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Two Popular Music Acts Are Coming To Ballyheigue

July 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm Comments are Disabled

FIRST the Summer Festival, then the ‘Sandstorm’ event last weekend and now two very popular music acts are coming — it’s all happening in Ballyheigue this summer. The town is preparing to welcome two very different artists in the last weekend of July as The Riptide Movement and Tommy Fleming […]

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Andrew Ong outside his Tamarind Restaurant on Matt Talbot Road.

SPONSORED: A Taste Of Asia At Tamarind Restaurant In Tralee

July 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you like your Asian food, then chances are you’ve already sampled the best that Tralee has to offer in Tamarind Restaurant. The business on Matt Talbot Road has been dishing up tantalising Malaysian, Thai and  Chinese specialities for 13 years since Andrew Ong and his family came to town. […]

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Robert Powell who competes in the World Powerlifting Championships this autumn.

Table Quiz To Help Fund Robert’s Trip To World Powerlifting Championships

July 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm Comments are Disabled

A MAN who runs a local gym in town is heading off with the Irish team to the World Powerlifting Championships this autumn. Robert Powell is a native of County Laois who came to study Health and Leisure in the IT Tralee five years ago. He has now made Tralee […]

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Launching the upcoming vintage run were in front, Timmy Connor, David O'Mahony, Paul Horan, and Mike Horan. At back; George Glover, Joan Glover, Tadhg O'Leary, Mike Moloney and Tony Hehir. Photo by Dermot Crean

Local Classic Car Club Set For Fundraiser In Aid Of Down Syndrome Kerry

July 18, 2018 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

THE Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club is preparing for their annual Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda 50 Run. Taking place on Friday, July 27 at 7pm from O’Riada’s Bar, the event this year will benefit Down Syndrome Kerry. Members gathered at O’Riada’s on Monday evening to launch the […]

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WATCH: Tralee Looks Amazing In This New Promotional Video

WATCH: Tralee Looks Amazing In This New Promotional Video

July 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm 2 comments

THE new Tralee brand was launched on Tuesday afternoon and with it, a new promotional video for the town commissioned by Tralee Chamber Alliance. It features some fantastic aerial shots of the canal, town park and other attractions and showcases all that is great about Tralee. Watch it below…

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Ciara Hurley, Colin McCarthy, Holly O'Byrne, Samantha Murphy, Cilla Beer and Katie O'Keeffe at the start of 'Sandstorm' on Ballyheigue beach on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Tackling The ‘Sandstorm’ In Ballyheigue

July 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm Comments are Disabled

THE weather played ball on Saturday as many fit participants took the Spin Southwest ‘Sandstorm’ challenge. It was pretty windy and the sun didn’t appear that much, but the participants had great fun at the Fanta-sponsored event on Ballyheigue beach. The 5k course was full of challenging obstacles including a […]

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Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Carvery Pub Of The Year

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Carvery Pub Of The Year

July 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm Comments are Disabled

KIRBY’S Brogue Inn has been shortlisted in the annual Knorr Great Carvery Pub of the Year competition. The Rock Street hostelry is one of three pubs shortlisted for the Munster final of the competition with the winner going forward to Great Carvery Pub of the Year National Final. The Brogue […]

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PHOTOS: More From The Colour Dash For Crumlin Hospital (Part 2)

July 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm Comments are Disabled

IT was certainly a bright morning at Tralee Bay Wetlands as participants took to the road for the Colour Dash for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Around 300 people took part and they were covered in paint dust by the finish of the 5k course. We brought you some images earlier (click […]

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PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

July 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Every week we compile the best of photos posted on Twitter and Instagram of Tralee and beyond. 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… Doing great work for Tralee… Clean up at Canal #Tralee […]

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PHOTOS: Explosions Of Colour At Fundraising Fun Run (Part 1)

July 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE’LL be washing machines working overtime today after around 300 people got pasted with coloured paint at a wonderful fundraiser this morning from Tralee Bay Wetlands. This was the second Colour Dash for Crumlin Children’s Hospital organised by Micheál Dillon of Kinetic Health And Fitness. He said he was delighted with […]

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McCann At The Movies: Mediocre ‘Skyscraper’ Just About Gets Off First Floor

July 14, 2018 at 10:56 am Comments are Disabled

John McCann says Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s star quality just about saves ‘Skyscraper’… After a two week summer break from the big screen, I was looking forward to catching the latest B movie blockbuster from the ever watchable and dependable Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. His MO in Hollywood seems to […]

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Having fun during the charity Colour Run on Sunday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Five Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

July 13, 2018 at 9:39 am Comments are Disabled

The searing heat is gone and we might even see (whisper it) a shower or two over the next couple of days. No matter, you can still enjoy these events around Tralee… Friday 1. Go to the dogs… It’s set to be another wonderful night at the dogs on Friday […]

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DJs, Barbecues And Fun At ‘Gin-Fest’ This Weekend

DJs, Barbecues And Fun At ‘Gin-Fest’ This Weekend

July 13, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

IF you’re looking for something different when heading out this weekend, Alfie’s second annual Gin-Fest takes place at The Ashe Hotel tonight and Saturday night. It all kicks off on this evening with the return of their popular Wine-Down Friday from 5pm with a live DJ, a brand new sharing platter […]

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Participants make it home at the Spin SouthWest Sandstorm event at Ballyheigue Beach on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

‘Sandstorm’ Rolls Into Ballyheigue Again This Weekend

July 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S proved massively popular over the past few years and now it returns to Ballyheigue beach this Saturday. Spin Southwest’s ‘Sandstorm’, sponsored by Fanta, will see hundreds of people take on the 5k race starting from 12 noon. The run is full of challenging obstacles including a tyre mound, the net crawl and […]

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Friends Of UHK Look Forward To Night At The Dogs

Friends Of UHK Look Forward To Night At The Dogs

July 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S set to be another wonderful night at the dogs on Friday as the Friends of University Hospital Kerry hold their annual fundraiser. Over €70,000 was raised at the event at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in 2017. With the funds raised, the Friends of University Hospital Kerry donated a Cardiac […]

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Lay it on me!..Runners during the charity Colour Run on Sunday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Colour Dash For Crumlin Hospital At The Wetlands This Sunday

July 12, 2018 at 11:12 am Comments are Disabled

LAST year’s event was a fantastic success and Sunday is set to be no different as the Crumlin Colour Dash returns. Around 350 took part in last year’s September’s event in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, organised by Micheál Dillon of Kinetic Health And Fitness. The run this Sunday starts […]

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‘Vegtopia’ To Take Place In Town This Saturday

‘Vegtopia’ To Take Place In Town This Saturday

July 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm Comments are Disabled

A CELEBRATION of vegan, vegetarian and dairy-friendly products produced locally will take place this Saturday in town. There’ll be food, music, entertainment and much more at ‘Vegtopia’ to encourage people into a more healthy diet and to show how delicious vegetables are. It kicks off  with a Yoga, Mindfulness and Breathing […]

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Christie Hennessy Celebration Will Stay In Tralee

Christie Hennessy Celebration Will Stay In Tralee

July 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm 1 comment

THE annual Christie Hennessy music celebration will take place in Tralee this winter. The event, which has taken place in Tralee since 2011, was provisionally booked for the INEC in Killarney this October, but now it has been confirmed it will take place in the Ashe Hotel again this year […]

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Eileen Whelan of Paco Tralee.

Paco To Host Fashion/Coffee Morning With A Great Raffle Prize

July 11, 2018 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled

HAVING raised loads of funds for great causes like the Inspired group, the local MS branch, buying defibrillators for the town, and more, a local fashion outlet will hold another one of their great coffee/fashion mornings again this Friday. Eileen Whelan of  Paco on The Mall has organised the event […]

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Increase In People Contacting Local Samaritans Branch This Year

Increase In People Contacting Local Samaritans Branch This Year

July 10, 2018 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

THE Kerry Branch of Samaritans are holding an event in the Meadowlands Hotel this Friday at 7.30pm. The event comes as the local branch reveals that to date in 2018, they have received 14,700 contacts. These contacts include telephone calls, SMS  message and face to face callers to the branch […]

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REPRO FREE - Erika Fox, top Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger/YouTuber, aka Retro Flame will choose the Best Dressed Lady at the 2018 Rose of Tralee Fashion Show in the Festival Dome on Sunday 19th August. A Glenbeigh-native, Erika is currently based in New York. Through blogging, she has worked with brands such as Tom Ford, Google, Land Rover USA, Vera Wang & Samsung. She has also been featured in a wide range of national and international publications including Teen Vogue, Seventeen and The Sunday Time STYLE Magazine. Her current overall fan-base is now at almost 200,000 followers. Erika will also Co judge the 2018 Rose of Tralee Designer of the Year Awards which will be sponsored this year by The Zipyard. Tickets to the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show are available from www.roseoftralee.ie and the Rose of Tralee App.”
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Top Model And Fashion Expert To Make Rose Fashion Show A Must For Ladies

July 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm Comments are Disabled

ONE of the most popular events at the Rose of Tralee Festival is getting a make-over with a major emphasis on providing the ultimate girls’ night out experience at this year’s Fashion Show on Sunday, August 19. Ireland’s super model, Alannah Beirne will star as the special guest on the […]

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You can hit some great family resorts from Kerry Airport this summer.

SPONSORED: From City Breaks To Fun In The Sun, Summer Escapes From Kerry Airport

July 9, 2018 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

THIS summer why not fly local as there is so much to choose from at Kerry Airport when it comes to booking the perfect getaway. Fly direct to Portugal’s Algarve coast with the Kerry to Faro route with Ryanair twice weekly from Kerry Airport. The Algarve region is Portugal’s southernmost […]

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PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

PHOTOS: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

July 8, 2018 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Every week we compile the best of photos posted on Twitter and Instagram of Tralee and beyond. 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… It’s been nice for golfers… The scenery alone is worth […]

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Launching the Summer Stars programme at Castleisland Library on Friday, l-r: Tommy O’Connor (County Librarian), Dawn Kavanagh (Dogs Trust), John Breen (Director of Services), Cllr Bobby O’Connell, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Cllr Norma Foley, Eileen Murphy (Librarian). 

Libraries Launch Summer Stars Reading Adventure

July 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm Comments are Disabled

LIBRARIES across Kerry are inviting children to participate in a fantastic adventure that will keep them busy with reading throughout the school summer holidays – the Summer Stars Reading Adventure. Each year Kerry Library runs summer reading programmes for primary school children to promote literacy development during the holidays and […]

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh at Annascaul Celebrating Singing 2017.

Annascaul Prepares For ‘Celebrating Singing’ Gathering

July 6, 2018 at 10:56 am Comments are Disabled

THE cream of Kerry musical talent is due to gather in Annascaul Village for a free weekend of singing workshops, music sessions, gigs, children’s entertainment, and lots of fun at the end of the month. The third annual Annascaul Celebrating Singing gathering is set to take place in the homeplace […]

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Two Events For Children In Tralee Library This Saturday

Two Events For Children In Tralee Library This Saturday

July 5, 2018 at 2:51 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you’re looking to something to do with the kids this weekend, then Tralee Library could be the place to go. They are hosting two events for children with a well-known writer on Saturday morning and in the afternoon. Róisín Meaney will first host ‘Lost Heads And Superheroes’ at 11.30am where […]

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The Return Of Gin-Fest To Alfie’s At The Ashe Hotel

The Return Of Gin-Fest To Alfie’s At The Ashe Hotel

July 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm Comments are Disabled

ALFIE’S second annual Gin-Fest takes place at The Ashe Hotel on Friday, July 13th and Saturday July 14th and promises yet another top notch line-up of events and entertainment. It all kicks off on Friday 13th with the return of their popular Wine-Down Friday. This takes place from 5pm with […]

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Pictured ahead of the launch of Puck Fair 2018 is (l-r) Chairman of Puck Fair, Declan Falvey; President of Puck Fair, Declan Mangan and Queen of Puck Fair, Ella Foley. Puck Fair is IrelandÕs longest-running annual festival and will take place once again this year on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. Although the festival takes place in August, King Puck now reigns permanently over the town of Killorglin thanks to the creativity and vision of artist Dan Leo, who painted a mural (pictured) of the famous folklore figure on the wall of the CYMS Hall in the town centre. The bright and eye-catching mural Ð a joint initiative between Puck Fair and K-Fest and one made possible by the generosity of the CYMS team, who provided the ample canvas Ð pays homage to the townÕs ancient tradition in a modern and artistic way, symbolising the townÕs ability to embrace contemporary art and culture while still maintaining beloved ancient traditions. For pictures and live updates, check out www.facebook.com/puckfair or twitter @puck_fair and visit YouTube to view puckfairofficial videos.
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From Queen Bee to King Puck:
Killorglin Combines Contemporary Art with Beloved Ancient Traditions at the Official Launch of Puck Fair 2018 
Thursday 5th July: With just over a month to go before IrelandÕs oldest festival kicks off for another year, the Puck Fair committee will officially launch the 2018 programme during an exciting event at SheahanÕs Bar, The Square, Killorglin this Saturday 7th July at 8pm. This yearÕs event will be particularly special not only for the Killorglin community, but also for the county as a whole, as a well-known and inspirational young Kerry man will be on hand to officially launch the age-old event.
Fresh from a recent appearance on The Late Late Show, during which he spoke with admirable positivity about his continuing recovery following last yearÕs cycling tragedy that left him paralysed from the neck down, Ian OÕConnell from Killarney, Co. Kerry will take time from his schedule to launch Puck Fair 2018 and begin the celebrations with the enthusiasm he is known for. His inspiring motto, ÒIf you canÕt stand up, stand out!Ó, even attracted the attention of his idol Conor McGregor, who paid tribute to the determined teen on Instagram. The launch event on Saturday 7th July will mark the culmination of a busy day for the 16-year-old, who will also attend the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle that morning to support those cycling the arduous 175km trail in order to raise funds for the Ian OÕConnell Trust, which was set up to ensure the continuation of his ongoing and lengthy rehabilitation.      
Another VIP attending on the night will be none other than King Puck himself, who this year will be making an early appearance in a very unique form. Looking bigger and brighter than ever (in spite of his 400+ years), King Puck now reigns permanently over the town of Killorglin thanks to the creativity and vision of artist Dan Leo, who painted a mural of the famous folklore figure on the wall of the CYMS Hall in the town centre. The bright and eye-catching mural Ð a joint initiative between Puck Fair and K-Fest and one made possible by the generosity of the CYMS team, who provided the ample canvas Ð pays homage to the townÕs ancient tradition in a modern and artistic way and compliments the existing honey bee mural, which was painted by Cork artist Lorraine McDonnell ahead of K-Fest 2016.
Both of these epic street art creations not only represent the history and natural beauty of Killorglin, but also symbolise the townÕs ability to embrace contemporary art and culture while still maintaining beloved ancient traditions. 
Speaking ahead of the event, Declan Mangan, President of the Puck Fair committee, said: ÒItÕs an exciting time to host the launch of Puck Fair, with the fabulous mural adding new vibrancy to the town. WeÕre also delighted to welcome Ian OÕConnell this year as our special guest. This inspirational young man represents exactly what Puck Fair is all about; individuality, a strong sense of identity and most importantly, resilience. We may be another year older, but Puck Fair continues to keep us young at heart!Ó
Newly appointed Chairman of Puck Fair, Declan Falvey, also shared his excitement ahead of the official launch. He commented: ÒThis is my first year as Chairman of the festival and while it is a daunting role to take on, the festival is part of my DNA and I couldnÕt be prouder. Preparations have been well underway for the past few months and I canÕt wait for visitors to the festival to reap the benefits of the committeeÕs hard work and dedication.Ó
While King Puck is currently the focus of attention in the town centre, his spotlight will soon be stolen by another very famous figure, who is gearing up to take to the stage as the eagerly-awaited headline act of Puck Fair 2018. Singer Jake Carter, the reigning champion of RTƒÕs Dancing with the Stars and brother of the equally famous Nathan Carter, will perform on the main festival stage on Sunday 12th August, bringing the festival to a stylish and energetic close. This yearÕs festival will also feature live music from The Swing Cats (Friday 10th August) and The Cosmic Funk Band (Saturday 11th August), as well as acrobatics from Wobbly Circus Street Show; puppet shows by Kidspartyclub Kerry; childrenÕs entertainment provided by Kingdom Party Pals; Fancy Dress and Bonny Baby Competitions; performances by Afro Trad Ireland and much more. The opening day of Puck Fair, Friday 10th August, will be marked with the annual Coronation Parade and Ceremony, while the Dethronement festivities and subsequent fireworks on the final day of the festival (Sunday 10th August) will provide the perfect ending to IrelandÕs most famous yearly event.
For pictures and live updates, check out www.facebook.com/puckfair or twitter @puck_fair and visit YouTube to view puckfairofficial videos.
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EditorÕs Notes:
KillorglinÕs much loved Puck Fair, which runs annually from August 10th-12th, is undeniably one of quirkiest festivals in the world, as well as being IrelandÕs original and oldest ÔGathering FestivalÕ. The pinnacle of the celebration surrounds the crowning of a wild mountain goat as the festival's King which honours a tradition and heritage that is purported to date back to 1603 when King James I issued a charter granting legal status to the existing fair in Killorglin. This Coronation Ceremony traditionally takes place on the first evening of the festivities, while the Dethronement Parade and Ceremony takes place on the final day of Puck Fair.

Puck Fair Has Amazing Line-Up Of Entertainment For Next Month’s Festival

July 5, 2018 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Puck Fair committee will officially launch the 2018 programme at Sheahan’s Bar, The Square, Killorglin this Saturday at 8pm where those attending will hear details of the festival. This year’s event which takes place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12 will be particularly special not only for […]

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at the official opening of the Mitchels Community Regeneration Street Art project on Wednesday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Mayor Opens Street Art Project At Mitchels Estate

July 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm Comments are Disabled

MAYOR of Tralee, Cllr Graham Spring, was delighted to open a new project at a Mitchels estate on Wednesday night. Young people who were part of the Community Regeneration Street Art project were present to receive certificates from the Mayor for their work on a fantastic initiative which began in November 2017. […]

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‘IAN-Spired by Ian…Anthony Cronin from Killarney, will cycle the gruelling 180 km,  35th Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, on his Penny Farthing. Anthony will leave his home in Ballydowney at 4.00am on Saturday Morning and meet fellow vintage cyclists along the route. Inspired by 16 year old Ian O’Connell from Killarney who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident last year. The brave teenager came to public prominence on the Late Late Show with his inspirational interview  saying ’ If you can’t stand up, Stand out’  Money raised in the Ring of Kerry Cycle will be lodged to the Ian O’Connell Trust set up by the local Spa Club. The fund,  will help meet his ongoing needs and the cost of any necessary adaptations to his home.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PIC*** Issued/04/07/2018

CBS The Green Teacher To Cycle The Ring On A Penny Farthing

July 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm Comments are Disabled

A CBS The Green teacher is one of thousands taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday, but he’ll probably take a while longer to get around. Anthony Cronin, who is from Killarney, will cycle the gruelling 180 km cycle on his Penny Farthing. He will leave his […]

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