REVIEW 2017: The News From June…

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

• A FORMER Presentation Secondary School Tralee student was crowned Miss Hull 2017.

Agatha Lawton, 24, won the title in the UK city. She moved to Mayo from the UK 18 years ago with her mom Anne Lawton, but later moved to Tralee where Anne got a teaching position in St Ita’s and St Joseph’s School. Agatha attended Presentation until she was 17 and sat her leaving cert there.

• BREDA O’Mahony from Rathmore was crowned the new Kerry Rose.

She was selected from 24 entrants at the Kerry Rose Selection in Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee.

The 27-year-old is a lecturer in St. Angela’s College Sligo, having previously been a post-primary teacher in Dublin. She graduated with a degree in Home Economics and Religious Education.

• A NEW book compiled by Sixth Class pupil in Holy Family NS was launched at the school containing photographs from the past 40 years in the school.

The book came about as a project by the pupils who are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

Tony Griffin, a pupil from the first class in 1976 and his son Evan, launched the book watched by past pupils, the former and current principals of the school and Mayor of Tralee, Terry O’Brien, himself a past pupil who was in Tony’s class.

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• Killarney businesspeople were celebrating as the news came through that the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium would not be ready to host the Munster football finals scheduled for July 2,

It meant Killarney would be the venue for the games for the Kerry v Cork and Kerry v Clare games on July 2.

•  IT emerged that there were 49 women who gave Kerry addresses when accessing abortion services in England and Wales in 2016, according to statistics published by the UK Department of Health.

In 2016, there were 3,265 abortions for Republic of Ireland carried out in hospitals and clinics in England and Wales. Women from the island of Ireland accounted for 83% of legal abortions provided to non-residents in 2016.

• A MAN who made an enormous contribution to the life of the town was honoured posthumously by Tralee Chamber Alliance  with a special lifetime achievement award.

Kevin Benner of Benners Hardware passed away in late May, after decades in the shop on Bridge Street which became a town institution and known locally as ‘Small’ Benners.

Adrian Benner of Benners, and his wife Delia were in attendance to accept the special award.

• A NEW sports training product made and marketed by two Kerry men received great exposure when it was featured in the first episode of GAA Nua on RTE 1.

Chin Up Goggles, a new sports training aid which has been brought to the market by two James O’Connell from Castleisland and Rory Kilgallen from Tralee.

Chin Up Goggles was set up by two men in 2014. Both have a great interest in sport with
Rory heavily involved with John Mitchel’s GAA Club and James a former basketball player, former committee member at local and national level.

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• KERRY County Council  signed a contract for the construction of 15 new housing units at the Mitchels Road, Tralee in June.

The development, which is the latest in a series of new housing construction schemes in the county, represents the next phase in the wider regeneration and redevelopment of the Mitchels-Boherbee area of Tralee.

M Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd of Ennis, Co Clare will construct 11 terraced, two-and-a-half-storey homes and four detached units at a cost of €3.3million.

• TRAFFIC around Tralee was disrupted as local taxi drivers held a slow-drive protest in convoy around town for two hours on a June afternoon.

The drivers were highlighting the issue of the location of the new main rank since The Mall has been closed off to them since May.

The taxi drivers say their incomes are being hit as the public are not using the new rank situated near Boots at the Tesco car park in the town centre.

• THE new Mayor of Tralee said she wants to harness the spirit of community activism and volunteering across all parts of the Municipal District to work together for the betterment of the area during her time in office.

Fianna Fáil’s Norma Foley was speaking after she was elected as Mayor in late June. Fine Gael councillor in the Killarney Municipal District, John Sheahan, was elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council.

• A TRALEE woman was appointed the new coroner for South and East Kerry.

Solicitor, Aisling O’Sullivan-Quilter was appointed following the retirement of Terence Casey in May and presides over inquests of people from South and East Kerry at Killarney Courthouse.

• A KIELDUFF native’s idea won the Overall Award at the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge.

Michelle Moore (née Savage) came up ‘The Abhaile Project’ which she founded and developed with well-known architect Dermot Bannon of RTE fame and another architect Ciarán Ferrie.

Michelle — a brother of well-known Tralee publican, George Savage of The Blasket — and her team were delighted when they were announced as winners of the €50,000 top prize by Mr Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Development, during an award ceremony at Dublin Castle.

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