Tralee: Kindhearted Group Look For Donations In Christmas Collection


Donations of clothes, toiletries and toys are welcome in this Christmas collection campaign

A GROUP of local kindhearted people are looking to help make this years Christmas a little easier and a little more special for those less fortunate among us by organising a donation campaign for clothes, toiletries and toys.

The ‘Caring For Christmas’ group is a collaborative effort by local people here in town and who are collecting the much needed items for three different local organisations:

  • Arlington Lodge Homeless Shelter
  • Baile Mhuire Daycare for the Elderly
  • Adapt Kerry Womens Refuge

They have so far organised a day of collection for this coming Wednesday December 2nd (9.30-5pm) at the Yummy Market Cafe and are in talks for another for this coming Friday December 4th, but this second day has yet to be confirmed.

Grainne Landers is one of the organisers behind the generously minded group and who is hoping that they might be be able to make some peoples Christmas just a little bit better through the collection.

“We just really wanted to do something that would help the most vulnerable, that they would have something for Christmas,” said Gráinne when speaking to Fergus Dennehy earlier today.

“We [Caring For Christmas] are just a group of individuals. Some of us knew each other, some of us didn’t and we just got together and thought about what we could do for Christmas for the more vulnerable organisations,” she continued.

“We just looked at the groups where we know the funding is very difficult for them and that they struggle all year round with that. Especially coming up to Christmas, some people mightn’t have families around them and that they might be very isolated,” she said.

The group are hoping that the generosity of the public will ring through and are looking for a number of specific, yet simple items.

“Toiletries would be a big thing [that we’re looking for] for all three organisations. The likes of shower gels, deodorants, razors, shaving creams and soap, all those kind of things,”

“The only clothing donations that we’re taking are hats, scarves, gloves and socks and finally we’ll be collecting toys for Adapt,” she continued.

“There’s a second entrance [to the Yummy Cafe] on the Bridge Street side and we’ll be collecting there. As we collect, people will come from our group and take the donated items as the day goes on and hopefully we’ll be able to hand them out to the three organisations on the Thursday and Friday,” she finished.


Song Of The Week #2: First Aid Kit: ‘My Silver Lining’

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit and their song ‘ My Silver Lining’ is sure to lift your spirits on this winters day. 

IF YOU’RE on the look out for a new song or band to listen to on this very wet and dank day, then look no further than this, dare I say it, gem from the band, First Aid Kit.

This weeks ‘Song of the Week’ is ‘My Silver Lining’ which comes from the two Swedish sisters Johanna & Klara Söderberg that make up the band.

Most people will definitely have heard this song before, it was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2014 and has since garnered over 9 million views.

Not bad at all.

It is one that I happened to come across for the first time this past Saturday night when surfing through the radio in the car, and by Jove, I’m certainly delighted that I did.

I’m by no means an expert on music, but I just absolutely loved the upbeat feel of the song and the positive lyrics throughout, most notably the lines:

“Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road.

I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong. I try to keep on keeping on, yeah I just keep on keeping on,”

Powerful and universal words right there and ones that stuck with me until I finally got home and had the chance to google them, my best decision of the week, I would argue.

They’re a band that you should check out more of, especially their songs ‘Wolf’ and ‘The Lions Roar’.

Enough rambling by me though, check out the song in the video below. 

KERRY: Annascaul To Celebrate New Year With Parade Through Village


The people of Annascaul are planning on celebrating the arrival of 2016 in style. 

WHILE there’s still a few weeks to go yet, it might be wise to spend a little time thinking of how and where you’re going to be ringing in the new year celebrations.

If you’re someone that is open to suggestions, one idea might be to head out to the quaint and fantastic town/village that is Annascaul for the night.

The area has planned a celebratory march/walk/parade through the village on the coming 31st of December to celebrate the new year and are inviting as many people as possible to come down and attend.

The area is one that boasts a great number of pubs from where you can easily get into the celebratory mood, and an even better bunch of locals in which to celebrate with.

Close to midnight, all those gathered will follow the bell ringer and pipers on a walk up and down the village where they will give an enormous Annascaul welcome to 2016 and the new opportunities that it will bring.

Anyone wishing to take part is asked to assemble at the old bridge in the village at 11.45pm and to bring their country, county, parish or club flag along with them in a show of colour, welcome and unity.

It’d certainly be a very different way to ring in the new year, let’s just hope the weather holds up aswell.

Mental Health Exhibition To Take Place In Brandon Hotel Tomorrow

Mental Wellness

The Mental Wellness exhibition will take place in the Brandon Hotel tomorrow.

A NEW and comprehensive guide to the various mental health support services in Kerry will be launched at the ‘Open Our Minds Mental Wellness Exhibition that will take place in the Brandon Hotel tomorrow Sunday November 29th from 1pm-6pm.

‘Minding Our Minds: A Guide to Supports and Services’ will be a free information resource for those experiencing that are experiencing challenges to their emotional well-being.

The free directory has been produced by the Killarney voluntary group, ‘Be Aware ! Prevent Suicide’, which has organised four mental wellness exhibitions to date.

“Be Aware! Prevent Suicide is committed to being a bridge between the community in Kerry and service providers, both voluntary and statutory,” Be Aware Chairperson and Founder Deirdre Fee said.

“We are committed to de-stigmatising mental health issues by talking about them, by informing our community about them—the signs, the symptoms, as well as the help and support that is available,” she said.

“There is a wealth of highly trained support and service providers in the county, and nationally, who can help us deal with the life-changing events and traumas that challenge our emotional well-being. Their contact details, along with the services they provide are listed in ‘Minding Our Minds’,” she continued.

The chairperson said that the publishing of 80,000 copies of the directory had been made possible by the generosity of the Kerry public in supporting fund-raising for Be Aware!Prevent Suicide.

She acknowledged the support of key fund-raising events and groups such as Cycle for Suicide Prevention in Memory of Stephanie O’Sullivan, the Charity Fashion Show in Memory of Stephen O’Sullivan, Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), North, East and West Kerry Development, ‘Calendar Girls Rev up for Charity’ and the ESB.

She said that 55,000 copies of the free directory would be distributed to homes in Kerry while the balance would be donated to third level colleges and second level schools.

“The guide has realised all our expectations thanks to the support of so many people who fund-raised and worked to make it a reality,” Ms Fee said.

“We believe it will be an invaluable resource for Kerry. The next step will be to generate the finance to ensure its delivery to every home,” she said.

“We would appreciate any help in this regard. Ideally, a mail shot by An Post would be the most efficient means of delivery but this is expensive.”

Ms Fee said that recovery will be the theme of the Mental Wellness Exhibition which will follow the successful formula of information stands, workshops and public speakers.

Stories and insights on recovery will be communicated chiefly by professionals and people who have journeyed through wellness with the support of Kerry Peer Support Network which opened its first Recovery Centre in Tralee in 2013.

The centre was developed by a consortium of members including Tralee Mental Health Association, Irish Advocacy Network and Kerry Mental Health Services.

At the exhibition, the Network will unveil plans to roll out this model via other satellite centres throughout Kerry over the coming year.

Through the network’s Peer Support programmes, individuals listen to others who have dealt with similar experiences. They learn to move beyond illness and are provided with opportunities to seek out new pathways and meaning towards living a full life.

Jim Breen of Cycle Against Suicide will be the MC at the exhibition which runs from 1pm to 6pm at the Brandon Hotel on Sunday, November 29th.

The contacts for the event are Deirdre Fee (086-2308788) and Brenda Healy: 0868079204

LOCAL: Tralee Named Ireland’s Top Tourism Town


Tralee received one of the highest accolades at the Fáilte Ireland awards today.

IT’S A great day for the parish.

IN NEWS that is sure to delight residents of the town, Tralee has today been named as the best large tourism town in Ireland at the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns awards.

Through the help of local volunteer groups and work done by the various tourism organisations and businesses in the area, the town managed to beat off stiff competition in Cobh, Kilkenny and neighbours Killarney to claim the prestigious accolade.

Judges for the award were quick to make note in their comments of the beautiful and wonderfully colourful town centre and the the well maintained traditional shop fronts.

They were equally impressed with the wide array of parks and attractions on offer for tourists such as the Aqua Dome, Tennis courts, Museum’s, Siamsa Tire, the Kerry Camino, accommodation, cafes, pubs, and eateries, extensive shopping that are all a stones’ throw from each other.

On the back of the prestige garnered by winning, the town will now receive a certificate and a grant of €5,000 towards further development in the tourism sector.

“In Kerry, tourism is everybody’s business and in Tralee almost 1,000 people are now directly employed in tourism related enterprises,” said Kieran Ruttledge of Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Tidy Towns, when accepting the award on the town’s behalf.

Check out the promotional video for Tralee below…

Song Of The Week #1: Chapter 2: ‘Strange Things-Randy Newman’

Chapter Band

Chapter 2 are a very entertaining and diverse local band.

IF THERE’s one local band that you should be listening to, it’s these guys.

Chapter 2 are a Tralee based band, whose band members hail mostly from Edenderry in Offaly, with one member originating in Dublin.

If you’ve been out anytime in Tralee or Kerry over the last year or two, you’ve probably (definitely) heard this bands name come up, even in passing and they’re certainly not one to be missed if you ever get the chance.

The line up consists of Aaron Hutchinson (Cajon) Ryan Hurst (Guitar) Michal Wagner (Guitar and vocals) Robin Clarke (Bass) and Oscar Cusack (More guitar and vocals).

They’re currently working on releasing their first EP and can found be found playing in a number of pubs/clubs around the county.

Check out their Facebook page HERE for more information.

Watch Chapter 2 in action down below as they cover ‘Strange Things’ by Randy Newman.

TRALEE NEWS: Dynamos To Host Charity Game In Honour Of Joe


Joe Flynn pictured with Ray D’Arcy and Joe’s two daughters Joanne and Bernie. Photo Credit: RTÉ

TRALEE Dynamos are getting set to host a very special match this coming Sunday November 29th in honour of their former player Joe Flynn, who is suffering from terminal oesophageal cancer and who has been given just a few months to live.

Joe is a well known and much loved character around the town whose profound strength and courage in the face of his illness have garnered him nationwide support (see article here).

His former club therefore have taken it upon themselves to host their very special ‘Kick it For Joe’ legends game at their pitch at noon on Sunday.

They are inviting players of all ages to come out and play in the game, with no limits on the number of players on each side and with the use of rolling substitutions, fitness should not be a concern for those who are worried.

Donations will be taken at the game with all money collected going straight towards the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus which is a free service that takes those that are suffering from cancer and who might not have any other way of getting to their treatment, up to Cork University Hospital (CUH) and back again.

Anyone wishing to help out on the day can contact Noel White on 083 1165199.