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7 Phrases You’ll Only Hear In Tralee

7 Phrases You’ll Only Hear In Tralee

May 22, 2014 at 8:14 am 9 comments

WHILE exclamations like ‘Yerra’ and ‘hAnam an Diabhail!’ might be heard anywhere in the county, we wondered if there are phrases which may be unique to the Tralee area. Here are some of the colloquialisms we here in the office have only heard around town over the years… Warning: Some – well […]

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Prizewinner Sarah Barry (Piano), Adjudicator Renée Fitzgibbon, Overall Prizewinner Cian Mc Garry (Viola),
Principal YSM Declan Walsh, Prizewinner Gerri O'Brien (Singing)

Students Win Yamaha School Awards

May 21, 2014 at 7:25 am Comments are Disabled

THE Yamaha School of Music Tralee held their 4th annual Student Assessments and Student of the year awards last weekend. Over 100 students took part, watched on eagerly by their parents and fellow students. Each student performed to the highest standard, being ably adjudicated by Renée Fitzgibbon who was a co-founder of the […]

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Video: Former Rockie In Clip That Goes Viral

Video: Former Rockie In Clip That Goes Viral

May 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm Comments are Disabled

FORMER Austin Stacks player Mike Finn has unwittingly found himself part of a Youtube video that has gone viral around the globe. In the video Mike, an Australian Rules player, is being interviewed on a football field (still wearing the black and amber). In the background, a man carrying a child tries to […]

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Mairead Cremins (Sandra's Hair Salon), Jennifer Savage (Friends of Kerry General Hospital), Grace Kennelly (John F Maguire's Pharmacy) and Siobhan Clifford (Siamsa Tire) at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel for their interviews on Sunday morning. Photo by Gavin O'Connor

Final Preparations For Rose Hopefuls

May 19, 2014 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

THE Kerry Rose contestants were in Ballyroe Heights Hotel yesterday to take part in their individual interviews before the selection night which takes place this Friday at the same venue. It’s been a hectic few weeks for the ladies which has seen them take part in a whistle stop tour around the […]

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Tralee Musical Society ‘AIMS’ For Success

Tralee Musical Society ‘AIMS’ For Success

May 19, 2014 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

THERE were celebrations in town on Sunday when Tralee Musical Society got word they had been nominated five times in the Association of Irish Musical Awards (AIMS) this year. The award nominations are in Best Overall, Best Male Singer – Alan Teahan, Best Actress – Janna Foley, Best Technical and Best Ensemble for […]

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Nathan Carter To Play The Dome In August

Nathan Carter To Play The Dome In August

May 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm Comments are Disabled

COUNTRY superstar, Nathan Carter, returns to Tralee for one night only this August. The ‘Wagon Wheel’ singer played to one of the biggest crowds seen on the streets of Tralee in years last August. Thousands of people thronged Denny Street on the Monday night of the Festival in 2013 and now he […]

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Review: Black Keys Get The Blues

Review: Black Keys Get The Blues

May 18, 2014 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

The Black Keys – ‘Turn Blue’ By Zach Buggy 2011 saw the release of The Black Keys’ seventh album, the acclaimed El Camino – 11 in-your-face hits with serious seventies flair. This led to the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney picking up three Grammys, including Best Album. Despite […]

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Out To Lunch: Gally’s Bar And Restaurant

Out To Lunch: Gally’s Bar And Restaurant

May 17, 2014 at 8:58 am 1 comment

Gally’s Bar And Restaurant, Castlemaine Road IT’S funny how you forget about some places. Not too long ago I was travelling to Killorglin and on leaving town, looking to my left, I realised I hadn’t set foot in Gally’s for over six years. I righted that wrong this week when I had […]

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So Who Are The Kerry Rose Contestants?

So Who Are The Kerry Rose Contestants?

May 16, 2014 at 7:23 am Comments are Disabled

Meet the Kerry Rose hopefuls who will vie for the honour of representing the county at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August. The selection night takes place in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday, May 23. Linda Byrne – Sponsored by CH The Mall, Tralee Linda lives and […]

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Gary Keane

Like A Fire: Songs In The Key Of Life

May 15, 2014 at 10:51 am 1 comment

Tralee singer/songwriter, Gary Keane, aka ‘Like A Fire’, picks the soundtrack that shaped his musical outlook… Glenn Miller Band – In The Mood If I had to think of one of my earliest songs in memory,  it would have to be Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ when I was around nine. […]

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10 Signs You Grew Up Going To The Aqua Dome

10 Signs You Grew Up Going To The Aqua Dome

May 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm Comments are Disabled

As the Aqua Dome celebrates its 20th anniversary, Gavin O’Connor, looks back at 10 things people of a certain age remember about the waterpark… 1. Trying to avoid lifeguards as you sought to drag a few more minutes, or even hours, out of your splash time. 2. Chilling in the jacuzzis for clandestine meetings […]

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Aqua Dome Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Aqua Dome Celebrates 20th Anniversary

May 14, 2014 at 9:09 am Comments are Disabled

FROM giving a job to a Bishop to splashing about with a Hollywood heart-throb to hosting an amazing three million customers, it’s been an eventful 20 years for the Aqua Dome. The famous attraction celebrated the two decades in operation on Wednesday and since it opened it has played a major role in […]

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Rose Hopefuls Take A Tour Of Kerry

Rose Hopefuls Take A Tour Of Kerry

May 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you were out and about in the county on Saturday, chances are, you were presented with a bunch of Roses. The Kerry Rose contestants went on a day-long tour of the county to promote the upcoming selection which takes place on May 23 in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. They gathered at […]

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Fr Pat Ahern with the plaque he unveiled to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of Siamsa Tire at a special celebration on Sunday. Photo by Domnick Walsh

Marking 40 Years Of Siamsa Tire

May 12, 2014 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

SIAMSA Tire members, past and present, enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment on Sunday to mark the organisation’s first 4o years in existence. It was particularly special for Fr Pat Ahern, the Moyvane priest, who started it all off back in 1974 and has seen it grow to become an […]

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Out To Lunch: The Roast House

Out To Lunch: The Roast House

May 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm Comments are Disabled

The Roast House Denny Street LET’S, for a moment, talk about quality. The recession, for all its misery and hardship, did us favour by weeding out stylish-looking cafes, serving up over-priced, mediocre meals, so mangy they wouldn’t choke a duck. But hey, once Zero 7 was playing in the background we were cool. Starving, but […]

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Tommy Tiernan Packs Them Into Ballyroe

Tommy Tiernan Packs Them Into Ballyroe

May 9, 2014 at 8:08 am Comments are Disabled

HUNDREDS of people from all over Tralee enjoyed a night of laughs from a man no stranger to these parts over the past few years. Tommy Tiernan is on his World Tour Of Kerry – he did a similar tour in 2010 – and he didn’t disappoint punters when he visited […]

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Songs In The Key Of Life: John Buggy

Songs In The Key Of Life: John Buggy

May 9, 2014 at 8:08 am Comments are Disabled

Well-known Tralee Singer/Songwriter, John Buggy, selects the soundtrack to his life… Elton John – Rocket Man No surprises here for anyone that knows me. Sometime back in 1973, I can remember lunchtime in the school canteen…the radio was playing and I heard this song. I was captivated and wanted to […]

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Banged up. The Duck directly in front of Sherry Fitzgerald's on Denny Street. Photo Gavin O'Connor.

Playing Ducks And Drakes On Denny Street

May 8, 2014 at 8:49 am 1 comment

ONLOOKERS were amused on Wednesday afternoon to find a feathered-friend taking in the sights on Tralee’s most historic street. What ensued was a game of ducks and drakes on Denny Street where the wandering waddler tried to avoid the friendly clutches of the KSPCA. At around 2.15pm, Wendy O’Connor, of Animal […]

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Probus Gets To The Art Of The Matter

Probus Gets To The Art Of The Matter

May 7, 2014 at 9:15 am 1 comment

A LARGE crowd gathered in Tralee Library on Tuesday evening for the official opening of the Probus art exhibition. “Every year we do an art exhibition of our works from the Kerry Probus groups and this is our sixth exhibition,” said co-ordinator of the exhibition, Phil Hussey. “We have both men […]

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Tralee School Of Music News 05/05/14

Tralee School Of Music News 05/05/14

May 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm Comments are Disabled

General Information Kerry School of Music head office in High St, Tralee is open six days a week- Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. We can also can be contacted at  066 7125690, by email at kerrymusicschool@eircom.ie , on Facebook or by visiting our website at www.kerryschoolofmusic.com  where regular updates and news on forthcoming events […]

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London Rose

Donegal Teacher Is London Rose

May 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm Comments are Disabled

AN award winning teacher has been named as the 2014 London Rose. Saoirse Faughnan from Letterkenny, Donegal and a secondary school teacher for Burnt Mill Academy in Essex, has been previously awarded as an Outstanding Teacher in her school and is also nominated for a Teachers Award. The 24-year-old was […]

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Film Review: ‘Bad Neighbours’

Film Review: ‘Bad Neighbours’

May 6, 2014 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

By John Lyons IT’S that time of the year again – the new Seth Rogen comedy has come to town. This time he stars in a film about a bunch of young, irresponsible lads who do some raunchy things and learn a couple of hard truths about life. They may […]

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Ballybunion

VIDEO: This Is Great. Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Gets The Ballybunion Treatment

May 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm Comments are Disabled

A VIDEO of Ballybunion people dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit ‘Happy’ is getting a lot of attention since it was uploaded to Youtube yesterday. The town is the latest to make a video version of the hit song and the makers didn’t lose the opportunity to highlight the incredible beauty […]

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Review: Ups And Downs On A Fine Pixies Return

Review: Ups And Downs On A Fine Pixies Return

May 3, 2014 at 8:13 am 2 comments

ARTIST: Pixies ALBUM: Indie Cindy By Zach Buggy THE comeback of Pixies has received quite a mixed response to say the least. It was over ten years ago that Black Francis and co. began touring again, and for all the naysayers and negative nellys that called it a ‘cash-grab’, the […]

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Video Of Men At Reopening Of Kerry Pub Goes Viral

Video Of Men At Reopening Of Kerry Pub Goes Viral

May 2, 2014 at 8:53 am Comments are Disabled

A VIDEO of three men supping pints and cracking jokes at the reopening of the ‘highest pub in Ireland’ in Coom on the Kerry Cork border has gone viral. The pub was destroyed in a fire two years ago which left locals in the area without a place to meet up […]

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Seven Tralee Culinary ‘Institutions’

Seven Tralee Culinary ‘Institutions’

May 2, 2014 at 8:37 am 7 comments

If you were asked what foods you’d associate with Tralee (past or present) what would you pick?  Dermot Crean makes his choices 1. Barry’s Pan Loaf – Aah, the smell of the fresh bread. Aah, the combination of the hard crust and the fluffy dough. Aah, the way you’d actually eat the […]

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‘Pensioner’ Kingdom County Fair Never Gets Old

‘Pensioner’ Kingdom County Fair Never Gets Old

May 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Kingdom County Fair turns the pension age this year as huge crowds are expected to flood into Ballybeggan Race Course on Sunday, May 11. The 65th Fair, which is the second biggest in Munster, will have bundles of things on offer for what is seen as a great family […]

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Nine Ways You Know You Grew Up In Tralee In The 90s

Nine Ways You Know You Grew Up In Tralee In The 90s

April 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm 6 comments

IF you were born in Tralee in the mid to late 80’s then the chances are you’ll remember some of these, says Gavin O’Connor 1. You believe Quinnsworth’s carpark was and always will be, the spiritual home of the ‘Bazaar’. 2. You got Coke and Taytos after GAA juvenile training. Altogether now, […]

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Late, Late Date For Singles Event?

Late, Late Date For Singles Event?

April 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you’re single and have been told to take a hike by the opposite sex, then you probably should do that on Saturday, May 10. Sarah Benner and Rachel Boyle from Tralee are organising a novel way for young men and women to meet each other and there’s been a […]

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Tadhg McGillicuddy, Assistant Hotel Manager, and Rimantas Romaska, Bar Manager, accepting the award for Best Customer Service at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards held in Limerick on Tuesday night.

Great Service Books Brooks Another Award

April 30, 2014 at 11:19 am Comments are Disabled

BROOKS restaurant at Ballygarry House Hotel have added another accolade to their list having scooped the Best Customer Service award at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards for the second year in a row. Tadhg McGillicuddy, Hotel Assistant Manager, praised his team for their customer focused attitude and love of the service […]

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