What happened in Kerry this week

He’s been knocking on doors for weeks but Mayor of Tralee Terry O’Brien has discovered the power of social media and the enormous boost it has given his campaign - and he’s got a viral hit video to prove it!

The Kingdom is still the most pristine seaside destination in Ireland – as all 15 Blue Flag waterfronts have retained their top-tier status for 2024.

Hurling and camogie fans are celebrating history in Tralee as both Parnell GAA teams have been crowned Division 1 Féile champions in the same season.

One of the most influential politicians in the US came ‘home’ to the Maharees last Sunday - where her grandparents emigrated from more than a century ago.

A senior lecturer at MTU has won a prestigious Outstanding Achievement accolade at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2024 for his lifelong contribution to the hospitality industry.

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Rose Emer fulfils granddad’s prediction!

Castlegregory's Emer Dineen will represent Kerry at the 2024 International Rose of Tralee - and fulfil a prediction made by her grandfather when she was a child.

To say the 23-year-old is shocked to be named this year's Kerry Rose is “an understatement”, but she always planned on trying her luck at wearing the sash.

“It was never a matter of if I entered the contest - but when,” she said.

At the Kerry Rose Selection night in the Killarney Heights Hotel last Friday, fifteen Rose contestants took to the stage.

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Bypass to cut Listowel traffic by 40%

LISTOWEL’S €61m bypass is expected to reduce traffic in the town by 40% – and cut the number of vehicles travelling through the town centre by about 2,000 a day.

On June 14, the 7km single carriageway project will officially open to the public, with 3.8km of new roads, around 1.2km of upgrade works to the existing road network and a controversial 2.3km upgrade to the existing John B Keane Road.

Featuring three new roundabout junctions, 19 new structures - including four bridges and upgrades to ‘vulnerable road user facilities’ in the town - the project is being hailed by Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) as an effective way of reducing traffic congestion in the North Kerry town.

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Kathy comes home to Kerry

ONE OF the most influential politicians in the US was back ‘home’ on Sunday where she was given a civic reception by Kerry County Council at Fahamore on the Maharees – where her grandparents Jack and Mary Courtney (nee Browne) emigrated from more than a century ago.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul was accompanied by her husband Bill, the first First Gentleman of New York, their daughter Caitlin and her husband Matt, as well as New York state officials and US media.

They were received by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Councillor Jim Finucane, Education Minister Norma Foley, representing the Government, and Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell for the biggest honour the local authority can bestow on anyone.

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Canadian company bee-gins life in Listowel

KERRY BEEKEEPERS will be buzzing this week - a brand new bee supplies manufacturer opened at Clieveragh Industrial Estate on World Bee Day.

Nature’s Own Design (NOD) Apiary Products –the Canadian company behind the venture – manufactures and distributes sustainable honey bee and animal products.

These include gel strips that target mites in hives, insulating layers to cut heat loss over winter, and a Formic Acid that protects bees from mite infestations. 

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Castleisland students skin safety project takes gold

The ingenious students of Castleisland Community College have plenty reasons to be keeping the sunny side out this week as their summer skin safety campaign, which has just won gold at a national competition for Young Social Innovators, is now being lined up for a national roll-out acrossIreland’s schools.

The students and their Sun Smarties project won the top prize, the overall National Gold Winners at theYoung Social Innovators (YSI) national final – the YSI initiative competitions empowers young people to use the talents, insights passion and creativity to come up with innovative solutions to various challenges. 

For their award-winning project the students designed a ‘Sun Smart’ programme that helped to educate everyone at Castleisland Community College to safeguard themselves against any possible causes of skin cancer.

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Ray hits the road in Tralee

Radio star Ray D’Arcy came to Tralee town this week as part of his Run with Ray series and invited a local singer on to the show - because he said he liked her voice.

About 300 runners registered to take part in the run which followed a live broadcast of Ray’s radio show live from the Tralee Town Park.

Ray has been travelling around the country for over 10 years trying to encourage more people to get out and get active.

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