REVIEW 2017: The News From July…

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

• IN an escalation of action by local taxi drivers, they withdrew their services on the busiest night of the week as July arrived.

The strike action from 7pm on Saturday to Sunday at 7am came after stalemate in discussions with Kerry County Council about the position of the new rank near Boots/Tesco.

• SUNDAY July 2 saw a superb performance by Kerry to overcome Cork in the Munster Final by an impressive scoreline of 1-23 to 0-15.

Fitzgerald Stadium was the venue and James O’Donoghue grabbed seven points in what was an easy win for the Kingdom.

• THEY were celebrating in Garvey’s Supervalu Tralee again after they won the Best Large Supermarket category at the 2017 Checkout Best in Fresh Awards held   in the Shelbourne Hotel  in Dublin.

The Rock Street supermarket celebrated its 25th anniversary of its opening in June.

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• SKY Sports soccer presenters Chris Kamara and Jeff Stelling  arrived  in Kerry for a special engagement out west.

The two lads also enjoyed a drink in Sean Og’s Pub on Bridge Street where they posed with locals for photos.

It was part of a AIB sponsored tour of the country which saw the two lads immersed in the GAA and they attended a football game in Dingle.

• THE volunteer crew of Fenit RNLI rescued two people from a yacht which was drifting towards a cliff face near the Blasket Islands.

Notification was received from Valentia Coastguard that a sailing vessel, carrying two passengers had suffered engine failure and due to lack of wind was drifting towards a cliff face approximately one mile East of Sybil Point off the Blasket Islands.

The All Weather Lifeboat carrying six crew arrived at the scene and both passengers were found to be safe and well.

In an operation taking almost three hours, the passengers of the vessel, along with the yacht, were transported safely back to Fenit Pier.

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• A MEMBER of Tralee Community Responders came to the aid of a teenager hit by a motorbike in Tanzania.

Jimmy Murphy and his wife Maureen were over in the African country where they visited the Tír na nÓg Orphanage, run by Tralee woman Louise Quill.

The 14 year old girl was struck by a drunk driver on a motorcycle, who then sped off. She had sustained serious facial injuries, had lost two teeth and her arms, elbows and ankles were destroyed with open wounds.

Jimmy rushed off to the pharmacy to organise a first aid bag and proceeded to bandage and clean the wounds.

• AIDAN Kelly, a Qualified Financial Advisor from Tralee, was unveiled in July as the new President of Tralee Chamber Alliance until 2019.

Aidan, has run his own business, Kelly O’Shea Pensions & Financial Services Ltd in Edward Street, Tralee along with his business partner Gerry O’Shea, since 2006.

• THE Tralee Municipal District identified an area for the public to hold picnics in Tralee town and its environs at the a meeting of the Council.

The green area adjacent to the Lock Gates at Lohercannon was the place chosen and a plan was to be drafted and a costing to follow. Thereafter a source for funding would have to be found.

• A TEENAGE girl who had to be rescued after getting into difficulty in the water on Banna Beach in mid-July.

Danica Kelliher , who is a strong swimmer, got into trouble when she was caught in a rip current and was being pulled out to sea. Her cousin raised the alarm and a man, Dave Donegan from Cork, went into the sea and managed to get to Danica who was floating on her back. Then the two of them stayed calm and managed to get away from the current to safety.

• A KERRYMAN turned up in a scene on the world’s most popular TV show with one of the world’s most famous pop stars.

A Listowel man, Sean McGillicuddy,  played a silent part in a much talked about scene where Ed Sheeran sang a song on ‘Game Of Thrones’.

• A TRALEE woman was one of the winners at the annual U Magazine ’30 Under 30′ awards.

Úna-Minh Kavanagh, from Ballyard and formerly of St Brendan’s Park, won the Social Activist award in the Social Contribution and Activism section, for her work over the years in challenging peoples’ perception of diversity in Ireland, racism and the concept of Irishness.

Úna-Minh, who now lives in Dublin, is the woman behind, a travel blog with a difference that started in March 2016.

• The month ended as it had begun with a Kerry senior championship win. The Kingdom booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-final after a 1-18 to 0-13 win over Galway at Croke Park.

‘JOB done’, was the general consensus about Kerry’s performance but it was acknowledged there was still a lot of work to do.

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