PHOTOS: Tralee Comes Together To Impress Enterprising Town Judges

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John O’Doherty, Caroline Pull and Maura Cantillon of Kerry ETB Training Centre at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Tralee community pulled out all the stops yesterday, as they welcomed the  Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Competition judges to town.

The national competition — with a total prize fund of €110,000  — has 78 entries from 31 local/city authority areas vying to be crowned Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town Winner 2017.

In Kerry, Listowel and Tralee are competing in various categories which will include regional runner-up, regional winner, city award, merit awards, national category winners and the overall national winner.

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On Wednesday, after spending the morning in Listowel, the judges visited Tralee where they met many representatives of local businesses, community groups, education providers and more in The Rose Hotel at a special ‘Community and Business Expo on Enterprise’.

They later visited the new-look Mall area of town, HQ Tralee business hub and Tralee Bay Wetlands.

By entering the National Enterprising Town Awards Competition, each town/city village/urban area has an opportunity to focus on the strengths of their town and to present their town in the best possible light with a common voice and Tralee came together to certainly do that!

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The overall winning town, city village or urban area will be awarded total prize money of €23,000, a trophy and the prestigious title of Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town 2017.

We’ll find out if Tralee is one of the winners at an awards ceremony in November.

The judges will consider a range of factors which demonstrate enterprising spirit and success including local enterprise initiatives; attractiveness of the town; partnerships and reaching out; town leadership and vision; Community support and awards or recognitions that the town or city village/area has achieved. Scroll down for photos…

Suzanne Ennis and Siobhan Donnelly of Tralee Credit Union at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Helen Griffin of Garveys Supervalu Tralee at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Marisa Reidy and Kenneth Reynolds of Recovery Haven at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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John Foley, Tom Moloney and Tony Moriarty from the Men’s Shed group at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Teresa Higgins Walker of Lee Strand at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Brid McElligott of IT Tralee with John Drummey and Anthony O’Gara of the Rose of Tralee International Festival at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Celene Moloney, Christina Dureke and David Scott from Tralee Chamber Alliance at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Priscilla O’Brien, Maria Keane and Patricia Dowling from North, East and West Kerry Development at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joanne Roche, Mary Murphy and Carmel Kelly from Kerry College of Further Education at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Garda Cathy Murphy and Garda Mary Gardiner of An Garda Síochána at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Julie O’Sullivan, Barbara Kavanagh and Michelle Power from Tralee Community Responders at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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John Harty from Taste Kerry, from Rose Daly of Baile Mhuire and Carmel Kelly of Local Link Kerry Bus at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary O’Brien and Mairead Fernane of Tralee Tidy Towns at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Scoil Eoin fifth class pupils Rachel O’Mahony, Daniel Kirby, Lucy O’Connor and Ben Murphy who made a model, using lego, of how the town could be improved for people exiting from the train station. Also included is teacher Susan Sugrue and Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley at the Community and Business Expo on Enterprise in Tralee at The Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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