Archive for April, 2017

Kieran O'Donovan powers through. Photo by Dermot Crean

REPORT/PHOTOS: Na Gaeil Power Through In Local Derby

April 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm Comments are Disabled

Na Gaeil 0-17 Churchill 2-6 NA Gaeil showed they are serious contenders for the Junior Premiership title  with a confident performance against local rivals Churchill in the quarter-final on Saturday evening in Killeen. The Oakpark side did the real damage in the last 12 minutes of the first half when, from a level […]

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30-4-2017: Motorbikers ride past the scenic Blennerville Windmill along Tralee Bay in County Kerry on Sunday morning as they head off on the  ‘RevUp4DSI’ / Down Syndrome 3 Day Mystery BikeTour all around Ireland. Over 140 bikers are taking part in the three-day annual motorbike event, which started in Dublin on Saturday and continues with a mystery 1,000km tour around Ireland to raise vital funds for the charity.
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Annual three day motorcycle event raises much needed funds for DSI
Tralee, Sunday 30th April 2017: Over a hundred and forty motorcyclists hit the open road this bank holiday weekend for the ‘RevUp4DSI’ fundraising event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Motorcyclists from all over Ireland donned their leathers to explore the mysteries of Ireland’s countryside, all while fundraising for the charity which supports thousands of people with Down syndrome and their families across Ireland. This hugely exciting motorcycle event offered some of the best scenic views in Ireland and those taking part got the chance to really appreciate them.

The three-day mystery tour, which kicked off in Joe Duffy BMW in Finglas, Dublin on Saturday morning, 29th April, incorporated three stages taking in over 1,000 km of stunning Irish landscape. The route was unveiled to the motorcyclists for the first time on Saturday morning as they headed off to Tralee via Inistioge and Lismore Castle. Today’s (Sunday) route, the participants head off on a tour of Kerry taking in the beautiful surroundings of Kenmare and Kinsale with a brief stop at Killarney along the way. Playing cards will be distributed at checkpoints during today’s run with super raffle prizes for the winning hands. Monday’s route will see the motorcyclists head back to Dublin, via the idyllic surroundings of the Rock of Cashel and Rathangan.                  

Rob Bright motorcyclist and RevUp4DSI Project Manager commented “This is such a wonderful event and the motorcycle community can be really proud of the contribution they have made to Down Syndrome Ireland and the services it provides for people with Down Syndrome and their families. The three days are an amazing experience and you get to appreciate the beauty of the Irish countryside. Every RevUp4DSI event that I have participated is a unique experience that we motorcyclists get the chance to discover. This event has raised almost €2 million for Down Syndrome Ireland over the past 12 years, which we’re really proud of. Over the three days we also remember our dear friend and RevUp4DSI cofounder Aidan Lynam, who sadly passed away two years ago at the event.”

Speaking about ‘RevUp4DSI’, Mary Doherty, President, Down Syndrome Ireland, said, “We are delighted that so many motorcyclists participated in this wonderful event again year to help raise much needed funds for people with Down syndrome in Ireland. The money raised is integral in helping children and adults with Down syndrome as well as their families, we cannot thank these generous people enough.”

Down Syndrome Ireland supports thousands of people with Down syndrome and their families across the country. The charity depends almost entirely on the public’s support to operate its services and fundraising events such as RevU4DSI are a vital source of income for the organisation.

For further information log on to www.revup4dsi.ie , email rob@downsyndrome.ie or call 01 4266500.

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Notes to Editor:
 About REVUP4DSI
 RevUp4DSI is an annual charity motorcycle challenge in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.
It all started in 2005 when two kindred spirits - Michael McCormick and the late Aidan Lynam -  met. Both were keen motorcyclists and had daughters born with Down syndrome, Megan and Robyn respectively. Michael (CEO of DSI at the time) was looking to run a motorcycle event for DSI and Aidan (managing a bar at the time) was thinking along similar lines. So after a fairly brief but enthusiastic meeting, RevUp4DSI was born.
 About Down Syndrome Ireland
 Established in 1971, Down Syndrome Ireland is an organisation of people with Down syndrome and their parents and guardians. The charity has over 3,500 member families with 26 branches nationwide and is funded primarily through public fundraising. It is the biggest single group concerned with the welfare of people with a learning disability in Ireland.

Bikers Take In Tralee Stop On Fundraising Ride

April 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER 140 motorcyclists hit the open road this bank holiday weekend for the ‘RevUp4DSI’ fundraising event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and were in Tralee this morning. Motorcyclists from all over Ireland donned their leathers to explore the mysteries of Ireland’s countryside, all while fundraising for the charity which supports thousands […]

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PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

April 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm 1 comment

Every week we compile the best of photos posted on Twitter and Instagram about and around Tralee. Here’s what you’ve been snapping this week… (If you’d like a photo to feature just tag #Tralee in it and we’ll see it)… Out for a spin in the west… Team Tralee Credit […]

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Here’s How Much Residential Property Was Sold Around Tralee Last Month

Here’s How Much Residential Property Was Sold Around Tralee Last Month

April 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE were 15 properties sold in the Tralee area in March, according to the latest figures from the residential property price register. The properties raised €1,676,269. The highest price was paid for a house in Racecourse Road for €220,000, while the lowest was €41,500 for a property in Market Court. […]

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Giving info on courses were students were Marguerite Brosnan, Pervinder Kaur, Emma Kelly and Aisling McKenna at the IT Tralee Spring Open Day on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: ITT Holds Spring Open Day To Showcase Courses And Facilities

April 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

THEY came from all over Munster and beyond to IT Tralee yesterday, as the college hosted its annual spring open day. There were stands set up by all the departments to give information about the courses on offer. Current students were able to inform prospective students about what they can expect […]

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Transition Kerry

Public Meeting In Rose Hotel On Natural Waters In Kerry

April 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Waters and Communities Office are hosting public meetings to discuss the natural waters of county Kerry over the coming weeks and one will be held in The Rose Hotel on this Wednesday. Bláithín Ní Ainín Community Water Officer for Kerry will present information on the latest draft River Basin […]

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Roger Harty: What Is Grace?

Roger Harty: What Is Grace?

April 30, 2017 at 11:59 am Comments are Disabled

THE thing about Grace is that by its very nature it is intertwined with belief in God. Now the subject of God has intrigued and baffled mankind for millennia and I certainly am not trying to impose my views on anyone. But for the purpose of this article, as I have […]

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Rainfall Warning For Kerry Tonight And Tomorrow

April 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm Comments are Disabled

NOT good news. The weather is a bit showery and blustery so far today and it’s not going to get better anytime soon according to Met Eireann. In fact they have issued a Yellow Status rainfall warning for Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Between 20 and 35 mm of rain expected […]

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Maeve Moriarty, Consulting, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, TD, and Tom O’Leary Co-Founder, HQTralee, at the Launch of HQTralee, Co.Kerry, the first recipient of Vodafone and SIRO’s, Gigabit- Hub Inititative.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***/NO REPRO FEE***

PHOTOS: HQ Tralee Plans To Attract Workers Back To Town And Help Retailers

April 29, 2017 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

HQ TRALEE announced their plans for expansion yesterday, at the unveiling of the business centre as first  hub to receive two years of free gigabit fibre broadband from Vodafone and SIRO. But they also announced two new initiatives which will help workers return to town and also assist local retailers in adjusting to e-commerce. Continued […]

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Rebecca Dennehy and Sadhbh Norris signing the 'Earth Day Pledge' at Mercy Mounthawk on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Mercy Mounthawk Belatedly Celebrates ‘Earth Day’

April 29, 2017 at 10:42 am Comments are Disabled

EARTH Day may have been last Saturday, but the students of Mercy Mounthawk decided to celebrate it this Friday to raise awareness of environmental issues. “We’ve put up a pledge about climate change where students vow to do their best to take care of the environment,” said Transition Year student, Nicole […]

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Tralee Boxer Picked On Munster Team For Tournament In England

Tralee Boxer Picked On Munster Team For Tournament In England

April 29, 2017 at 10:32 am Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE boxer has been picked for the Munster team to go to the Hull Box Cup to be held in the Yorkshire city from June 5-7. Patrick McCarthy of Tralee Boxing Club will box for Team Munster in the Hull  the 3rd Annual Hull Box Cup in Hull Boxing Centre. The […]

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Dr Caitlin: All You Wanted To Know About ‘The Kissing Disease’

Dr Caitlin: All You Wanted To Know About ‘The Kissing Disease’

April 29, 2017 at 10:24 am 1 comment

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre at St Brendan’s Park on Glandular Fever, sometimes known as ‘the kissing disease’… What is glandular fever? Glandular fever is a viral infection caused by a member of the herpes virus family, the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus multiplies in the cells at the […]

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Mickey Boyle fires a shot at goal. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PREVIEW: Kerry’s Twin Towers Could Influence A Win Over Westmeath

April 29, 2017 at 10:11 am Comments are Disabled

Mike O’Halloran on Kerry’s match in the Leinster Hurling Championship Round Robin Round 2 this Sunday against Westmeath… There are six changes to the Kerry hurling team for the game v Westmeath on Sunday in Mullingar. Rory Horgan moves to fullback with James O’Connor coming in at corner back. Jack Goulding, […]

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McCann At The Movies: ‘Handsome Devil’ Is Another Irish Gem

McCann At The Movies: ‘Handsome Devil’ Is Another Irish Gem

April 29, 2017 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

Our movie reviewer, John McCann, says the Irish movie conveyor belt is stronger than ever with the release of Handsome Devil… As a big fan of The Stag and with the high quality of Irish movie releases in recent times, there was a lot to look forward to in director John Butler’s […]

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Know Your Rights: Not Going To College? What Are Your Options?

April 29, 2017 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

  Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public… Question: I’m leaving school soon but I don’t want to go to college. What other options do I have? Answer: You could consider looking for an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship involves […]

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28-4-2017: Today marked the official opening of the new Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub.  The new facility, powered by eir, provides state-of-the-art services for start-up companies to establish, expand and collaborate with other businesses, not just in Dingle but across Ireland and internationally. The Hub plans to support the creation of over 100 full time jobs in five years.The Dingle Hub is a community enterprise initiative supported by a range of significant partners including eir, Dingle Business Chamber, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council and Net Feasa. Focusing on three key areas - Music/Film-making, Animation and Internet of Things (IoT), the Hub will place a significant emphasis on creativity and the role it can play in supporting and developing businesses.
 
eir is providing an extensive and scalable communications infrastructure which includes a 1 Gigabit dedicated fibre connection, hosted voice services and Wi-Fi. Having access to high-speed internet connectivity in a remote rural

Dingle Business Hub Aims To Create 100 Jobs In Five Years

April 29, 2017 at 10:06 am Comments are Disabled

A BUSINESS hub in Dingle, which aims to create 100 jobs in the next five years, was launched in the west Kerry town yesterday. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD performed the official opening of the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub (The Dingle Hub) on Friday. […]

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Kerry's Darren Dineen comes away with the ball. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Kerry Ring The Changes For Clash With Westmeath

April 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm Comments are Disabled

FINTAN O’Connor has made a number of changes for the Kerry clash with Westmeath in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin  – 2nd Round game in Cusack Park, Mullingar on Sunday. There are six changes from the side that played against Meath  in the opening game of the series on […]

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The cast of 'Flour Babies' rehearsing at CBS The Green on Thursday. From left; Lawrence Guardino, John Hanafin, Cian Barden, Jeangervais Ouattara, Joseph Corcoran, Colm Atkinson, Cathal McLoughlin, Tadhg Brick and Ryan Foley. Photo by Dermot Crean

CBS Students Prepare To Welcome ‘Flour Babies’ To Stage

April 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm Comments are Disabled

STUDENTS at CBS The Green are preparing to tread the boards once again in a new production running next week. Anne Fine’s ‘Flour Babies’ will be staged on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4 at the school. The play follows a class of underachievers in an all-boys school tasked […]

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New Stone Obelisk Points The Way To Scotia’s Grave

New Stone Obelisk Points The Way To Scotia’s Grave

April 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm 1 comment

IT seems to be a week for erecting stone sculptures around town. After a new Rose of Tralee monument appeared on the Ballymullen roundabout on Wednesday, a new stone obelisk has now been erected to signpost the way to Scotia’s Grave at Foley’s Glen. It’s the initial part of developing a heritage […]

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Up To 50 Jobs To Be Created With Borg Warner €11.5m Investment At Tralee Factory

Up To 50 Jobs To Be Created With Borg Warner €11.5m Investment At Tralee Factory

April 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm Comments are Disabled

BORG WARNER  has announced an €11.5m investment in its Tralee factory in Monavalley which is expected to lead to 50 new jobs. This is further good news for Tralee, after HQ Tralee announced this morning that it is to support 50 more jobs in building nearby in the next phase of their plans (see story […]

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HQ Tralee To Support 50 More Jobs In Town Centre By End of Summer

April 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

HQ Tralee is expected to be home to 50 more jobs by the end of the summer as they prepare to develop the building adjacent to the current facility in Abbey Street. The news was announced this morning with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today unveiling […]

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Caoimhe O'Carroll, Rebecca Murphy, Clodagh Curran, Jennifer Lynch and Emer O'Daly preparing for the performance of Tralee Musical Society's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Is Wowing Audiences In Siamsa

April 28, 2017 at 10:35 am 1 comment

TRALEE Musical Society is over halfway through the run of their latest project in Siamsa Tíre and audiences are lapping it up. Judging by word of mouth and social media, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is going down a storm and this was the case again on Thursday night when we visited […]

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Siobhan Rivas May and Nicola Slye (PSC) and Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, at the Kerry Businesswomen's Network event in The Rose Hotel on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Getting A Lesson In Decluttering At The Rose Hotel

April 28, 2017 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

LADIES got a lesson in decluttering in The Rose Hotel for an event run by the Kerry Businesswomen’s Network (KBN). Breda Stack is ‘The Declutter Therapist’ teaching and motivating people to break free from the overwhelm of physical, mental and emotional clutter so they can enjoy a simpler, happier life. Members received great […]

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Looking forward to the 24 Miles in 24 Hours swimming event in Tralee Sports and Leisure Centre on April 29/30 were Finbarr Griffin, Kristian O'Donovan, Kyle O'Donovan and Kieran O'Flaherty. Photo by Dermot Crean

Five Things To Do This Weekend

April 28, 2017 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

It’s another Bank Holiday Weekend so you’ll be looking for things to get up to. Here’s a few suggestions… Friday 1. Worship the Messiah… TRALEE Musical Society’s, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is thrilling audiences in Siamsa Tíre and there’s still tickets left for Thursday and Friday. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic […]

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The second year Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí basketball team with coach Sinead Bí Chathasaigh.

Gaelcholáiste Girls Going For Basketball Glory Next Week

April 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm Comments are Disabled

A TEAM from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí are off to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght next Tuesday to bid for an All-Ireland title. The second year girls team will take part in the Junior B part of the competition and got to the finals by beating St Marys High School, Midelton and […]

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Walkers on the Climb To Remember last year.

People Urged To Take Part In ‘Climb To Remember’

April 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm Comments are Disabled

THE 6th annual charity ‘Climb to Remember’ to the summit of Carrauntoohil takes place on Sunday, May 14th and will see people from all over Munster rise to the challenge of climbing Ireland’s highest peak in memory of a loved one, with funds raised going towards The Mercy Hospital Foundation. The ‘Climb to […]

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Aileen Kennedy, IT Tralee, Aidan O'Mahony, Jackie Ruttledge, IT Tralee and Ogie Moran at the 'Tri And Move' event at IT Tralee on Wednesday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Staff And Students ‘Tri And Move’ At College

April 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm Comments are Disabled

AIDAN O’Mahony was on hand to start an event yesterday which was aimed at getting staff and students in IT Tralee together and moving. The ‘Tri and Move ITT’ event was a combination of two events, a 5km individual/family fun walk/jog and a fun team triathlon. The triathlon consisted of a 5km run […]

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McDonalds Tralee’s Two-Storey Restaurant Option Kept “Under Consideration”

McDonalds Tralee’s Two-Storey Restaurant Option Kept “Under Consideration”

April 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

MCDONALDS in Tralee will keep the option to build a new restaurant under consideration, as it looks to refurbish its existing outlet later this year. Earlier this week, it was reported that there were plans to refurbish the existing restaurant in Manor in September, which would take three weeks to […]

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The New Stone Monument At Ballymullen Roundabout Looks Great

The New Stone Monument At Ballymullen Roundabout Looks Great

April 27, 2017 at 11:41 am 2 comments

ISN’T it lovely? Walkers and motorists might have seen the striking new monument recently erected  at Ballymullen roundabout. The stone structure, which is emblazoned with the Rose of Tralee logo, was financed by Eibhlin and Dick Henggeler of The Rose Hotel who have done so much to make that roundabout look attractive […]

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Marie Charland of Creme De La Crepe with Ellanna Mulcahy and Majella Shanahan at the Food For Thought event at the ITT on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Culinary Experts Give ‘Food For Thought’ At ITT Event

April 27, 2017 at 11:16 am Comments are Disabled

THE ‘Food For Thought’ showcase held yesterday was a must for anyone interested in food and the culinary arts. A farmers market, cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and much more took place at the North Campus of the IT Tralee. This food market featured companies from all over Kerry with paella, cheese, donuts and […]

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