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Profile: The Life Of O’Brien

Profile: The Life Of O’Brien

May 15, 2014 at 7:27 am 1 comment

“Look, I don’t know if I’m ‘a politician’. I class myself as someone who’s there for people, to attend the meetings, to do the best I can and to take the tough decisions when needed for the good of my county.” IT’S been quite a journey for self-described ‘thoroughbred narie’ Terry O’Brien. The […]

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Tralee School Wins National Award

Tralee School Wins National Award

May 14, 2014 at 10:53 am Comments are Disabled

GAELSCOIL Mhic Easmainn up picked up a national award at the All-Ireland Drama Festival for primary schools last month. The 5/6th class won the 1st prize in their category and pupil Jimí Ó Súilleabháin scooped the best actor gong. The road to victory began in Tralee, then moved to Ennis […]

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Michelle Walsh and Joanie McAuliffe of Tralee Bay Wetlands with the Red Criss Bear at the Tralee Chamber Alliance Business Expo at the Fels Point Hotel on Tuesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Photos: Businesses Network At Tralee Expo

May 14, 2014 at 9:51 am Comments are Disabled

THERE were over 50 businesses showing their wares at the Fels Point Hotel on Tuesday for the inaugural Tralee Chamber Alliance Business Expo. While the crowds were not as big as expected at this free event, it was a chance for businesses present to network, swap ideas and get to know each […]

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The National Learning Network Sporting Chance class plus course coordinator Kevin Smith who won a Cara National Inclusion award front from left: Jason Carroll, Martin Courtney, Rachel Durham, Abini McSweeney, David Coffey, Luke Donnelly, Marian Lake, Samuel Etches, Ann O'Reilly, Fintan Moore, Alan O'Dwyer, Martin Flavin, Kevin Smith,

Students’ Joy At National Award

May 14, 2014 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

THE National Learning Network’s ‘Sporting Chance’ course based in Clash picked up a Cara National Inclusion Award at University of Limerick on Monday night. “To be recognised nationally is fantastic, the students deserve it they’ve worked very hard,” said course co-ordinator  Kevin Smith. The course aims to enable people with disabilities – and others who are […]

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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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Ferris: ‘Pensioner Charged Twice For Property Tax’

Ferris: ‘Pensioner Charged Twice For Property Tax’

May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm Comments are Disabled

SINN Féin Councillor, Toireasa Ferris, has warned people to check their records to ensure they are not being charged twice for the Property Tax. Cllr. Ferris gave the warning after a constituent had found that the Property Tax was being deducted from his pension despite the fact that he had […]

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Profile: Giving Political Views On A Daly Basis

Profile: Giving Political Views On A Daly Basis

May 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S all go for Pa Daly, the solicitor from Oakpark, who is bidding to win a seat on Kerry County Council at the first time of asking. The Derrylea native is contesting his first election in just over a week’s time and between running a law practice, canvassing the town and […]

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Mounthawk Students Win Top Prizes At Maths Competition

Mounthawk Students Win Top Prizes At Maths Competition

May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am Comments are Disabled

MERCY Mounthawk proved to be the big winners in Kerry Final of the Irish Junior Mathematics Competition following an hour long battle of mathematical knowledge. The Kerry Final for First Years student took place last Friday evening May 9 in the South Campus of IT Tralee. In total, four Kerry schools […]

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Dancing Denis Raises Money For Local Charities

Dancing Denis Raises Money For Local Charities

May 13, 2014 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE man has raised a total of €2,000 for three separate charities by hosting a night of dancing in the Meadowlands Hotel. The event called ‘I’m In The Mood For Dancing’  took place at the Medowlands on May 3. The beneficiaries of the funds raised were the Palliative Care Unit at […]

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At the official lauch of Aras An Phobail were from left: Patsy O'Connor, Anne Ryle and Elizabeth Lacey.

Minister Opens New Mitchel’s Centre

May 13, 2014 at 9:58 am Comments are Disabled

THE latest jewel in the Mitchels/Boherbee Regeneration was opened by Minister of State for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan TD on Monday. Minister Jan O’Sullivan praised those whose efforts had seen Aras an Phobail come to fruition. “It will act as a focal point, not only for the Mitchels/Boherbee community, but will […]

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Photos: Spa NS Pupils Communions

Photos: Spa NS Pupils Communions

May 13, 2014 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a miserable day weather-wise, but that didn’t bother Spa National School pupils as they made their First Holy Communion on Saturday. Thirty-four youngsters from Miss O’Donoghue’s class celebrated the special day with their families and while they couldn’t take any photos outside in the wind and rain following […]

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Video: CBS Pupils Get ‘Happy’

Video: CBS Pupils Get ‘Happy’

May 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm 2 comments

SO now the pupils of CBS Primary School are getting in on the ‘Happy’ vibe. With the huge success of the Ballybunion ‘Happy’ video on Youtube, the pupils of Michelle Culloty’s third class decided to make their own version in the school on Friday last. “They had an absolute ball […]

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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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Sean Helps Ireland To World Cup Glory

Sean Helps Ireland To World Cup Glory

May 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm Comments are Disabled

SEAN Taaffe, the owner of Sean Taaffe Hair and Beauty Group who have a salon on Castle Street, has helped Ireland to a World Cup ‘bronze’. Sean – along with his colleagues from Team Ireland – took third place overall in the OMC World Cup in Hairdressing in Frankfurt last weekend. […]

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Picture shows at the launch of Coca Cola Clean Coasts Week 2014 on Portmarnock Strand was from left Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland;rugby legend Shane Byrne, Managing Director of Waste Company AWD Group; Annabel FitzGerald, Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce; and Minister Fergus O’Dowd TD Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government.Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee
A call for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal clean-up and ensure Ireland’s beaches are in ship shape was made today by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme. That call was echoed by rugby legend Shane Byrne, Managing Director of Waste Company AWD Group who lined out at the launch of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. Clean Coasts Week 2014 takes place from May 9th to May 18th and members of the public are invited to jump on board to make it the biggest yet.@CleanCoasts #cleancoastsweek  Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee

Cleaning Up Our Coasts

May 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm Comments are Disabled

CLEAN Coasts Week is already underway and a number of events are taking place in the county over the next few days. Organised by An Taisce’s the week sees hundreds of clean coasts events being organised around the country but if you want to get involved in Kerry, here’s where to […]

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Kingdom County Fair Gets Lucky With The Weather

Kingdom County Fair Gets Lucky With The Weather

May 12, 2014 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

THOUSANDS descended on Ballybeggan Racecourse on Sunday for another great Kingdom County Fair. “We were very lucky with the weather,” said Organising Secretary, Mary Barry. “Saturday was a disaster and we thought we’d be rained out, but Sunday was a great day, thankfully,” said Mary. The venue had something for […]

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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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Photos: Battling The Elements For Fenit Lifeboat

Photos: Battling The Elements For Fenit Lifeboat

May 11, 2014 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

OVER 30 brave souls went out in the driving wind and rain to raise funds for Fenit Lifeboat on Saturday morning from O’Donnell’s Mounthawk. Unfortunately, the elements were very much against the participants, but it’s vital that these events are held. “The cycle is very important for us,” said Tom […]

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Keelin O'Shea, who made her First Holy Communion in St John's Church on Saturday morning, with sister Niamh and mother Sinead. Photo by Dermot Crean

Photos: First Communion Day For Scoil Eoin And Presentation Pupils

May 11, 2014 at 10:11 am Comments are Disabled

THE wind and rain failed to quench the excitement of well over 100 pupils from Scoil Eoin and Presentation Primary School on Saturday as they celebrated a milestone moment in their lives. Proud parents and family looked on as the youngsters made their First Holy Communion in the shelter of […]

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Profile: The Days Of Grace

Profile: The Days Of Grace

May 10, 2014 at 7:55 am 1 comment

“We’re a great, generous community-orientated town – that’s what makes us a little bit different.” By Dermot Crean GRACE O’Donnell is no longer the new kid on the block. Having been elected for the first time to Tralee Town Council in 2009, the Oakpark woman is now hoping to take the step up County […]

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Minister Reveals ‘Greatest Achievement’ On School Visit

Minister Reveals ‘Greatest Achievement’ On School Visit

May 10, 2014 at 7:54 am Comments are Disabled

MINISTER for Education, Ruairi Quinn, revealed to a pupil that his greatest achievement in politics so far was ‘getting re-elected’. The Minister was speaking during a Q&A session in Listellick NS, one of two Tralee schools he visited when in the county on Friday. He went to Listellick NS on an invitation received from […]

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Photos: Celebrity Celia Holman Lee Turns On The Style At CH

Photos: Celebrity Celia Holman Lee Turns On The Style At CH

May 10, 2014 at 7:54 am Comments are Disabled

LADIES from all over the county turned up at CH The Mall on Friday evening, for an evening of style and beauty tips from, among others, celebrity model agency mogul, Celia Holman Lee. About 100 fashion-loving women heard from the Limerick-based special guest, who gave styling advice, as well as from TraleeToday.ie […]

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Telia Lucid, Tralee, Mary Shanahan, Betina Hoare, Kristina Silina, Alex Shanahan of the Tralee International Resource Centre Craft Group taking part in the Craft-Bomb event in the Town Park on Friday morning.

Rose Statues Kitted Out By Craft Group

May 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Rose of Tralee statue was kept warm on Friday morning thanks to volunteers from Tralee International Resource Centre. The Craft Group from the centre took part in CraftBomb, a nationwide secret project as a part of a Voluntary Arts Week. CraftBomb is a project to brighten up your community and help launch Voluntary […]

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Making Moves In Business

Making Moves In Business

May 9, 2014 at 9:21 am Comments are Disabled

IT seems the buzz phrase around Tralee over the past month or so is ‘relocation, relocation, relocation’. In the past couple of months, Rockalilly, Ela Marie and Loramar have upped sticks and moved to fresh premises in the town. So why the move? “The main reason is a bigger premises […]

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Cian Moore, Tralee, Christine Mortimer, Chantell Murphy and Fionan O'Carroll from Tralee taking part in the Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai Transition Year annual fashion show in the Meadowlands on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Gaelcholaiste Students Take To The Catwalk

May 9, 2014 at 8:09 am Comments are Disabled

TRANSITION Year students from Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai strutted their stuff in the Meadowlands Hotel to raise funds for their annual trip to Fenit for their foundation course in sailing. “This will help defray the cost of the course because parents have enough to pay for these days,” said teacher,  Michelle Daltuin. “They’ve […]

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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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Presentation Tralee students Hannah O'Connor and Aoife Sheehan with their project 'The Dangers Of Household Chemicals To Young Children' at the Scifest fair in the ITT on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Students Reach For The Scifest

May 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm Comments are Disabled

SCIENCE projects ranging from increasing milk yields through cow-love to getting drunk on mouthwash were on show at the SciFest fair at the ITT on Thursday where students from all over Kerry took part. SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and […]

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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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The Manager of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Donna Roche, with Mayor of Tralee, Pat Hussey and Orla Quirke, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee Staff Nurse Orla Quirke who is this year’s winner of INMO Nurse Preceptor of the Year 2014 at the Civic Reception on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Civic Honour For Bon Secours

May 8, 2014 at 7:33 am Comments are Disabled

THE Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Pat Hussey, has presented the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee with a Civic Award to recognise the recent success in being chosen as Ireland’s Private Hospital of the Year 2014. The Civic Award presentation, which was proposed by Cllr Terry O’Brien at the April meeting of […]

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Town Manager: ‘Money Raised In Tralee, Will Be Spent In Tralee’

Town Manager: ‘Money Raised In Tralee, Will Be Spent In Tralee’

May 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER €11m in funds left in the Town Council coffers will stay in the town, Tralee Town Council Management informed councillors at the May meeting on Tuesday evening. Tralee Town Manager, Michael McMahon, said he has received assurances from Kerry County Council management, that these monies will remain for use in the town and were “ring-fenced” for […]

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