Back in 1969 when the Council were planning to create a road through Tralee Town Park, the Save The Green Committee was formed - and now 50 years later they will be holding an historical celebration to mark the formation of the group who are still very active.
The special commemorative event takes place in The Green (Tralee Town Park) on Friday September 6 at 6pm at the old oak tree near the Denny Street entrance. All supporters are invited to attend. A seat in memory of all the former Committee members will be unveiled and there will be music by St Pat’s Scór group.
The old oak tree was chosen as the venue as it was here that the ‘Protest Concert’ took place in 1973 with almost every musician in Tralee taking part. Hundreds of Tralee people turned up to show their support and protest against any suggestion of a road going through The Green. The message was heard loud and clear and The Green - Tralee’s magical Town Park - remains intact.
The well-known Golden couple Sonny and Elsie Healy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday night in the Ashe Hotel.
Sonny and Elsie were married on August 16, 1969 three years after meeting at a dance in Killarney. Sonny and his brother Charlie, Michael and gang of friends used to get a bus to Killarney for the dances in the Town Hall. The young Elsie Doherty from Killarney loved dancing and when their paths crossed, their future was sealed.
Elsie is daughter of the late Catherine and Joe Doherty from St Brendan’s Terrace and she was one of nine in the family. Sonny was son of the late Matthew and Mary Healy from Stack’s Villas and he was one of a family of 13.