REVIEW 2017: The News From April…

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Continuing our review of 2017, here’s some of the news we brought you in April…

• KERRY legend Colm Cooper announced his retirement from Kerry football on April 4.

Cooper said it he felt it was the right time to step away from the Kerry set-up. “Representing the Kingdom for the past seventeen years has given me a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction,” he said.

• A MURDER investigation was launched by gardaí in Listowel on April 4 into the death of a man in his 70s in Rattoo, near Ballyduff.

The man died when the car he was driving was in collision with a teleporter. The driver of the teleporter, a man in his 60s, was uninjured and was arrested by gardai.

• GARVEYS Tralee Warriors secured the Champions Trophy title in an overtime thriller against Templeogue in early April sparking huge celebrations.

Trae Pemberton was in form getting a vital three-pointer in overtime to contribute towards the victory.

Later that month he secured the title of Basketball Ireland Player of the Year .

Kieran Donaghy said: “We’re after winning the Champions Trophy, so we can now call ourselves the best team in Ireland. It’s been huge.”

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• KERRY explorer Tom Crean was to honoured on a Norwegian Air International aircraft flying transatlantic routes from Ireland during the summer.

He is the first non-Norwegian to become one of the airline’s “tailfin heroes”.

The airline honours well-known people from Norway including Hollywood actress Greta Garbo and artist Edvard Munch, but the Kerry man’s heroic exploits have impressed the airline.

• Kerry were crowned national league champions in Croke Park after finally ending Dublin’s record breaking unbeaten run on a 0-20 to 1-16 scoreline. The Kingdom just got the better of the champions in a tense contest  with David Moran winning Man of the Match.

• THE Tralee man who was instrumental in breaking the international ‘Panama Papers’ story, of how the world’s rich and powerful allegedly were involved in complex financial arrangements to hide their assets from taxes, was part of a group awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Gerard Ryle is at the helm of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which headed up the research and reported on offshore account holders.

• THE students from Presentation Secondary School Tralee won the top prize of €5,000 at the AIB Build A Bank Challenge competition beating off opposition from all over the country.

The school has an incredible record in the competition, as last year a team from the school, ‘The Blossom Bank’, came second in the national competition winning €3,000 for their school, while in 2015 ‘The Dream Bank’ from the school came first.

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• A STRIKING new monument was erected at Ballymullen roundabout emblazoned with the Rose of Tralee logo.

It was financed by Eibhlin and Dick Henggeler of The Rose Hotel who wished to honour the wonderful community and voluntary spirit that goes into the organisation of the festival down through the years.

• BORG WARNER  announced an €11.5m investment in its Tralee factory in Monavalley which was expected to lead to 50 new jobs.

The company which is a leading supplier of advanced hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) technologies,  announced it was further extending its production capabilities in Tralee with this major investment.

• IN further good news, it was announced HQ Tralee was expected to be home to 50 more jobs by the end of the summer as they prepared to develop the building adjacent to the current facility in Abbey Street.

The news was announced with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, unveiling HQ Tralee as the first business hub to receive two years of free gigabit fibre broadband from Vodafone and SIRO as part of the companies’ national Gigabit Hub Initiative.

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