Mark’s Halloween poetry spooktacular

It’s all treats this Halloween as a Tralee poet sets out to cheer up those who have found the pandemic hard with an online session of poetry and entertainment.

Mark Flanagan has been dabbling in poetry for 20 years, and has teamed up with some creative friends to put together a spooky production being launched on YouTube from October 30.

A caretaker with Enable Ireland, Mark said he used the downtime during the pandemic to work on his poetry and he found that things were not so easy for others, as the lockdown restrictions caused upset and hardship for many.

Special birthday for Tralee lady Therese

Therese McCarthy, a lady from one of Tralee’s best known families, got a lovely surprise last Friday when her nephew Justin arranged a get-together to mark her birthday.

Therese is well known as the No. 2 sister behind the bar at Jess McCarthy’s in Castle Street - one of Tralee’s oldest bars.

Though she worked all her life as a radiographer in University Hospital Kerry - she also gave her time to helping out sister Phil ‘behind the counter’ at Jess McCarthy’s - a bar where customers became extended family.