REVIEW 2019: The News From October

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

• A NEW economic report from Vodafone Ireland found that HQ Tralee generates over €10 million for the local economy, and had the largest economic impact of all of the hubs assessed across Ireland, having supported the creation of 153 new jobs directly and a further 107 indirectly

HQTralee & HQListowel, established by Tom O’Leary and Ken Tobin, are digital hubs that are home to 41 businesses with combined net wages of €6.77 million – generating €1.69 million in taxes.

• KILLIAN Young announced his retirement from the Kerry Senior Football team on October 1.

The 32 year old Renard club man won four senior All-Ireland medals with Kerry since he made his senior debut in 2006. He won Young Player of the Year in 2007.

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• THERE was great sadness after 26 year old Kerrie Browne from Brosna died in the road traffic collision on the Castleisland-Abbeyfeale road on October 2.

She worked as a nurse at University Hospital Kerry and was killed in the road traffic collision involving a jeep and a car on the N21, at Meenleitrim, Castleisland.

• COUNCILLOR Pa Daly was selected by the membership to go forward as the party’s next general election candidate in Kerry at a packed Kerry Sinn Féin Convention on October 4, at the Rose Hotel in Tralee.

He was nominated by a number of cumainn in the county. The convention was being held as a result of the announcement by Deputy Martin Ferris that he would not be seeking a nomination, and the result of Toireasa Ferris retiring from politics. Pa Daly was the only name to be put forward by the membership in the county.

• EIGHTEEN months after Rachel O’Connor decided to join a Tralee gym, she won a Bronze medal in a World Powerlifting Championships event in Canada.

Rachel, from Knockmoyle, was in Calgary with the Irish team taking part in the 90kg class and she came third.

She only took up the sport after visiting Dynamic Strength and Conditioning Gym on High Street, run by Tipperary native Diarmuid Brennan, in April of 2018.

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• AN antique piece of furniture in a Tralee antiques store made national news because the wood stain bore a resemblance to the Virgin Mary.

Tom O’Connell of Vintage Vendors in Moyderwell posted pictures of the cabinet on Facebook and the response had been amazing. Stories appeared in the local press and they even appeared on the Ray Darcy show.

• A MAN was arrested after an incident at a petrol station in Cloonmore, Tralee.

Three men were treated for injuries following the incident. The men, one in his 40s and two aged in their 50s, were struck on the back of their heads with a hammer.

They were taken to University Hospital Kerry with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. A man in his 30s was arrested.

• After a winning Euromillons Plus ticket was sold in Killarney gaining the lucky winner €500,000 early in October, another winning Lotto ticket has been sold in the county on October 12.

It was sold in Garvey’s Supervalu Tralee, Lower Rock Street, but it later turned out the winner was not local, but a woman from Cork on a short break in the town.

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• GOLDEN Discs opened their first store in Kerry on Saturday, October 19th.

The store located in unit 2 Central Plaza, Abbey Court Tralee would employ six staff, doubling that number for the festive trading period.

Golden Discs say they are thrilled to contribute to the cultural landscape in Tralee and hope that the store will become a local hub for musicians and music fans alike.

• THE Government approved plans for a €280m upgrade of the N22 Cork-Kerry road, which will include the long-awaited Macroom bypass.

It will see travel times between Cork city and Tralee and Killarney shortened considerably and will be welcomed by tourism and business interests in Kerry. The cabinet gave approval to Cork County Council this week  to award the contract for the scheme.

• GARDAI seized approximately €1,150 of suspected counterfeit currency following a search at a house in Tralee on October 24.

Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Kerry, assisted by the Southern Region Dog Unit, carried out a search and discovered €1,150 in €10 notes hidden behind a picture frame at a house in Tralee.

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