Page 10 - The Kerry News 2018
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10 KERRY NEWS CHRISTMAS 2018
   Micheál Martin, Fianna Fail backs a call to fund a new ferry for Valentia Island.
Cllr John Francis Flynn from Killorglin revealed his battle with alcohol and gambling addictions and is much admired for his honesty.
Valentia marks the 152nd anniversary of the first message successfully transmitted along the transatlantic cable from Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, to Valentia.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice resigns as Kerry football manager following Kerry’s defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Killarney Looking Good and Tidy Towns awards are presented by Daniel O’Donnell.
A Kerry-registered car that was used in a car bomb attack in Ukraine may have been ‘scrapped’ in Ireland and then exported to eastern Europe.
Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey discusses drug addiction in her family during The Rose of Tralee which was won by Kirsten Mate Maher.
Thousands of Kerry folk head to The Phoenix Park to see Pope Francis.
Bishop Ray Browne calls on parishioners to embrace the World Meeting of Families in Ireland taking place in Dublin.
Kerry County Council endorse Peter Casey to contest the presidential election.
Kerry Minors win 5-in-a-row under Killorglin shopkeeper Peter Keane.
John Joe Quirke, Jack O’Shea, and veteran 30 time All-Ireland champion Dominick Lynch win
more than €135,000 for digital library services and facilities. Gardai knock on all doors on Valentia Island in search of information in relation to the Kerry babies saga and ‘Baby John’ who was found over the water on The White Strand.
Listowel wins Ireland’s Tidiest Town.
Householders in Kerry breathe a sigh of relief with a return to the ‘base rate’ of local property tax following Mayor Norma Foley’s casting vote.
The first charity air ambulance in Ireland arrived at Kerry Airport.
Kerry house prices rise five per cent in 2018.
Waterville people gather to support local man Michael Curran who was seriously injured while cycling in France on an epic journey from China to Ireland.
Knochnagoshel footballer Paul Walsh is named Electric Ireland Minor Footballer of the Year while Fossa’s David Clifford wins the Young Footballer of the Year.
Liebherr sign contract to build two cranes for Port of Cork.
The famous Caha Tunnel between Kenmare and Glengarriff reopens after extensive roadworks and ahead of schedule.
The hospitality industry in the county is reeling after an increase in VAT from 9% to 13.5% in the budget with projected job losses as a result.
Vince Harty, Ballinskelligs announced as Kerry Person of the Year 2018 by the London Kerry Association.
August
800 staff at Liebherr in Killarney learn of an upcoming three day work week starting in August.
Vroom...vroom... easy writers... Ciara Carroll and her mum Fiona arrive by Harley Davidson motorbike to collect her Leaving Cert results in KIllarney
medals at World Handball in the USA and are given a heroes welcome to Glenbeigh.
Jordan Lee (18) from Killarney wins a bronze medal at the European Para Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Kieran Donaghy, joins fellow Kerry footballers Darran O’Sullivan, Donacha Walsh, Anthony Maher and Liam Kealy who announced their retirements during the year after wonderful careers in the Kerry jersey.
A new bust of Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator is commissioned
September
Gardai search a site near Castlemaine for a north Kerry man thought to have been executed during the War of Independence but nothing is found.
Over 200 people attend a ‘Save Our PO’ in Ballinskelligs, which proves successful as later a reprieve is granted by An Post.
A monument to ‘Jack Duggan -The Wild Colonial Boy’ is commissioned for Castlemaine.
Kerry Library services to receive
Three Latvian fishermen die
in a tragic boating accident
off Coonanna Harbour near Cahersiveen causing great upset in the community.
Fitzpatrick’s Spar shop sells a €500,000 Euromillions lottery ticket and speculation mounts that it could be a local person.
to grace the grounds of the only church in Ireland named after a layman at O’Connell Memorial Church in Cahersiveen.
Traffic gridlock in Killarney
is the topic of discussion and many locals are expressing
their concern unless relieving measures are put in place for next year.
October
 Riverdance returned to a full house in the INEC KIllarney
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