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Tralee court relocation “an example of not listening to people”

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A Kerry TD and a member of the Tralee MD have branded proposed moves to relocate Tralee Courthouse to the former Denny site in the town as an example of “not listening to people”.

Current proposals see the Courts Services set to develop a new courthouse at the Island of Geese - a green field site in the town which was gifted to the people of Tralee by Kerry Group.

Up until 2008 the​​​​​​ Denny bacon factory operated on the site.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae and Tralee Independent Tralee MD councillor Sam Locke have written to the Minister for Justice seeking a video call meeting between the Kerry Oireachtas members and the elected members of the Tralee MD to urgently discuss new proposals.

“In 2016 Reddy A+U were commissioned by Kerry County Council to prepare a masterplan for a 42,000m square site. The informal consultation process on this site drew 800 submissions from members of the public in 2016. Not a single person wanted a relocation of the courthouse to the site. So what do we do? We ignore the whole process and plan to move the Courthouse. It’s beyond belief,” Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said.

Cllr Sam Locke said that the Tralee Courthouse could remain in Ashe St if the Government explored the opportunities in the vacant buildings adjacent to the current site for office spaces for the courthouse and if they made an effort to tackle the complaints about lack of wheelchair access once and for all.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae concluded by saying it “was a case of history repeating itself as the whole situation was becoming a ‘shambles’, which was how the Ordnance Survey map dating from 1878 described the area. Things haven’t changed much, since then.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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