Fantastic Kerry Association away weekend in Tralee – 7 th – 9 th October 2016
What a weekend it was – without doubt one of the best ever. That was the consensus of the 95+ attendees on our visit to the Manor West Hotel in Tralee at the weekend. From departure at Heuston until our arrival in Tralee it was fun and games all the way. On our arrival at the hotel, Management went out of their way in ensuring that our stay was memorable and that is exactly what it was.
After refreshments at the hotel, several of us headed off into town to explore the numerous shops and arcades that abound, and of course, called at some of the well-known hostelries. Others in the group decided to stay at the hotel to enjoy the excellent spa facilities. Our gala dinner that evening was a gourmet delight which was followed by lively entertainment to the melodious tones of the resident hotel band. There was no problem in identifying the best line dancers on the floor, and it goes without saying that the evening would not be the same without the customary late night sing song!.
Saturday turned out to be another glorious day in the Kingdom. Whilst a slight mist enveloped the hills around Tralee town in the early morning, once we set off for Dingle what could only be described as a Mediterranean like temperature was the order of the day. Our two excellent coach drivers, Gerry and Frank from John O’Shea Coaches gave us a very informative running commentary on places of interest along the way. Of course we called at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry and enjoyed an impromptu traditional Irish music session there. As can be seen from some of the photos of the visit, under “Gallery/Recent Photos” here on this website, everyone wanted their “snap” taken outside at Páidí’s monument. Our coach tour continued onto Slea head with several photographic opportunities along the way. In Dingle again there was plenty of time to check out the local curiosity shops and we had to line up to sample “Murphy’s” delicious ice cream. Another gastronomic feast awaited us on Saturday evening at the Manor West followed by music by the excellent young band that had recently scooped an award at the Flea Ceoil in Ennis.
The sing song on Saturday evening lasted late into the night. Some party poopers were seen heading to their bedrooms around 3am but the die hards could be heard singing “The Boys of Barr na Stráide” as the sun was rising!
On Sunday unfortunately we had to head back to the big smoke. Some of our guests attended Church whilst others had a last chance to visit the spa. On the way home on the train, without exception everyone sang the praises of the weekend and looked to John F, aided and abetted by his daughter Eileen and Mary Shanahan of the Kerry Association, to ensure that a re-visit was on the cards in the not too distant future.