THE news that Kerry Group, a multinational giant that grew from humble beginnings in a prefab in north Kerry, is behind one of the biggest job announcements ever made in Ireland should inspire us all.
Kerry Group's announcement, coming as it does in the midst of crippling recession where news of nine new jobs let alone 900 is rare, will likely raise the spirits of the country.
More importantly the Tralee based company's huge investment will help revitalise an entire region and take some 1,300 people, from scientists and pharmacists to builders, suppliers and truckers, out of the dole queues.
While obviously we would all prefer if this huge investment was being made in Kerry itself the reasons for the location of the project in Kildare are simple and logical. Kerry simply isn't accessible enough for massive European research hub of the kind planned by the experienced hands at the controls in Kerry Group.
We should applaud Kerry Group for their success and indeed for their patriotic decision to chose their native country, if not their county, over potentially cheaper foreign sites.
We should also work together to ensure that Kerry's infrastructure is brought up to date and the county is made more accessible so that in the future we too might benefit from such impressive and large scale investments.
THE recent spate of alarming, headlinegrabbing raids in the county is worrying. The latest raid on a Kerry premises was particularly heinous. Thieves walked into the Castleisland Desmonds club dressing rooms during a St Kieran's training session, whipped clothes off pegs, took car keys and went through vehicles in the car-park systematically.
They made their escape with thousands of euros' worth of players' belongings, including one player's wedding ring and another player's construction work tools - that player's means of making a living at a difficult time for the sector.
Castleisland and the GAA in Kerry were left in a state of shock following the brazen raid. It clearly shows that criminal elements are being impelled to ever more daring and elaborate activities; following similar incidents in recent weeks it is a cause for deep concern.
There is something deeply sad about the fact that GAA clubs can clearly no longer take the security of their home grounds for granted. It would seem that nowhere is free any longer from the insidious gaze of people who prefer to steal than work for money.
The gardaí are already hard-pressed trying to fulfill all their duties and it is vital we do our part too to create a safer county; by securing our own valuables more effectively and by helping the gardaí in whatever way we can.