REVIEW 2016: The News From June

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

•  A BALLYROE man has raised €10,870 for Enable Ireland after completing a cycling tour of Provence in the South of France.

Tommy Sheehy, who is originally from Castleisland, climbed Mount Ventoux in aid of Enable Ireland. The challenge covered Lyon to Nice over the rugged French countryside.

• COURTENAY Cox and Bear Grylls were  in the Kingdom filming in June.

The show was called ‘Running Wild’ and Grylls and Cox stayed in the Europe Hotel and Resort while filming in south and west Kerry .

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• THERE were poignant scenes at Ballymullen in early June at the unveiling of two new plaques, which honour Tralee’s World War I dead, at the monument to the Munster Fusiliers.

The plaques – one with the 101 names of members of the Munster Fusiliers and the other inscribed with 125 names of soldiers from other regiments – were unveiled by Mayor of Kerry Pat McCarthy and Cllr Sam Locke who had a relative who fought with the Munster Fusiliers during the war and was the driving force behind getting the plaques.

• AROUND 200 people gathered outside the Castle Bar and along Rock Street for the annual One Furlong Dash on Rock Street.

Dominic O’Brien won the charity event, where representatives from Rock Street watering holes, raced from Galvin’s Shop to the Castle Bar for the honour of winning the One Furlong Dash perpetual trophy.

• A  lifestyle website,, declared the Brogue Inn the best place in Kerry to get breakfast.

“Greased to perfection, this fry is one of the finest around,” is how they described the feed you get at Kirby’s Brogue Inn. “Complete with warm buttered brown bread and the cup o’ tae – perf.  Perch yourself for the afternoon in this typical Irish eatin’ house,” read the description in the story posted on the popular website.

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• TRALEE Musical Society won two awards at the Association of Irish Musical Society Awards (AIMS).

They received five nominations in all for their production of ‘The Beautiful Game’ which wowed audiences in Siamsa Tire back in March.

Des Hurley won for Best Stage Management and Gary Murphy was a winner in the Best Actor category.

•TRALEE Municipal District councillors received a combined total of over €250,000 in payments in 2015 according to figures from Kerry County Council revealed in June.In figures supplied by the Council to Radio Kerry, it showed Cllr Pat McCarthy received the largest amount of €43,404.13, while Independent Cllr Sam Locke received the smallest amount of €21,888.14.

• AN American bought drinks to the value of €2,500 on a night out in The Blasket in late June.

A few Americans, who were golfing in Kerry, came into the bar at about 10pm and one of them ordered a drink for the bar. While it was very quiet around this time, this was nothing too out of the ordinary.

However, as people started to come in, the same guy bought them drinks to and eventually told the barman to run a tab. The Blasket gets busy on Tuesdays and by the end of the night he and the rest of the bar had run up a €2,500 bar bill.

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• A BALLYSEEDY girl stuck to her guns and made a huge gesture by not only donating a substantial amount of her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation but also aiding the  Chernobyl Children’s International Project.

Nine-year-old Roisin Sugrue, wrote a letter to pledging that she would donate hair to the Foundation and raise funds for the Chernobyl charity after her First Communion which she made in May and fulfilled her promise in late June.

New Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien with his two children Mark and Millie and wife Teresa. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

• A NEW Mayor of Tralee was elected in late June.Cllr Terry O’Brien (Lab) took over from Cllr Tom McEllistrim at the Tralee Municipal District AGM.

His nomination was put forward by fellow Labour Party member, Cllr Graham Spring, and seconded by Cllr Jim Finucane.

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