Farranfore making walking accessible for all

An event that certainly caught my attention this week was the official opening of the two Slí na Sláinte routes in Farranfore that will add greatly to the local population of a the very busy village.

The Red Route- The old Tralee road, from Farranfore Railway Park to Shanahans Garden Centre is a 4.6km return one with the Green Route- Footpath from Sherwoods to Kerry Airport a handy 2.4km return.

The routes have been the brainchild of the local  Farranfore Development Association who “have put in tremendous work supporting the community.” The words of the local School Princiapal Aine Daly and words that I can certainly echo.

Helping out at the official opening was pupils from the School who were all decked out in their safety high viz jackets made an earlier than usual start at 8.45am to help out.

“Our school is taking part in the Green Schools Initiative and our present theme is travel.  The ultimate aim of this is to increase the number of children and adults getting active by walking and cycling.  These new walking routes are an excellent opportunity to link in with the Green Schools Initiative and they will provide further opportunity for children to enjoy the locality and develop healthy lifestyle habits.”

Asthma Society warns 13,795 people in Kerry with asthma to take precautions as the cold spell continues

Asthma Society’s top tips on manging your asthma during the cold weather

The Asthma Society is today issuing a warning to people with asthma to stay safe as Met Eireann’s yellow warning remains in place throughout the country. The warning, put in place from 9pm yesterday, will end at 11am today but it is expected to remain very cold throughout the 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 asthma.ie 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.


This March, Gary O’Sullivan (30) from Castleisland, Co. Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi to compete in Athletics at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Part of a 91-strong Team Ireland squad, Gary will represent his country at highest level of sporting competition for Special Olympics athletes.


The road to Abu Dhabi started four years ago; this week, the final preparations began in earnest for Special Olympics athletes across the country, with the official launch of Team Ireland for the 2019 World Games.


Taking place between 14-21 March 2019, Abu Dhabi 2019 will be the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world this year. Supported by a volunteer management team of 39, Team Ireland will join 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries at the Games.


Supporters and sponsors caught up with the athletes for the official launch of the squad on Friday night in Dublin, ahead of their last residential Team Ireland training session this weekend. The 91 athletes travelled to Dublin to train together and ensure that they are ready to take on their biggest sporting challenge yet.


Emma McMenamin, Head of Delegation for Team Ireland added: “These athletes are extremely focused and determined and like any athlete facing into a major competition, they are putting 100% into their training. It was great to see how excited the athletes are to be part of this huge event. To represent Team Ireland and compete on the World Stage in Abu Dhabi is a big honour and one these Special Olympics athletes are not taking lightly.”

Ahead of the official launch, President Michael D. Higgins sent a message of support to Team Ireland athletes. He said: “Being chosen to represent your country on the international stage is a great honour indeed. It is a tribute, not only to your great talent as athletes, but also to your dedication, hard work and perseverance; qualities which make you inspirational role models and admirable ambassadors for Ireland.


“I thank you for your commitment to representing our country so proudly on the international stage and assure you that, as you travel to Abu Dhabi, you bring with you the support and goodwill of all of the people of Ireland. May I wish each and every one of you every success and many precious moments of enjoyment and happiness at the 2019 Games. May I also commend those who have encouraged and assisted you on your journey to date including your coaches and family members.


“I have no doubt that Ireland’s great reputation at the World Summer Games will be further enhanced by Team Ireland’s performance in Abu Dhabi, and that you will make us very proud indeed.”


Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost a sports organisation and charity that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities. As the countdown to the World Games gets under way, Special Olympics Ireland is calling on the business community and individuals to help them raise much-needed funds to send the athletes to Abu Dhabi. To cover the cost of sending Team Ireland to the Games, Special Olympics needs to raise a total of €455,000 (€5,000 per athlete).


Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, said: “2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for our athletes having worked so hard over the past three years to qualify for these Games. Companies large and small can show their support for Team Ireland by visiting www.specialolympics.ie and getting involved in our support an athlete campaign. The Irish community have been so generous towards us and we are calling on you again to play your part and help make the dreams of our athletes come true.”


For further information about Team Ireland and the Support an Athlete programme, visit www.specialolympics.ie


To keep up to date with Team Ireland’s preparations for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, follow Special Olympics Ireland on Twitter @SOIreland and Facebook, facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIreland and follow the hashtags, #TeamIreland and #PlayYourPart.


Kerry Man Wins National Volunteer Award

Cormac Sertutxa from Tralee won the Community award at the national Volunteer Ireland Awards on Friday 7th December. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work, dedication and impact of volunteers across the country.

According to Kerry Volunteer Centre Manager Gerladine O’Sullivan “We are very lucky to have volunteers like Cormac here in Kerry and we congratulate him on this acheivement. He is the embodiment of the volunteering spirit, giving back to make a real difference to the most vulnerable in his community. Hopefully his story will inspire others to get involved in their communities.”

Cormac has been volunteering with the Irish Red Cross in Tralee for four years and has already taken on a number of roles inlcuding acting as a First Responder and a trainer. As part of his role as the Irish Red Cross Health & Social Care Officer responsible for service development and coordination in Kerry, Cormac spends every day focused on his role to develop the supports and services that the Irish Red Cross can offer to vulnerable members in local communities in order to promote healthy & safe living and build more resilient communities around Kerry.

As part of his role, he coordinates visits to the local Community Nursing Unit for Valentine’s Day, with a delivery of red roses for each resident. He also arranges visits throughout the year to the children’s ward in University Hospital Kerry, where the children receive a special visit from the local Irish Red Cross mascot, Red Fred, along with Red Cross members who bring gifts to the ward and spend time with the children.

Cormac is also one of the first people to be trained as a Psychological First Aid Facilitator in the county and he is currently developing this training to fit into local context. He will be training people up around the county as Psychological First Aiders to promote healthy and safe living.

Kerry Kefir: Necessity is the mother of invention for Mary Thea

A local Castleisland girl has returned to her homestead to start a new business producing Milk Kefir- a natural, live probiotic beverage. In many ways you could say that Mary Thea Brosnan is a pure example of the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” as her love of all things Kefir came when she was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

“My journey with Kefir started in the summer of 2017 after years of struggling with the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I was diagnosed with IBS in 2011 and began the difficult process of eliminating foods from my diet to try manage my symptoms. Dairy is my trigger and so I removed it from my diet. However, my IBS symptoms continued to flare up randomly. I came across a nutritionist in Dublin who was advocating milk kefir. I ordered the kefir grains from her and began cultivating my own milk kefir.” Mary Thea told the Outlook in a week.

The Castleisland girl was one of the many exhibitors that took advantage of the Christmas in Castleisland Party where she launched her new product.

“I have drank 100mls of milk kefir every day since and for me, my IBS has never been better. I have noticed other improvements too such as better mood, clear brighter skin and more energy. I’ve been spreading the good word of milk kefir to whoever would listen for over a year now. I am so passionate about it I started making batches for my friends and family. When they also started to see the benefits of milk kefir I decided to set up my own business to promote this gut-healing superfood and so Kerry Kefir was born.”

Kerry Kefir is full of vitamins, minerals and of course good bacteria and yeast. It is suitable for most people to be consumed as part of a healthy diet. If you are completely new to fermented foods, it is recommended to start with smaller dosages, and build up to the recommended 100mls a day.

Irish Blood Transfusion Clinic

Did you know that approximately 1000 people in Ireland get blood transfusions every week? Transfusions can happen for a variety of reasons – cancer treatment, surgery, car accidents & childbirth complications to name a few. This is why we always need donors to come into our clinic. The Irish Blood Transfusion They will be in Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday 17th And Tuesday 18th Of December from 5pm -8pm. Please come along and bring a friend.


Ballybunion Community Centre 
*Sports Hall: €25 per hour before 7pm, €30 per hour after 7pm & weekends.
*Upstairs Hall/Dance Studio: €20 per hour.
*Meeting Room: €10 per hour.
* Room of Light €20 per hour
Discount available for block booking & advance payment.
ballybcomcentre@gmail.com Call 068-27799 during office hours Mon-Thurs10am-2pm


Free IT Skills for Farmers
Covers using an account on Agfood.ie to: Review, save, print & e-mail herd details, Record farm-to-farm movementsRegister calves. Also covers Basic Internet Skills (setting up & using e-mail; internet search and online security) Classes running Oct/Nov 2018 in Tarbert/ Listowel / Ballybunion / Ballyduff 10 hours in total. Own herd number not required as practice numbers will be supplied.Booking essential. Contact: Rosaleen (085) 7714355


Ciorcal Comhrá at Ballybunion Library
As 2018 is Blian na Gaeilge, Ballybunion Library will be running a series of Free Comhrá Classes –December Tuesday 4th & 11th. All Sessions from 4pm to 5pm. CAINT, COMHRÁ, & CRAIC. All are Welcome! The aim of the classes is to get the conversation flowing, and the classes will cater to all levels from complete beginners upwards. Please contact Ballybunion Library for further details. 068 27615 ballybunion@kerrylibrary.ie www.kerrylibrary.ie


Christmas Party night at the Bunker bar
Party night at the Bunker bar will be on 14th December at 7pm. This includes a four course Meal in the upstairs Restaurant followed by music & dancing with Martin Williams. To Book contact Sinead 086/4042334
Art and Craft
The Studio Gallery Art and Craft Workshops for Children Every Saturday at 11am-1pm ages 4 years to 12 years and at 2.30pm-4.30pm class 4 years to 16 years. Drop in classes available and pay as you go, at the Studio Gallery Cinema Lane, Ballybunion. Bookings are essential for creative Birthday Parties please phone Marie 086-0664435 or email mariebrennan88@gmail.com


Dates for your Diary
Confirmation Date for next year’s Confirmation is 17th of May at 11am and First Holy Communion is 18th of May at 11am.


Irish Music sessions
Irish Music Sessions take place in Ballybunion on Tuesday night in the Feale Bar, Thursday night in the Courtney’s Bar, Friday night in Kilcooley’s, Sat Night in Kilcooley’s.


Ecotrek Ballybunion
Stroll Through History Ecotrek Ballybunion. Guided walking tours with Danny Houlihan every Sunday starting at Ballybunion Tourist Office at 3.30pm. Tours are of Cnoic na Óir, The Cliff Walk and Bromore Cliffs. These tours take in views of the Shannon estuary, loop head, Kerry head, Mount Brandon, Scattery Island, The Viking Raids along the Shannon Estuary and the great plains of North Kerry. Book by appointment only by contacting Danny on 087 3539613 or email:info@ecotrekballybunion.com


Ballybunion by the Sea
The new website for Ballybunion is now available on the internet. It is a great website for all in Ballybunion; make sure you check it out at www.ballybunionbythesea.ie


Weight Watchers
Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre Every Thursday 10am to 11am – & – 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Call Sandra on 0876718377 or email sandramaher@leader.weightwatchers.ie
Unislim Ballybunion 
Thursday mornings from 8 to 9.30 am Ballybunion community Centre in the Cozy Room. New & returning members always welcome 


Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre opening hours: 
Mon – Thurs – 7am – 10pm
Friday – 7am – 9pm
Saturday – 9am – 8pm
Sunday – 10am – 8pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm 

 We have numerous exercise and fitness classes, which include the new Surf set, Hydro bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Spinning, and Circuits.  Swim Lessons for both Adults and Children take place each week and can be booked by contacting reception, for any further information please call Reception on Tel: 0682811 or follow our Facebook page Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre for regular updates. 


 Social Dancing

Social Dancing takes place every Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Hibernian Bar. A great night of fun and dancing, please come along and show your support.

 Ard Chúram Day Care Centre

North Kerry Listowel provides a day care service for older people in the North Kerry area. This is an opportunity to socialise in a friendly and stimulating environment. Transport is available. For any further information please Contact Nora Hunt, Nurse Co-Ordinator on 068 22986.


North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service

NEWKD are providing community services for the elderly, and are now taking requests for the winter. Prepare your home for the winter, power washing footpaths and driveways. Christmas is quickly approaching so now is the time to tackle indoor improvements and repairs. They cover all of North Kerry and all workers are Garda vetted, for more information please contact 068-23429 or 087-3776724

Ballybunion Badminton

Ballybunion Badminton is back! The club was huge back in the 80’s and 90’s and its back in 2018 with the new name Ballybunion Baseliners! So dust off your old racket and come and rejoin. Ballybunion Community Centre, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11pm, and Saturday mornings 11am-1pm. €5 per person. New members are always welcome.
Cashen Vale Boxing
Club training continues every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 7pm, and our Healthy Boxing Bodies fitness class is on every Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Irish Collage Sandhill road.
Ballybunion Taekwon-do
Ballybunion Taekwon-do, classes for children, teens and adults, in Ballybunion Community Centre every Wednesday and Friday. Excellent for fitness, confidence, self-defense and flexibility. First class is free. Contact Michael on 087 9245637.
Parkrun Listowel
A free, weekly, timed 5k run takes place every Saturday at 9.30am.Visit www.parkrun.ie/register for registration details.

Beale GAA Lips Zipped

Beale GAA presents Lips Zipped on Saturday 22nd December. 10 Acts will battle it out as they perform a range of show stopping hits in what promises to be a night full of entertainment and laughter. It all takes place in Ballybunion Community Centre and tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased by club members or local bars and shops in town.

Unislim Ballybunion 

Thursday mornings from 8 to 9.30 am Ballybunion community Centre in the Cozy Room. New & returning members always welcome

Weight Watchers

Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre Every Thursday 10am to 11am – & – 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Call Sandra on 0876718377 or emailsandramaher@leader.weightwatchers.ie

Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre opening hours: 

Mon – Thurs – 7am – 10pm

Friday – 7am – 9pm

Saturday – 9am – 8pm

Sunday – 10am – 8pm

Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm 


We have numerous exercise and fitness classes, which include the new Surf set, Hydro bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Spinning, and Circuits.  Swim Lessons for both Adults and Children take place each week and can be booked by contacting reception, for any further information please call Reception on Tel: 0682811 or follow our Facebook page Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre for regular updates. 



Psoriasis  Awareness

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells and causes them to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. It affects 100,000 people, or two to four percent of the population in Ireland. The skin cells form scales and red patches which are typically dryitchy and sometimes painful. The patches can come and go over the course of a few days, last a month and sometimes even go into complete remission.  

Psoriasis can affect any part of the skin surface, but most commonly involves the elbows, knees, scalp, and the lower back.   

There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage symptoms  with various treatments like steroid creams, ultraviolet light and immune system suppressing medications, such asmethotrexate. About seventy-five percent of cases can be managed with creams alone.   

Psoriasis is a condition which tends to run in families. Men and women are affected with equal frequency and it may begin at any age. Psoriasis is not contagious, infectious or the result of poor hygiene.  

Aside from other medical complications, psoriasis can cause anxiety or depression especially in teenagers. Fake tan, make-up and adopting current fashion trends especially for female sufferers are real issues. Feeling isolated, fear of being ridiculed and being unable to join in with simple activities such as swimming all contribute to negative well being.  

We are students from Millstreet Community School, Millstreet, Co. Cork and we are involved in a BT Young Scientist project titled “The effects of psoriasis on adolescent mental health 2018”. If you are an adolescent and suffering from psoriasis and would be willing to fill out a survey, you can contact us at riabuckley25@gmail.com .

Light to Remember Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony

For the first time, University Hospital Kerry and Kerry Hospice Foundation are together hosting a special Christmas event which will also support the  continuous wonderful work of the Kerry Hospice Foundation . Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry officially launched the Light to Remember Memorial Christmas Tree. 

Light to Remember Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony will take place on Sunday 2nd December  2018 on the grounds of University Hospital Kerry. The ceremony will commence at 5 pm with light refreshments and entertainment provided.  The  official turning on of the lights will be at 5 30 pm. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to participate in this special Christmas remembrance ceremony.

It offers an unique opportunity to sponsor a dedicated light on the Light to Remember Christmas Tree honouring someone special in your life living and those no longer with us.

 Lights can be sponsored from now until Christmas. To Sponsor a light simply complete the online form using the following link: