Mayor pays tribute to Padraig Kennelly

Released: 24 May 2011

The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Pat Leahy had paid tribute to the founder and publisher of Kerry's Eye newspaper, Padraig Kennelly, who passed away on Sunday.

Padraig, who trained as a pharmacist, carved out a career as a photographer and cameraman before starting Kerry's Eye Newspaper in 1975.

"First and foremost Padraig was a Kerry man and nobody was prouder of Kerry than he was," the Mayor stated.

"He worked tirelessly to promote the county and to improve life for the people of Kerry. As he often stated humourously: 'A day spent outside Kerry is a day wasted'.

"For over 35 years Kerry's Eye has been a fixture in the homes of Tralee people firstly, and later all over Kerry.

"Through the newspaper he constantly questioned and challenged why things were the way they were.

"He queried commonly held views, and put forward his own thoughts and ideas on many matters. You may not always have agreed with his views, but you could never doubt his sincerity or passion."

"To his family, his sons Padraig Jnr, Brendan, Jerry and Kerry, and his many friends, I would like to express my deepest sympathies on the death of a Kerry legend."

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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