Kerry's Eye Faces of 2016

Little Clodagh O'Shea Killorglin with her dad Tim who donated a kidney to her in November

In 2016, we published around 10,000 individual stories and 15,000 photos in Kerry’s Eye.

Between them, they add up to over 25,000 different ways of seeing Kerry over the past twelve months.

From the inspiring to the alarming and whether good news, bad news or just plain fun, the stories and photos all had one one thing in common.

They were all about people; they were all about us.

Here are some of the lasting images from 2016.

Happy New Year from Kerry’s Eye!

The first salmon of 2016 was caught in Lough Currane, Waterville by local man Neil O’Shea, the salmon weighing in at 9lbs 10oz.

Students from the Academy of Dance practising ahead of a trip to Spain where they represented the county, l-r: Ava O’Halloran, Sorcha Ringland, Nela Budayova, Leona Stack, Aine Falvey, Sara Buckley, Tara Collins and Sinead O’Sullivan.

Well-known Tralee couple Ena O’Shea, who just turned 82, and her husband Johnny busy making last minute preparations for the John Mitchels Strictly Come Dancing competition. “When I met Ena she was young and beautiful - and she’s still beautiful,” said Johnny.

Kids from Raheen Montessori Playgroup dressed up as 1916 heroes.

Kerry players celebrate after defeating Galway in the All-Ireland Minor Football Final.

Leo Quinlan, son of the late Commandant Pat Quinlan who commanded 150 Irish peacekeeping troops at the Siege of Jadotville in 1961.

A sprinkle of fairy dust for Hannah O’Connell by Lilly The Lavender Fairy launched the 2016 Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival.

Enjoying Africa Celebration Day at CBS Primary School, Tralee: Shannon Oba, Taylor Clifford, Kerry Oba and Emily Agbih.

Eileen Worts, Kieran Moloney, and Mary Hanlon with the Best Small Town Trophy in the 2016 Tidy Towns awards.

Pupils and principal Cáit Uí Chonchúir from Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Tralee prepare to welcome President Michael D Higgins to their school.

Eve McEvoy, Ellie-Marie Hobbert O’Halloran and Kayla Moriarty, Junior Infants at Balloonagh Primary School in Tralee.

Kayla McGaley, Castleisland - who had both legs amputated after contracting meningitis - is taking the challenge in her stride as she shows off her new prosthetic legs, with mom Deirdre and twin sister Kirsten.

Liam Colleran and Aoife Doran performing their winning tango at Strictly Come Dancing in the INEC.

Michael O’Connor saves his newborn twin lambs from the traffic and the floods in the Black Valley.

Marc Ó Sé and Aidan O’Mahony after Kerry’s defeat by Dublin in the All-Ireland Football Semi-Final.

Mairead Dowling, Sarah Morris and Niamh Kenny celebrate their Leaving Certificate results.

At the Dingle Races at Ballintaggart Racecourse.

Kerry fans Caolam and Lee Moriarty, Tarbert, at the All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final at Croke Park.

Enjoying Ladies Day at Killarney Races were Norma Moriarty, Denise Moriarty and Clare O’Leary.

Baby Jayden arrived five weeks early in the front seat of his dad’s 2003 VW Passat, pictured with parents Rebecca Cremin and Owen Reen.

Twelve-year-old Mossie Costello won the U13 Rookie Category in the John McGann Memorial Perpetual Shield.

Jay Steadman, who was rescued from a sinkhole after the alarm was raised by his cousin Erika Lynch (right) and his sister Kaia Steadman.

Cinematographer PJ Dillon from Listowel, who has worked on Game of Thrones, gave a workshop to students of the ETB Broadcast Production Skills course in Tralee.

A recreation of the 1916 West Kerry Volunteer march from Ballyferriter to Tralee to meet the Aud, Roibeárd Ó Brosnacháin, Seosaimh Ó Conchúir, Seán Ó Lúing and Seamus Mac Gearailt.

Anna Pokojska, Killarney, who is waiting on a kidney transplant, with her daughter Daria, who cut her ponytail off to help raise funds for the Irish Kidney Foundation.

Mags O’Sullivan, who swam under the ice in Antarctica.

Dylan Falvey, Jordan Doggin and Conor Murphy of Tralee Boxing Club, before the Katie Taylor v Queen Underwood fight in the Brandon Hotel.

Catherine Stack from Tinahalla, Milltown celebrating her 100th Birthday.

Siuna Hurley at the launch of the Kerry Rose of Tralee selection in the Ballyroe Hotel.

Templenoe celebrate their victory over Ardnaree Sarsfields in the Junior All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park.

Angela Dillon, Lyreacrompane, and baby Louise, who was the first baby born on New Years Day 2016 at Tralee General Hospital.

Betty Crosbie, from The Children of Chernobyl Charity, looking at a picture of the first ever family from Chernobyl that stayed in Killarney nearly 30 years ago.


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