REVIEW 2021: The News From February

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

• On February 1, it was revealed the number of new car registrations in Kerry in January was down over 22% compared to January 2019, but this was expected due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry showed there were 550 new cars sold in January, compared to 707 in the same month last year (down 22.21%).

• The 31 Day January challenge for#positivementalhealth came to an end and over €10,000 was raised for three great causes — the Baile Mhuire Stroke Unit in Tralee the Alzheimers Society of Ireland and Rise4Daithi.

The event, organised by Colin ‘Poshey’ Aherne and Caroline Corkery promoted exercise, good mental health, fitness and well being where participants do an activity a day for 31 days and make a contribution to a gofundme page.

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• TRALEE gardaí featured prominently in a new video uploaded to the official Garda social media accounts which went viral.

They were part of a national Garda response to a challenge laid down by Swiss police in January where they did a choreographed dance to Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’ and posted it on social media.

Tralee gardai in the video were seen dancing on the roof of the Tralee Garda Station, out in Fenit and by the canal.

• THE Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle (RoKCC) organising committee made the decision to cancel the 2021 event due to the uncertainty surrounding public health guidelines in the summer.

The annual event, one of Ireland’s largest charity cycling events, traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in July but was also cancelled in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

• It was revealed that mass vaccination centre would be located in Tralee and Killarney.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Mikey Sheehy said two sites — at the Kerry Sports Academy at the Munster Technological University campus in Dromtacker and Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre — had been chosen in Kerry.

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• Tralee Chamber expressed its “extreme dissatisfaction” that the town had been excluded from the Outdoor Dining Scheme announced on February 11..

Failte Ireland announced that the new Outdoor Dining Scheme would focus on Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Cork and Athlone but hospitality businesses from other locations, including Kerry were excluded from the scheme.

•  Someone who bought their lotto ticket in Tralee won a cash prize of €34,580 on February 13. The winner from Kerry purchased their Quick Pick ticket at O’Connor’s Spar in Rathass in Tralee.

• It was announced on February 15 that €29,546,648 has been granted to Kerry Co Council under the 2021 investment programme for regional and local roads.

Under the programme, the Tralee Northern Relief Road would receive €1,500,000 in direct funding while the Dale road (R556) was awarded €2,500,000 for specific improvements.

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• The members of Cara Credit Union and Clanmaurice Credit Union agreed a merger of the two credit unions.

The combined credit union would have assets of over €270 million and 58,000 members. The offices at Tralee, Killorglin, Castleisland, Ballyduff and Causeway will remain open for members.

• The most popular names for new babies in 2020 was revealed in late February. The Central Statistics Office has revealed that Ella is the most popular girls name in Kerry while Darragh and Jack are the most popular boys names in the county.


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