REVIEW 2021: The News From April

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

• Kerry County Council announced a plan in April carry out a number of works on roads and pavements in the town centre.

The proposals will provide pedestrian friendly linkages between the Island of Geese site and the Tralee Town Centre.  It also included plans for Lower Rock Street, Godfrey Place, Staughton’s Row, Bridge Place and Castle Street.

• The TLI Group invested in a new fleet of vehicles from a local dealership as they prepared to create another 80 jobs over the next six months.

TLI Group is headquartered just outside Abbeydorney and employs over 700 staff across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.

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• The vaccination centre set up at Kerry Sports Academy in Tralee closed for a week due to a shortage of vaccines in April.

Established as a joint project between the South/South West Hospital Group and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, the centre had been operating to vaccinate frontline health workers.

• The London Spirits Competition announced Dingle Distillery Fourth Single Pot Still as the winner of Whiskey of the Year 2021.  The Fourth Single Pot Still also took the Best in Show award.

• It was revealed in April that the number of passengers travelling through Kerry Airport in 2020 was down 77% on the previous year according to data from the Central Statistics Office.

The impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions saw just 82,959 passengers using the airport as opposed to 369,836 in 2019.

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Tom Crean featured on an new stamp from An Post.

• Kerry explorer Tom Crean was celebrated in a set of stamps launched by An Post. Four stamps were issued by An Post which celebrate eight Irish men who took part in Antarctic expeditions in the 1800s and early 1900s.

• Funding was allocated to create three centres for outdoor water-based activities in Kerry.

Centres at Ballybunion Beach, Fenit Beach and Magherabeg Beach will be enhanced with hot showers, changing and toilet facilities, secure storage, induction spaces, equipment washdown and orientation points.

They will be fully wheelchair accessible and built using sustainable materials such as solar heating panels.

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• There was good news on the jobs front as James Whelan Butchers announced that it would be opening a new shop in Tralee, creating up to 20 new jobs.

The family-run butchers’ newest shop was part of the redevelopment of Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road in Tralee which would include a state of the art Food Hall.

• A Kerry Sinn Féin Councillor offered €1000 as a reward for information leading to the prosecution of those that set fire to Killarney National Park back in April.

Earlier this year, Tralee Municipal District Cllr Cathal Foley requested Kerry County Council offer rewards for information on wild fires taking place throughout Kerry.

“Kerry County Council informed me that they could not do so. I have now taken it upon myself to offer €1000 as reward for any information that leads to a successful prosecution against those that lit this most recent illegal fire in Killarney National Park,” he said.

• A local fashion designer worked with international pop stars on their new music video which went online in April.

Colin Horgan from Ardfert had already seen his designs worn by celebrities such as Chaelin CL, Brooke Candy, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Tierra Whack, Ashnikko, Ava Max and more, but in late March, he received a special request to work with Little Mix ahead of their first music video as a trio.

The music video – ‘Confetti’ which features U.S. Rap Star ‘Saweetie’ which the music video dropped on April 30.

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