REVIEW 2021: The News From December

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

Jas Murphy in 1953

• Just days before the county final, the death of Kerins O’Rahillys and Kerry player, James ‘Jas’ Murphy was announced. He was 98.

The Tralee native captained Kerry in the 1953 All-Ireland football final victory over Armagh.

• Ten new posts are to be created in Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

Under the ‘Housing For All’ plan announced by the Government, Kerry County Council is aiming to provide over 1,400 homes over the next five years.

• Na Gaeil became Kerry Intermediate Club champions after beating Beaufort by 0-13 to 1-7.

The Tralee side upset the odds and despite playing without vital players they still managed the victory at Fitzgerald Stadium.

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• Austin Stacks beat rivals Kerins O’Rahillys to win their 13th senior county championship at Austin Stack Park on December 5.

They deservedly beat the Blues by 0-13 to 0-10 to spark wild celebrations among their colourful supporters who ran onto the field at the final whistle to congratulate their heroes. The Rockies beat Newcastlewest two weeks later to set up a Munster Final date in the new year.

• Nathan McDonnell – managing director of Ballyseedy — was elected as the new President of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Nathan took over from Kevin McCarthy, managing director of the Garvey Group having been elected at the AGM.

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• A Status Red Wind warning was issued for Kerry by Met Éireann as Storm Barra arrived in the county.

People were left without electricity, fallen trees blocked roads and there was spot flooding in locations all over the county as the storm made its presence felt.

• Banna Beach Coast Care Group took home first place in the Big Beach Clean Award category for Ocean Hero 2021.

The category celebrates the groups who did incredible work over Clean Coasts’ annual Big Beach Clean weekend by hosting their own clean-up events.

• Kerry received three football All-Stars. Fossa brothers David and Paudie Clifford along with Dingle’s Tom O’Sullivan received the awards announced on RTE.

Missing out were other Kingdom nominees Seánie O’Shea, David Moran, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Gavin White.

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• Kerry County Council proposed to carry out the development of a cover for the proposed amphitheatre at the Island of Geese site.

The proposed works consist of the installation of two tensile fabric structures — a permanent structure over the amphitheatre seating and a second structure will be a temporary stage canopy which will be used only for performances as and when required.

The permanent free-standing tensile fabric membrane structure is to be sited over the circa 130m2 seating area.

• Lottery players in Kerry enjoyed three big wins in December.

Two online players won over €280,000 and €250,000 on Wednesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 22. Then a person who bought their ticket in Husseys shop in Tralee won €500,000 on Tuesday December 28 in the Euromillions Plus draw.

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• The Waterford-based Akusus Group announced it is planning to add 350 jobs in Ireland and the US in 2022, including up to 50 in Tralee.

The Sunday Independent reported that the company is to create a new hub in Tralee in 2022, initially employing 40 to 50, but growing the workforce to 200 to 250 employees over the next three years.

• Beaches around the county held Christmas Day swims. Around 200 people dashed into the sea in Banna at 12.30pm and raised funds for Banna Sea Rescue.

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