Six Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

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Who says November is a boring month? Well, ok it is, but try and make the most of the pre-party season by heading out and about to some of these events!…


1. Barbara’s book launch…

Local author Barbara Byar will launch her debut short fiction collection – ‘Some Days Are Better Than Ours’ at Madden’s Cafe in Tralee from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Deirdre Walsh from Radio Kerry will be the launch MC and there will be wine, nibbles, readings and a chance to ask questions of the author. Barbara is an American immigrant who has lived for many years in Co. Kerry with her two sons and two dogs.

A former Novel Fair winner, her short fiction has been published widely and listed for various competitions, including the Bare Fiction Prize and the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award.

2. Fashion night in Ballyroe…

The annual ADAPT Kerry Charity Shop Fashion Show is on in Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

The clothes come from the shop in Matt Talbot Road and features top designer brands which will be available to buy on the night.

Radio Kerry’s Alan Finn is the MC on the night and there will be music from Noel Mac and Len Casey, with Manus Leen as the DJ on the night.

There’s great spot prizes and all fashions on display will be available to buy after the show. For tickets, call into the shop on Matt Talbot Road (next to Gleasure’s Funeral Home). Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.

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3. Rock out at the Meadowlands…

Meadowlands Hotel is the venue for the 6th annual Tralee Rock, Blues & Motorcycle Festival from Friday to Sunday.

Held in aid of Kerry S.P.C.A., the Festival kicks off on Friday at 8pm with In the Black followed by Mario. The headline for the evening is the Inglorious Bar-Stewards.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a ride out from the hotel followed by a bike show with trophies and prizes. That evening sees Pa Barry, Martin Cummins, Mudcat Blues Band and headline act Chapter 2 take the stage.  There will be a major raffle, party games and presentation of trophies and prizes throughout the evening.

Sunday will see a more relaxed pace with an early Blues session in Johnny Frank’s Bar to end the festival.


4. Honouring the jubilee teams…

While the Austin Stacks county championship winning team of 1994 will be honoured at halftime during the Kerry SFC final on Sunday, the club is planning their own celebration on Saturday night at the clubhouse in Connolly Park.

Many Rockies have fond memories of the side that beat Dr Crokes that year and most of the players should be present for a night of nostalgia. Also, the Stacks 1969 minor team who won the county championship that year will be recognised, so it’s a double celebration not to be missed for Rockies. It all starts at 8.30pm.

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5. TV comes to Ballygarry…

Ireland AM is coming to Ballygarry House Hotel. Hosted by Anna Daly, Simon Delaney and Deric Ó h’Artagáin from the popular Virgin Media One show, it features your favourite Ireland AM personalities plus some special guests.

Guests include Celia Holman Lee, Mark Rogers of Benefit Cosmetics fame, Lucy Wolfe, Ireland’s number one Sleep Consultant and more.

Guests will enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco and be entertained with interactive sessions on everything from beauty and health, home and cookery. There’s a huge selection of spot prizes throughout the day. Full event tickets are €85.

6. County Final Day…

Thousands will converge on Austin Stack Park this Sunday for a battle between the two best teams in the county.

Dr Crokes will lock horns with East Kerry at 3pm to decide who will win the Kerry SFC title. On a local note, Austin Stacks will be hoping the divisional side prevail, in which case they would enter into the Munster Club Championship.

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