REVIEW 2015: The News From July…

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Continuing our Review of 2015, here’s some of the news we brought you in July…

• A TRALEE architect’s building design, which scooped four national awards, was shortlisted for the ‘2015 World Architecture Festival Award’.

Louise Cotter, who is originally from the St Brendan’s Park area and now based in Cork, designed the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon Library building with her firm ‘Carr Cotter Naessens Architects’. (click here)

John Mitchels and Kerry Junior captain, Alan O'Donoghue lifting the Munster Junior Cup for Kerry. Photo Anne O'Donoghue, Twitter.

John Mitchels and Kerry Junior captain, Alan O’Donoghue lifting the Munster Junior Cup for Kerry. Photo Anne O’Donoghue, Twitter.

• IT was a proud day for John Mitchels as one of their men, Alan O’Donoghue, lifted the Munster Cup for the Kerry Juniors against Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.

O’Donoghue, played his part as Kerry stormed to a 1-20 to 0-8 victory against the old enemy. (click here)

• In a thrilling Munster Final in Killarney, Fionn Fitzgerald proved the hero with an incredible equaliser to rescue the Kerry team.

Cork looked utterly dejected at the final whistle and were on top for most of the day. The replay, in torrential rain, was a different story and Kerry won well the day. (click here)

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• We reported on a group vehemently opposed to the building of a mosque in Tralee trying to drum up support in the town and county.

PEGIDA handed out flyers and made a short video on the streets of Tralee. (click here)

• Members of Animal Help Net Kerry and the Gardaí were  involved in helping to rescue two dogs that were being kept in conditions that were described as ‘vile’ by a member of the local animal help group.

The two lurcher dogs were rescued from a derelict metal container on the Listowel Road. (click here)

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Noel McAuliffe. Big fan of Conor McGregor.

• A local musician wrote, voiced and uploaded quite the epic lyrical tribute to UFC star Conor McGregor ahead of his massive bout against Chad Mendes in Las Vegas back in July.

Noel McAuliffe, from Knocknagoshel but living here in town, is obviously a massive fan of the Dublin-born fighter and in the clip described the qualities and fear that McGregor brings to the sport. (click here)

• Inspirational lady, Jackie Crowe, who went on TV last year to highlight how economic conditions are affecting Ireland’s healthcare system, died in July.

The Ballyheigue lady passed away at the age of 51. She appeared on a TV3 documentary in May, 2014 where she described her battle against a rare form of cancer, Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) and the financial difficulties she found herself in after losing her job before her diagnosis. (click here)

• A Tralee man had a dream start to his horse training career when one of the world’s biggest owners purchased two of the horses he is training.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael O’Callaghan was in just his first full season with a licence when Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing and Pearl Bloodstock bought maiden winners ‘Aggression’ and ‘Letters Of Note’. (click here)

• A Tralee man pushed himself to the limits as he competed in the ‘Energia 24 Hour Race’ in Belfast on both Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.

Tom Foley, a native of the Mitchel’s area, and an active member of the ‘Born To Run’ marathon club here in town, covered a staggering distance of 102 miles over the 24 hour period. (click here)


Sohaib Syed of Scylla with Christy McCarthy who will be working on the introductory track for Scylla’s upcoming album.

• It was reported that a Tralee metal band had enlisted the services of a local character and singer to help work on a short track for their upcoming album.

Black Metal band ‘Scylla’ were to work with well known local man, Christy McCarthy, on their upcoming album entitled ‘Blood Eagle’ which the band planned to start recording during the  winter. (click here)

• There was consternation at a photo of a dead cat which appeared to have been painted over by a truck line-painting  the roads.

Animal Help Net Kerry uploaded the photo, taken in the Ballyheigue area, to their Facebook page and it was met with outrage online. (click here)

• Cinemagoers at the Omniplex had their evening interrupted back on July 25 when they had to be evacuated due to suspected gas leak at the Aquadome.

Two units of Tralee Fire Brigade were called to the scene just after 9pm to Dan Spring Road where there were reports of a strong smell of gas. (click here)

• It was announced that Newton Faulkner, who has had two UK No.1 albums in the last ten years, scheduled to give a performance and workshop on their at the The Eric Roche Acoustic Guitar Sessions.

Named in memory of the late, great Tralee musician,it was scheduled to take place on August 29 in the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre. (click here)

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