Community news: Talking About Tralee
It's great to hear that the recent visit from the Purple Flag judges was, by all accounts, a resounding success.
Tralee did itself proud and while we won't know if our town has secured Purple Flag status for a few months the indications are very good indeed.
The judges - who were given an extensive tour of all the town's attractions - were apparently highly impressed with the town with the quality of the local restaurants and Siamsa Tíre proving especially popular.
In fact so keen were the judges on Tralee that one of them has said he is planning to come back here with his family for their holidays next year.
Local businesses and the community were asked to roll out the red carpet for the judges and they did so with great aplomb.
Everyone involved in the Purple Flag bid and in organising the judges' visit - particularly the Tralee Purple Flag bid team led by David Scott - should be very proud of what they have achieved .
The results of the Tralee Health Check - which are covered extensively elsewhere in this paper - are also very encouraging.
While the Health Check did raise a few items of concern - the feeling among many of those surveyed that the town isn't safe at night is one that needs urgent attention - overall the feedback has been very positive.
The perception that there isn't adequate parking in town (a notion that Talking Tralee disagrees with) was a problem cited by many but the overall opinion of Tralee is extremely good.
In particular the quality and variety of cafés and restaurants came in for huge praise as did the excellent service in the towns shops.
The town is seen as having a good quality, varied shops; as being good value and as being easy to get around.
Our magnificent Town Park also came in for high praise.
All in all the results of the health check - which some in the business community were awaiting with a sense of trepidation - are very encouraging.
The sense of positivity in town was given another boost in the last week by the opening of the Mall.
After months of work the fences have started to come down on the revamped street and it looks extremely well.
The fact that it will be largely finished and open in time fort the festival was great news and we're looking forward to seeing happy crowds enjoying the festivities there.
Craddocks - whose staff have been working longer shifts to make sure The Mall is ready - deserve credit for the speed and skill with which they're completing the Mall project.
It's been a big few weeks for town and with the Rose of Tralee just around the corner it's set to get even busier.
Lets keep that red carpet rolled out and make sure that the thousands of visitors who will flock into Tralee for the Rose go home knowing Tralee is one of the best towns in Ireland to visit.
We're on a roll right now, lets keep it up.
A feast of fun for families in Shanakill
After days of awful weather the sun burst through the clouds just in time for the recent family fun day in Shanakill.
The event - held on Friday July 28 - was hosted by the Shanakill Family Resource centre and there was lots to enjoy for all ages.
As well as a bouncy castle and a range of games for the children there was plenty of tasty treats to be enjoyed.
The burgers and hot-dogs laid on by BBQ masters Pat O'Carroll and Junior Locke were a big hit with the adults while the candy floss proved popular with the younger guests at the event.
The array of cakes and buns also proved extremely popular as did the pizzas from the outdoor oven. We're told a great day was had by all and it's easy to see why.
Would €1,500 help with your studies? Then drop by TCU
Calling all college students. Would €1,500 help finance your studies?
If the answer is yes, then Tralee Credit Union may have the answer in the form of its annual Education and Dan Kellegher Memorial Awards.
The TCU Education Awards are open to undergraduates in a full time course of at least two years' duration and Dan Kellegher Memorial Awards are open to post-graduates in a full or part-time course of at least a years' duration.
In total Tralee Credit Union will give away €10,500 to seven lucky members who each receive €1,500 towards their chosen course of study.
The awards are open to all Tralee Credit Union members in college and you can apply for their awards online at www.traleecu.ie.
If you are yet not a member and are eligible to join Tralee Credit Union, you can join and enter before Saturday September 30, the closing date for these awards.
"It's an expensive time of year with a huge financial burden placed on students and their families. While our education awards don't solve the problem they do go a long way towards easing the financial pressure," said TCU Marketing and Development Officer Suzanne Ennis.
"We offer an easy and quick online application process on our website. All you have to do is visit our website www.traleecu.ie fill in your details and you could be one of seven lucky members randomly selected to win," said Suzanne.
"For students who need a loan we have a very low Student loan rate available to both students and their parents. We also have a low rate Saver's Loan for parents who have saved up for college to give them the option to 'spend it or save it' on loans of €5,000 or more."
Most people find it easier to repay a loan than it is to save so they borrow on the strength of their savings.
With our saver's loan they still have their savings at the end of the loan plus they have the flexibility of knowing that they can repay their loan anytime without penalty and they have peace of mind of free life cover on both their loans and their savings with our Loan Protection and Life Savings Insurance" For further information on Tralee Credit Union's awards and loans go to www.traleecu.ie.