Continuing our Review of 2016, here’s some of the stories we brought you in September…
• A LEGENDARY Tralee footballer’s medal collection was sold for €40,000 at auction.
Kerry and Austin Stacks footballer, Joe Barrett’s GAA medal collection went under the hammer at an auction in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel with a guide price of between €30,000 and €40,000. It is not known who bought the collection.
• IT was reported in September that the building that houses Tesco and eight other businesses in the town centre had been sold to a Kerry businessman for in excess of €10m.
The Central Plaza building is the biggest retail property to be sold in the town centre in years.
The 43,000 square foot building is also home to well-known chain stores Pamela Scott, Vera Moda, Jack & Jones, Holland And Barrett, Michael Guiney’s, DV8, Mountain Warehouse and more.
• Kilkenny could not manage to win five All Irelands in a row, but the Kerry Minor hurlers did it when they defeated Meath in an exciting encounter at Semple Stadium Thurles to claim the B title.
Mary Sheehy from Oakpark was part of captain Pauline Walsh’s six-strong Irish team at Sierra Golf Club in Poland and her amazing putt brought the title to Ireland for the second time.
• AUSTIN Stacks secured a Senior Club Championship title for the first time since 2003 after a pulsating encounter against Dr Crokes in Fitzgerald Stadium in September.
In the final 15 minutes, The Rock outscored their opponents by five points to two to secure a one point victory, 2-12 to 1-14.
• HOUSE Tralee and various other houses in the Kingdom and beyond the realm, descended on IT Tralee in September.
A replica of ‘The Iron Throne’ from the colossally popular HBO fantasy drama, ‘Game of Thrones’ was in situ at the ITT’s North Campus and over 1,000 Kings usurped and fought their way to the throne.
A nervy first half by both sides – where Kerry only managed four scores – was followed by a tough second period where the Kingdom only drove on in the final 10 minutes past a courageous group of Tribesmen.
• Tralee Warriors lost their first Men’s Superleague game in Cork, as UCC Demons ran out 92-77 winners.
It was a great effort for their first game against the champions, especially as the team was only finding its feet after being together for such a short period. Better days would come for the Warriors.
• The Tralee Food Festival was another resounding success with hundreds of people attending the various events.
Crowds enjoyed some delicious fare in the artisan market in The Square while others travelled around to the various hotels, cafes and restaurants around town taking part in the taste trail.
• Kilmoyley beat Ballyduff by 1-18 to 2-13 to win the replay of the Kerry hurling Championship.
Their 24th title equalled the record of Ballyduff in an entertaining game played in mixed conditions at Austin Stack Park.
• TRALEE retained its Gold Medal status again in the national Tidy Towns Competition making it five in a row.
Listowel won Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for the second consecutive year. Killarney, Kenmare, Sneem, and Listowel also received gold medals. Knightstown and Portmagee secured bronze.