Scoil Eoin show their love for Tralee

Millie Hayes, Alva Daughton, Farah Leahy and Grace Dooner at Maddens on Milk Market Lane last Friday afternoon as they presented their ‘Tralee My Love’ response letters
Millie Hayes, Alva Daughton, Farah Leahy and Grace Dooner at Maddens on Milk Market Lane last Friday afternoon as they presented their ‘Tralee My Love’ response letters
Pupils from Scoil Eoin Balloonagh: Gavin Davies, Stephen Leahy, Grace Dooner with teacher Aideen Griffin and Rebekah Wall and Ash Maguire from Maddens along with Siobhán Murphy, General Manager of The Kerryman newspaper on Friday morning. Photos by Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

Tralee's next generation showed their appreciation and love for the town last week with the culmination of a school project which led them to Madden's shop on Milk Market Lane.

The sixth class pupils, under the guidance of student teacher Aideen Griffin, were there last Friday to present their handwritten letters in response to the hugely popular 'Tralee My Love' video which was released a few weeks ago to widespread acclaim.

The video was created by Ash Maguire and Rebekah Wall of Maddens and it was narrated by local man Frank McCarthy.

The artistic looking video sees Frank taking a walk through the town while reading from the 'Tralee My Love' letter which debuted on the front of The Kerryman in July. 

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The three-minute long clip was very well received when it was released at the start of this month, garnering over 35,000 views so far and it has been shared all over the world by Tralee expats.

As part of the 'My Local Community' theme which Ms Griffin was working on during her practice, she showed this video to her pupils - who loved it - and got them to write a letter in response to the video.

Last Friday morning, Ms Griffin and her class were Ash and Rebekah's guests of honour at the store as the class officially presented their letters to them.

At the event, Rebekah asked some of the pupils just what it was that they liked about the video which included:

- The local accent of the narrator, Frank 

- The way in which the film was shot

- The mention of familiar places that they know such as Byrnesworth and Penney's.

"It's really, really great to see how much you responded to the video. You are the future of Tralee. The fact that you all have taken the time out to watch this video and have pride in it, it's absolutely amazing," said Rebekah.

The pupil's letters will now be put on display in Madden's for the public to read.

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