Five Things To Do In Tralee And Beyond This Weekend

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After last weekend’s excitement about the match, it’s a more tame weekend in prospect. Still though, there’s a few things to do in town and beyond…


1. 50 years of Save The Green…

Tralee Save the Green Committee will commemorate 50 years together today in Tralee Town Park.

A colourful and musical event will begin at 6pm near the old oak Tree at the Denny Street entrance. It was in this area that a great ‘musical protest’ took place in September of 1973.

The group was formed in September 1969 to oppose a plan to build a road in this part of The Green and has been active many times since. Proceedings will begin with music from Ceoltoírí Chósta an Óir along with St. Pat’s Scór group from the Blennerville area.

There will be a little reminiscing and a lovely park seat will be unveiled, donated by The Save The Green Committee. Other musicians for this short commemoration will include Aoifa O’Donoghue, Mary Horan and Tralee Piper Denis O’Reilly.  M.C. for the event will be Tommy Collins.

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2. Go for a walk…

The annual Tony O’Donoghue walk which will take place at 5pm from the Blennerville Windmill Car Park.

This is the 5th year of the walk which was started by St Pat’s football club a few weeks after Tony passed away.

The walk will start at 5pm from the the windmill carpark and will go back the canal walk and will turn right at the lock gates to come back to the Village via the back of Lohercannon down by Hare Street.

There will be music in Skelper Quanes after and Tom Quane will provided refreshments after the walk. This year for the first time there will be medals for all who take part.

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3. Focus on Fords…

The second annual Ford Fair will take place in Banna this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday.

Based at the popular Banna Beach Resort in the north of county and sponsored by local Ford dealers Kerry Motor Works, the two-day event will cater for all types of Blue Oval machinery from vintage and classic cars, modified and rally machinery and even tractors and modern Fords.

The brainchild of local motorsport enthusiast and resident DJ at the Banna Beach Resort, Ray Stack, Saturday evening, will see a run starting at 4pm around the ring of north Kerry.

This is followed by a BBQ at the Banna Beach Resort Music and dancing in O’Shea’s Bar until late. Sunday’s activities will feature static displays on the hotel grounds with plenty of additional family entertainment.


4. Explore Fenit Lifeboat…

Fenit RNLI Lifeboat hosts an open day on Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of return of lifeboat service to Fenit.

To mark this very special occasion, along with other activities, it is hoped that supervised tours of the lifeboat station and the lifeboats will take place on the day.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter R115 based at Shannon is hoped to be in attendance if possible on the day. It’s set to be an enjoyable family day from 12noon to 6pm.

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5. Go racing…

Ok, it’s a good bit from Tralee, but the highlight of the racing year for the county begins at Listowel on Sunday.

Seven days of racing, begins with the Kerry Group Family Day with admission €20 and children Under 12 are FREE. There’ll be fun for all the family, with clowns, free rides and lots of entertainment. For the adults, Sundays racing isn’t bad either, with the Kerry Group Handicap Steeplechase which is worth €40,000.

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