REVIEW 2021: The News From October

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

• Radio Kerry received a top prize at the IMRO Radio Awards on October 1.

Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk was shortlisted in the Local/Regional Sports Programme category for a tribute show following the passing of Kerry athlete and Olympian Jerry Kiernan earlier this year. The show was presented by Andrew Hickson and produced by Ivan Hurley.

• Plans for a new walkway/cycleway from Cockleshell Road to the Spa went to public consultation in October.

The new walkway would link with the current tarmacademed route from Cockleshell, all the way down to the Marina, creating a scenic pedestrian and cycle friendly facility along the coast from the town out to Spa.

Billy Sheehan.

• Tralee man Billy Sheehan succeeded Mike Quirke as the next Laois senior football manager.

Former Stacks player Sheehan, son of the late Rockies stalwart and Radio Kerry broadcaster Timmy Sheehan,  became the sixth manager from the Kingdom to manage Laois after Quirke, John Sugrue, Tomás O Flatharta, Liam Kearns and Mick O’Dwyer.

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• Central Pharma  confirmed they would begin production in Kerry Technology Park in Tralee in Quarter 1 of 2022.

Central Pharma announced plans to establish a contract packaging and supply centre at the IDA’s Advanced Technology Building in Tralee in December 2018, but the company has subsequently experienced some delays in progressing their plans, including in relation to the Covid-19 restrictions.

• CH Tralee announced their annual Christmas Parade on the streets of Tralee and their Santaland experience instore, were once again cancelled for 2021.

The parade traditionally signalled the official beginning of the festive season in town  but could not go ahead due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Tommy Walsh confirmed his decision on October 18 to retire from the Kerry Senior Football Panel.

The Kerins O’Rahillys man began his inter county career as a minor and quickly progressed through to U-21 and senior ranks.

In the 2009 All-Ireland series Tommy produced some memorable performances culminating in the All-Ireland Final win over Cork when he contributed a quarter of Kerry’s scores on the day.

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• Tralee was deemed Clean To European Norms in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) report by An Taisce.

Tralee came in 23rd place out of the 40 towns and cities assessed, down from 17th in the January results. Killarney fell from 2nd to 22nd in the league.

• A gofundme page, set up by a Tralee woman reached its target and she has planned to travel to Germany for treatment for Chronic Lyme disease.

Louise O’Sullivan from Tralee, now living in Galway, has been suffering with Lyme Disease for almost two years and her only hope was to visit St Georges Clinic in Germany to receive three weeks of intense treatments so she can fully recover.

She started a gofundme page on October 3 and the public response to her plight was phenomenal. Louise needed to raise €29,000 for the treatment but she raised over €30,000.

• October saw the opening of a new store at Manor West Retail Park creating over 80 full and part-time jobs.

The Range store was opened by the Mayor of County Kerry, Councillor Jimmy Moloney. Staff members had been working round the clock to get everything ready to welcome local customers which will provide products across 18 departments.

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Pat Mann

• A Tralee solicitor was honoured at the Irish Law Awards at the end of October.

Pat Mann received the Special Merit Award at the event was held in the Clayton Hotel in Dublin.

The recipient of such an award, selected by the judging panel, has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the law that deserves to be celebrated.

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