REVIEW 2019: The News From December…

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Continuing our review of stories we brought you in 2019, here’s the news from December…

• THE Kerry Camino was a category winner at the IPB Pride of Place Competition 2019.

The Kerry Camino, based in Tralee, is a local initiative to promote walking in the area, specifically along The Dingle Way between Tralee and Dingle. The annual walking festival takes place every May Bank Holiday weekend.

They were one of three Kerry County Council nominated community projects and won the Community Tourism Category.

• THE Managing Director of the Garvey Group was appointed as the new President of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Kevin McCarthy is one of a number of key appointments made by the Chamber. Heather O’Sullivan of Ross Jewellers, was appointed the new Chairperson of the Chamber, along with the appointment of Kerry Group’s Ronan Deasy as Company Secretary.

Following the retirement of Denis Reen as a Director of the Chamber, the existing Director Brian Stephenson will be joined by Shaun O’Shea of Sigmar and Paul Ruane of Midpoint Creative.

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• A TRALEE woman was a winner at the KPMG/Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards at The Convention Centre, Dublin last Thursday.

Louise Cotter of Carr, Cotter and Naessens Architects in Cork was presented with the Design Project of the Year award for the Hanging Gardens building in Limerick City.

This isn’t the first award Louise — who is originally from St Brendan’s Park — has received for the project on Henry Street. Back in June, the project was a winner in the New Build Workplace category in the prestigious Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland annual awards.

• A TEENAGER with Kingdom Swimming Club was been named in the final national squad for the F4-24 Programme.

Grace Reidy (14) will take part in the programme for the Swim Ireland Performance team to develop a group of female athletes capable of qualifying a Female 800m Freestyle Relay to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Grace will train in the Limerick hub giving her regular access to long course water time at the UL Sports Complex up to three times per week.

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• A STATUS Red Wind warning was issued for Kerry as Storm Atiyah approached on Sunday, December 8.

Storm Atiyah was forecasted to bring west to southwest winds veering northwest reaching mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with gusts in excess of 130km/h for a time on that Sunday but thankfully the county avoided any real damage.

• GARDAI were warning people to be vigilant after an elderly couple in the Currans area were conned out of thousands of euro on Saturday, December 7.

A male called to the home of the couple pretending to be a member of An Garda Síochána and said he wanted to check and count any money that was in the house.

The couple, believing the man to be genuine, produced €2,600 in cash and the man took it and never came back.

• TRALEE will receive €500,000 as part of the ‘Destination Towns’ initiative launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.

The funding has been allocated through the Local Authorities as part of the €15.5million ‘Destination Towns’ initiative launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.

• THE IT Tralee has won an award at the RSA’s 12th annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards in Croke Park.

The Institute won the Education Third Level award for the Road Safety Week spearheaded by Petrina Comerford, in her role earlier this year as Vice President for Welfare in IT Tralee Students’ Union.

Petrina — who is now President of the ITTSU — and students organised an all-encompassing Road Safety Week that targeted not only students of IT Tralee, but all students in the Kerry area as well as members of the general public.

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• FIANNA Fáil Councillor Norma Foley was selected to contest the General Election for Kerry, joining John Brassil TD and Cllr. Norma Moriarty on the party ticket in that constituency.

Cllr. Foley is a teacher by profession and lives and works in Tralee. Since 2004, Cllr. Foley has represented the people of the Tralee Municipal District on Kerry County Council, topping the poll in last May’s Local Elections.

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