Five Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

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‘It’s January! What could possibly be on in this dreary month?’ I hear you ask. Well, there is a few things to do this weekend…


1. The last hurrah…

Ladies, it’s time to get out and finish off the festive period with a bang. Women’s Christmas is pretty much a Kerry/Cork tradition and it’s still observed in the restaurants and pubs around Tralee.

Restaurants like The Brogue and Samuel’s at The Grand Hotel have wonderful dishes on their specially-prepared menus, Ballygarry House Hotel has a special night planned with a drinks reception from 6.30pm followed by four course meal, or head to No.4 On The Square for some great food in stylish surroundings.

It’s still Christmas…until midnight.

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2. Now you can walk it off…

Right, you’ve had your fun, now it’s down to business. The Operation Transformation National Walks/Runs are taking place around the country on Saturday and Tralee is hosting one in conjunction with their regular 5k Park Runs.

It’s a great way to get out and get exercise and you can be assured there will be a massive crowd in the Town Park for the 9.30am start. You can run or walk it, so bring the family and resolve to make it a regular thing. To find out more click here

3. Or hop on the bike…

There’s more than one way to get healthy and for the more energetic among you, the Jimmy Duffy Memorial Cycle is a good way to blow off the cobwebs from the festive period.

The cycle takes place from 11am St Pats GAA Club in Blennerville and takes cyclists to Castleisland and back, where there will be refreshments at the Windmill Bar. Later that night there will be a music session in Quane’s to remember the avid musician and cyclist.

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4. Kerry teams back in action…

The Kerry senior football team returns to inter-county action for the first time since their defeat to the Dubs back in August…well, sort of.

Kerry play Tipperary in Round 1 of the McGrath Cup in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park at 2pm but this particular Kerry side will be represented on this occasion by a team drawn from the Under 21 panel.

Jack O’Connor and his management team will be in charge of the young team and it’s well worth heading to the park to see how many of the All-Ireland medal-winning minors from the past few years have progressed.

If you feel like a road trip, then the Kerry senior hurlers play their first competitive game of the year in the Munster Senior League against Cork in Mallow.

New manager Fintan O’Connor will be interested to see how his charges fare against the Rebels from 2pm in Mallow.

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5. School’s back…

The kids are going back to school next week so make the most of your time with them on Sunday. There’s loads to do around Tralee – go for Sunday lunch, head to the cinema, go for a walk or just give them some quality time. They won’t be long growing up!

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