Kevin McCarthy Appointed New Tralee Chamber Alliance President

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Outgoing President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly hands over the chain of office to new President Kevin McCarthy at the Chamber’s AGM on Tuesday night at The Rose Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Managing Director of the Garvey Group was appointed as the new President of Tralee Chamber Alliance at yesterday evenings Chamber AGM.

Kevin McCarthy is one of a number of key appointments made by the Chamber, in what is a significant strengthening of their Executive Board.

Also appointed last night was Heather O’Sullivan of Ross Jewellers, as 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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Kevin, acknowledged the contribution made by Aidan Kelly who completed his term earlier this year.

“Aidan, recognising the needs of businesses in Tralee, made some difficult and brave decisions during his term to completely change the structure of the Chamber, which has had the effect of making the Chamber in Tralee a much stronger, more relevant and vibrant organisation.”

“I look forward to putting my shoulder to the wheel with the chamber to help it bring to fruition its ambitious plans for Tralee which include the implementation of the Tralee Tourism Action Plan and the formulation and roll out of the Tralee Retail Development Plan, which will focus not only on bringing new retail businesses to Tralee but in particular to re-energising the town centre.”

“I also see it as a key role to ensure that Tralee chamber Alliance works for and supports all the businesses in Tralee and I see a key function in ensuring a 3 year strategic plan for Tralee is implemented and that proper funding is put in place to enable its implementation and to ensure that festivals/events can be held in Tralee on at least a bi-weekly basis.”

Speaking about the appointments, Ken Tobin Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber Alliance said; “These new appointments to the Executive of the Chamber will underpin and support the work being carried out not only by our team in the Chamber offices, but also that of our Steering Group”.

“The steering group of the Chamber is made up over 20 business and organisation representatives from Tralee, and combined with our Directors, new President Kevin, Chair Heather and Secretary Ronan, it gives the Chamber the strength to tackle the issues facing business in Tralee,” added Mr Tobin.


  1. Congratulations and best wishes to Kevin Mc Carthy on his new appointment as President of Tralee Chamber Alliance.
    And well done to Aidan Kelly on his term as President of Tralee Chamber Alliance this past twelve months.

  2. Kathleen Horgan says:

    Congratulations to Kevin on his appointment. He’s a great man for the job. I used to work with him when he was assistant manager at Quinnsworth in the Square.