Carraig na Siúire 33 - 22 Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne Thaisteal Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne go Carraig na Siúire lán sprid agus dóchais théis a mbua iontach an deireadh seachtaine seo caite ach díomá a bhí in ann dóibh faraor leis an fhoireann baile ag cur ceithre phointe déag ar an gclár scórála taobh istigh don chéad cúig nóiméad déag. Gan dabht níor chabhraigh an turas ceithre uair an chloig ar an mbus in aon slí, ach níorbh aon leithscéal é sin do na deiseanna a chailleadar agus na droch ghreamaithe a scaoil lucht na Carraige caol díreach isteach agus dhá úd fíor éasca mar thoradh. I gcead do Chorca Dhuibhne thánadar tharnais i dtreo deireadh an chéad leath agus théis rith iontach ó Neil Flaherty chríochnaigh Gavin Curran sa chúinne, shlánaigh an Captaen Seán Ó Coileáin an úd, agus d’aimsigh sé an marc le cic pionóis rud a d’fhág an scór ag 14-8 ag an sos. Ach an oiread le tús an chéad leath, ní raibh tús an darna leath thar moladh beirte ach oiread agus thapaigh imreoirí na Carraige an deis agus iad ar an ionsaí i gcoinne droch ghreamaithe Chorca Dhuibhne, d’éirigh lena lán chúl liathróid scaoilte a aimsiú agus taisteal 50 méadar i dtreo an líne gan mórán greamú ina choinne áit a fuair sé úd idir an dá phosta. Tháinig na cuairteoirí ar ais ar an ionsaí arís agus thánadar i bhfoisceacht 6 phointe dá fhreasúra théis údanna ón Flaitheartach agus John Devane ach lig a thuilleadh greamaithe scaoilte do Charraig dul chun cinn le aon phointe déag, farasbarr a bhí acu go dtí deireadh an chluiche. Chaill Corca Dhuibhne deis an deireadh seachtaine seo, deis nach féidir leo a chailleadh arís má tá siad ag súil le ardú céime a fháil i mbliana agus, lena gcluiche mór ag an baile i gcoinne Chill Orglan faoi cheann coicíse, ní fada go mbeidh a fhios againn cén saghas stuif as a bhfuil siad déanta. Fuair Trá Lí an lámh in uachtar ar an fhoireann faoi 19 ar an Satharn leis an scór deiridh 37-25. D’aimsigh Chris Thomas agus Gary Devane údanna théis imirt láidir ó Mhikey Flannery ach níorbh leor é sin faraor leis na pointí a thabhairt leo ón gcluiche seo agus siad Trá Lí, lena dtaithí agus a láidreacht, a thug an bua agus na pointí bónais leo an iarraidh seo.
Today's second International Rules test in Croke Park marks the end of a broadcasting era as the Dingle Peninsula's Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh commentates on his last live match on RTÉ Radio.
The legendary Gaelic Games commentator and West Kerry native announced in September that he is retiring and will man the microphone for his final commentary as Ireland look to overcome a seven-point deficit against Australia from the first test in Limerick. Micheál will be joined in the commentary box by RTÉ analyst Bernard Flynn. Micheál's final commentary will be part of Saturday Sport Extra from 7pm to 9pm on RTÉ Radio 1. The programme, hosted by John Kenny, is available on all wavelengths, and is also available worldwide on www.rte.ie/sport. The Radio One App for the iPad/iPhone can also be downloaded in the iTunes Store. For more visit www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2010/1029/muircheartaigh.html
By Marian O'Flaherty Other Voices returns to Dingle this December for the 9th time and already the much anticipated concert series is causing a stir with Marina and the Diamonds, Richard Hawley and The National already confirmed in its line-up. While the rumour mill is rife with line-up suggestions, the show producers are remaining schtum for now on other artists appearing though it has been confirmed that a number of Irish bands will be making their first appearance on the TV show. This year marks the 9th edition of the Other Voices series which will be recorded in St. James' Church and in a number of other locations around Dingle. This world renowned series has in the past welcomed the likes of Amy Winehouse, James Blunt, Damien Rice, Temper Trap, James Morrison, Florence and the Machine and Snow Patrol to name but a few. Artists and musicians from across the globe are expected to come together to make musical magic over a few wintery days in the achingly-beautiful west of Ireland fishing village Dingle. The recording of the TV series will commence on Saturday December 4th running through to Wednesday December 8th. Four bands take part each day, with the morning and afternoon spent capturing interviews and one-off acoustic performances at off-beat locations around the Dingle Peninsula – from old shipwrecks on empty miles of beach, to pubs where you can buy a new tractor wheel whilst supping on your pint. Then each evening, the bands, and a handful of true music fans – there’s only room for 60 under the eaves of St. James’ Church- descend upon the church for a set of unique performances, filmed live for the TV show, which transmits on RTE2 early in the new year. The show producers are delighted to welcome back Intune Networks and Failte Ireland as partners for this new series of Other Voices. A limited amount of tickets for the recordings in Dingle will be released for sale shortly – details will be announced soon. Pictured: Marina and the Diamonds - for more visit www.othervoices.ie
by Marian O'Flaherty 43 residents of St. Elizabeth's hospital in Dingle were received in their new home, West Kerry's new Community Hospital located on Dingle's Mail Road, for the first time today. The new hospital, built at a cost of €16.4 million, is to provide a much enhanced environment for residents, staff and visitors. The new unit was designed to provide residential care for people in the region as well as a wide range of community supports, including convalescent care, respite care, hospice care and direct GP admissions. “This is a very special day for people in the region and we are delighted to welcome the residents to their new home and staff to this wonderful new facility" said Michael Fitzgerald, HSE Local Health Manager for the Kerry region. "This hospital has been designed and built to ensure the utmost comfort and optimal care facilities for patients now and into the future. Whilst Dingle Community Hospital has served people in the area well and the care the residents received was second to none, the building could no longer meet the needs of those we care for. The transfer to the new West Kerry Community Hospital is indeed an emotional one for all concerned given the iconic building that is St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and its history since the 1840s. However, the new hospital together with the existing Primary Care Team services in West Kerry heralds a new era in heath care provision to the Dingle Peninsula" he said.
Also located on the campus of the new Hospital is a mental health day care centre, day care centre for older people, Southdoc facilities and an ambulance base for the Dingle area. The mental health day care centre will replace the existing, smaller mental health day care centre which was located in the old community hospital. The new day care centre for older people will compliment the existing range of community based, day support services being provided throughout the peninsula by a range of voluntary organisations.
“The residents and staff have all been looking forward to the opening of the new hospital today" said Deirdre Quaid, Acting Director of Nursing at West Kerry Community Hospital. "It was our priority to seek the earliest date possible for the transfer of patients from the old hospital as we were all concerned about the health and safety issues in relation to the ongoing provision of services in the old building. The new hospital is built on one level with the comfort of older people in mind which will make an enormous difference to the lives of our patients. It is bright, spacious and there are plenty of landscaped garden areas for patients to enjoy and most importantly, people from the West Kerry area will be able to avail of long term care in their own area”.
“This is an important day for people in Kerry and for the HSE" added Pat Healy, Regional Director of Operations, HSE South. "The development of this facility has always been a priority for HSE South. The new West Kerry Community Hospital will make an important contribution to the quality of life of residents now, and into the future, as well forming a key element of health service provision for the region. Locating a number of additional HSE services on the Hospital campus is also significant for the local area and will further enhance health service delivery locally. I want to congratulate all those involved with this development and wish the residents and staff well in their new environment."
The site was made available to the HSE by the O'Connor Family of Dingle for a nominal fee and an active local committee supported its development from the onset. As the new residents settle in for the first time tonight it is hoped that their new home will provide additional comfort and facilities, enhancing the time they will spend there. Pictured: Care assistant Bríd Foley welcoming her mother to the new €16.4million West Kerry Community Hospital on Mail Road, Dingle. To view more photographs from the historic opening day at the new hospital click on: www.dinglenews.com/gallery.asp
West Kerry Barn Owl Conservation Project - Report: Jill Crosher "The West Kerry Branch of BirdWatch Ireland 5-year Barn Owl Conservation Project is going well; we have found more nest sites than ever and nearly a third of our 23 boxes are in use as nest or roost sites. There is probably more nest box usage in the county than in the whole of Ireland. Kerry is proving to be a stronghold for this red listed species, not just in nest sites but in survival rates for chicks which averaged about three this year. The story is very different this year in Cork. Here breeding failures are typical with empty nests and abandoned traditional sites. Michael O’Clery has been surveying key areas in Cork and reports that at least two of four long standing castle ruin nest sites have been abandoned. The explanation lies in loss of Barn Owls to road accidents and poison and intensification of agriculture. Large fields, no rough ground, pesticides, no hedgerows all deplete the favoured owl habitat. Young owls are less likely to survive to adulthood as their food supply dwindles. This applies to other predators such as Kestrel which are notably absent in the same areas.
Here in Kerry, however, the news is more positive. We now have five people actively looking for nest/ roost sites. The response from landowners with Barn owl nesting/roosting has been overwhelmingly supportive. In south Kerry we have one landowner converting a barn for local owls and another delaying improvements whilst alternative boxes (ours) are in place. So, please keep on reporting Barn Owl sightings or any roost or nest sites so that we can, if necessary support these sites with boxes, To breed successfully Barn Owls need both nesting, roosting sites and hunting ground. It may be that our Kerry birds will be the seed corn for a healthy Irish population if conservation measures are implemented elsewhere." Read West Kerry Birdwatch October News-Letter by clicking on the button below:
Support for Fianna Fáil has fallen according to an opinion poll published in today's Sunday Business Post which shows support for the party standing at 18%. Fine Gael remains the party with the largest support, with Labour seemingly gaining from the drop of support for Fianna Fáil.
The Red C poll reveals Fianna Fáil support down six points to 18% . Fine Gael gains one point to 32%, while Labour has regained the 4% the party lost in last month's poll, to return to 27%.
The Green Party gain one point to 4%, Sinn Féin drop one to 9%, while Independents and Others gain one point to 10%. Have your say in our online poll below.
Beál Bán beach in Baile an Fhearteáraigh received an immense environmental accolade recently as it became the only beach in Kerry to be named as a 'Green Coast'. The announcement was welcomed by local volunteers and environmentalists and a plaque has been erected by Kerry County Council at Beál Bán marking its selection. The award was bestowed on Beál Bán by the Federation of Environmental Education (FEE) - an international non-governmental organisation that runs programmes like 'Green Schools' and 'Blue Flag'. In Ireland the work of FEE is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, This is the first time since its introduction in Ireland that a Kerry beach has received the award which was given in recognition of the environmental quality of the area and the efforts of the community associated with Beal Ban Beach. Regular clean ups take place through the Rural Social Scheme, Council staff, informal actions by local residents, the National School and their Green Schools co-ordinator and West Kerry BirdWatch who monitor the habitat of Smerwick Harbour. Indeed, members of West Kerry Birdwatch carried out an innovative research and rescue project of Ringed Plover this summer on Beál Bán. For a copy of the Beach Management Plan for Beál Bán contact email@example.com
Discount German retailer Lidl is applying for planning permission to expand its Dingle store. The move is part of a county-wide plan which will see the supermarket giant expand its Kerry stores in Listowel, Killarney, Castleisland and Dingle. The planning permission sought consists of applications for single storey extensions to the front of the afore mentioned stores. The plans also involve changes in car parking layouts. Kerry County Council should make decisions on the applications in the next four weeks. Source: RadioKerry.ie
A course taking place in Killarney tomorrow which aims to teach local authority members how to use social media website Facebook has been strongly criticised as a waste of tax-payers money. The conference entitled Facebook for Councillors - A Business Perspective costs €195 per person - which will be funded by the taxpayer. Last night Fine Gael blasted the conference system for councillors as a flagrant waste of taxpayer's money. However, Michael Fitzgerald, former president of the Association of County and City Councils, defended the Facebook conference. The Fine Gael councillor from Tipperary, who's NOT attending the event, says this course can benefit councillors and their constituents. Source: RadioKerry.ie How do you feel about this? Have your say in our poll.
Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne News with Shane O'Rourke In another busy week for Rugbai Chorca Dhuibhne there were some magnificent results and some scintillating rugby. Performance of the week has to go to the senior side who demolished Waterford City in a perfect display of power and running rugby. The Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne second year rugby team managed by Sean Ó Coileáin come a close second after retaining their West Munster 10-a-side blitz title in an undefeated run in Tralee on Wednesday, the first year team also performed admirably winning one game drawing one and losing one. Overall team manager Conall Ó Cíobháin was very happy with the performances on the day. In under-13 and 15 news both sides travelled to Tralee last Saturday and despite playing some excellent rugby and showing great heart both sides lost out, the under 13's on a scoreline of 48-31 and the 15's 29-19. Some great performances from both sides most notably Seamus Moriarty and Oisin Ó hEartáin for the 15's and Donal Hanifin and Brian Devine for the 13's.
The seniors display on Sunday is one that will not be forgotten anytime soon by those lucky enough to witness it. Team manager Paddy Fenton said after it was the most complete performance he had witnessed from any team in a long time. The forward pack led by bash brothers Ciarán Slattery and Jack Dooley knocked city back at every chance, strong running from Conachubhair Begley, Adam Daly, Colm O'Shea, James Dooley and ferocious rucking from Conall Ó Cíobháin, Sean O'Connor and Eoin Houlihan ensured quick ball from which captain Sean Ó Coileáin was able to launch his backline to deadly effect. His brother Ciarán showed skills befitting a professional in the way he controlled the game and spread the ball with speed and accuracy, centers Chris Ferriter and Billy O'Connor had a field day smashing through the City cover at will and giving them nothing in defense. Strong running wingers Neill Flaherty and Gavin Curran also terrorised the City backs and put in some massive hits also. It is hard to single any one player or individual performance as each player that took to the pitch showed great maturity and skill in defeating this city side. The scores came thick and fast in the second half Chris Ferriter, Jack Dooley, Conachubhair Begley, Billy O'Connor all crossing for some beautiful team tries, Ciaran Ó Coileáin converted all the tries and kicked two penalties to complete a wonderful day for Rugbai Chorca Dhuibhne. The seniors now lie top of the Munster Junior League Division 3 with a difficult trip to Carrick on Suir this weekend. Pictured: Conall Ó Cíobháin of Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne under pressure.