REVIEW 2017: The News From October…

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

• MANOR Village, Knockmoyle and Kerins Park were the estate winners in the Tidy Tralee Together competition and the awards ceremony was held in The Rose Hotel.

Prizes were given out in the estates, gardens, pubs, businesses, public buildings, filling stations, restaurants and hotels categories while Paul O’Brien and Hugh O’Brien were given special awards for their contribution to Tralee’s Tidy Towns effort.

• THE queue was out the back door of Garvey’s Supervalu in early October, as soccer fans got a chance to get their photo taken with the English Premier League trophy.

Cadbury’s, who are the official snack partner of the Premier League, brought it to the Rock Street store as part of their publicity tour and fans of various clubs of all ages were present to get close to it. The Cadburys team were also handing out chocolates on the day.

• THERE was no joy for Kerins O’Rahillys after they bowed out of the Kerry SFC at the semi-final stage to South Kerry.

It was the divisional side who commanded the last 20 minutes and in the end deserved their place in the final. They would be joined in the final by Dr Crokes who went on to win the Bishop Moynihan cup again.

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• THE history of the CBS The Green was recalled at a special celebration of the school on Friday on the occasion of the 90th anniversary since the building of the school.

There were many past members of staff and former pupils present for the event which was also saw the official opening of the new astroturf facilities, the unveiling of a beautiful stone sculpture at the Dan Spring Road entrance to the school and the planting of a tree in memory of the late Chairman of the Board of Management, Mr Tom O’Halloran, who passed away last year.

• THE number of Catholics in Tralee fell by around seven percent in five years according to the latest stats from Census 2016.

It also shows a rise a dramatic rise in those who have no religion, an increase in the number of Muslims in town and a slight fall in Church of Ireland followers.

The number of Roman Catholics fell from 19,768 in 2011 to 18,329 in 2016, a fall of 1,439 or seven percent.

• AFTER a tense draw the week before, Ballyduff won the Garveys Supervalu Kerry SHC Championship in an absolute cracking match with Lixnaw at Austin Stack Park.

Ballyduff collected a quarter of a century of titles after winning by 4-13 to 1-19.

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• STORM Ophelia arrived in Kerry and Met Eireann issued a Status Red weather warning as the county braced itself for the destructive winds.

The south of the county bore the brunt of the high winds while Tralee and north Kerry escaped the worst of it.

• KIRBY’S Brogue Inn won the provincial category of the Unilever Best Carvery Pub Award for Munster.

The landmark bar and restaurant at the bottom of the Rock in Tralee was the only Kerry pub that was shortlisted in the Munster category.

Proprietor of Kirby’s Brogue Inn Tralee, Fiona Kirby said that she and her husband Kevin Cotter were grateful to their dedicated staff and loyal customers.

• A NEW stained glass window on the theme of Reconciliation was unveiled in St. John’s Church, Tralee by the Bishop of Kerry Dr. Ray Browne and Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert, Rt. Rev. Kenneth Kearon.

It is the first stained glass window to be installed in St. John’s in 60 years and was a joint undertaking by the Catholic and Church of Ireland communities in Tralee.

The window was crafted by stained glass artist Tom Denny, a direct descendant of the Dennys of Tralee Castle, twenty of whose members travelled from England for the ceremony  in Tralee last evening.

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• LOCAL singer-songwriter, businessman and author, Mark Leen, saw one of his songs featured in a movie which received its premiere in London.

‘Rise Of The Footsoldier 3’ is gangster movie starring Larry Lamb and Craig Fairbrass (both formerly of Eastenders) and Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays. Mark’s song, ‘The Old East End Tonight’, sung by Gary Driscoll, features prominently.

• A FORMER editor of The Kerryman was appointed to the position of editor of Kerry’s Eye.

It was announced Gerard Colleran would take over from Colin Lacey who is stepping down from the role. Mr Colleran was due to take up his new role in mid-November.

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