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Yummy Cafe Wants Your Vote In Nationwide Competition

Yummy Cafe Wants Your Vote In Nationwide Competition

May 21, 2018 at 10:43 am 0 comments

A TRALEE cafe/restaurant is on a shortlist to find Ireland’s favourite family restaurant. Organised by Today FM’s Weekend Breakfast programme, Yummy Cafe on Dominick Street is the only Kerry restaurant on the shortlist with businesses in Dublin, Galway, Offaly, Waterford and Cork aiming to be crowned ‘The Best Family Restaurant […]

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There Were Kerry Winners At The ‘Food Oscars’ In Dublin Last Night

There Were Kerry Winners At The ‘Food Oscars’ In Dublin Last Night

May 15, 2018 at 11:48 am Comments are Disabled

THERE were Kerry winners at at the Irish Restaurant Awards which were held in Dublin last night. The Apprentice Chef Programme, founded by IT Tralee lecturer Mark Murphy and Firies-based chef Mark Doe, was awarded the All Ireland Local Food Hero title, the Park Hotel Kenmare won Best Hotel and Guesthouse in […]

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Edwin Byrne, Rebekah Wall and Rachel Templeman, in front of Maddens on Milk Market Lane. Photo by Dermot Crean

Something Special Has Just Opened At Maddens On Milk Market Lane

May 12, 2018 at 10:36 am 2 comments

IF you’re down at Milk Market Lane then you should take a look at something special happening there. The whole area is enjoying a regeneration with murals near The Mall side and plans for a heritage trail in this historic part of Tralee. Now a new enterprise has opened on […]

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‘Nationwide’ To Feature Apprentice Chef Programme As Tralee Students Look Forward To Final

‘Nationwide’ To Feature Apprentice Chef Programme As Tralee Students Look Forward To Final

April 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Apprentice Chef Programme will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide show next Friday ahead of the 2017/2018 final cook off at IT Tralee. On Thursday, May 10, 27 students from secondary schools across Munster and Leinster, including three students from Tralee and three more from other Kerry schools, will don […]

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Paul Cotter, Kevin O'Connor and Noel Keane in Croí which opens this Friday in town. Photo  by Dermot Crean

Blennerville School To Host The ‘Gangsters’ For Fundraiser

April 6, 2018 at 11:02 am Comments are Disabled

BLENNERVILLE Playschool is holding a Food Demonstration in association with Croí Restaurant next weekend. The renowned Tralee Culinary Gangsters will be demonstrating how to cook wild, local, fresh foraged food at Blennerville school on Sunday, April 15 at 1pm. This promises to be a fun-filled, family-friendly event and adults are asked […]

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Martin Bealin, Eddie Attwell and Tom Flavin who will appear at the Taste Kerry event later this month at the ITT.

Taste Kerry Event Is A Must For People In Food Industry

April 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

TASTE Kerry’s Annual Food Showcase will see the launch of the Kerry Seafood Resource pack, an in-depth exploration of Kerry’s Fishing Industry and its communities, a valuable resource developed for the hospitality and tourism industry. The one-day TasteKerry Food Showcase will be held at IT Tralee on April 26, 9.00 am – […]

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Ballygarry’s Seafood Speciality Night Returns On Good Friday

Ballygarry’s Seafood Speciality Night Returns On Good Friday

March 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm Comments are Disabled

GOOD Friday is unofficially ‘national fish day’ and to mark this, Ballygarry House Hotel is putting on its famous Seafood Speciality Night returns in Restaurant 58. After the huge success of last year’s event, Head Chef John O’Sullivan and his team of chefs will be presenting an exquisite seafood menu […]

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Catriona Py Collins, Myra O'Connor, Sandra O'Flaherty, Tina Stack and Carol Anne O'Donoghue at the Spring Cookery Demo in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Guests Enjoy Spring Cookery Demo At Ballyroe In Aid Of Scoil Eoin

March 23, 2018 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

THE lads from Croí Restaurant in Tralee gave a cookery demo last night, fresh from their win at the Irish Restaurant Awards regional finals in Cork on Wednesday. In the guise of the Tralee Culinary Gangsters, Noel Keane and Kevin O’Connor were joined by Massimiliano Bagaglini from Once Upon A Cheese […]

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Paul Cotter, Kevin O'Connor and Noel Keane in Croí which opens this Friday in town. Photo  by Dermot Crean

Croí And Oyster Tavern Manager Win At Irish Restaurant Awards

March 22, 2018 at 9:57 am 1 comment

THERE were two local winners at the regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards which took place in the Radisson Blu, Little Island, Cork, last night. Croí Restaurant in The Square won Best Kerry Newcomer while Jim McGrath of The Oyster Tavern in the Spa won Best Restaurant Manager in Kerry […]

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Catriona Py Collins, Paul Cotter of Tralee Culinary Gangsters, pupils Barry Nagle, Leon O'Connor, Tomás Kennedy, Bitania Yosef and Kevin O'Connor, of Tralee Culinary Gangsters at the launch of the Spring Cookery Demo to take place in Ballyroe Heights Hotel next week. Photo by Dermot Crean

Scoil Eoin Teams Up With Gangsters For Cookery Demo

March 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

WHILE it might not feel like spring yet, the good people at Scoil Eoin are planning an event to showcase how to use seasonal ingredients to create amazing dishes. The ‘Spring Food Demo’ is being organised by the Parents Association  at the primary school to raise funds to be used […]

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Students from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, Students Pictured back in Tralee at the HCT North Campus were Castleisland man James O Sullivan Duck Dish – Bronze Medal winner , Dingle lady Nita Comerford Moul - Duck Dish – Bronze Medal winner and  Tralee lady Victoria Rinsma - Beef Fillet Dish – Bronze Medal winner . Also in picture is student memtor Dan Browne of the IT Tralee . 
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IT Tralee Culinary Students prove their skills and knowledge at Chef Ireland CompetitionsStudents from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, is held as part of one of Ireland`s largest hospitality and culinary events, Food and Bev Live 2018.Food and Bev live provides an opportunity for Ireland’s most talented student chefs and hospitality students from colleges all across the country to go head-to-head in tightly fought contest across a broad variety of competitions.  The team of four students from the IT Tralee, who are currently studying a 3-year BA in Culinary Arts, competed across three categories and they were not left lacking when it came to prizes.  Shaun O Connor from Valentia Island achieved a bronze medal in the Irish Lamb competition where he showcased the very best of Kerry produce in using a lamb rump from Ring of Kerry Lamb. In the Silver Hill Duck senior competition, Nita Comerford Moul from Dingle and James O Sullivan from Castleisland were both awarded a bronze medal. Victoria Rinsma from Canada, who joined the programme at IT Tralee this year, took part in the Irish Beef Fillet competition open class and was awarded a bronze medal. The college mentor for all competitors was Chef Lecturer Dan Browne (Listowel). With the exception of the Lamb competition the students were competing in Open and Senior Class competitions against all levels of qualified chefs. Commending the students on their achievements, Head of Departments of Business & Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Ray O’Connor-Desmond said: “We would like to congratulate and acknowledge how proud we are of our students and their great achievement on a national stage. There is no doubt that such achievements will greatly enhance their future career prospects. We would also like to make special mention of Chef Dan Browne, for his dedication and commitment in preparing the students for the competition and all those who helped make this a reality for the students.”Two students from the National Learning Network in Tralee, who are currently undertaking the Minor Award in Culinary Skills Springboard Programme at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Imelda O Reilly and Craig Coady, were also awarded bronze medals in the Irish Pork Junior Class & Hot Dessert Open Class. Imelda was announced as the overall class winner in the Hot Dessert Open Class competition. ##END##--------------------------------------------Shaun O Connor - Lamb Dish – Bronze Medal Victoria Rinsma - Beef Fillet Dish – Bronze MedalNita Comerford Moul - Duck Dish – Bronze MedalJames O Sullivan Duck Dish – Bronze Medal For additional information please contact Sarah.flaherty@staff.ittralee.ie

IT Tralee Students Bring Home Medals From Chef Ireland Competition

February 14, 2018 at 9:15 am Comments are Disabled

STUDENTS from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions and brought home four bronze medals. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, […]

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Four Return To NLN Centre In Tralee With Chef Ireland Medals

February 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm Comments are Disabled

FOUR students from the National Learning Network centre in Tralee were among the medals at the  prestigious Chef Ireland Competition held recently. The NLN Kerry Learners won four Bronze Medals at the event in the City West Conference Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday last. Craig Coady, Liam O’Brien, Imelda O’Reilly, CarrieAnn O’Connor […]

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OUT TO LUNCH: Wild About The Chowder In New Cafe

OUT TO LUNCH: Wild About The Chowder In New Cafe

February 3, 2018 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

Wild Cafe Corner of The Mall and Ashe Street IT might be only February, but there’s a real buzz about the food business in Tralee at the moment that suggests optimism for the year ahead. Croí has been getting great reviews since it opened last May, The Brogue is absolutely […]

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Mark Doe’s Recipes For A Delicious Christmas Dinner

Mark Doe’s Recipes For A Delicious Christmas Dinner

December 22, 2017 at 9:35 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ Cookery School in Firies has recipes and tips to serving up an amazing Christmas dinner… The key to a stress free Christmas lunch is preparation and timing. You want to be able to enjoy the day without being tied to the stove all day long. Below you […]

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Irish Curry Awards Judges Have The Hots For Lizzy’s Little Kitchen

Irish Curry Awards Judges Have The Hots For Lizzy’s Little Kitchen

November 1, 2017 at 11:27 am Comments are Disabled

A LISTOWEL woman has impressed judges at the Irish Curry Awards. Lizzy’s Little Kitchen in the north Kerry town has won Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in Munster at the awards. The announcement was made last week at an awards’ ceremony in Belfast.  The café, which is owned by Kerry businesswoman, Lizzy Lyons, […]

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Jackie Murphy and Frances Clifford at the fundraiser for Fenit Lifeboat at IT Tralee on Wednesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Diners Enjoy Seafood Evening At ITT In Aid Of Fenit Lifeboat

October 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER 70 seafood lovers attended a sold-out fundraiser in aid of Fenit RNLI on Wednesday evening at the North Campus of IT Tralee. The evening  provided an opportunity for the Culinary Arts students at the college to showcase their talents and skills in a restaurant style setting by providing a […]

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Croí Wins Heart Of Judges To Take A YesChef 2018 Award

Croí Wins Heart Of Judges To Take A YesChef 2018 Award

October 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

A TRALEE restaurant which opened its doors for the first time in May, has won a top award. Croí in The Square, which is owned and run by Noel Keane, Paul Cotter and Kevin O’Connor, won Best Newcomer (Munster) at the YesChef Awards 2018. The restaurant has become a hugely […]

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Launching the 'Taste Of Christmas' event in aid of Ardfert NS were Croí Restaurant's Noel Keane and Kevin O'Connor, Principal of Ardfert NS, Betty McGrath, Paul Cotter of Croí and Marie O'Connell, teacher at Ardfert NS.

‘Taste Of Christmas’ Event In Aid Of Ardfert School

October 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm Comments are Disabled

ALL roads lead to Ballyroe Heights Hotel on a night in November for Ardfert School’s Third Annual  ‘Taste of Christmas’ cookery demonstration. Taking place on Thursday, November 9, it will be presented by the chefs from the award-winning Croì Restaurant in Tralee and the Tralee Culinary Gangsters. Kevin O’Connor, one […]

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Brogue Wins Best Carvery In Munster Award

Brogue Wins Best Carvery In Munster Award

October 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn has won the provincial category of the Unilever Best Carvery Pub Award for Munster. The landmark bar and restaurant at the bottom of the Rock in Tralee was the only Kerry pub that was shortlisted in the Munster category. Kirby’s Brogue Inn is still in the running […]

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A Fishy Fundraiser In Aid Of Fenit RNLI At The College

A Fishy Fundraiser In Aid Of Fenit RNLI At The College

October 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE’S something fishy going on in IT Tralee next week and it’s a must for anyone with a love of seafood. Fish will be on the menu as Fenit RNLI in a joint venture with the ITT will host a fundraiser at the North Campus of the college on Wednesday, […]

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SPONSORED: Frank’s Classes Are Must For Anyone Interested In Cooking

SPONSORED: Frank’s Classes Are Must For Anyone Interested In Cooking

October 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm Comments are Disabled

WITH the winter evenings not far away, a new cooking course to brighten up Monday nights is on the way in St Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, starting next week. Renowned chef, Frank Moynihan, is running demonstrational cooking classes during the month where people can learn how to make amazing starters and […]

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Elaine Kinsella of Radio Kerry was the Mystery Guest Chef at the fundraising evening in and of the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation at Croí Restaurant on Friday night She is pictured here with the restaurant owners Noel Keane, Kevin O'Connor and Paul Cotter. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Thousands Raised For LiveLife Foundation At ‘The Restaurant’ Night

September 26, 2017 at 10:07 am Comments are Disabled

A MYSTERY chef, helped by the experts at Croí Restaurant, provided a great night for diners on Friday as part of a fundraiser for the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation. It was in the style of ‘The Restaurant’ TV show and Radio Kerry’s ‘Kerry’s Full Breakfast’ presenter, Elaine Kinsella, was the […]

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Amy and Marie McKenna at the opening event of the Tralee Food Festival at Tralee Bay Wetlands on Friday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Seafood Delights And Taste Trail Treats At The Food Festival

September 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm Comments are Disabled

OK, so Saturday was a total washout with persistent rain spoiling the planned cookery demonstrations in the Square for the Tralee Food Festival. However, there was a good crowd on Friday evening at the opening Seafood Tasting event out in Tralee Bay Wetlands, with Spa Seafoods dishing up some tasty […]

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Dawson’s Restaurant On The Mall Announces Closure After 26 Years

Dawson’s Restaurant On The Mall Announces Closure After 26 Years

September 23, 2017 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

IT will be missed. A mainstay for lunchtime diners for over a quarter of a century, Dawson’s Restaurant on The Mall, (located within Heatons) has now closed. The announcement was made on the business’ Facebook page yesterday. It read; “After 26 wonderful years in business, we have taken the decision […]

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Looking forward to the Tralee Food Festival which takes place from September 22-24 were, Yomk Oviedo and Mayrinfer Ambrano of Transition Kerry, Paul Cotter, Croí Restaurant; David Scott, Tralee Chamber Alliance; Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley; Kevin O'Connor of Croí Restaurant and Sylvia Thompson of Transition Kerry. Photo by Dermot Crean

A Tantalising Line-Up Of Tasty Treats At Tralee Food Festival

September 15, 2017 at 9:53 am 1 comment

THERE’S just a week to go until  the third Tralee Food Festival in association with Taste Kerry and organisers say it will be the most important food event in the county capital this year. The town will strive to promote local producers and restaurants to an appreciative and rapidly growing […]

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David Leonard and Lucie Hanrahan, who have just opened Ugly Mug on Edward Street. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tralee Couple Back From New Zealand Open New Coffee Shop

September 2, 2017 at 11:01 am 3 comments

LUCIE Hanrahan and David Leonard are a busy couple these days. As if having their first baby together three weeks ago wasn’t enough, the Tralee couple have just opened a new coffee shop, the curiously titled Ugly Mug, on Edward Street this week. Lucie and David returned to Ireland in […]

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A crowd watching chef Odran Lucey giving a cookery demo in the Square as part of the Tralee Food Festival on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Plans Advanced For Third Tralee Food Festival Next Month

August 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm Comments are Disabled

FOODIES rejoice as plans are advanced for the third annual Tralee Food Festival taking place from Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24. On the Friday, there is a charity ‘Celebrity Chef’ night in Croí Restaurant in The Square where a mystery person will cook for diners. Proceeds will go […]

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Vote For Your Favourite Local Takeaway In National Awards

Vote For Your Favourite Local Takeaway In National Awards

August 24, 2017 at 11:05 am 4 comments

WHETHER it’s a late night feast after a feed of pints or an alternative to cooking on any given evening, Tralee’s takeaways have been expanding our waistlines and raising our cholesterol for decades now. Now, Just Eat, Ireland’s leading online food ordering app, has called on the people of Tralee to […]

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Ballygarry Hotel And Spa And Rose Hotel Chef Up For Top Awards

Ballygarry Hotel And Spa And Rose Hotel Chef Up For Top Awards

August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

NOMINATIONS for the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards have been announced and two Tralee hotels will be represented at the black-tie gala dinner to announce the winners on September 26 at The  Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny. Nádúr Spa Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa,  has been nominated in the Ireland’s Four Star […]

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Afternoon Tea For Jack & Jill Foundation At The Rose Hotel

Afternoon Tea For Jack & Jill Foundation At The Rose Hotel

August 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm Comments are Disabled

THIS Saturday sees a special event at The Rose Hotel to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Afternoon tea will be served from 2.30pm to 4pm in the beautiful Rose Room and guests can experience delicious food created by Executive Head Chef, Odran Lucey and his […]

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