Kerry Camino – May Bank Holiday Weekend

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May Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 3rd May to Monday 6th May.

Enjoy a fabulous 3 days walking experience from Tralee to Dingle.  Walk in the footsteps of the Kerry people through the ages.  From the time of Saint Brendan, The Navigator, when monks and pilgrims walked to Dingle to travel on to the Camino in Spain, and elsewhere.  Meet other travellers en route.  Enjoy spectacular views and scenery of mountains and beaches, and the famous hospitality of the locals.
Arrive in Tralee Friday 3rd May  
Friday : Registration in The Grand Hotel Tralee. (20 euros per person)
Information lecture about the walk followed by Irish music session in the bar.
Saturday: Walk from Tralee to Camp
9.30am  start at St. Johns Church – walking 5/6 hoursImage(toughest section today- need shoes/boots with a good grip)
Options to stay overnight in Camp or return to Tralee.
Sunday: Walk from Camp to Annascaul ( Stopping off in Inch for lunch)
10am at Mick Neill’s pub in Camp – walking 5/6 hours
Break available at Inch beach – Sammy’s on the beach
Options to stay overnight in Annascaul or return to Tralee.
Monday: Walk from Annascaul To Dingle
10 am at South Pole Inn – walking 5/6 hours
Finish in St James church in Dingle and receive your Certificate of Completion.

Transport is available back to Tralee each evening at a reasonable rate
(approx 5 euros Camp, 8 Euros Annascaul, 12 euros Dingle)
Everyone should have their own day pack with a rain coat, a drink, snacks, and money and any first aid required. A hat and hopefully sun cream if the weather is sunny
Contact details:
Email; info@grandhoteltralee.com

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Top Five Mothers Day Treats

Mothers Day is nearly here
This Sunday 10th March 2013

What will you do for your mother

1) Flowers

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Don’t steal them from the town park

Check out Flowers By Ann – Ann always has the best selection in town

2) Chocolates

If you are like me, you don’t want quantity, you want quality.

Something like a little box of hand made Butlers, Lir or Skellig chocolates.

Enough to enjoy, but not to feel guilty about.

3) Gift Voucher

These days people want value for money.

What better way to say you care then a voucher for her favourite restaurant. She can have a meal out without having to clean up  afterwards.

Check out our Gift Vouchers in The Grand Hotel- We have no expiry date on them!!!

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4) Take Her Out For Dinner

She has been feeding people all year. Now its her turn to have a day out.

Make sure you book in advance and avoid disappointment.

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5) Spa Treatment

Last but not least. Book her in for a pampering session. Get all those little jobs done, before the summer gets started.

It will be her personnel spring clean.

Manor West Hotel have some great specials available

http://www.manorwesthotel.ie

http://www.manorwesthotel.ie/beauty_rooms.htm

Well I hope this has been a help

Enjoy Mothers Day

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Tralee Marathon 2013

Tralee has gone running crazy.

Men and women of all ages and sizes can be seen running around all parts of the town, day and night. In groups, individually , with dogs, prams and cyclists.

Whats it all about?

Tralee Marathon- our first one takes place on Saturday, 16th March

The excitement has started to build.

How many are coming?

What is the route?

Everyone knows at least one person who is taking part.

It is great to see the town’s people take to a project in such a whole hearted way.

Need Accomodation

Check out our specials in

http://www.grandhoteltralee.com

To get all the answers to these questions, and more

http://www.traleemarathon.com

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KERRY CAMINO

The Aim.

Try and encourage more walking tourists to this Tralee – Dingle route.

The Dingle Way .

Why call it the Kerry Camino?

There are many historical references to pilgrims of old, travelling out the peninsula to sail from Dingle to Spain. Indeed, our symbol is an ancient scallop shell which was discovered in the area by local archaeologists, similar to the shell used in Spain, believed to have been lost by a pilgrim en route. We felt that we needed to enrichen the experience for walkers by giving them a feeling for the history of those who have walked here through the centuries, and tell the story of the past. This is a truly ancient place with many tales and myths.

The long term aim is to make it a much longer route starting in Clonfert, and incorporate the historical ties of St Brendan ,The Navigator, to Clonfert, Ardfert, Fenit and of course Tralee, Dingle and Mount Brandon.

The Concept.

Walkers who register with the Tourist Offices in the area, or other local busineses involved, receive an information pack containing a log book, local interest information, a route map and directions. There are differant areas along the route known as stamping stations where you stamp your log book, and when you get the required number of stamps, you are eligable to receive your Kerry Camino Certificate of Completion.

We started in March 2012, and decided to launch our new concept with an organised group walk on the first leg of the Camino, from Tralee to Camp on 16th June.

We started gathering from 9am ( the nervous organisers that is) even though we were not due to depart untill 10.30am.

We eventually had somewhere between 50 to 60 gathered, and after numerous speeches, and photographs, and videos, we started off, led out by Tralee Pipe Band. More stragglers joined us as we walked out of Tralee, heading towards Blennerville via the canal, and on towards Tonevane, where the vista of Tralee Bay opened out to us. The group stretched out  depending on peoples pace, and how much talking they did!!! Photo opportunities were many as the rain stayed away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq3CYWOPBm4

We crossed the rivers and negotiated the turns and twists along the way towards Killelton, where a great surprise was in store, Brendan Kennelly and his brother had organised tea, coffee and biscuits for the weary walkers. It was a lovely surprise and much appreciated. The Dutch couple who joined us by accident were very taken with such Irish hospitality.

On we went past the historic ruins of Killelton towards Camp, where my friend Charlotte did her “horse whisperer” trick with the horse in the laneway.

Charlotte, Horse Whisperer

Eventually we took the turn down to lower Camp and joined the gang in Mick Neill’s pub, where in typical Irish fashion we spent a couple of hours re hydrating with the beverage of choice, and congratulated ourselves on our success. It was a great day.

The summer which was the wettest on record, nonetheless saw a marked increase of walkers on The Kerry Camino.

Our first season was a great learning curve for us and we have several improvements to make for 2013 . Our stamping stations suffered a little from vandalism and we have involved local businesses en route to become stations next year giving a larger variety of options for the walker. We have, and continue to improve signage on the route, and we will work closely with Kerry County Council next spring in improving the quality of the route.

In 2013 our aims are:

To extend the Camino beyond Dingle and involve the communities in the west.

Continue to improve our signage, information packs, and route maps.

Organise another event in conjunction with the Gathering in 2013 in which we would do the 3 legs from Tralee, Camp, Anascaul to Dingle over one weekend.

Watch out – The Kerry Camino has been born.

Special thanks to The Grand Hotel Tralee for the meeting rooms

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Paddy’s Day Tralee

St. Patrick’s Day, 17th March is Ireland’s national holiday and is celebrated with events and parades worldwide. Here you can join us in The Grand Hotel for a day of fun.

This event will commence after the parade on Saturday 17th March 2012 and will include magic, music, bubbles, balloons, toys, tatoo’s, games, juggling and much more.

ABOUT SAINT PATRICK

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

JOKE:
When the Irish say that St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland, what they don’t tell you is that he was the only one who saw any snakes!

From Shamrocks to to shenanigans, for St Patricks Day 2012 join us all at The Grand Hotel, Tralee!! Enjoy the craic of an Irish Pub on Paddy’s day, it’s the best way to celebrate the St Patricks Day festival. Drink, sing and wear the green, sure there is no better place to be!! Enchanted with a genuine atmosphere of lively fun where chat is only mighty. On St Patricks Day The Pikeman Bar will attract all sorts plus the Irish and non-Irish alike. Irish emigrants and their descendants around the world comprise a figure of roughly 70 million people so go where the Guiness flows on St Patricks Day in The Grand Hotel, you never know who you might meet!

Irish Champ Recipe
8 medium potatoes
1/2 cup milk
5 tablespoon butter
a bunch scallions or green onions, chopped

Peel and cube potatoes and boil in salted water until tender. Drain and mash slightly. In a small pan, heat milk and butter until butter is melted. Add chopped scallions. Fold mixture into the potatoes until well blended. For 6 people.

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3rd WALK/RUN/CYCLE

Yes its time for the “Third Annual Charity Walk/Run?Cycle”

Held by The Grand Hotel, Tralee on Sunday 26th of February 2012.

It started in 2010 as an emotional response to the plight of the victims of the Haiti earthquake which had occurred earlier in that year. Such was the response on the day, that we decided to make it an annual event.

In 2011 we decided to hold the walk for a cause closer to home, and in co operation with Recovery Haven, here in Tralee, we ran another very successful event.

This year its for the endoscopy unit – or for you and me- in aid of colon/bowel cancer treatment, in Tralee General Hospital.

We decided to do the walk for Tralee General Hospital this year because it is a vital service to everyone in the community, and it is no secret that, like everyone, they are under pressure for funding in all departments.

It is a show of support and solidarity with the front line staff working there, who are under enormous pressure to provide essential services in an environment of cut backs and redundancies.

We start with registration at 10.00 am on Sunday morning here in The Grand Hotel, Tralee.

We have a photo call then when everyone is ready , and we try to have a bit of music to get going like a piper or drummers.

The route heads out the canal to Blennerville, turns left at the playing field in Blennerville towards Clahane and turn in at Ballyard past the rugby club, and The Aquadome and back

To The Grand Hotel for tea, coffee and biscuits.

It is approximately 10km and should take two hours or less.

It is all over before lunch time and people get to enjoy the rest of the day knowing they have already got their exercise and helped in a good cause.

It’s a win, win, win scenario.

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DINGLE, UN VILLAGE DE PÊCHEURS

Je dois parler de Dingle, obligatoire.

Situé à seulement 3/4 d’heures en bus de Tralee.

Il est un petit village de pêcheurs, situé dans une valeeé entre les montagnes, mais entouré par la mer aussi.

J’ai été très chanceux, car il avait une belle journee, ensoleillée et très calme.

Seulement ecouter le bruit  de la mer et les ouseaux.

Il faut souligner les champs verts sur le ciel et entendant compte du fait que chaque petit maison est d’une couleur, en fin, un site unique à partir de mon point de veu.

Aussi, le voyage pour se rendre à Dingle exécute la grande majorité de la côte, et sinon, toutes les vallées des montagnes.

Il faut souligner, comme en toute l’Irlande, la gentillese des gens.

Il y a un aquarium dans le mileu de la ville, parfait si vous voyagez avec des enfants.

L’autre attraction touristique de la ville est un dauphin, connu sous le nom “Fungi” qui habite dans la mer, et à quelques mètres de la rivage vous pouvez prendre un bateau pour voir où ils vous emmènent.

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