Articles by: Dermot Crean

Five Kerry Projects To Receive Government Funding

Five Kerry Projects To Receive Government Funding

December 11, 2017 at 11:09 am 0 comments

FIVE Kerry projects are among the 11 recipients of almost €14.3m in funding approved in counties in the southern region in the Regional Enterprise Development Fund, The Fund, which is an open national competitive call to support regional projects, is provided by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise […]

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Margaret Healy, Claire Walsh, Hayley Evans, Tracy O'Shea and Anne Walsh at the Christmas Party Night at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Christmas Party Night At The Rose Hotel

December 11, 2017 at 10:44 am 0 comments

THE Rose Hotel was rocking on Saturday night as they hosted a special Christmas party night. Tesco in Manor West, Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, Lee Strand and many more businesses and groups gathered for a mulled wine/champagne reception followed by a delicious meal and music til the wee hours. We were […]

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The O'Sullivan clan and friends at the Santa 5k Fun Run from the Tralee Bay Wetlands on Sunday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Hundreds Brave The Rain For Santa 5k Fun Run (Part 1)

December 11, 2017 at 10:20 am 1 comment

IT was cold. It was wet. There was lots of red. The annual Tralee Santa 5k Fun Run went ahead on Sunday morning and fair play to the hundreds who turned out to raise much needed funds for the children’s ward at University Hospital Kerry. It was a sea of […]

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Ladies from House Of Glamour in Tralee enjoying their Christmas party at Benner's Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Town Is Packed With Christmas Party People

December 10, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

TRALEE was rocking last night with people enjoying Christmas parties in pubs, hotels and restaurants all over the town. We were out and about in Kirby’s Brogue Inn, No.4 On The Square, The Ashe Hotel and Benner’s Hotel where people were enjoying themselves in some style. Scroll down for photos…

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PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

December 10, 2017 at 11:29 am 0 comments

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)… They’re a talented lot here… Merry Christmas from CSOE, Tralee, […]

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Ann Jensen, Suzanne Quill, Jacinta Lucey and Mary Landy at the Aspen Grove Christmas Party in The Rose Hotel on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Aspen Grove Staff Enjoy Christmas Party In The Rose Hotel

December 10, 2017 at 11:29 am 0 comments

THE salubrious surroundings of The Rose Hotel provided the setting for Aspen Grove staff to have some fun at their Christmas party. Around 100 employees, including founder Sean Ryan and colleagues from the US, enjoyed ‘Festive Bowls’ of delicious bites while Phil N The Blanks provided the soundtrack to a […]

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Radio Kerry Journalist Releases Third Book

Radio Kerry Journalist Releases Third Book

December 10, 2017 at 11:28 am 0 comments

A RADIO Kerry journalist has published his third novel which is now on sale. Annascaul man Eamonn Hickson has released ‘Terror’, a thriller in which three people decide to commit a terror attack. The journalist says writing about this topic was not a reaction to recent terror attacks, but rather […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Observation

Roger Harty: The Power Of Observation

December 10, 2017 at 11:27 am 1 comment

SOMETIMES, unfortunately, it is only later in life that we learn to appreciate the wisdom that has being handed down to us from our elders. I had an Aunt who would always give the same advice should an argument begin to arise. She would regularly advise “Don’t get inwolved”. I […]

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Status Yellow Wind And Rain Warnings For Kerry

December 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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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ITT Sci-Fi Society members Michael Edgar, Jon Ahgaine, Megan Doyle, Sally Griffin, Ronan McLoughlin and Jane O'Brien at the Star Wars table quiz in The Abbey Inn on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Good Turnout For Star Wars-Themed Table Quiz

December 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm 0 comments

THERE was a good turnout for the Star Wars Society concert in the Abbey Inn on Thursday night. The new SciFan Society of the ITT were the organisers and there were some great prizes on offer including IMAX Omniplex tickets for the upcoming Star Wars Movie ‘The Last Jedi’, Star Wars […]

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Clampdown On People Parking Illegally In Disabled Parking Bays

Clampdown On People Parking Illegally In Disabled Parking Bays

December 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm 3 comments

FIVE people were detected parking illegally in Disabed Parking Bays in Tralee by 12 noon today in a clampdown on the offence. Kerry County Council and An Garda Síochána are conducting a campaign today in Tralee to highlight inappropriate parking in disabled parking bays in the town as well as the […]

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James O'Donoghue on the attack. Photo by Dermot Crean

James O’Donoghue The Latest Kerry Player To Win Munster GAA Accolade

December 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

KERRY’S James O’Donoghue has been named as Munster GAA Senior Footballer of the Year 2017. His win follows on from the announcement of other Kerry winners — David Clifford  in the minor category, Killian Spillane in the junior category and Patrice Diggin from Causeway winning camogie player of the year. Patrice […]

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Aldi has reached the significant milestone of donating 1,000,000 meals to charities through FoodCloud since the partnership began.  This equates to a saving of almost €1.5 million for the charity partners involved.
Pictured (L to R) is:  FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward, Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s Group Buying Director and FoodCloud co-founder and CEO FoodCloud Hubs Aoibheann O’Brien.

Aldi Donates €500 To Novas Knocklee House In Tralee

December 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm 0 comments

NOVAS Knocklee House in Tralee has been nominated by FoodCloud to receive a €500 donation from Aldi to help the charity support its core services this Christmas. Novas Knocklee House on the Castlemaine Road was selected by FoodCloud to receive the Aldi donation in recognition of the essential services it provides during […]

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Someone In Kerry Won This Week’s €50,000 Prize Bond Star Prize

Someone In Kerry Won This Week’s €50,000 Prize Bond Star Prize

December 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

THIS week’s Prize Bond Star Prize of €50,000 was won in Kerry. So if you’re the owner of lucky Prize Bond number XR650680 then congratulations. The lucky bond was purchased in 2014.  There were over 4,150 prizes awarded in this week’s Prize Bond Draw, amounting to over €270,000. In addition to a €1 million prize awarded on […]

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Santa Claus with Parker and Shiniqua O'Driscoll and Marie Dennehy at the Tralee Local Employment Services Coffee Morning in aid of the Tír na nÓg Orphanage on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Festive Coffee Morning At Tralee LES Raises Funds For Orphanage

December 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

THE people at Tralee Local Employment Services (LES) held a coffee morning on Thursday to help out an orphanage in Africa and ended up raising €1,120. Christmas jumpers abounded at their office at North Circular Road and people from local agencies and employers associated with Tralee LES showed up to […]

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Organisers and friends gather at Tralee Bay Wetlands to launch this year's Santa 5k Fun Run. Photo by Dermot Crean

Seven Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Christmas is coming and shopping is taking over most people’s weekends. Still though, if you have some time… Friday 1. Time to party… November’s over so it’s officially ok to get out and party. The festive season here so whether it’s a work do or you just fancy meeting up […]

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Here’s What The New Kerry Brand Identity Looks Like

Here’s What The New Kerry Brand Identity Looks Like

December 8, 2017 at 9:39 am 0 comments

A NEW brand identity has been launched today which will be used to market Kerry at home and abroad. With the theme of ‘Kerry – Your Natural Escape’ – the Destination Kerry brand includes icons, imagery and messaging for use on all multiple platforms and highlights some of the top […]

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WATCH: Tralee Looks Great In This RTE ‘Today’ Feature

WATCH: Tralee Looks Great In This RTE ‘Today’ Feature

December 8, 2017 at 9:17 am 0 comments

IF you can’t watch the RTE ‘Today’ programme between 3.30pm and 5.40pm later today, then the show’s Facebook page has come to the rescue by putting up the feature on Tralee in advance. In the five minute clip, Tralee is seen from the air thanks to Colm Flynn and his […]

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Kieran Donaghy and Dave Hopla at the Belfast Classic last weekend. Photo: Kieran Donaghy Instagram

Former NBA Shooting Coach To Give Masterclass In Tralee This Sunday

December 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm 0 comments

FORMER shooting coach with the Detroit Pistons, Dave Hopla is coming to Tralee on Sunday to give a masterclass which is not to be missed if you play or coach basketball. Hopla, who has also worked with players at the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks, is considered by many […]

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Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí transition years Amy Pollmann, Peadar Tóibín, Lennox Beaujouan and Andrew Muineacháin helping out with the celebrations for Saint Nicolas’ feast-day on Wednesday at Collis Sandes House. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Gaelcholáiste Students Have Fun Celebrating St Nicolas’ Day

December 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm 0 comments

THE first year pupils of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí got in to the festive spirit by celebrating Saint Nicolas’ feast-day on Wednesday. To mark the day, the pupil held a number of activated at Collis Sands House where the pupils are based. “Unfortunately we currently do not have home economics facilities in […]

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Launching the Tralee Chamber Alliance Calendar at the Cashel Ward at University Hospital Kerry on Thursday were, front from left; Catherine Doolan UHK, Aidan Kelly TCA President, Breeda Hurley, Karen Lovett and Kieran Rutledge TCA CEO. Back from left; Mike McDonnell, Samantha Stackpoole UHK and Padraig McGiillycuddy. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tralee Chamber Alliance Calendar To Help Cashel Ward At UHK

December 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

TRALEE Chamber Alliance has published a brand new #LoveTralee 2018 Calendar to raise funds to purchase couch-beds for parents of children in the Cashel Ward at University Hospital Kerry. The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly, said: “We are approaching Christmas and it’s inevitable that many parents or guardians […]

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Evelyn Dore receiving her GAisce Gold Award from President Michael D Higgins yesterday.

Tralee Woman Receives Gaisce Gold Award From President Higgins

December 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

A TRALEE woman was among 56 inspirational young people presented with a Gold Gaisce Award by President Michael D. Higgins at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Evelyn Dore from Oakpark achieved her gold by successfully completing five challenge areas for 52 weeks or more. This comprised volunteering […]

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WATCH: Tom Waits’ Wife Talks About Tralee In Old Late Late Show Clip

WATCH: Tom Waits’ Wife Talks About Tralee In Old Late Late Show Clip

December 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

WHILE many people know legendary singer songwriter Tom Waits sang about dancing with the Rose of Tralee on his song Rain Dogs, an old clip has surfaced from The Late Late Show referring to his visit to the town in February 1981. The RTE Archives tweeted a link this morning […]

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