What happened in Kerry this week

BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Cillian Murphy paid a call to his Ballyferriter local with the crew of CBS show 60 Minutes as part of a whistlestop tour of the West Kerry peninsula that has now become his home away from home.

The hardworking doctor who was inspired by her time working in Kerry to take the plunge and enter the Miss Ireland beauty pageant two years ago will this week vie for the title of Miss World in India.

A Tralee couple, whose two-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare condition, are now helping highlight a new campaign backing a charity that was set up to specifically help families living with a rare disease.

Sixty-year-old Willie Guiney from Listowel is set to complete his lifelong running quest when he finally conquers the Tokyo Marathon to complete the six marathon ‘majors’ of the world.

He's the oldest Kerry man alive who knows what it's like to beat Dublin in Croke Park - and  he'll be watching this weekend's 'old firm' clash at GAA headquarters with his passion for the game undimmed after a lifetime in football.

President Michael D. Higgins led the many warm and heartfelt tributes this week to Kerry native and journalist Michael O’Regan, who died suddenly at his Dublin home last Sunday, aged 70.

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'Give me a helping hand!'

A Tralee couple, whose two-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare condition, are now helping highlight a new campaign backing a charity that was set up to specifically help families living with a rare disease.

What should have been a time of joy became a time of intense worry for Michelle and Joe Duggan, when they learned their son Jack had heart and brain complications, after a scan 21 weeks into her pregnancy.

“After seven years of trying for a baby, multiple miscarriages, told we would never be able to get pregnant, to see that positive result on a pregnancy test was just a rush of emotions.

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Search is on for the 2024 Rose contestants

The search is now on at home and abroad to pluck 32 new contestants for the 2024 International Rose of Tralee and to provide encouragement to anyone thinking of becoming a contestant, the reigning title holder Róisín Wiley has said deciding to take part in the contest was ‘the best decision of my life’.

With more than 100,000 locals and visitors enjoying all that was on offer across the five-day event in Tralee town last August, and more than 15 million views clocked up across Rose of Tralee social media, the Rose of Tralee International Festival continues to grow in popularity.

Now organisers prepare to do it all again and have already begun the search for this year’s Roses and Rose Escorts.

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Whole latte love for coffee cupban

THE GROUND-BREAKING decision to ban single use coffee cups in Killarney has won a major national award that was presented to members of Kerry County Council at a black tie event in Dublin at the weekend.

The town was awarded the Best Environmental/Ecological category prize at the Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA) All-Ireland Community and Council Awards.

Since summer, 25 local independent coffee shops and 21 hotels have ended use of single-use cups, and the move has been an outstanding success.

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Firefighter hangs hat up after 35 years

FOR ONE Listowel firefighter it was hard to say goodbye to a way of life for the past 35 years but that time has come as he hung up his hat and overalls recently.

John Kelliher loved every bit of his time as a valued member of the Retained Fire Service in Listowel as his years of service that spanned four decades were honoured in his home away from home.

Fellow firefighters turned out in numbers at Listowel Station for a presentation to John to mark his dedication to the service that has become a way of life for him.

"I had a passion for it always, because it's so different than any other job," he told Kerry's Eye.

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Coder Dojo returns in Kerry

BUDDING COMPUTER programmers across Kerry between the ages of seven and 17  have been invited to embrace a new volunteer-led and community-based computer club that’s going to be rolled out in towns around the county.

It’s all part of the relaunch of Coder Dojo coding clubs for kids and teens that were first introduced in the county in 2011 and were active up until the Covid-19 pandemic four years ago.

At that time, there were up to 13 coding clubs active in the county — a strength in numbers that the organisers are targeting once more after the first class resumes in Tralee in the coming weeks.

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Chinese New Year arrives in Tralee

Hundreds turned out, over2,000 handmade dumplings were devoured and the streets of Tralee were transformed into a heaving and dancing celebration to herald the arrival of theYear of the Dragon as the Chinese New Year took flight in the county capital.

Tralee’s festivities hold the honour of being the first Chinese New Year celebrations in the country. Since first being hosted back in 2019, Tralee’sChinese New Year festival has grown in popularity and last weekend’s celebrations have already been hailed as the most successful yet.

Organiser, and Fine Gael Local Election candidate Angie Bailey, who took a break from canvassing this week to recount the success of this year’s festival, said they are delighted with the success of the annual event that brings the Chinese and local community together.

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