Five Things To Do In And Around Tralee This Weekend

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It’s almost the weekend already which means that there’s places to go, things to do and people to see. Here’s some stuff you can get up to around the county…



The town park will be showing another one of Spielberg’s classics next weekend when ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ will be screened.

1. Enjoy a Close Encounter

The Secret Cine Club’s Free Open Air Cinema returns (weather permitting!) to the town park tonight when it screens another one of Spielberg’s classics, ‘Close Encounters Of The Kind’.

The film will be starting at 9.30pm but with gates opening at 7, it’s recommended you come early to get the best spot and have a picnic.

It is highly recommended too that you bring blankets and jackets to ensure you stay warm well into the night, with a strong hint too that insect repellent should be brought.

Everything and anything you need to know can be found out on the events Facebook page HERE, so please go and check that out.

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A section of the crowd at the start of the Na Gaeil GAA Club fundraising cycle on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

A section of the crowd at the start of the Na Gaeil GAA Club fundraising cycle last year. Photo by Dermot Crean

2. Na Gaeil Cycle

Those of a sportier nature can choose to spend their weekend a little differently by taking part in the Na Gaeil cycle which will take place early on Saturday morning, August 29.

There are two routes to choose from for those taking part, the 40km to Castleisland and back or the 80km to Castleisland, Abbeyfeale, Listowel, Tralee.

Registration is set to cast adults €20, students €10 and families €50. People will now be able to register now online, in club, or on the morning of 29th from 8am. The official start to of the cycle is 9:30am from the clubhouse.

There will be a BBQ afterwards at 8pm at the club.


Sandstorm will take place this Saturday, August 29.

3. Sandstorm Endurance

Ok, it’s a bit out the road, but keeping with the sporty theme, Saturday at noon will see the kick off of  Spin South West’s endurance event ‘Sandstorm’ when it takes place on Ballyheigue beach.

The award winning event will see competitors taking on a netted pyramid, an 8-foot wall and a 16-foot climbing frame to name a few, all the while wading through the sand of the scenic beach.

The race will kick off at 12 noon sharp on Saturday with race numbers able to be collected at Ballyheigue Beach Car park.

Registration is now closed, but be sure to come down and show your support on the day.

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner will play in the Brandon Hotel on Saturday evening.

4. Eric Roche Acoustic Sessions

A more relaxed way of spending your day could be be to head down to the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre on Saturday evening to see a host of hugely talented guitarists play a set or two.

The event is in memory of famous Tralee guitarist Eric Roche, and will see folk star Newton Faulkner take to the stage alongside Thomas Leeb, Jacques Stotzem and Robert Castellani.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale now and are set to cost €25 for the main event, which is expected to sell out, they can be purchased HERE.

The main event will then be kicking off at 8pm, with doors opening to the public at 7pm that evening.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the event being held in the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre will be going toward the Kerry Hospice Foundation and the local Inspired Group.

Lixnaw's James Flaherty keeps his eye on the ball. Photo by Dermot Crean

Lixnaw’s James Flaherty will be in action this Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

5. Go watch the hurling

Head on out to Abbeydorney on Saturday and Sunday evening and you’ll be in for a GAA treat as four teams battle it out for places in the Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry SHC final next month.

St Brendans and Lixnaw do battle on Saturday at 6pm, while at the same time and same place on Sunday, Kilmoyley and Ballyduff cross hurls in the second semi-final of the weekend.

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