REVIEW 2016: The News From August

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Continuing our Review of 2016, here’s some of the stories we brought you in August…

• IT was announced that a new restaurant would create up to 10 full-time and part-time jobs when it opens in town.

Le Rustique serves French cuisine and is located at a premises on Princes Street, where a number of restaurants have operated in the past.

The lease was taken on by a couple from the French/German border, who have recently moved to Killorglin.

• LIFE saving community first responders went live in Tralee in August.

The voluntary members are trained to deal with early intervention of chest pain, stroke, choking and cardiac arrest.

It is proposed that the Tralee Community Responders will cover a 5km radius. It extends as far north as Leith West, as south as Farmers Bridge, west out to Blennerville and heading east passed Chute Hall.

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• We reported on an incident of extreme cruelty to two kittens witnessed on the main road between Ballyduff and Tralee.

Shocked motorist, Polly Hartney and her husband Tony were witness to two kittens thrown out of a car, as it travelled along a straight stretch of road near Ballincrossig going towards Tralee from Ballyduff.

• KERRY won back to back All-Ireland titles when the juniors beat Mayo in Croke Park. Stephen Wallace’s charges won by 2-18 to 2-11 to cap off another great year for the side.

• THE Kerry County Museum featured in a New York Times article where a travel writer retraces the footsteps of Roger Casement taking in visits to Banna and Tralee.

Rosie Schaap also found time to stop off for a pint in Bettys Bar on Strand Street, where she wrote it is “a wonderfully cozy spot with a fireplace, a shelf packed with books, weekly traditional music sessions and a dedicated crew of regulars”.

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• KERRY’S newest rowing club Fenit were in the medals in three categories in the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon.

Fenit were rowing in a brand new boat, which was built in Tralee and it accommodated medal-winning teams in various categories.

In the pre-veteran mixed, Paula Moloney, Edel O’Sullivan, Pat O’Connor, Kevin Crowley and Colm Lynch Cox captured bronze medals. The pre-veteran ladies won silver and the intermediate ladies won gold. In these two categories Fenit had the same team of Paula Moloney, Edel O’Sullivan, Brid O’Driscoll, Tara O’Halloran and Cox, Deirdre Leahy.

• A KERRY and Austin Stacks legend received the honour of being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the GAA Museum in Croke Park.

John O’Keeffe was a member of the Kerry senior team from 1969 until 1984 and is regarded as one of the most stylish and accomplished full-backs in Gaelic football history. He joins other Kerry legends, Joe Keohane, Dan O’Keeffe, Sean Murphy, Mick O’Connell, Pat Spillane, Mikey Sheey and Mick O’Dwyer in the illustrious Hall of Fame.

The Rose of Tralee 2016, Maggie McEldowney. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

• Chicago Rose, Maggie McEldowney (27) looked delighted and shocked when her name was announced as the new Rose of Tralee on August 23 by Daithi O Sé. She is the first Chicago Rose to win since 1987.

• GARDAI in Listowel appealed to the public  for information on a man who went missing.

Gardaí said 53-year-old William Mulvihill of Ozanam Villas in Ballybunion, was last seen in Tralee during the Rose of Tralee festival on Sunday evening, August 21.

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• A GROUP of workers from TLI Group in Abbeydorney came in for praise, when they came to the aid of a stricken animal who was stuck in a mud-filled ditch.

They were out doing contract work for the ESB near Tarbert when they heard an animal in distress. They followed the cries until they came across a horse who was almost buried in a muddy ditch.

The workers set about rescuing the animal by managing to get a harness and rope around it and after a while they were able to haul it to safety.

• A TRALEE shop was named Best Family-Run Shop in Ireland in the prestigious Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland 2016 competition.

CH Chemists had been included in the shortlist in the Best Family-Run Shop category in the awards which seek to reward independent shop owners who are getting it right according to the customer.

• It was defeat to the Dubs again for Kerry as injury time points by Eoghan O’Gara and Diarmuid Connolly saw the blues win the All-Ireland senior football semi-final in front of a capacity crowd at Croke Park.

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