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Council votes to move Tralee Courthouse to Island of Geese

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The controversial decision to move Tralee Courthouse to a site within the newly renovated Island of Geese site has been given the backing by the majority of elected councillors in Kerry.

VOTE: Cllr Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen who is the Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District and a Killarney-based solicitor said the Council's vote to move Tralee Courthouse to the Island of Geese is welcome news.

As a result of today’s vote, a plot of land on the Island of Geese will be sold to the Court Services and a new courthouse will be built on that site.

The decision will be controversial as the site was gifted to the people of Tralee by the Denny Family when they vacated the site a few years ago.

Earlier this month a new walkway and town centre public amenity was officially opened by Kerry County Council.

“It's a huge relief and very progressive that Councillors by a large majority voted to sell a small section of the Island of Geese site in Tralee to the Court Service for the provision of a new courthouse in Tralee which is badly needed,” said Cllr Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen, who is the Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District and a Killarney-based solicitor.

He cited the following reasons as the why it was necessary to build a new courthouse in Tralee.

- The Court Service deemed the current Courthouse in Ashe Street no longer fit for purpose.

- Without a new courthouse, Kerry cases would be lost to Limerick and Cork, resulting in a huge waste of time, money and resources for Gardai and those appearing before the courts.

- It's important that justice is administered locally in the county.

- Kerry cases would not get adequate coverage in the press if Kerry cases were heard outside the county. The public are entitled to know about most cases before the courts.

- The legal profession is a big employer in the county and it's essential such jobs are retained in Kerry

- The new courthouse will be very close to Tralee Garda Station which would be sensible and convenient on a number of fronts.

- A new courthouse would adequately cater for people with disabilities, will be more spacious, will have consultation rooms, and will have facilities for the legal profession

- The courthouse would be located in the centre of Tralee town and will result in spin off businesses such as shops, restaurants etc., being retained in the town.

- The courthouse would not only be for Tralee, but for all of Kerry.

“Today I call upon the Court Service to proceed with the various formalities to build a new courthouse including obtaining the funding, planning permission, design," he added. “Today's decision is a positive step and it is imperative the construction of the new court is progressed without delay.”

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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