Calling all Kerry Start Ups! Minister Bruton Calls on Kerry Start Ups to Compete in European Green Alley Awards

Applications open today, top prize of €25,000 for winners

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, T.D. today called on Kerry start-ups to enter the 2019 Green Alley Awards, Europe’s first start-up awards scheme for the circular economy.

The 2019 Green Alley Awards are sponsored by the European Recycling Platform, Ireland’s only pan-European compliance scheme for WEEE and Waste Battery compliance. The Awards are aimed at all start-ups and young entrepreneurs who have developed a business model in the areas of digital circular economy, recycling and waste prevention.

The business idea must help reduce waste or turn waste into resources. The winner of the Green Alley Award receives a cash prize of €25,000.

Minister Bruton said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the pioneers who are seizing the enterprise opportunities in a low carbon economy. Transition to a low carbon circular economy will disrupt traditional business models and create new enterprise opportunities. The early innovators will reap rewards. Irish entrepreneurs and enterprise hubs should take up the challenge.”

Martin Tobin, CEO, ERP Ireland and judge on the selection committee for the awards said: “The Green Alley Award aims to bring together the pioneers of the circular economy. We are looking for companies that are about to launch new products or services or are already in the growth phase. We also welcome start-ups who want to expand into other European markets. The sole condition is that the business idea must help recycle resources.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Irish start-ups to showcase their new environmental businesses.  Winners include businesses that have come up with solutions from reducing plastics to producing eco-friendly packaging materials.  The circular economy holds enormous business potential for young entrepreneurs and start-ups. This can be seen in the diversity of ideas from the Green Alley Awards.

“We want to give sustainable businesses a platform to present their ideas and develop them with us. The Green Alley Awards finalists have the opportunity to exchange ideas and interact with sustainable experts at the Green Alley Awards workshops.”

Vivienne Lawlor, Communications Manager, FoodCloud said, “FoodCloud is delighted to be able to support the launch of the 2019 Green Alley Awards . The need for start-ups operating in this space has never been greater. This award helps to increase awareness of the brilliant Irish businesses operating within the circular economy and the €25,000 award fund will help them deliver greater societal and environmental impact.”

Interested start-ups across Europe can submit their entries by 25th June 2019. In September, six finalists will be selected to take part in the Green Alley Award finals. The finalists are invited to Berlin on 17th October to work on their business models in rounds of talks with circular economy practitioners and start-up experts.  The finalists will present their projects to an expert jury and an international audience.  The jury is made up of representatives from the Landbell Group as well as external experts including: Alexis Figeac, originator of the EU project R2Pi on circular economy business models, and Elena Dieckmann, co-founder and director of Aeropower, the 2018 Green Alley Award winner.

In 2018, Aeropowder won over the jury with their idea for insulating material for packaging made from waste feathers.  In 2017, the Finish start-up Sulapac presented a wooden, biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging, and the first winner in 2014, Finnish start-up Repack, provides a reusable packaging service for online retailers to reduce packaging waste.

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Steven Hodd returns to his home town

Stephen William Hodd (a.k.a. Ragged Rebel City) is playing his first headline Irish show in over 14 years in Courtney’s Bar (Upstairs) on May 12th

And what a fitting place to return to. Having spent the best part of 4 years touring the world as guitarist and co-writer with Passenger and Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Stephen William Hodd has fired up the gears of old and promises to leave the pedals behind and bring just his Voice, Guitar and Lyrics to the intimate surroundings of Courtney’s Bar in Killarney.

This is the place where it all began many moons ago. Many great performers such as Glen Hansard, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, David Gray & many more have cut their teeth and tasted the warmth of a Kerry crowd in this hallowed space.

Showcasing much sought after guitar skills with feet planted in the finger-picked & alternate tuning world of John Martyn/Nick Drake, monumental lyrics birthed in self discovery and unabashed uncovering of the self yet remaining inclusive in their scope, and a voice that is dragged from the very core, echoing Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Bonnie Prince Billy and Bill Callahan, this night will be electrifying, truly moving & soul rejuvenating.

Expect old songs, new songs and some songs from recent release ‘Ode’ which will be available for the first time ever in physical format in a hand number LTD edition of 100 copies only.

Opening up the night will be Damien Flynn. A man who has a huge baritone voice and lyrics cast from statues of free thought.

The capacity is limited to 50 so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Doors 7:30. Music starts at 8:00.

80 Primary & Secondary Healthcare Nurses Attend Mater Private Cork Cardiology Study Day

PATIENTS with cardiovascular disease can take heart in the fact that the number of deaths from the disease has been surpassed by the volume of patients enjoying a good quality of life after being treated for the disease.
Consultant Cardiologists from Mater Private Cork briefed 80 hospital and GP practice nurses from Kerry, Cork and Tipperary on the positive developments that have resulted in early diagnosis and advancements in treatment.
A day-long Cardiology Study Day updated cardiac nurses from public and private hospitals on the care of the cardiology patient in the clinical setting with a special focus on heart failure, rehabilitation and assessment.
Dr Ronan Margey, Consultant Cardiologist at Mater Private Cork, said: “Despite marvellous improvements in cardiovascular disease mortality over the last 30 years, mostly shaped through improved preventative care at primary care level, cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality in Irish Society. A better understanding of the assessment and care of patients who present to a clinical setting has facilitated a more rapid assessment and treatment system. The skills and knowledge from the Study Day, if utilised appropriately, will assist in the delivery of high-quality care to patients.”
Four full-time Consultant Cardiologists at Mater Private Cork, Dr Ronan Margey, Dr Maheshwar Pauriah, Dr James Dollard and Dr Barry Hennigan facilitated the nurses with news about a wide variety of developments in interventional cardiology along with nursing assessment and care of individuals with a diagnosis of, or symptoms suggestive of cardiac health issues.
Nurse-led presentations focused on Heart Failure Management, Chest Pain Assessment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Case Studies.
“It’s essential for all practitioners to develop a greater knowledge base in the area of cardiology, an understanding of current treatment processes for cardiology patients and gain first-hand experience of assessment, care and treatment of the cardiac patients,” said Dr Ronan Margey.
Nurses from hospitals, including Mater Private Cork, as well as nurses from medical practices in the Cork and Kerry area took part in the event at the Maryborough House Hotel, Cork.
The Heart & Vascular Centre at Mater Private Hospital Cork provides a wide range of comprehensive Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiovascular Services. Patient care is handled by a multi-disciplinary team of world class experts and specialists covering the full spectrum of cardiac conditions.
For more details, contact the Heart & Vascular Centre at Mater Private Cork on 021 601 3258 or email

Kerry Racing News

Paddy Kennedy is having a great time of things and he combined with Jessica Harrington to land the first of the races on Grand National day at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday where The Holy One took the 2m novice handicap hurdle. In the colours of David Bobbett, the 20/1 chance got home by just a neck from Kuiper Belt and will be on show again at Punchestown this week. Bryan Cooper was also a winner on the card as he partnered Maeve’s Choice to win the 2m6f handicap hurdle for local trainer Matthew Smith. The 10/1 chance is owned by Michael Hannon.

Kennedy’s younger brother Jack had an easy time of it when riding a winner at Wexford on Saturday. He scored a seven and a half-length win on the Norman Lee-trained Sole Pretender in the Coast Hotels & Resorts Rated Hurdle. Sent to post an 11/8 favourite, Sole Pretender made light work of his rivals. The five-year-old was a winner at Ballinrobe two weeks ago and is set for a return there for the €50,000 McHale-sponsored handicap hurdle at the end of May. Jack also played his part in the Gordon Elliott four-timer at Sligo on Sunday where he partnered 7/2 chance Soldier At War to win the 2m4f maiden hurdle.

Kerry sheep farmer ploughing efforts into funding cancer research with 1,400km vintage tractor trip

A retired Kerry sheep farmer is preparing for a 1,400km journey on his vintage tractor to raise crucial funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer research.

Kevin Curran, from Waterville, lost his wife Eileen to cancer in 2009. Ever since he has ploughed his efforts into raising over €75,000 for cancer research through a number of tractor runs, including one across Route 66 in 2012.

The 75-year-old decided it was time to take ‘Betsy’, a 50 year old vintage tractor, out of retirement this year. Together with a small support group of friends they will tackle a route the length of Great Britain, from John O Groats to Lands End in the UK.

Kevin said, “We are raising the money for cancer research so that one day we can stop this terrible disease. My wife Eileen died from cancer ten years ago, and more people are being diagnosed with it every year so it’s something that I’m passionate about.

“We think it will take us about five days to complete the journey, if we manage to clock up 200 miles each day. There will be a team of five altogether and we all take turns with the driving, starting from about 9am until well after dark. We will be out there whatever the weather – rain won’t stop us!”

Betsy, which was named by Eileen before she died, is being serviced at present before being shipped to the UK for to start the journey on May 1st.

Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society said, “We wish Kevin all the best as he takes to the road once again to raise funds for our cancer research projects. He has been a fantastic supporter and the money he has raised to date has been invested in lifesaving cancer research projects to improve how we diagnose and treat cancer. Each year 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to research, more people are now surviving their cancer. Our research is funded purely by public donations, so we are reliant on fundraisers like Kevin to ensure we don’t have to turn down potentially lifesaving projects each year. We are so grateful to Kevin and his supporters for taking on this challenge and encourage people to donate so that we can ensure Irish patients have access to the best possible cancer treatment.”

Sponsorship cards are available in Waterville from Kevin 087 648 5625 and donations can also be made online at the Facebook page ‘John O’Groats to Land’s End Cancer run with Betsy the Tractor’.

International Expert Delivers Keynote Update To GPs On Diabetes Crisis in Kerry/Cork Region

THERE is a diabetes crisis in the Cork/Kerry region with one of the highest incidences of Type 2 Diabetes in Europe, while there has also been an upsurge in late diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, which requires insulin at diagnosis.

The knock-on effect has resulted in a huge demand on hospitals in terms of the risk for heart attack and stroke caused by these metabolic diseases.

Cortisol is a key hormone involved in the genesis of obesity/insulin resistance and glucose regulation.

Considering the startling statistics, Dr Michael O’Reilly, an international expert on cortisol metabolism, made a keynote presentation to General Practitioners at a Study Event hosted by Mater Private Hospital Cork.

Dr James Ryan, the GP Study Evening Host and Consultant Endocinologist at Mater Private Cork, said: “We were fortunate to have a Galway-native colleague and friend of mine, Dr Mick O’Reilly, over from the University of Birmingham to give us a keynote update on cortisol metabolism and to further our ethic of education and research in endocrinology. The Endocrine Service in Mater Private Cork serves a large catchment area across Munster, helping to continue delivering gold standard care to all our patients.”

Dr Ryan’s colleagues from Mater Private Cork, Mr Tahir Khan and Dr Barry Hennigan also met with their GP colleagues in the academic setting at Citygate, Mahon.

Mr Khan, a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, is a specialist in Minimally Invasive Endocrine Surgery, while Dr Barry Hennigan, a Consultant Cardiologist, outlined the basics of Coronary Physiology, key trials and recent developments in the field of Perfusion MRI.

Mater Private Hospital Cork offers a comprehensive range of services to patients living with or newly diagnosed with Diabetes.

“We believe that the key to managing diabetes is with patient participation, education and empowerment and our services are based on the principal of comprehensive care in one setting, coordinated by one team,” added Dr James Ryan.

The Endocrinology Team at Mater Private Cork works with each patient individually to develop a personalised Diabetes Care Plan.

€350,000 and Counting raised from Nathan’s Walk

With a staggering €350,000 raised in Killarney since its inception, Marie and Denis Carroll will launch the 2019 Nathan’s walk – Darkness into Light on Monday night, April 29th at Reidy’s Bar on Main Street at 7.30pm.

“We are so proud that an amazing €350,000 has been raised in Killarney alone for Nathan’s Walk and this year we hope to set the ball rolling to have a Pieta House Outreach house in the town”, Marie told the Killarney Outlook.

Marie and Denis’ youngest son Nathan lost his life to sucide at the ag of 14 and thy are now the drving force behind the fundraiser for Pieta House

This year’s walk will take place on May 11th, 4:15am at Killarney Race Course.

From Darkness into Light the walk will begin while it’s dark and finish as dawn is breaking, the 5km route can be walked, jogged or ran. This is a beautiful, symbolic event which raises funds for suicide and self-harm charity Pieta House. Every year the walk in Killarney remembers Nathan  and an estimatd 5,000 people are set to take part.

The relationship between Pieta House and the community, although forged in tragedy, provides so much hope for individuals and families throughout the country. Pieta House tackles the issues of suicide and self-harm day after day, issues that have touched every community in Ireland. Pieta relies on the generosity of the public, whose donations and fundraising make up nearly 90% of their income and they also rely heavily on the support and encouragement of volunteers.

Pre registration will be held at the launch night on Monday in Reidy’s Courtyard and also before the event.

For more information find them on Facebook-Walking for Nathan – Darkness into Light.

Ryan wins Meet & Greet with Dr Crokes’ Senior Team

A young Dr. Crokes fan won a meet and greet with the Dr. Crokes Senior Football team after winning a recent Art Competition.

Ryan Moloney was one of the winners in the competition and his prize was a meet and greet with the Dr Crokes’ senior team. Ryan got to kick around with some of the players, including Mícheál Burns and David O’Leary. Johnny Buckley and Fionn Fitzgerald gave Ryan some good advice. At the end of the session last year’s captain, John Payne, and this year’s captain, Brian Looney, presented Ryan with a Dr Crokes jersey, signed by all the players. Ryan really enjoyed his evening with the players.

Friends dedicate win to their friend Niall

Killarney Legion 0-13 Laune Rangers 0-11

This Division 1 Minor County League final will live long in the memory of all at Legion GAA club for all the right reasons.

The team sealed the victory and dedicated it to their  friend and fellow player Niall McGillycuddy who passed away last October.

A thrilling competition between two evenly matched teams that went right down to the wire and even the cross bar on the 35th minute in the second half.  This bunch of lads are a credit to the club, the hard work that was put into this team by Alan O’Neill and his selectors was evident throughout their campaign.  The first half saw little between the sides wit Laune Rangers going in ahead at half time.

The second half saw play opening up with some lovely fielding, well taken Scores and great defending to Legions credit to hold off a well prepared Laune Rangers side.

This success was a result of a complete team performance with everyone contributing from the goalie Aaron O’Sullivan  right through out the field including the substitutes with some great talent on show that will wear the Kerry jersey in the future.  This team received great support on Friday evening with a huge crowd at Fitzgerald Stadium which was richly deserved to cheer them on.

Man of the match & Captain Darragh Lyne with his Co Captain Evan Smith dedicated this win to their friend and fellow player Niall McGillicuddy who was most definitely looking down on the lads in the closing few minutes to help them over the line.

Garda Blitz: 11th Annual Castleisland Garda Blitz makes it a good Friday for Basketballers

Last Good Friday at Castleisland Community Centre saw the 11th Annual An Garda Siochána/KDYS basketball blitz take place.  The event was organised by Liz Twomey Garda JLO Castleisland Garda Station and Helena Falvey Youth Justice worker, KEY Service KDYS.   

The event was hugely supported by both participants, parents, volunteers and supporter this year although a clash with a number of events meant that the number of teams was down slightly from other years. 

Eight teams took part over Primary, U15 & U18 with approximately 70 participants on the day with great excitement and heart stopping finals.  Our sponsors on the day were Vincent Murphy Sports, Supervalu, Centra and the Marketstall.  

This event each year is not possible without the assistance of our loyal volunteers of referees: Majella Moloney Ahern, Garda Mary Gardiner Tralee Community Policing, Nathan Egan, Maurice Casey, Eamon Egan who was on call out but still checked in on the event during the day. Table officials:  Tommy and Leah Boyle, Aoibhín and Caoimhe O Mahony and Aoife Bourke.  KDYS youth justice worker Geraldine O’Meara kept everyone satisfied with lovely refreshments during the tournament.  Thanks to Gardaí Cecilia Scanlon, Mike Courtney and Brian O Shea youth justice worker for assisting with the event.  

This event is a true testament to the Castleisland and surrounding areas for keeping the event going as they have a love of basketball and support the youth to be active over the Easter break.  Helena Falvey (joint organiser) spoke to the crowd present applauding them for the efforts with the tournament and thanked the continued support of sponsors of the annual event.

In the Primary Games four teams took part in a round robin series of games with the top two teams going forward to the final.  Teams taking part were Lucky Charms, Slán le do Rúitín, F4 Rockets and Warriors.  There was great support throughout these games and brilliant basketball played by all involved.  Through to the final were F4 Rockets and Warriors which was going to be a close encounter going on the earlier game which saw Warriors win by a basket and a repeat of last year’s final where Warriors won by a basket.  This final was heart stopping throughout with the teams’ level on two occasions at the start of the first half and Cian Downey sinking a free throw to put Warriors ahead on 6-5 at half time.  In the second half with Simon O’Leary brought F4 Rockets back to level on 9-9.  A good run of play by Warriors saw them go ahead and with just a few seconds on the clock in a show stopping shot by Gearoid Evans the teams were level on the final whistle much to the delight of the crowd on a score of 11-11.  Three minutes of extra time was added on and both Coaches Gerry and Joanne got their teams ready for the last few minutes of the game.  Warriors got off to a better stat with two sets of free throws and two being scored, again the game was brought back to level by F4 Rockets but in the last minute and a half Warriors managed to get three unanswered points to take the title.  This was an absolutely fantastic game of basketball and all players should be so proud of their efforts on the day.  Farranfore Rockets team:  Daithi O’Shea, Colm Riordan, Luke Henderson, Simon O’Leary, Gearoid Evans, Michaela O’Meara, Katie Doe.  Coach: Gerry O Leary.  Warriors: Shauna Wilkinson, Amy McCarthy, Amy Curtin, Eoghan Shire, Larry Nolan, Kian Downey, Evan Brennan, Chris Devan, Coach: Joanne Downey. The trophy was presented by Garda Liz Twomey and accepted by joint captains: Shauna Wilkinson and Chris Devan making it two in a row for Warriors.  MVP of the tournament was awarded to Katie Doe, F4 Rockets.

In the U15 category two teams took part Bball Buddies and F4 Flyers the teams played two games, in the final F4 Flyers went into the game on +2.  This game was a very close encounter throughout and at half time 8-11 to Farranfore Flyers.  Farranfore got off to a better start but this didn’t deter the BBall Buddies and they kept fighting back to go ahead in the dying seconds.  With 5 seconds in the clock quick thinking for the F4 Flyers coach Gerry O Leary called a time out and got the team set for a play with a superb shot by Katie O Leary to bring the game to level on the hooter, with the crowd going crazy for another period of extra time.  In extra time F4 got a free throw and scored one and then Warriors scoring a basket to put them one point ahead.  This game was played at ferrous speed and great enthusiasm by all players.  Bball Buddies won on a score of 21-19.  Team: Mint O Connor, Patrick O Shea, Ruairi Bourke, Shane Browne, Rebecca Reidy, Muireann Rahilly, Muireann Walsh and Clodagh Delaney.  Coach: Grainne Walsh.  The trophy was presented by Gda Mary Gardiner and accepted by joint captains: Shane Browne and Rebecca Reidy.  Runners up F4 Flyers: Noah Moynihan, Liam Evans, Josh Vermiglio, Colm O Shea, Katie O Leary, Claire Stagg and Darren Deniel. Coach Gerry O Leary.  MVP was awarded to Patrick O’Shea.

In the U18 section we had two teams St Anne’s and York United who played round one and then a final.  St Anne’s went into the final on +9.  It was York United who put in the early baskets but St Anne’s fought back and returned seven unanswered baskets, this didn’t phase York United who took it all in their stride and smiled throughout.  Half time score 24-8 and in the final again York United clawed back some points but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and St Anne’s won on a final score of 28-13, a third final for the St Anne’s club on the day.  The trophy was present by Majella Moloney Ahern to a delighted St Anne’s team.  Team: Cian Ring, James O Leary, Andrew Moynihan, Tadhg Riordan, Daragh Brosnan, Katie Brosnan and Martha Fitzgerald. Coach: Gerry O Leary.  York United: Katie O Connor, Cian Murphy, Aoife Walsh, Grainne Walsh, Daragh Kelly, Billy Conway and Sean Cronin.  MVP:  Katie Brosnan St Anne’s. 

Thanks to Garda JLO and youth justice workers working together under the KEY Service which is funded by the Ireland EU Structural and Investment fund and the ESF fund through the Irish Youth Justice Service.