REVIEW 2019: The News From April…

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Continuing our review of stories we brought you in 2019, here’s the news from April…

• CBS Primary Tralee announced a major transformation after Easter when work commenced on the construction of a two-storey building containing four new classrooms, a special educational needs unit and administration area.

The project at one of Tralee’s most famous landmarks will be completed by the summer of 2020 when pupils and teachers entering the new extension can look forward to the most modern teaching and learning environment available.

Aidan Teahon

• A TRALEE man has won a trip of a lifetime to the US Masters in Augusta with Paddy Power.

Aidan Teahon, who is floor manager at Kirby’s Brogue Inn, entered a competition with the Paddy Power Rewards Club and was notified that he won the competition for two people to travel to the prestigious major in Georgia.

He took his wife Eilish on the trip of a lifetime which included flights and accommodation, entry to the Members club for two days a €1,000 bet on the event and $1,000 spending money.

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• CARA Credit Union was the focus of a brand new eight-part RTE One series titled The Borrowers.

The fly-on-the-wall programme took viewers behind the scenes and into a credit union loan office, for the first time ever on Irish television.

Cara Credit Union’s popular loan officers, Maurice O’Donoghue and Derry Fleming (famous from the viral ‘Batdad’ video) featured prominently in the show.

• A NEW grant-based incentive scheme which aims to reduce the number of vacant properties in Tralee town centre was launched by Kerry County Council.

The Business Incentive Scheme is designed to encourage both landlords and new or aspiring business owners or leasers to occupy vacant premises by offering a grant towards the level of rates payable on the property.

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• THERE was a rise in crime overall in the county in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2018.

Kerry Garda Division Chief Superintendent, Eileen Foster, revealed the figures at a Joint Policing Committee meeting where she gave a rundown of crime figures for January 1 to March 31, 2018.

It showed a rise in the categories of Property Crime (11%), Crimes Against The Person (27%) and Drugs and Offensive Weapons (55%) and a slight drop (2%) in Criminal Damage and Public Order.

• ALL involved with Garvey’s Tralee Warriors gathered at Council Chambers at Kerry County Council to honour a club which has taken basketball to new heights in this town.

Tralee Municipal  District Manager, Michael Scannell, said at a civic reception in their honour, they have provided a sporting team that the whole town can get behind.

• THE men and women from Kerry who took part in the 1916 Rising were honoured in Tralee on Easter Sunday at the unveiling of a commemorative stone in Pearse Park.

The annual Easter Rising Commemoration organised by Kerry County Council saw a large attendance with relatives of those involved in the Rising joining local politicians and members of the public for the ceremony.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Graham Spring, unveiled the memorial which has the names of 108 Kerry people who were arrested or incarcerated after the Rising.  The stone was created by Billy Leen and is made from Valentia Slate.

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• APART from a fallen tree on Dan Spring Road, debris on some outlying roads and power outages in some areas, Storm Hannah didn’t cause too much damage in town in late April.

A Status Red Wind Warning had been issued for Kerry but it did not affect Tralee too much. However, other areas of the county saw many trees blocking roads in north and south Kerry.

• IT was announced at a Tralee Municipal District meeting that the Council was to finally take action at a junction in Tralee.

Councillors had repeatedly brought forward motions about speed and safety issues in the Basin Road/James Street/Low Field junction area.

An analysis carried out by Kerry County Council at Basin Road last year found that speed was not an issue to warrant traffic calming measures, but Tralee Municipal District revealed in April that there will be traffic lights forthcoming at the junction.

• GARDAI were warning the public about bogus callers after an incident in Connolly Park.

Two men called to the home of an elderly resident and offered to clean the gutters. They charged him excessively for the work which was not completed to an acceptable standard.

Gardaí warned people not to engage with persons calling to homes offering to do this type of work and asked residents to look out for their neighbours and report any suspicious behaviour.

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