The Radio Kerry/ Kerry’s Eye Local Hero for May was a man who opted to raise his three younger sisters at the age of 21 when their mother died.
Keith Doran from Killarney was faced with a difficult choice when his mother Helen died at age 41 from cancer 8 years ago.
With three younger sisters, one of whom was only five, Keith opted out of education to concentrate on raising the family.
Speaking about the challenge Keith who has gone back to college as a mature student said he had to take responsibility:
The Radio Kerry/ Kerry’s Eye Local Hero for June was 16 year old Jade Crean from Tralee who brought her 4 young siblings to safety when their house was engulfed in flames.
The family home was destroyed by fire a week before Christmas and Jade’s quick thinking ensured that her siblings Ryan 9, Conor aged 6 and 4 year old twins Ruby and Aaron escaped the burning building and were brought to safety.
The Creans now live in Firies and are still in the process of dealing with the aftermath of losing the family home.
Jade was nominated by her mother Carol and the teenager thanked her neighbours for taking them in on the night:
The Radio Kerry/Kerry’s Eye Local Hero for July was awarded to a retired teacher who has been an inspiration to one of her pupils.
Nancy Keane from Tralee was nominated by a former pupil at Presentation Primary School, Pamela Roche.
Pamela’s mother died when she was six in 1976 & Nancy became a mother figure to the little girl. When Pamela was 12, she was taken out of school to help at home.
Nancy persuaded her father to let her return to class so she could make her confirmation.
Nancy and Pamela have become lifelong friends.
Nancy says she always had an interest in helping children who needed extra assistance in the classroom and that this was part of the ethos of Presentation Primary School.