Grace O’Donnell (b. 1973)
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Grace O’Donnell (b. 1973)


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Track 1: Riverside, Tralee is the birthplace of Grace O’Donnell who now resides in a house she built close to her family home. She recalls her grandfather, John O’Donnell, who was originally from Camp and who worked at McCowen’s Merchants and at Benner’s Garage in Tralee. She also mentions that her paternal grandmother came from Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Her own employment with the Kerry Cleaning Centre is also mentioned. Track 2: Joining the Fine Gael Party, her election to Tralee Town Council in 2009 and her involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and Tralee Rugby Club are all discussed. The role of a Councillor and interaction with the public are also discussed, as is her input to the Council chamber on her election. The new Tralee Chamber Alliance and its benefits to the town are outlined. Track 3: The recent speculation on the possible location to Tralee of the GPCE Medical Group is recalled, and she discusses her work with Tidy Towns Tralee and the gold medal won by the town in 2013. Tribute is paid to the work of Tralee Town Planner, Victoria McCarthy, with regard to derelict buildings in the town, and Grace discusses asylum seekers in Tralee, the travelling community and supporting the work of the Garda Siochána to make Tralee a safer place. She served as Mayor of Tralee for one term and she recalls her duties during her tenure.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Tralee Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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8.21 MB, 9.50 MB, 14.99 MB, 8.22 MB

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A local councillor

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore