Dingle Benners Hotel takes the Crown for Best Breakfast 

The team at Dingle Benners Hotel are this week celebrating the announcement of their win at the Georgina Campbell Best Breakfast Awards 2019, winning Best Irish Breakfast in the 3 star hotel category. These independent awards, in association with Failte Ireland, showcase the very best of Irish hospitality.

Carolyn Clancy, Head Chef Dingle Benners Hotel, praised their committed team and high standard of suppliers in helping them win this prestigious award. ‘We are surrounded by some of the best suppliers in Ireland and I regularly relook at how best we can utilise the amazing local produce. I work very closely with each supplier in ensuring that seasonality and freshness is always a given. Our team here at Dingle Benners Hotel share my passion on providing our guests with a great start to their day and we are thrilled to be recognised with our win.’

Dingle Benners Hotel dates back to the 1800’s and is located in the heart of Dingle town. Growing in popularity with the domestic Irish market, their reputation for quality food choices has grown over the past 2 years under the guidance of Head Chef Carolyn Clancy. www.dinglebenners.com

Nostalgic Killarney Hotels appear on TG4

 A nostalgic series reveals the history and inside stories of Ireland’s landmark hotels, using personal reminiscences, stories are brought to light with fascinating nuggets of history and heart. Using a mixture of interview, narration, and archive, this series reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of Ireland’s most significant hotels. In this episode we feature Co. Kerry’s former railway hotels, the Huggard family who were pioneers of the hospitality industry and the O’Donoghues, whose hotel became one of the area’s biggest entertainment venues.

TG4 – 26/2/19  – 8pm



The contracts have been signed for the construction of 29 new social housing units in the county. The new homes are being developed by Kerry County Council in Listowel, Milltown and Killorglin under the Rebuilding Ireland programme.


The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, and the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell signed contracts with the developers for each of the three schemes which will be completed by the end of the year.


Seven two-bed, two-storey houses are being constructed at Courthouse Lawn, Listowel by Ned O’Shea & Sons Construction Ltd to the value of €1m. The design team includes Kane Williams Architects, Malachy Walsh & Partners Consulting Engineers, and John Kelleher & Associates, Building Services Engineers.


A €1.2m contract awarded to Evans & Kelliher Construction Ltd will see the development of eight new homes at Cúirt Eaglaise in Milltown, comprising four two-bed and four three-bed units. The design team includes Kane Williams Architects, Malachy Walsh & Partners Consulting Engineers and John Kelleher & Associates, Building Services Engineers.


Meanwhile 14 homes will be completed by next December at Ardmoneel, Killorglin as part of a €2.3m contract with Parkway Contracts Ltd. The design team for the project includes Vincent Fahy Architects, Tobin Consulting Engineers, and Don O’Malley & Partners Ltd Building Services Engineers.


Cllr Foley warmly welcomed the commencement of construction of these new houses which will provide modern and comfortable facilities for many individuals and families in Kerry.


‘It is wonderful to see these developments being advanced under the Rebuilding Ireland programme with the support of Kerry County Council. I look forward to the completion of these units at the earliest opportunity. I would like to commend the staff of our Capital Infrastructure Unit for their tremendous work in advancing these important projects,’ she said.


Lee Strand hosts Animal Welfare & Nutrition Information Event 2019

Lee Strand hosts Animal Welfare & Nutrition Information Event 2019

Farmers from across the county recently attended the Animal Welfare & Nutrition Information Event hosted by Lee Strand Co-operative Creamery. The event took place in Brownes Home, Agri & Builder Providers in Castleisland with guest speakers Bianca Theeruth, Cargill Nutrition;  Brian Quilter, Vet (MRCVS); David Morgan, Crystalyx Nutrition; Andrew O’Connell, Auctus First Fibre and Sean Quigley, JFC.

The Animal Welfare & Nutrition Information Event offered support and knowledge to farm suppliers to assist them in the management and welfare of new born calves. In the long term, this method will lead to healthier adult cows who are more capable of producing a higher quality and volume of milk.

John O’Sullivan, General Manger, Lee Strand commented “The event was a great success and we would like to thank all the guest speakers who attended. The information presented was very practical and can be easily implemented to achieve the goals of calf health and nutrition. This in turn guarantees continuous high quality milk for all our customers.”

The event concluded with an interactive Q & A session, followed by refreshments. Chairperson for the event was James Sugrue, Technical Manager, Lee Strand and event organisers were Deirdre Foley, Farm Advisor, Lee Strand and John Daly, General Manager Brownes, Home, Agri & Builder Providers.


PHOTO CAPTION: David Morgan, Crystalyx Nutrition; Deirdre Foley, Farm Advisor, Lee Strand; Bianca Theeruth, Cargill Nutrition; Brian Quilter, Vet (MRCVS); James Sugrue, Technical Manager, Lee Strand and John Daly, General Manager Brownes, Home, Agri & Builder Providers.

PHOTOGRAPHY by: Domnick Walsh

Leave Grass Verges to the Bees, Says Green Candidate for Tralee


As grass cutting season commences, Green party candidate Anne Marie Fuller is calling on Kerry County Council to set aside more areas in public parks and roadside verges for pollinators.

“We have to stop the alarming decline in biodiversity,” she says. “Kerry County Council should be fully implementing the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. For example, areas off the Dan Spring road and Ballymullen road would be great places to allow more biodiversity to develop. And why not do something along the River Lee walk, the Canal Bank walk areas too? There are lots of places we could allow wildflowers to flourish.”

Anne-Marie, who is standing for election in Tralee, says the Council has shown valuable support for community groups but its own efforts need significant improvement.

“Groups such as Transition Kerry and Team Bramble are making progress,” she says. “Tralee Bee Highway only started up six months ago and is now expanding to cover all of Kerry. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre has designated 2019 as ‘The Year of The Bee’ and will host bee-friendly walks and talks throughout the year.”

Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government, Cllr Malcolm Noonan says simple changes in the management regime for grass cutting could make a vital difference to insects sourcing food early in spring.


“By setting aside areas to be managed for wildlife, councils could delay mowing until mid-April, allowing important food plants such as dandelions to flower and give essential nutrients to bumblebees, in particular. It’s a simple low cost and instant win and will gain points in the National Tidy Towns competition,” says Cllr Noonan.


He also said that councils should cease using herbicides in public areas and incorporate wild planting and meadows into public areas.


“We are urging all Local Authorities to ramp up pollinator actions through their respective heritage offices; we are urging Government to resource them to do this and urging communities to play their part too.  The challenge to halt the loss of our insects is immense but not beyond us, our young people and children will in the future remember how we responded,” says Cllr Noonan.

Kerry Racing News: Kennedy records a double

Kerry Racing News

Jack Kennedy recorded a double at Thurles on Thursday, sharing his winners with Gordon Elliott. Mrs Lovett, the 15/8 second favourite, was left nicely clear by the final fence fall of Nellie Pledge to win the mares’ novice chase but an even easier winner was 4/1 chance Invincible Cave which recorded a 36-length victory in the 3m maiden hurdle.


Upcoming Meetings

Clonmel – Thursday, February 28 (First Race 1.45)

Dundalk – Friday, March 1 (First Race 5.15)

Navan – Saturday, March 2 (First Race 1.45)

Leopardstown – Sunday, March 3 (First Race 2.10)

Anne and Nicky receive award

Last weekend a gathering of their most respected peers awarded the TG4 Gradam Saoil (Lifetime Award) to the well known pair of Nicky and Anne McAuliffe at the Waterfront Arena in Belfast.

The two highly respected musicans are held in great regard by musicians across the country.

Nicky McAuliffe was born in Castleisland and Anne Sheehy-McAuliffe in Lixnaw and they both have their musical heritage seeping through them. They have travelled the world with their music – America, England, Europe and Australia and they were central figures in both the Brosna and Desmond Céilí Bands, as well as being very involved with Siamsa Tíre.

Are you set for Strickeen?

The 7th Annual Strickeen Charity Event set to take place to raise funds for local charities.

The event will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 and the group will begin their climb up Strickeen Mountain located in the Gap of Dunloe.

Registration will take place between 10:30am-11:00am at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided after the climb.

“We will also hold a dance that night in Kate Kearney’s cottage which will include live music, finger food and raffle prizes. Tickets for the dance cost €5” Mary Moloney from the  Annual Strickeen Charity Event Commitee told the Killarney Outlook.

“Last year we raised €9,701.21 for The Palliative Care Units in Killarney, Tralee, Cahersiveen and Killorglin St. Joseph’s Home and The Oncology Unit Tralee. All of these services provide a vital service to our local communities across County Kerry. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you all on the 2nd March”, she added.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary on 087-2227188


Engineers Week, the annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer, is set to take place  across Kerry from Saturday, 2 – Friday, 8 March.

The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded under Science Foundation Ireland through their SFI Discover Programme –  and supported by industry leaders, Intel, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Arup and ESB.

From 2 March, engineers from all over Ireland will engage with their communities to showcase their profession to primary and secondary students in their locality, highlighting the amazing ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity, creativity and innovation. In Kerry, Irish Water, Dairymaster and Dornan Engineering are set to inspire next generation of engineers with workshops, creative STEM activities and presentations from local engineers. IT Tralee will also host a number of creative workshops on ‘Alice Perry’s Amazing Adventures’ for local school children throughout the week.

Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Engineers Week will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life in communities throughout Kerry and inspire today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow”

“Engineers Week is a chance for parents and young people to find out more about the many career opportunities available within the engineering sector and learn about the kind of skills that qualified engineers can build on as they move through their careers.  There are many misconceptions about the ‘type of person’ who should pursue engineering and during Engineers Week we can show people that the world of engineering is open to everyone – girls, boys, creative thinkers, curious minds, problem-solvers and leaders,” she continued.

During Engineers Week, Irish Girl Guides and Brownies are also encouraged to work towards gaining the Guide Engineering Badge or Brownie Engineering Badge with their Unit and devise an innovative project that could be commercially produced. Each entry submitted before the 15 March deadline will be judged by the Engineers Ireland STEPS Dragons, with the winners crowned ‘Ireland’s Top Guide Engineers’ or ‘Ireland’s Top Brownie Engineers’.

As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged take the Engineers Week Primary School Challenge and run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions.   To download free resources for your classroom, including documentaries and activity packs, or find to more about events taking place around the country, visit www.engineersweek.ie.

Boyle and Goulding show the Kerry the way

Kerry 3.27 London 1.11
Mike O’ Halloran reports from London
An easy enough win for Kerry in Ruislip where they overcame London by twenty two points. Sean Weir captained the side, Jason Diggins replaced Michael Boyle from the beginning. Kerry were in total control from fifteen minutes in after Jack Goulding found the net from a Michael O’Leary pass.
A minute later Jack won a penalty for Padraig Boyle to convert, that left the score Kerry 2-05 London 0-02.
The scores kept coming to leave the halftime score Kerry 2-13 London 0-06, two standout scores of the half were long range points from Brandon Barrett.
Young Dan Goggin bagged a goal and a point eleven minutes into the second half, Jack Goulding took over the free taking when Padraig Boyle was replaced.
Kevin Reid recieved a second yellow to reduce London to fourteen halfway through the half, with five minutes to go London bagged a goal from Conor Allis but it was only cosmetic as Kerry had 3-24 in the bag by then.
John B O’Halloran, Sean Weir (cpt)Bryan Murphy, Eric Leen (Joe McElligott) James O’Connor (John Buckley), Jason Diggins, Tomas O’Connor, Daniel Collins(Niall O’Mahony), Brandon Barrett, Padraig Boyle (Colum Harty),David Griffin,(Evan Murphy) Michael O’Leary, Dan Goggin, Jordan Conway, Jack Goulding.
Kerry scorers Padraig Boyle, 1-06 Jack Goulding 1-06, Dan Collins/Jordan Conway 0-01 each, David Griffin 0-04, Michael O’Leary 0-04, Brandon Barrett/Bryan Murphy 0-02 each, Dan Goggin 1-01,

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