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60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House.

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Board of Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney, have announced a comprehensive programme of events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, beginning on June 14.

Now one of Ireland's premier tourist attractions, the house was opened as a Kerry Folk Museum on June 14, 1964, and is run in partnership by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the voluntary Board of Trustees.
Local dignitaries, some current and former staff as well as some current and former Trustees will attend a formal ceremony at Muckross House, on the day.
There will also be free admission to Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms throughout the weekend (14-16 June) where the gGuides and Traditional Farm staff will provide their usual high standard of interpretation for visitors.
Several major developments have been undertaken by NPWS in partnership with the Trustees of Muckross House since 1964, including restoration work, the development of Muckross Traditional Farms, building the Muckross Schoolhouse, nurturing of traditional crafts, such as weaving, pottery and bookbinding; opening the Garden Restaurant and Craftshop and the development of an in-house research library.
An estimated one million people visit the Muckross area annually. Of these, 120,000 visit Muckross House, and 65,000 visit Muckross Traditional Farms. The Trustees of Muckross House currently employ more than 100 people.
"While Muckross is an undoubted magnet for tourists, it is also a huge attraction for the local community who visit and support the facilities all year round. Local people have a deep love of Muckross and we hope they will take part in and enjoy our celebrations to mark this historic year,'' said trustees chairman, Marcus Treacy.
Meanwhile, two long-term signature projects related to music and dance are also planned by the Trustees of Muckross House as part of the celebrations. Composer J. J. O'Shea is composing a musical suite, telling the story of Muckross through music. Also, a traditional dance project, based in north Kerry and carried out 40 years ago by Dr Catherine Foley, is being revisited to see how the dance has evolved since then.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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