Mystery donor delivers Saint's relic

An extremely rare first-class religious relic, believed to be over 100 years old, was donated anonymously to the Down Syndrome Kerry shop in Tralee and is now in the care of the Holy Cross Priory, at the Dominican Church.

First-class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh; the relic which has been donated is that of Saint Pope Pius X, who is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest Popes.

One of 10 children from a poor Italian family, he served as Pope from 1903 to 1914. He was beatified in 1951 and canonised by Pope Pius XII in 1954.

 

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What happened in Kerry this week

An extremely rare first-class religious relic, believed to be over 100 years old, and linked to Saint Pope Pius X - one of the greatest Popes of the modern age - was  donated anonymously to a charity shop in Tralee.

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Abbeydorney native John Rice is headed to Germany later this month, where his animation company’s latest film starring Oscar nominee Brendan Gleeson is set to be premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

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In her 40 years at Sliabh a Mhadra NS, Breda O’Dwyer has played a pivotal role in shaping generations, now, as she looks back on a lifetime of lessons and changing times the outgoing principal has found a most fitting successor to carry on her legacy of learning – her former pupil Cathal White.

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The county council’s refusal of controversial plans to erect a 15-metre high 5G mast in the middle of Knocknagoshel village has been hailed as a ‘huge triumph’ and a ‘victory for rural Ireland’ in the local community.

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Residents living along a rural road near Listowel are concerned that if the road leading up to their homes is not properly repaired soon, their cars will be destroyed beyond repair.

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It's time to reinvent the Christie Hennessy Festival as a flagship attraction bringing musicians from all over Ireland and beyond to Tralee, the driving force behind the annual event announced this week.

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Mounthawk to become phone-free

Students at the largest secondary school in the county are to lose access to their mobile phones during school hours after the upcoming mid-term break, in a move school management says is designed to end a ‘persistent distraction’  and deliver a better educational experience.

Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School in Tralee is to become “a phone-free learning environment” – a ground-breaking move first made by Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in 2021, when it became the first school in the country to decisively address mobile phones in the classroom.

The Dingle school’s initiative was then followed by St Michael’s College in Listowel, with Mounthawk now the third secondary school in the county to introduce the restriction.

 

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100 years of proud park life in Tralee

From a playground reserved only for the rich and aristocracy to its rightful place at the heart of local life in Tralee, the centenary of The Green, home to Tralee Town Park, as a historic and treasured public space was celebrated last weekend.

Last Sunday, members of the Save the Green committee gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of what was a momentous day for Tralee town and its citizens.

For their celebration, the members gathered at the Denny Street gates of the Town Park. The meeting place was significant, because until the purchase of The Green, the gates were locked to the general public— only the former aristocracy and those who could afford to pay were allowed entry.

 

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Businesses feel the love on Valentine's Day

BUSINESS WILL boom in Kerry either side of Valentine’s Day as restaurants, hotels and florists prepare themselves for another early Spring boost, straight after the first Bank Holiday weekend of the year in honour of St Brigid.

And, just like there was a ‘St Brigid’s Day Bounce’ for businesses, so it will be over the next two weekends as St Brigid leaves the stage to St Valentine.

The traditional red roses will be in full bloom in the Rose Hotel in Tralee in honour of the big day, but not just for St Valentine’s Day itself, as manager Mark Sullivan revealed that the bump to business at the hotel will be spread over the week.

 

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Valentia joins major hydrogen study

VALENTIA ISLAND can lead the way for South Kerry and beyond to become carbon neutral, thanks to taking part in a ground-breaking European study that will see some of the world’s leading hydrogen consultants explore clean energy opportunities on the island.

The Brussels-based Clean Hydrogen Partnership is to fund the Valentia Island project, H2ORIZON, to take part in the study that will see a team of consultants explore the role hydrogen can play in decarbonising energy in the South Kerry area.

Valentia is one of 15 regions around Europe that will take part in the study.

 

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Rally revs up for air ambulance

RALLY drivers from across Ireland gearing up for this year’s highly-anticipated Killarney Forestry Rally in Castleisland – with one vital charity set to benefit when rally cars race through the North Kerry woods later this month.

Helping bring critical and advanced medical care to communities across the country, the Killarney and District Motor Club organised event has named the charity that operates the Irish Community Air Ambulance as the beneficiary of the rally for the second year in a row.

The Killarney and District Motor Club organised event, which takes place in Castleisland on Sunday, February 19,  is the first round of the Irish Forestry Championships.

 

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Bank Holiday boost for Biddy Fest

THE CELEBRATION of St Brigid will go from strength to strength in Killorglin in the coming years, on the back of the Bank Holiday status that has been accorded to the ‘mother saint’ of Ireland.

That was the verdict in the Mid Kerry town on Saturday as people turned out in force to honour St Brigid by taking part in the annual Biddy’s Day Festival.

“We had the parade up the town and there was a huge turnout as turf lit torches led the bands through the streets to Library Place in the town,” said Declan Evans of the local organising committee that have been in charge of the festival since 2017.

 

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Big welcomes for Education Minister

Local schools pulled out all the stops on Friday to welcome Education Minister Norma Foley, as she arrived for a series of official visits.

The Minister visited Holy Family NS in Tralee, where her brother Billy received his primary education and the venue where she had accompanied her father Denis at polling day for many years.

She also visited Glenderry NS in Ballyheigue where the Tralee born Minister’s former school friend Majella Keenan, now an SNA in Glenderry, sang ‘Beautiful Ballyheigue Bay’ accompanied by the pupils.

 

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A lesson in live performance from The Academic

Listowel’s Mike the Pies thrilled music lovers by bringing indie rock sensations The Academic to the venue last Friday night – and the sold-out gig was another huge crowd pleaser from the chart topping band.

The Academic have quickly become one of the Irish music scene’s must sees after the band’s debut album ‘Tales form the Back Seat’ entered the Irish charts at number one when it was released back in 2018.

The four-piece band, made up of Craig Fitzgerald, drummer Dean Gavin, and brothers Matthew (guitar) and Stephen (bass) Murtagh, continue to climb to notoriety, having first come together while still at school –  by 2013 they were playing Vicar Street with Delorentos, had performed at Other Voices, and were a support act of The Pixies during the summer of 2014.

 

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‘Stars in their Eyes’ hits the stage in Listowel

On a night of glittering hits that will deliver show stopping performances of Abba, Tina Turner and Westlife, the young adults of the Down Syndrome Kerry branch will be showcasing their wonderful talents for a World Down Syndrome Day staging of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’.

‘Stars in their Eyes’ will bring young adults with Down Syndrome Kerry (DSK), their families and friends together to take to the stage, showcasing their wonderful talents and abilities on Friday, March 24, at 7pm at the Listowel Arms Hotel.

Creative Director Joe Burkett will be putting the contestants through their paces over the next few weeks ahead of the big show.

 

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Wetlands explores a world of natural wonder

The Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Eco & Activity Park marked World Wetlands Day by hosting a weekend of events that celebrated and demonstrated the wonder and biodiversity of the land right on our doorstep.

The expert ecologists at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Eco & Activity Park invited the public along last weekend for a wide range of educational, eye-opening and informative events the first of which took place on Saturday with the digging of natural ephemeral ponds to provide a place for frogs to spawn. These ponds will now be used as a safe habitat for frogs to reproduce during the spring, where their tadpoles can thrive, a habitat which will provide all the sustenance they need to grow.

Over the course of the weekend, Dr Alan Balfe and Dr Tom Canavan, who both studied Wildlife Biology in MTU, also gave guided tours of rich natural habitats at the Wetlands and Tralee Bay.

 

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Club success crowned at Castlegregory social

There was plenty of reasons for cheer as Castlegregory GAA marked some momentous recent achievements at the club’s social night last Saturday night.

As it was the first social held since 2016, there was a tremendous appetite for a club celebration, as was shown when 150 guests gathered at the Ballygarry Hotel in Tralee for an evening to honour all that’s good and great about Castlegregory GAA – and indeed there were plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Kerry star Gavin White made a special guest appearance to present medals to both the 2021 Junior Championship winners who faced down Firies for the win, and the 2022 Club Championship winners who overcame Fossa to clinch the title.

 

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