Cel­e­bra­tions as Tralee raises pur­ple flag

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

THERE’S a strik­ing new ban­ner fly­ing over the County Coun­cil’s of­fices on Princes Street in Tralee.

On Thurs­day Mayor of Tralee Norma Fo­ley and Pres­i­dent of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance Ai­dan Kelly were joined by mem­bers of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups as they raised a Pur­ple Flag out­side the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Of­fices.

Last Novem­ber months of hard work paid off when, af­ter an all out ef­fort, Tralee picked up one of the cov­eted flags at a cer­e­mony in Novem­ber.

The con­certed ef­fort was led by the spe­cially cre­ated Tralee Pur­ple Flag team headed up by David Scott.

The pur­ple flag pro­gramme is a scheme – sim­i­lar to the blue flags for beaches – which recog­nises towns and cities which of­fer vis­i­tors a qual­ity, safe night out.

Last Septem­ber, to much de­light in and around town, the Tralee bid team learned their bid had been suc­cess­ful and in Novem­ber a del­e­ga­tion from the county cap­i­tal trav­elled to Nor­wich to pick up the flag.

On Thurs­day morn­ing Mayor Fo­ley and Pres­i­dent Kelly, to cheers from the as­sem­bled on­look­ers, fi­nally raised the flag over the town.

Mayor Fo­ley said it was a proud mo­ment for the en­tire town.

“I was de­lighted to hoist the flag in Tralee com­ing as it did on top of Tralee’s gold medal in the Tidy Towns last year and Tralee be­ing named as Ire­land’s Most En­ter­pris­ing Town for 2017. This is an­other vote of con­fi­dence in the town. It will help to fur­ther en­hance Tralee’s rep­u­ta­tion as a vi­brant won­der­ful place to live,” said Mayor Fo­ley.

Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance Pres­i­dent Ai­dan Kelly praised the team be­hind the suc­cess­ful bid.

“David Scott and his team de­serve much credit for their tire­less ef­forts. Their hard work has paid off and now the onus is on every­one to en­sure that we re­tain the flag into the fu­ture,” he said.

Mayor of Tralee Norma Fo­ley had the hon­our of rais­ing the Pur­ple Flag at Princes Quay on Thurs­day with mem­bers of Kerry County Coun­cil, Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance. In­cluded are: Cllr Tom McEl­listrim, Cllr Pat Daly, Cllr Pat McCarthy, Cllr Sam Locke, Sgt Tim O’Ke­effe, Ken Tobin, Dave Scott (Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance), Ros­a­land Hayes (ITT), Jean Fo­ley, Bernard Cas­sidy and Ai­dan Kelly (Pres­i­dent TCA).

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