REVIEW 2019: The News From March…

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

• KERRY and Kerins O’Rahilly’s man, Tommy Walsh, was voted Footballer of the Week early in March after his performance against Monaghan in the Allianz National Football League match.

Tommy finished with four points, continuing the good form that saw him recalled to the Kerry set-up after Peter Keane took over.

It was the fifth time in 2019 that a Kerry player won the weekly competition with Sean O’Shea winning three times and Dara Moynihan once before that.

• CH, one of Tralee’s best recognised retailers for over 50 years, announced it was to undertake a major renovation of its store at The Mall.

The retailer began work on a 1.5 million euro revamp of the iconic local business, engaging one of the world’s leading retail design agencies Dalziel and Pow of London to redesign CH.

In the meantime, they moved the beauty and cosmetics department to Abbeycourt. The new store would open in October.

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• A SINN Féin councillor accused Kerry County Council as being “mean-spirited” for not contributing to putting members of a delegation from a Palestinian town up in a hotel when they visit Tralee.

The delegation from Beit Sahour, a town near the Shepherd’s Field of Bethlehem, would arrive in the spring as part of a twinning arrangement with Tralee.

The Council said contributing financially would not be in line with any previous visits by twinning delegations. Cllr Ferris called this attitude “mean-spirited”.

• A TRALEE woman was appointed as the new General Manager of The Kerryman newspaper group.

Having joined the company in 1979, Siobhan Murphy had been the Sales and Marketing Manager since 2009.

• GARDAI arrested 12 people as part on an Operation Thor Day of Action in Tralee on March 5.

Gardaí arrested seven people in relation to a number of recent incidents of burglary, theft, possession of drugs and public order.

Five people were charged, two were to be summonsed to court and one was released pending a file to the DPP. Eight warrants were also executed on five people who had since been brought before the courts.

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• TRALEE Chamber Alliance encouraged the elected members of the Tralee Municipal District to place a greater emphasis on supporting businesses in the town’s retail and hospitality sectors before the local elections in May.

The Chamber said the local authority needs to revisit, in collaboration with Tralee Chamber Alliance, the recommendations and concerns raised by 23 businesses on The Mall/Bridge Street area that were submitted to Kerry County Council last August.

When surveyed, 15 of the 23 businesses voted in favour of retaining a part-pedestrianised format, albeit with further consultation being required, whilst eight businesses of the 23 opposed any form of pedestrianisation.

• A KERRY person won an incredible €182,567.80 for a €2 stake on the first day of Cheltenham, according to Boylesports.

The anonymous Boylesports customer won it in a placepot in six of Tuesday’s races. The dividend of the successful selection was €91,283.90 with the €2 stake returning a total payout of €182,567.80.

• After the horrendous rain, hail and gales of previous days, the rain cleared and the sun came out for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Tralee.

Hundreds of people, many decked out in green, lined the streets to cheer on the hundreds of participants.

Pride of place was reserved for the two Grand Marshals, Chief Executive of the Rose Of Tralee Festival Anthony O’Gara and eight year old Ryan Kelliher, a young muscular dystrophy patient from Tralee, who was accompanied by dad Trevor.

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• LABOUR councillor and then Mayor of Tralee, Graham Spring, announced he was stepping down from politics and would not run in the local elections in May.

He cited family reasons and concentrating on developing a career away from politics while he is still young as reasons for his decision.

Graham Spring was elected as a councillor for the Tralee Municipal District in 2014.

• GARVEYS Tralee Warriors sealed their first Men’s Superleague title in style to reach the top after just a few years in existence after two games in 24 hours over a weekend.

The heavy lifting was done on Saturday night in Dublin against UCD Marian, when they overcame 12 point deficit with four minutes to go to force overtime and then win it.

On Sunday, the complex was packed to see them easily beat UCD Marian by 88 points to 73 to secure the title and spark wild celebrations.

• CHIEF Superintendent Eileen Foster officially took up her role as the Divisional Commander for the Kerry Garda Division on March 25.

Speaking at Tralee Garda Station, Chief Superintendent Foster said; “I am delighted to be assigned as the new Chief Superintendent for the Kerry Garda Division. I am looking forward to working closely with the communities and stakeholders in the county.”

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