Archive for December 9th, 2017

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Status Yellow Wind And Rain Warnings For Kerry

December 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm Comments are Disabled

MET Eireann has this afternoon issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Kerry for tomorrow. This is in addition to the wind warning issued yesterday for the county which comes into effect from 1am on Sunday to noon later that day. Southeast winds veering northwest are expected to reach mean […]

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Gardaí In Kerry And Cork Seize Drugs Worth Estimated €150,000

Gardaí In Kerry And Cork Seize Drugs Worth Estimated €150,000

December 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Gardaí  have arrested two men and one woman and seized a quantity of drugs in an operation in Cork and Kerry on Friday evening. Gardaí from the Cork City Divisional Drugs unit carried out an operation which resulted in the seizure of cannabis herb with an approximate value of €140,000 […]

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Keira O'Regan, Gemma Moore, Patricia Healy and Mary Nolan at the Manhattan-Themed Christmas Party in Ballygarry House Hotel on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Manhattan Style At Christmas Party Night In Ballygarry

December 9, 2017 at 9:56 am Comments are Disabled

THERE was glamour galore befitting the occasion at the Ballygarry House Hotel on Friday night for their Christmas party night. The theme this year was Manhattan glamour, which is apt as the hotel opened in 1958 as The Manhattan Hotel and so celebrates its 60th anniversary next year. Around 270 […]

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Front; Katie Kerins, Samantha Houlihan and Bozena Nosidlk. Back from left; Claire Healy O'Halloran, Carol Curran, Niamh O'Sullivan, Ann O'Dowd, Mary Smullen and Lucy O'Shea at the Naíonra Aine Preschool Christmas party in Kirby's Brogue Inn on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Christmas Party Season In Full Swing Around Tralee

December 9, 2017 at 9:56 am Comments are Disabled

IT’S party time in Tralee and the hotels, bars and restaurants are packed with people enjoying their annual Christmas bashes. We visited Kirby’s Brogue Inn, The Ashe Hotel, Croí Restaurant and Ballygarry House Hotel on Thursday and Friday to capture some of the festive atmosphere. We met staff from Presentation […]

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Principal Mary Connolly with pupils from Caherleaheen NS carol singing on The Mall on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Caherleaheen Pupils Entertain Shoppers With Carol Singing

December 9, 2017 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

EARLY evening shopping in Tralee was made even more pleasant on Friday evening with some carol singing. The pupils from Caherleaheen took up position outside Quinlan’s Fish in The Mall and entertained passers-by with their dulcet tones. This is the eighth year in a row the pupils have sung in […]

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The overall “Best Young Entrepreneur” for the county was named as Rob Durran (age 34) who is Co-founder of the company Xi (Research and Development) Ltd. trading as Xintec based in Tralee. This business provides anti fraud solutions to telecom providers counteracting International Revenue Share Fraud.. The entrepreneur also won the category for the Best Established Business and an investment fund from LEO Kerry worth €15,000.
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Kerry’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Announced €50,000 investment fund presented by Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office to six young entrepreneurs in the county, all aged between 18 and 35.Kerry’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition, which took place in the Ballygarry House Hotel on Thursday, 7th December.IBYE, which has a €2 million investment fund, is run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. A total of €50,000 was awarded in prizes across three different categories including best Business Idea, Best Start Up Business and Best Established Business.The overall “Best Young Entrepreneur” for the county was named as Rob Durran (age 34) who is Co-founder of the company Xi (Research and Development) Ltd. trading as Xintec based in Tralee. This business provides anti fraud solutions to telecom providers counteracting International Revenue Share Fraud.. The entrepreneur also won the category for the Best Established Business and an investment fund from LEO Kerry worth €15,000.The other main category winners on the day were Niall Harty (age 30) of Harty Nutrition Ltd. who won the Best Start Up Business category with his Origin Clean Protein Bars business. This company produces a range of protein bars and the company has seen substantial growth over the past year with sales through the multiples such as SuperValuCaroline Birch (aged 28) won the Best Business Idea category with her business idea Wild Adventure Way (WAW). Wild Adventure Way will bring the adventure community together in one online portal making it easy for travelers to compare and book adventure holidays. Caroline won a prize of €7,000. All three category winners will now be representing the County at the Mid West Regional Finals scheduled for the 16th January.Meanwhile, the category runners-up also shared an investment of €13,000 between their three businesses. They were: Nikolia O’Connor, aged 18, Ballydavid in the Best Business Idea category with his Muscle Physio Therapy product: Shane O’ Leary (28) of Cordal Goats Cheese in the Best Start Up Category and Marie Looby (34) of Peregreen Energy in the Best Established Business category.Tomás Hayes, the Head of Local Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Kerry said: “Kerry County Council started the search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in July and the national competition received a huge number of entries this year, with 1,500 young entrepreneurs applying nationally.  After a very successful IBYE bootcamp and County Final, the future is bright for both youth entrepreneurship and job creation in the region.”These sentiments were echoed by Charlie O’ Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of Kerry County Council who commended the participants on the very high standard of the applications received and the need for entrepreneurship, jobs and economic development to safeguard the future prosperity of County Kerry. Special guests at the IBYE County Final included the Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. John Sheahan, Beda O’ Dwyer of the Institute of Technology and Michael Scannell, Director of Community and Economic Development, Kerry County Council.The Regional Finals for IBYE to select 24 national finalists across the three competition categories will take place on 16th January. Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through www.localenterprise.ie and from the IBYE website at www.ibye.ie. ENDSFor media queries, please contact your Local Enterprise Office.Notes to Editor:About IBYE:      www.ibye.ie•	Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is an enterprise initiative run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country and funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. A €2 million investment fund is available through IBYE which supports young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial investments.•	Now in its fourth year, IBYE was open to people between the ages of 18 (at date of application) and 35 (at 31st December 2017) with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business, including: individuals, venture teams, partnerships, existing businesses with a new idea, or people overseas (including Irish emigrants) who will headquarter in Ireland.•	Each LEO has a total fund of up to €50,000 to invest in six businesses (three category winners and three runners-up) according to criteria including businesses’ investment needs. The three categories are as follows:- Best Business Idea(pre-trading) – up to €10,000 investment fund through every LEO (€7,000 for category winner and €3,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)                                                                  - Best Start-Up Business(up to 24 months), with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)                                      - Best Established Business(over 24 months) with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)•	The county winners will now proceed to eight regional finals in January and February 2017 from which 24 contenders (three from each region – one in each category) will be selected to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. •	A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final, one of which will also be named as “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

Tralee Man Wins Kerry’s Best Young Entrepreneur Award

December 9, 2017 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

THE co-founder of a Tralee based company has been named as the  overall “Best Young Entrepreneur” for the county as Kerry’s best young entrepreneurs were announced at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition on Thursday in the Ballygarry House Hotel The overall “Best Young Entrepreneur” for the county […]

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Know Your Rights: Rent-A-Room Tax Relief

December 9, 2017 at 9:54 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 have retired from work and am planning to rent my spare room to a student lodger to supplement my pension. Will I have to pay tax on the […]

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McCann At The Movies: A Heartfelt Drama That Lives Up To Its Title

McCann At The Movies: A Heartfelt Drama That Lives Up To Its Title

December 9, 2017 at 9:53 am Comments are Disabled

Our movie guy, John McCann, says ‘Wonder’ will have you reaching for the tissues on more than one occasion… In a year that has brought us a plentiful supply of superheroes, some chilling horror movies, wonderful animation features, many terrific biopics and a lot more, one particular genre that has […]

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