Anger at condition of local Graveyard a year on

The opening line to Johnny’s Logan winning Eurovision song what’s another year is “I’ve been waiting such a long time”.

Well for those affected by the recent flooding at Kilbanivane Cemetery in Castleisland, they have certainly been waiting for a lot longer but in this instance it has been an year, since the matter was raised here in the Outlook.

It is also an issue that is hitting those on the Local Election canvass with one candidate “horrified” at the current situation.

Speaking to the Outlook, Jackie Healy Rae said he was “horrified at the ongoing flooding that is occurring at Kilbanivane graveyard. This is a matter that is ongoing with over 12 months and highlighted with council officials by Michael Healy-Rae and recently again by myself. Respecting all dead is probably the most important thing that is so close to everyone’s hearts. Allowing this ongoing flooding is certainly not acceptable in anyone’s opinion. I appreciate that Kerry County Council have done works already in trying to address this problem. However, an awful lot more needs to be done. I have been assured that engineers are trying to devise a proper solution that will fix this problem once and for all.

Kath Breen who raised the matter rather dramatically through a number of Facebook posts last year,  with up to 25 photographs showing headstones and graves under water, raised the issue again a year on.

Sadly in the views of many, very little has changed apart from the date with a number of people already this year having had to deal with seeing their loved ones graves flooded.

Let’s hope we won’t have to repeat this story again next year. – 

Donal Barry Editorial Comment

Its back to the 80’s in the Rose Hotel

Wham! Ripped Jeans, Leg Warmers, Permed Hair and Magnum Moustaches Abound at 80’s Health Link Fundraiser.

People danced their way back in time to the era of A-Ha, Rick Astley, Tears for Fears and Bonnie Tyler at the Rose Hotel last Friday for a colourful 80s night in aid of the Kerry Health Link Busses.

Breda Dyland, Manager of Kerry Cancer Support Group who organise the busses, recalled a night that was obviously filled with laughter and fun:


“Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan from Killarney was our DJ and played all 80s music for the night. They re-enacted the Spirals and Horan’s discos in the 80s. They even had the doormen and the barmen from the era there.”

“People dressed up so we had loads of people dressed as Cindi Lauper and Prince and then people wore leg warmers of every make, size, shape and colour. People really put a lot of effort into it. When people were leaving they wanted more and to know when will be the next one.”

“The minute people walked in the door they literally went straight onto the dance floor, which was packed until the end of the night until the last song.”

Breda advised: “Our Health Link services are free and we have two busses running now, one to Cork and a new bus to Limerick. The bus to Cork leaves at 8am from McDonalds Carpark, Tralee and the bus for Limerick leaves from St Brendan’s Church, every day.”

Enquiries to 066-7195560

“Stars in their Eyes” Fundraiser at Ballyroe Hotel for Kerry Camogie

The Ballyroe Heights Hotel was the venue for Kerry Camogie “Stars In Their Eyes” last Saturday night. Nine Acts had been practising hard under the watchful eyes of Cassie Leen and Ciara Powell and
they did not disappoint their followers. Brendan Fuller of Radio Kerry assumed the role of MC.


The night commenced with a performance from the Kerry Camogie Team who wowed the crowd with their skills. Judges Murt Murphy, Caroline McEnery, John Brassil and Toiréasa Ferris had a difficult task in selecting a winner and their choice was ‘Queen’ comprising of Adam Guerin, Nathan Dineen, Gerard Leen & Darren Barrett.


The Public Vote winners were ‘The Proud Marys’ featuring Kathleen O’ Sullivan, Jane Behan, Amy O’ Sullivan, Larraine Hobbert; Carmel Quirke.


Kerry Camogie would like to thank everyone who made the event such a fantastic success. The funds from this event will go towards ensuring that the growth of camogie in Kerry can continue and the success enjoyed in 2018 can be built upon.


Enquiries to phone 087-6763764


It’s drama time again in Scartaglin and the renowned Sliabh Luachra Drama Group are rearing to go with Brian Friels ‘Translations’.  This hard working and determined group have put a lot of time and practice into this production so tonight is the opening night and it’s all systems go, lights, camera, action. ‘Translations’ will be performed on this Friday night, February 1st and also on Saturday and Sunday night of this week, February 2nd and 3rd and again next week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 8th, 9th and 10th. Curtain up each night at 8pm. Admission is €10, students and OAP’s €8. Bookings to (087) 2434000. The producer is Nora Walsh. ‘Translations’ is a three-act play and is set in Baile Beag (Ballybeg), Donegal in 1833 in a hedge school. The play deals with a wide range of issues stretching from language and communication to Irish history and cultural imperialism. We wish the producer and the entire cast every success and good luck with the production and performances. Finally, it’s the first time that this highly acclaimed group will take to the stage without their late and great colleague and outstanding actor, Dermot O’Leary, who stared with the group in several productions down through the years. The late Dermot will be sadly missed by all but I’m sure he will be watching from on high, keeping an eye on the proceedings and smiling at his colleagues as they go through their paces.

Pat heads for African Championships

Having race walked almost 300,000 race miles in his career, veteran Castleisland AC Athlete Pat Murphy will break new ground next month when he will walk his first competitive miles in the African Championships next Friday 8th Feb.

The Championships, which take place in Tunisia, will see the best of Africa take part as Pat tackles the 10KM road walk.

“The weather is supposed to be a nice 17 or 18 degrees and it will be something different for me” Pat told the Outlook last week, as he upped his training as Ireland gets ready for a cold snap.

Murphy (58), has spent over 40 years competing locally, nationally and internationally in a sport that inspired him following his first viewing of the sport during the 1976 Olympics.

“I use to do cross country and did a little bit of basketball, but then one night I saw race walking on the Television at the 1976 Olympics and said I’d love to give that a go and I’m at it ever since”

Having researched a little more it was time for Murphy’s first outing competitively and while he was some way off the then Olympic champions Daniel Bautista of Mexico time of 1:24:40, the bug had bit.

For Murphy training is part of his daily life as he balances his full time job as a Plumber and once a week he runs a training circuit in the Castleisland Community Centre, the money he earns helps finance his participations in his sport. Race Walking would appear to be a lonely life but for Murphy it is something that he loves and if it is lapping his favourite route along the river walk in Castleisland, heading into a stiff wind along Inch Beach or simply coming down the back straight in a national championship, Murphy is at his happiest.

We wish Pat a very safe trip and look forward to catching up with him during the year as the season progresses.

Asthma Society warns 13,795 people in Kerry with asthma to take precautions ahead of ‘significant snowfall’

The Asthma Society of Ireland is warning people with asthma to take precautions as Met Eireann predicts ‘significant snowfall’ this week.

Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “Cold weather is a serious trigger for many people with asthma. During cold spells, people need to be particularly careful and proactive in managing their asthma to avoid having an asthma attack, which for some people, can be fatal. 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma and one of these people tragically dies every week.”

Top Tips for Managing your Asthma in the Cold Weather:

  • Take your prescribed controller medication daily and have your reliever inhaler with you at all times.
  • It is important to use a reliever inhaler before going out in frosty, damp conditions.
  • On cold windy days wear a scarf over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
  • Take extra care when exercising in cold weather- warm up for 10-15 minutes. Take two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start. Exercise indoors if possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly.Try to avoid coming into contact with harmful bacteria by washing hands, or using hand sanitiser, regularly.
  • Check the weather forecast.Try to avoid trips outside during particularly cold, wet, and windy weather, which might make breathing more difficult.
  • Call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 if you have any questions about managing your asthma.
  • Colds and flus are also very prominent at this time of the year and are also a trigger for asthma. Try to avoid contracting the flu virus by:
  • Getting the flu vaccine.
  • Getting plenty of sleep and eat healthy – this can help boost your immunity and decrease the risks of contracting a flu.
  • If you suspect someone has a cold or the flu, keep your distance where possible.
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing using a tissue – this tissue should be binned afterwards.
  • Try to get into the habit of not touching your face as this is often how the flu is spread.
  • Regularly clean hard surfaces such as your phone, keyboard and door handles.

If you catch the flu, you should:

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor straight away.
  • Remember to use your preventative inhaler everyday, which will help control. inflammation in your lungs – this will make you less likely to have an asthma attack.
  • Improve your inhaler technique to get the best benefit from your medication – watch our Inhaler Technique videos on for best practice.
  • Always carry your reliever inhaler with you wherever you go.
  • Rest as much as possible – the flu can be extremely tiring and you will need all your energy to fight it.
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.
  • Stay home from work/school when you experience flu symptoms, to rest and also to avoid spreading the virus.

If you have an questions about managing your asthma during the cold weather, the Asthma Society runs an Asthma and COPD Adviceline which users can call for free on 1800 44 54 64 to speak a respiratory specialist nurse.

These tips should also be followed by people with COPD in Ireland as COPD symptoms can also be triggered by the cold weather.  More than 380,000 people in Ireland have COPD but only 110,000 are diagnosed with the illness.  If you have any questions about managing your COPD, the number to call is: 1800 83 21 46.

Kerry Badminton News By Colm Griffin

Munster Inter County Juvenile Championships

Pride of place this week goes to the Kerry Juvenile teams who travelled to the University of Limerick last Sunday (Jan 27th) to take part in the Munster Championships and performed with great distinction.

Each event was played out on a round robin basis and first up U-11 team managed on the day by Donnacha Moloney (Moyvane) and Rory Tuite (Listowel) came face to face with a strong Waterford side. After a tough encounter Kerry prevailed 6-4 win. They then faced Tipperary who had won their first game against Clare 9-1. The Kerry youngsters however proved too strong winning impressively 8-2 before completing their programme of matches with a resounding 10-0 defeat of Clare to clinch the Munster title.

The U-13 team managed on the day by Jill Redmond (Listowel) also got off to a great start beating Clare 6-4. Unfortunately, they then came up against a very strong Waterford team would eventually go on to win the title and lost 8-2. The Kerry players however showed great spirit and rallied in final game beating Tipperary 7-3 and finishing runners-up.

Michael Donovan of Annascaul took the reins of the U-15 team on the day and they got of to a good start finishing 5-5 against Tipperary but were 12 aces ahead on countback. Unfortunately, both Clare and Waterford had extremely strong teams at this age group this year and Kerry went down to Clare 9-1 and Waterford 8-2 in their final game.

The Kerry U-17 team were managed by Paddy Redmond (Listowel) and Tony O Donoghue (Moyvane) and also got off to a great start beating Waterford 6-4. When they beat Tipperary 8-2 in the second game they knew they had a great chance of winning the Munster title. Not only did they manage to do it they did so in spectacular fashion with a emphatic 9-1 victory over Clare.

According to Tom McElligott Coaching Secretary of the Kerry Badminton Association “the players in all age groups deserve great credit for the commitment they have shown in training, but the success would not have been possible without the support of the managers, the parents and clubs around the county.”

Both the Kerry U-11 and the U-17 teams will now go on to represent the county and the province at the All Ireland Inter County Championships on April 28th.


Kerry Singles County Championships


Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre played host to another great night of badminton as 6 titles were decided at the sponsored Division 1, 3 and 5 singles championship last Friday night (Jan 24th).

The first title of the evening went to the local club in Killarney with Sonia Smith defeating Eva Browne of Moyvane in a seesaw three set battle 21-18, 8-21, 21-11.

The biggest field of the night was the division 5 section for Men. The final two on the night were Paraic Murray of Causeway and Oisin Moloney of Listowel. To get to the final Murray had to emerge from two gruelling three set matches with fellow club man Joe Carroll in the quarter final (he won third set 28-26) and then Mike Donovan of Annascaul in the semi-final. Moloney meanwhile was coming through the other side of the draw in a more straightforward fashion. It was clear that Moloney was the much fresher man in the final winning 21-8, 21-7.

The Ladies Division 3 final was an all Killarney contest between Sam Hayes and Jeab Workman. Hayes easily won the first set 21-12 but Workman showed great spirit to come back and take the second set 21-16. The third set was a fight to the end but Hayes eventually came out on top 21-17.

The Men’s Division 3 final also proved to be a tight affair in what was to be an all schoolboy affair. Cathal Donovan of Annascaul came up against Division 4 player Jack McElligott of Listowel who took some big scalps on this way to the final. When McElligott powered his way to first set success 21-10 in the final it looked like a shock could be on the cards but Donovan kept his composure admirably taking the second set 21-14 before going on to win the title with a 21-10 win in the final set.

The Ladies Division One final was an eagerly awaited contest between defending champion Edel Kenny of Kingdom – Castleisland and the 2017 Champion Niamh O Flaherty of Moyvane. O’Flaherty came through a tough semi-final battle with Sinead Galvin of Killarney in three sets but could not match Kenny in the final going down 21/13, 21/9. This was Division one singles title number 7 for Kenny.

The Men’s Division One title was also to go to the Kingdom – Castleisland club. Tom Bourke seeking his 11thsingles title the first of which he won back in 2006 came up against Fergal Hannon of Listowel who was playing his first Division 1 final. Whilst Hannon put up a good battle the result was never really in doubt as the more experienced Bourke eventually won his first singles title since 2016 21-17, 21-16.


Munster Schools Championships

Six Kerry schools teams from Listowel, Killarney and Milltown travelled to University of Limerick on Thursday Jan 24thto represent the county. Competing in Division 2 it proved to be a great day for the Listowel schools in particular. Both the St Michael’s College boys U-14 and U-16 teams finished runners-up but the U-16 girls from the Presentation School in the town went one better by winning the title and will now go on to represent Munster at the All-Ireland Schools Final on March 20th. Congratulations also to the Presentation Listowel U-19 girls team who also finished runners-up in their division.


Kerry Badminton Association Annual Table Quiz

O’Donnells Bar Tralee is the venue for the Kerry Badminton Table Quiz on Friday night (February 1st) at 8pm. Event will have teams of 4 people on the night and the cost of entry is 40 euro per team.



Upcoming Events


Friday Feb 1stKerry Badminton Association Annual Table Quiz – O’Donnells Bar, Tralee


Saturday Feb 2ndKerry Juveniles Girls Singles Championships – Killarney

Sunday Feb 3rdMunster Senior 2 / Graduate Championships – Waterford

Friday Feb 8thKerry Singles Championships – Killarney

Saturday Feb 9thKerry Juveniles Boys Singles Championships – Killarney

Sunday Feb 10thInter County Grades C/E/G Championships – University of Limerick


Dee’s Delightful Bakes Crowned Winner of Manor West’s Food and Craft Fair Awards


Dee’s Delightful Bakes, a personalised cake and cupcake company based in Tralee has been crowned the winner of Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park’s Food and Craft Fair Awards 2018 in association with Kerry LEO, celebrating Kerry’s finest food producers and craftspeople.


Owned and run by Denise Hanbidge, Dee’s Delightful Bakes was one of over 25 food and craft producers who participated in the awards. The popular prize includes a Pop Up Shop once a week in the Manor West Shopping Centre free of charge in 2019, as well as promotion through the Manor West website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The prize also includes a VIP package from the Kerry Local Enterprise Office (LEO) which includes business mentoring, a training course in 2019 and a Trading Online Voucher to a maximum of €2,500. In addition to this, Dee’s Delightful Bakes will receive a full-page advert in Connect Magazine and a double page interview in Connect Business Magazine.

Throughout 2018, Manor West Retail Park and Shopping Centre has welcomed a diverse mix of local producers and craft people to exhibit their delicious locally-made produce and beautiful handmade crafts completely free of charge, showcasing some of the fantastic talent Kerry has to offer.


Following the fairs, voting was opened to allow the public to vote for their favourite exhibitor. Commenting on her win, Denise Hanbidge of Dee’s Delightful Bakes stated, “I am over the moon to have been crowned the winner of Manor West’s Food and Craft Fair Awards 2018, and I am extremely grateful for the support that I have received. This fantastic prize is a huge boost for my business. I would like to thank Manor West, LEO Kerry and Connect Magazine for their support, and getting behind local food and craft producers here in Kerry.”


Surrounded by so many fantastic food and craft producers in Tralee and throughout Kerry, Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park has provided many entrepreneurs with a fantastic platform to showcase their wonderful products over the years.


Commenting on the awards, Derek Rusk, General Manager of Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park stated, ‘We have a wealth of fantastic food and craft producers here in Kerry, and it has been a pleasure to welcome them through our doors in 2018. We were delighted to partner the Kerry Local Enterprise Office (LEO) to recognised their excellence and entrepreneurship. We look forward to welcoming Dee’s Delightful Bakes to Manor West throughout 2019, and we hope everyone can pop by to enjoy a delicious cake.”


For more information on Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park and the Food and Craft Fair Awards please visit www.manorwest.ieor find them on Facebook and Twitter.



For Further press information:

Saidhbh Sweeney,, (086) 7887318, (021) 4271234


Council To Carry Out Major Review Of Car Parking Bylaws In Killorglin

Kerry County Council are to carry out a major review of the Car Parking Bylaws in Killorglin town following a call from Councillor Michael Cahill. Councillor Cahill requested the Council to maximise existing on- street parking and the number of car parking spaces in each of the town’s carparks, to consider introducing 2 Hour Car Parking where necessary and to identify and acquire a suitable site for a new car park that will accommodate buses and Coach Tours. The Fianna Fail Councillor also raised the carpark on the School road which he said was nearly always at full capacity and said this should be examined. This he maintained was not helpful when parents were dropping off and collecting their children. The Killorglin Councillor stated that he was against paid parking in Killorglin and added that the business community in Killorglin would also be against such a move. Councillor Cahill welcomed confirmation that a site for additional car and coach parking has been acquired at Annadale Road and called for funding to be put in place for the development of this car park as a matter of priority.

REPLY:  The Council does intend to commence the process of reviewing the Parking Bye-Laws in Killorglin later this year. This process will determine an overall strategy including the extents of 2-hour parking and parking restrictions generally. However, a review of the Parking Bye-Laws will not lead to any significant increase in the number of spaces available particularly in the off-street public car parks, as both the Fair Field and Annnadale Road car parks have both been re-surfaced and re-lined relatively recently, thereby maximising the number of spaces available.

A site for additional car and coach parking has been acquired at Annadale Road and the development of this car park will proceed when a suitable funding stream becomes available.

Meadowlands Hotel Hosts Dance for Irish Guide Dogs

Meadowlands Hotel Hosts Dance for Irish Guide Dogs

Due to such a successful event last year, the Meadowlands hotel is hosting a Dance in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs on Saturday, February 16th at 8:30pm, which is now hoped to be an annual event.  “Take the Lead and Dance the Night Away” is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening and all for such a worthy charity.

All proceeds on the night will go to Irish Guide Dogs for the training of guide dogs dedicated to helping people who are visually impaired and children with autism to allow them the opportunity to achieve improved mobility and independence.

Enjoy a night of music, dancing & merriment with live music by Nightlife, finger foods provided by the Meadowlands Hotel and a raffle with fantastic prizes from supporters.  The tickets are €15 and available from the Meadowland Hotel or on the door on the night.

A night not to be missed.  Contact 0667180444 or www.meadowlandshotel.comfor more information.  If you are interested in supporting the Irish Guide Dogs please contact