REVIEW 2019: The News From August…

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

• CASTLE Street  reopened to traffic after almost a month closed…and so did Baily’s Corner.

The street had to be closed  following a structural assessment of the building on Castle Street and a subsequent consultation with An Garda Síochána back on July 6.

• THERE was tragic news on August 9 when a man died after a house fire in the Killorglin area.

Gardaí and emergency services went to the scene of the fire that occurred at a house in the Glencuttane Lower area, a few miles south of Killorglin, at around 5am. A man aged in his late 60s, the sole occupant of the house, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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• THE search for All-Ireland tickets began when Kerry qualified for their first final since 2015.

A win in their final Super 8 game against Meath set them up for a semi-final against Tyrone in Croke Park on August 11. After a tense and exciting encounter they beat the Red Hand county to set up a date in early September against the Dubs.

• IT was mostly smiles around town when hundreds of students collected their Leaving Cert results at Tralee schools in mid-August.

While the results were available online from 10am, many decided to come into their schools to meet friends and find out how they got on.

• KERRY County Council gave notice that it is planning to build a boxing club/community facility at a site at Dean’s Lane in Boherbee, Tralee.

The proposed development will include a boxing gym and club, circulation area, changing rooms and toilets on the ground floor, while on the first floor there will be meeting rooms, a community space, canteen, mezzanine, circulation area and toilets.

The two-storey development will also include, a new foul drain, storm drain and public water infrastructure works and all associated site works.

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• ON August 19, Walsh Colour Print in Castleisland confirmed that two of its magazines were to cease publication.

The Tralee Outlook and Sliabh Luachra Outlook will no longer be printed and it has resulted in the loss of two full-time jobs with other staff redeployed within the company. The Killarney Outlook will continue to operate.

• IT had been a long time coming, but Causeway fulfilled their potential on Sunday, August 25, to become Kerry Senior Hurling Champions for the first time since 1998.

They beat Lixnaw by 2-13 to 1-13 in front of 2,618 hurling fans in Austin Stack Park, sparking celebrations not seen in the venue for some time.

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• SINEAD Flanagan, the Limerick Rose, was announced as Rose of Tralee 2019 live on the Dome stage. The shocked 27 year old was surrounded by fellow Roses after Daithi Ó Sé announced her name.

It ended another fantastic Rose of Tralee Festival with huge crowds descending on the town, amazing entertainment and a wonderful atmosphere around town.

• SINN Féin Councillor Toireasa Ferris announced her intention to step down from political life in late August..

In June, the councillor confirmed she would not be contesting the next general election for the party in place of her father, Martin, but in August it emerged she would step back from political life after 16 years on a local level.

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