REVIEW 2016: The News From October

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

• Tralee teams were dumped out at the quarter final stage of the county championship. Dr Crokes beat a battling Kerins O’Rahillys in Tralee by 1-16 to 0-14.

Meanwhile Austin Stacks couldn’t handle the challenge of Kenmare in Killarney, losing by 0-15 to 0-12.

• THERE were two lucky winners of Lotto prizes in Kerry. And there was more great luck for another winner of over €180,000 in the county.

A winning ticket worth €2,266,323 was sold in Hannah Mary’s Country Store XL in Killorglin.  There was one winner of the Lotto Match 5 and the Bonus prize of €181,751 and that winning Quick Pick selection was sold in Moloney’s Newsagents in Listowel.

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• FIGURES from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on October 4 revealed there were 21 people waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry.

These trolley watch numbers, which are not disputed by the HSE, are the highest ever recorded at UHK since the INMO started recording information ten years ago.

• RADIO Kerry won the local station of the year at the PPI awards – the radio ‘Oscars’.

The station was up for seven awards at the black tie ceremony at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, but was unsuccessful with those nominations.

Radio Kerry won it last in 2014 and this makes it a fifth win in all for the station.

• MICHAEL Fassbender was  home in October to receive the greatest honour the town of Killarney can bestow on a native or visitor – the Order of Inisfallen.

He was joined by girlfriend, Alicia Vikander, at Muckross House for the ceremony, followed by a black-tie dinner at the Europe Hotel and Resort, not far from where he grew up in Fossa.

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• THERE was terrible news that a man who falsely claimed he was from the ESB, robbed an elderly woman’s home in Connolly Park.

The man gained access by saying he needed to check the switches in the house. He distracted her and took a large sum of money which she had set aside for Christmas.

• AFTER an illustrious career, Kerry defender Marc Ó Sé  announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The 36-year-old won five All-Ireland titles,  played 176 times for Kerry teams and holds a record for championship appearances (88) with his brother Tomás.

• TRALEE Municipal District councillors approved plans for a two-storey McDonalds at a special meeting.

The  fast food giant’s plans to demolish the old building and construct a brand new restaurant to the east of the existing structure and double its size was approved.

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• THERE was anger expressed by customers of the Tralee Omniplex back in October, after they were issued with tickets by Kerry County Council  for parking on the Dan Spring Road.

The cinema had a sign up telling patrons that the car park was full well before 9pm, so many parked outside on the side of the road. When they came out they found they’d have to pay €40 parking fines.

• Tralee Credit Union celebrated a very special milestone in October.

They reached a landmark €200 million in assets. This milestone in their development confirmed Tralee Credit Union’s position as one of the largest community based credit unions in the country.

• HUNDREDS of people packed themselves into the Ballygarry House Hotel for the launch of Kieran Donaghy’s autobiography What Do You Think Of That?

Along with Maurice Fitzgerald and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, who helped launch the account of the Stacks man’s life, were other legends of Gaelic Football scattered around the room on the night.

• There was no joy for the Na Gaeil footballers as they were beaten in the Junior Premier Championship Final.

The game went to a replay at the end of the month but Glenbeigh-Glencar’s blistering start put paid to the Oakpark club’s chances, eventually losing by 1-16 to 0-12.

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