Five Things To Do From Christmas Eve To St Stephen’s Day

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Christmas is finally here and people will enjoy a well-earned break from work. But  for anyone who wants to escape the house between now and Monday afternoon, let’s see what you can get up to… 

1. Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere…

There’s nothing like going to town on Christmas Eve and meeting up with friends and family. The atmosphere is special everywhere, especially in the pubs which shut early so people head home in good spirits rather than fall in the door.


2. Take a dip…

Santa and Mrs Claus about to ring the bell to start the Christmas Day swim in Fenit. Photo by Dermot Crean

Christmas Day for many starts with a dip in the Atlantic and there’s a couple of dashes to the ocean going on close to Tralee.

The Fenit one, in aid of the RNLI, starts at 12 noon and is the biggest in the county with upwards of 800 people regularly taking part.

For slightly later risers, the Banna swim, in aid of Banna Rescue takes place at 12.30pm, so if you want to blow off the cobwebs from the few sherrys on Christmas Eve, take a dip.

3. Walk off the turkey…

Runners at the Bill Kirby Memorial Walk from Kirby’s Brogue Inn on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Join Michael ‘Fox’ O’Connor and friends for the annual Bill Kirby Memorial Walk on St Stephen’s Day. It starts at the Brogue Inn at 11.30am but the fun and entertainment beings at 11am. If you don’t want to walk, run it with members of the Born To Run club.

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4. Or run it off at the rugby club…

Participants gather at the start of the Tralee RFC fun run on St Stephen’s Day. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tralee Rugby Club is hosting its annual St Stephen’s Day 3k & 5k Fun Run in aid of their underage development.

Registration for the run takes place at 12.15pm with the run beginning at 1pm. It costs €5 for children/students, €10 for adults and €20 max for a family.

The Fun Run precedes the annual Tralee RFC v Exiles rugby match which kicks off at 2pm and promises as ever to be an entertaining afternoon with some “golden oldies” hinting at making an appearance this year.

5. Soccer fun in Marian Park…

Another great event to support on St Stephen’s day is the 2016 Daniel Coffey Memorial Tournament.

Taking place at Marian Park pitch from 10.30am, the tournament celebrates a talented footballer, Daniel Coffey, who sadly passed away a few years ago and was first held in 2014.

The tournament will be two semifinals and a final, and a possible 3rd place play off. While the teams have been named, anyone who isn’t in the four teams, but wants to play, can just come along on Monday morning at 10.30am to Marian Park Soccer pitch and they’ll fit you in a team.

Supporters are welcome and there will be a collection for charity on the day.

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