

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Chef puts new adventures on menu in Tralee

A chef who sailed a Viking boat from Norway to the Iveragh Peninsulahas dropped his anchor in Tralee - as head chef in a new restaurant opening this weekend.

by Audrey Reidy

Dubliner Darragh Carroll had a vision that set him off on a life-changing journey that took him eight months to complete.

The 27-year-old - who has previously worked in Michelin Star establishments - described Tromoya in Norway where he worked as a hotel chefas a beautiful, sacred place.

Now he's hoping to bring some of its atmosphere - and success - to The K Restaurant in Princes Street from this Friday. 

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

All-Ireland winner heads Tralee Chamber

Tralee by the business community as it bids to cash in on the 'huge advantages' it has over other towns around the country.

Details of this new blueprint for building the spirit of entrepreneurship in the county town will be devised in the New Year as Tralee Chamber Alliance plans to chart a more prosperous future for business.

Spearheading the initiative will be the new Chamber president - two-time All-Ireland winning footballer Stephen Stack, who has just begun his two-year term of office in succession to the outgoing Nathan McDonnell.

"We will be working on a three-year strategy," he revealed.

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Friends rally for brave Jessy

A nurse who moved to Tralee from India two years ago was just about to start a new job in UHK but instead she became a patient herself after being diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer.

The family of 33-year-old Jessy Joy have rallied around her after doctors delivered the sad news that she has stage four triple negative metastatic breast cancer – a form of the disease that tends to spread and grow faster than other types of breast cancer, and has fewer treatment options.

Earlier this year, Jessy discovered a lump in her breast which was thought to be non-cancerous, but as her husband Paul explained, unfortunately this wasn’t the case.

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Pedal for Grace raises over €20,000

There was huge support shown once again for an event called Pedal for Grace, inspired by Firies girl Grace O’Sullivan, which raised over €20,000 for Vision Ireland.

This year’s Pedal For Grace event had huge support from across Kerry and further afield and raised a whopping €20,136 for the charity.

Vision Ireland, which is the new name for NCBI, has extended its eternal thanks to 13-year-old Grace, and her mom Mary, their family and their local communities for this huge donation off the back of an incredible event which was held in September of this year.

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