A Weekend Of Celebrations At The Meadowlands Hotel

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Pictured at the launch last month of The Meadowlands Hotel 20th Anniversary Festival in aid of Kerry Hospice Foundation which takes place in Tralee 15th-17th June, is (L to R) Marc Ó Sé, Brian O’Se, Dave Elson, Peigí O’Mathúna of Meadowlands Hotel, Avril Hewett, Joe Hennebry, Maura Sullivan of Kerry Hospice Foundation and (back row) Dusan Bogdanovic and Kieran Donaghy.

TRALEE’S Meadowlands Hotel will be play host to sports stars including soccer legend Paul McGrath and Cork’s Seán Óg Ó hAilpín to celebrate its 20th anniversary as a business with a weekend festival this weekend and the Kerry Hospice Foundation will benefit too.

The festival, which will take place from June 15-17 on the grounds of the hotel, will kick-off with a Charity Coffee Morning (10am) on the Friday morning followed by a live Outside Broadcast from Raidio Na Gaeltachta.

Friday evening a sports pub quiz with local teams represented with take place, followed by live music in Johnny Frank’s bar.

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The Chain Gang Cycling Club, celebrating 10 years, will be kicking off the festival on the Saturday with a Charity Cycle heading to Dingle and returning for a barbecue and celebrations early afternoon.

Saturday will also see an entertaining day for kids with a Jump n Slide Bouncy Castle, along with fun inflatable and garden games and a 20th anniversary barbecue on Saturday night.

From 12noon-8pm on the hotel grounds, special guests will take on the Chain Gang in an 8 hour turbo bike endurance challenge.

The Tralee Warriors will have a two-hour non-stop Free Throw Challenge between 2pm and 4pm where members of the public can get involved with Warriors team members and also guess the final overall score.

The centrepiece of the festival is the 20th Anniversary Sports Gala in the Meadowlands Ballroom on Saturday night hosted by RTE’s Joe Stack and which features a Q&A with sporting heroes including Kerry’s Tomás O Se, Cork’s 2005 All-Ireland winning hurling captain Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, open water endurance swimmer Dingle’s Nuala Moore and former Ireland, Manchester Utd. and Aston Villa soccer legend Paul McGrath among others.

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The event tickets which are on sale at the hotel, will include the panel event, finger food, a major raffle and live music.

Great lunch specials and a Sunday Trad session from 4pm in the hotel bar will wind down the weekend.

The Meadowlands hotel, established by Paddy and Peigí O’Mathúna, opened on 19th June in 1998 and has grown in size, to employ over 60 staff and boasting 58 bedrooms, Johnny Frank’s Bar & Lounge, An Moínéar Restaurant and a 300 capacity events centre.

Check The Meadowlands Hotel Facebook page for a schedule of events or contact the hotel on (066) 718 0444 for inquiries.

The Meadowlands Hotel has a long tradition of supporting sports organisations in Tralee and currently sponsors local GAA, soccer & basketball clubs, the Kerry GAA Ticket Van, The Chain Gang Cycling Club, Meadowlands Golf Society, Tralee Marathon, and Tralee Warriors Basketball Club, many of whom will play a role in making this a sport themed, fun-filled weekend of activity for young and old, and with every event raising funds for Kerry Hospice Foundation, a great local cause.

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