REVIEW 2015: The News From October…

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

• Gardai in Tralee began a murder investigation following a post mortem on a 24 year old man who had been assaulted outside a house in Killeen Woods on September 30.

The deceased, Dmitry Hrynkevich, moved with his family from Russia to Ireland several years ago and lived on the outskirts of Killarney.

Two men, aged in their 20’s and 30’s arrested in connection with the investigation were both released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. (click here)

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A disappointed Kieran Donaghy after losing to Dr Crokes.

• There would be no more marches or singing on the terraces in 2015 for the Rockie faithful, as the Bishop Moynihan Cup was on the way out of Connolly Park.

Austin Stacks bowed out of the county championship with Dr Crokes advancing on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10 in Fitzgerald Stadium, in front of a big crowd of Rockie travelling support. (click here)

• A week later it was Kerins O’Rahilly’s who exited at the hands of  a Killarney side.

The Strand Road club were on the receiving end of a first half blitz of goals from the Legion which ultimately proved the difference in Fitzgerald Stadium in the quarter-final.

James O’Donoghue netted three times in all during the game which finished 4-9 to 1-15. (click here)

DKANE 05/10/2015 REPRO FREE Brenda Doody, Kerry and Deirdre Finn, Mercy Foundation at The Mercy Stars awards night in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork on Friday 2nd October. The Mercy Stars recognise those individuals, teams, and fundraising volunteers who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at the Mercy University Hospital. Pic Darragh Kane.

Brenda Doody, Kerry and Deirdre Finn, Mercy Foundation at The Mercy Stars awards night in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork.

• A Tralee woman was honoured by The Mercy University Hospital for her fundraising efforts for the facility.

Brenda Doody from Curraheen was among the individuals, teams, and fundraising volunteers who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at the Hospital.

She was named The Mercy Stars Hero of the Year, recognising her for the marathon challenge she took on earlier this year following her husband Pat’s cancer journey at the Mercy. (click here)

•  There was sad news when a woman who suffered serious injuries in a road accident in the Killerisk area of town later died in hospital.

Forty-year-old Gayle McConkey from Castlewood Park was cycling near the entrance to Fortfield Estate when she was involved in a collision with a car. (click here)

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Ciara McEllistrim won won an Intel scholarship.

• A student from Tralee was announced as one of seven recipients of the 2015 Intel Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship programme.

Former Presentation Secondary School student, Ciara McEllistrim, who is a first year at NUI Galway, benefitted from a €3,000 award for each year of the degree, as well as the provision of an Intel mentor and the opportunity to complete summer internships at the Intel Shannon facility. (click here)

• Former Kerry All-Ireland winner, Liam Hassett, joined the Kerry senior team set-up as a selector.

The news came as Eamonn Fitzmaurice announced his backroom team, where Padraig Corcoran is named as the new Trainer/Selector. Liam Hassett joined other selectors Mikey Sheehy and Diarmuid Murphy. (click here)

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Fr. Gearoid Ó Donnchadha.

• There was a sense of shock in Fenit at the death of Fr. Gearoid Ó Donnchadha in a fire in the early hours of October 12.

The well-known an much-loved man was a huge figure in the Fenit community, actively promoting many projects in Fenit and beyond, including the statue of St Brendan the Navigator. (click here)

• An Oakpark native, currently based in Galway, won a world-renowned coaching accolade in mid October.

Shane Fitzgibbon was the only finalist outside of North America to reach the top ten for the ‘Coach of the Year’ accolade awarded by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). It was decided by public vote. (click here)

• A Tralee service station property was sold at a Dublin auction for €490,000, making €90,000 over the reserve.

The Monavalley property is at present let to Doon (Mayfly) Limited, and had a reserve of between €350,000 to €400,000 at the Allsop Auction where it was sold at the RDS on Thursday, October 22. (click here)

• There was good news for Tralee workers when Mothercare Ireland exited the interim examinership process and the Tralee store was safe from closure.

There are 10 staff employed at in the Manor Retail Park, Kerry’s only Mothercare outlet. While three out of 18 stores nationwide will close, the Tralee store will continue to trade. (click here)

• It was announced that Oakpark woman and former Tralee Town Councillor, Grace O’Donnell, had been added to the Fine Gael ticket for the next general election.

The Oakview resident will be the third Fine Gael candidate in Kerry alongside, Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Deputy Brendan Griffin. (click here)

• It was also announced that Mark Sullivan from the Ballyroe Heights Hotel was to leave  the hotel next to manage the Fels Point Hotel.

Mark had been general manager at Ballyroe for 14 years, took up the position as manager as the Fels Point Hotel as it prepared for a major revamp and rebrand in the new year. (click here)

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