‘Freebie Friday’ Encourages People To Support Local Businesses

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‘FREEBIE Friday’, a new initiative from Kerry County Council aimed at bringing a new lease of life to Tralee, has been launched to encourage people to enjoy Tralee town centre on Friday evenings.

The Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien, said that Kerry County Council’s initiative, which had immediate effect from Friday, March 3, was aimed at bringing a new lease of life to Tralee on Friday evenings, with free parking from 4pm.

Mayor Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien, said: “My elected colleagues and I agreed that anything which encourages more people into town or to stay longer in town is a good thing for retailers and the atmosphere in the town generally. From 4pm, no parking fees will be payable over the coming months and this will hopefully encourage shoppers and locals to park at no cost in any of the hundreds of on-street and off-street public parking spaces Tralee has to offer.”

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The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, John Drummey, said: “We welcome the positive steps taken by Kerry County Council to help generate more activity in the town centre. There isn’t a retailer, hotelier, restaurateur, publican, or attraction provider who won’t go the extra mile to ensure that Freebie Friday achieves its goal to attract more locals and visitors into the town centre for longer. We hope that people will travel from far and wide to Tralee to start and spend their weekends with us.”

Over the coming months, Tralee Chamber Alliance, through the Tralee Offers Facebook page and Tralee.ie will highlight the many early bird menu options, special offers from retailers and details of entertainment in the town centre on Freebie Fridays.

“Kerry County Council and its elected members are always looking for new ways to generate activity and business in Tralee town centre and this is a gesture on the part of the Council towards achieving that aim. I hope people embrace the opportunity to get their weekends off to a great start by coming into or staying on in town – and to linger longer in Tralee,” said Mayor Terry O’Brien.


  1. With work on the Mall and Denny St? Will the Council be offering a FREE Taxi service ti find a parking space?

  2. This idea is a load of crap, most Friday evenings it’s practically impossible to get a parking spot anywhere near the town centre, especially on a wet day like today. It may be well intentioned but I think a system whereby a person can pay for their parking and have the value of the first hour , whether it be €1.20, 60c or 40c depending on where you park, refunded on presenting the ticket stub to any business in the town centre, on any purchase of say €10 or over, throughout the day, every day of the week Monday to Saturday.

  3. Gerry Cournane says:

    Hopefully this will extend to all of Friday afternoon in time .
    It’s a start !
    Manor is still going to draw the crowds – free all day parking ; a winner surely ?