Archive for May 12th, 2017

Action during the match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kerry Team To Face Laois This Sunday Is Named

May 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY boss Fintan O’Connor is sticking with the starting 15 who beat Westmeath in the last game, when they face Laois in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin  – 3nd Round game in Austin Stack Park on Sunday  next (3pm). Kerry must beat Laois to be in […]

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IT Tralee Develops Strong Links With US University

May 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm Comments are Disabled

  THE IT Tralee has signed a  Memorandum of Understanding with a US university which will provide great opportunities for both institutions. Sacred Heart University, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, is in the final stages of purchasing the Christian Brothers School in Dingle to establish an expanded campus. Rupendra Paliwal, Vice President for […]

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Two Kerry Properties Up For Auction Online Next Week

Two Kerry Properties Up For Auction Online Next Week

May 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE are two Kerry houses to be auctioned in the latest Allsop online auction to take place next Wednesday, May 17. Lot 57 is No.8 Sand Dune Cottages, Banna, has a reserve range of between €35,000 – €45,000. It’s a three bedroom detached house, extending to approximately 92 sq. m (990 sq. ft). […]

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Caherleaheen Pupils Looking Forward To Fashion Show

Caherleaheen Pupils Looking Forward To Fashion Show

May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm Comments are Disabled

PUPILS and staff at Caherleaheen are getting excited as their first fashion show fundraiser looms next week. Taking place at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday, May 18 at 7.30pm, the school is promising a fantastic night of fashion and entertainment. There will be 17 local shops showcasing their clothes […]

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Events To Take Place Around Tralee For Biodiversity Week

Events To Take Place Around Tralee For Biodiversity Week

May 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm Comments are Disabled

Biodiversity Week is just around the corner and offers a range of family friendly, fun events in Tralee and around Kerry that celebrate Kerry’s wildlife. From May 20th until May 28th, Kerry County Council, in association with several local groups, is running a number of short workshops, days out, walks and talks […]

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Petrol Prices Come Down At Some Stations In Town

Petrol Prices Come Down At Some Stations In Town

May 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm Comments are Disabled

THE price of petrol and diesel has come down by two cent in many stations in town over the past six weeks. In our regular check on the prices of fuel, it shows a number of garages reduced their prices recently, with €1.31.8 (€1.21.8 for diesel) the cheapest price shared by six stations. […]

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Today Thursday 11 May, secondary school students from across Munster travelled to IT Tralee for the final service in the 2016/2017 Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland sponsored Schools Apprentice Chef Programme. 
17 year old Padriac Randles from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co Kerry carried off the Supreme Apprentice Chef title for 2017.  It was his second year to enter the competition and he won for his dish of marinated pan fried Skeaghanore duck fillet, potato rosti, spring roll with celeriac and cabbage, carrot purée, toasted hazelnuts and sweet potato crisps. 

Joint second place was awarded to Emily O Hara from Midleton College in Cork for her pan seared bream and Lauren Wall from St Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford for her herb crusted fillet of cod.  Kelly English from St Colman’s Community College in Midleton, Co Cork received third place for her “Lemon Trio & Chocolate Surprise.”

All finalists experienced an authentic restaurant environment in the kitchens at IT Tralee and served dishes which ranged from “green tea smoked chicken with cauliflower rice, apple & fennel slaw” to “pistachio, courgette and lemon cake” to a panel of discerning judges.

As the winner, Padraic, who was participating in the programme for a second year, walked away with a prize package that included a set of professional knives, €1000 equipment for his school, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine in Kenmare, a year’s subscription to Easyfood Magazine and a professional food styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer.  In addition, the specially commissioned Supreme Apprentice Chef perpetual trophy was presented to Padraic by Michael Murphy, sales representative for Flogas Ireland.

Addressing an audience comprising students, teachers and family supporters, Failte Ireland’s John Mulcahy praised the students and said, “Fáilte Ireland is proud to have supported the Apprentice Chef Programme from its very first year.  It has been a pleasure to watch it grow and flourish and to see the talent in the room today assures me that Ireland’s culinary future is in safe hands.”  

Having been mentored by accomplished chefs Mark Doe and Louise Brosnan, who recently completed a stage with Danni Barry, Ireland’s only female Michelin Star chef and the 2017 RAI Best Chef in Ireland, and supported by nutritional therapist, Susie Cox, each dish had a “Good Mood Food” influence and incorporated locally sourced ingredients. 

Commenting on the event, Michael Murphy, sales representative for Flogas Ireland, said, “There was a great atmosphere and I was very impressed at the enthusiasm and dedication of all the participants. Top chefs like Neven Maguire always work on gas and as one of the chief suppliers of gas to the catering and hospitality sector, we’re delighted to support the development of young culinary talent.”

.This is the fifth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, senior lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee.  Co-founder Mark Doe said, “Since the programme’s inception in 2012, we have delivered a series of demonstrations and workshops to over 2000 students attending schools in Kerry, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford.  Our objective is to promote the importance of healthy eating to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef shortage in Ireland and improve their self confidence.  Year on year we are overwhelmed by the high standard of the dishes produced by the students and we look forward to building on the programme’s success to take it to national level.” 

 At a meeting with Patrick O Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Mark and his colleagues outlined how the programme can contribute to improving the number of students choosing a culinary career which is critical to support the tourism industry in Ireland. This week the Minister said, “I want to wish the team in the Apprentice Chef well with the conclusion of the 2016/2017 programme.  I recently met with the team and I was very impressed with their positive attitude and the vision they have to upskill our second level students across such a wide range of culinary skills.  I also want to congratulate all the students who have participated and wish them well for the future.”

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Kerry Student Wins Apprentice Chef Competition

May 12, 2017 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

A KENMARE secondary school student was winner of a culinary competition in the IT Tralee yesterday. Students from across Munster travelled to the ITT for the final service in the 2016/2017 Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland sponsored Schools Apprentice Chef Programme. Seventeen year old Pádraic Randles from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co […]

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Sean Scally (top centre) of Enable Ireland Kerry, with Minnie and Mickey from Kingdom Party Pals and the Active Kingdom team, JT Deenihan, Sean Flynn and Paul Carmody looking forward to the family fun day in aid of Enable Ireland on Sunday, May 14.

Six Things To Do This Weekend

May 12, 2017 at 11:30 am Comments are Disabled

Ok, so the weather is annoyingly going to break for the weekend and we might get some showers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw on a rainjacket or bring a brolly and enjoy some of these events… Friday 1. Breeda’s book launch… A new book which explores Tralee businesswoman’s determination to […]

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Graciela Berlanga Rodriguez, Ana Maria Del Rio Alarcon, Denis Coleman, CBS, Maria Angeles Lara Diaz-Penalvar, Máire Lynch, CBS, Liadh Ní Riada MEP, Miguel Angel Aguado Delgado at the passing of the Erasmus flag from Tomelloso in Spain to Tralee in Ireland.

CBS Primary Hosts Teachers From All Over Europe

May 12, 2017 at 10:36 am Comments are Disabled

CBS Primary School hosted an Erasmus+ multilateral meetings in school at Clounalour all this week. Erasmus+ is a European Union initiative which makes it possible for schools from different European countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and […]

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