PHOTOS: The News From November…

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Continuing our review of the year, here’s some of the stories we brought you in November…

• GARVEY’S Tralee Warriors head coach, Mark Bernsen, won the Basketball Ireland Super League Coach of the Month for October after leading his team to an unbeaten run of four games in the league throughout the month which saw them top of the table.

Bernsen is no stranger to these accolades having won the Coach of the Year award back in May in Warriors debut season.

• BORG Warner let 30 workers go at their Tralee plant in November.

The lay-offs affected contract production workers at the Monavalley Industrial Estate base, but management said the measures are temporary — a reaction to short-term reductions from a customer — and they expect to have staffing numbers back to current levels by early 2018.

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• ONE was about all Kerry could have expected considering the outstanding performances by individuals on the Dublin and Mayo teams in 2017. But Paul Geaney was one of two players from other counties to win an All-star award.

The Dingle man won his second All-Star selected at full-forward on a 15 dominated by the  All-Ireland finalists at a ceremony at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

• A KERRY mansion — which went unsold at a previous auction and dropped in price considerably —was sold at the BidX1 (formerly Allsop) online auction. It was sold for €1,100,000 after one bid.

Glashnacree House, Derryquin, Sneem had a reserve range of €1,050,000 – €1,150,000 which was well down from the reserve of €1,395,000 – €1,405,000 in the auction last month.

• TRALEE Municipal District councillors approved the new locations for permanent and semi-permanent taxi ranks in the town at a special meeting in November.

They also voted for the daytime pedestrianisation of The Mall.

The Tralee Taxi Association Chairperson described the omission of Denny Street from the proposed plan for the location of taxi ranks put out for public consultation, as “a farce” and “Fawlty Towers stuff”.

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• GARVEY’S Supervalu in Tralee scooped the National Store of the Year award at the Retail Excellence awards.

The Tralee store was one of two Kerry stores — along with Vodafone Killarney — in the running for the prestigious top prize and hopes were high when they were announced in the Top 5 shortlist earlier on in the night at the lavish awards ceremony in The Malton Hotel in Killarney.

Then they were announced as the overall winners sparking huge celebrations.

• TRALEE won the Overall National Most Enterprising Town In Ireland award netting an overall prize of €23,000.

Having won the Regional Category for ‘Most Enterprising Large Town Award for Munster’ in the Bank of Ireland event, they then won ‘Most Enterprising Large Town in Ireland’ category and finally the overall award.

Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley, Aidan Kelly of Tralee Chamber Alliance and Bank Of Ireland Tralee manager Gerry Enright were there to accept all three awards at a ceremony attended by over 500 people from towns all over Ireland at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

• GERRY ADAMS announced during his leader’s speech at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, that neither he nor Martin Ferris would be running for the Dáil in the next election.

“I will not be standing for the Dáil neither will Martin Ferris…I want to thank Martin, Marie and their clann for years of service to the Republic.”

Martin Ferris was first elected to Dail back in 2002 in the Kerry North constituency and has retained his seat in Kerry for Sinn Fein in every general election since.

• A PENSIONER living in Hawley Park had around €250 worth of her home heating oil stolen at the as thieves emptied her tank.

The woman was understandably upset when she discovered the theft, but the community is rallied around to help her and soon she had enough to replenish her supply of fuel.

• TRALEE had another viral video sensation after a clip of Lorraine Walsh tackling a ferocious spider she found in her kitchen in Caheranne with a hoover was uploaded to Facebook.

Her friend, Eve Savage, decided to capture the moment for posterity and after it was uploaded to Facebook it went viral with,,, a German news network, Cosmopolitan and Esquire sharing the video resulting in way over 1,000,000 views.

• THERE was tragic news when a cyclist was killed in a road traffic collision that occurred in the townland of Tonevane on November 22.

A two car and pedal cycle collision occurred and 39 year old Roger O’Halloran from Derrymore was seriously injured and removed to Kerry University Hospital where he later passed away.

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