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A letter to the people of Killarney from the Mayor

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Dear friends of Killarney Advertiser,

As Easter approaches, our county is experiencing a new and very challenging reality.

Some of us are cocooned, some are hospitalised and social distancing is the new norm. Streets and roads are almost empty. Hotels, shops, restaurants and entertainment centres stand silent and locked to all and sundry.

Easter, the time of year that traditionally signalled the really vibrant beginning of the tourist season in Kerry, will this year be eerily silent.

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging each one of us individually and all of us as a community and how we respond will have a lasting impact for better or worse.

We are very aware of and acknowledge the dedication, in terribly trying circumstance, of all who work in our hospitals, nursing homes and caring for people in their own homes.

We salute their courage and compassion.

We thank our Gardaí for their public service and we are deeply grateful to Bishop Ray Browne, our priests and ministers of religion for continuing to proclaim their good news.

Buíochas le múinteoirí who educate from a distance. Thanks too to all who continue to serve us in shops and pharmacies.

You are lifesavers at many important levels.

On behalf of all in the Municipal District, I thank the various media outlets for keeping us informed and advised. A special mention for Council staff who keep our streets clean and the services operational.

Sadly, we hear stories of some people behaving in a manner that puts lives at risk. I ask each person of whatever age to behave with respect for themselves and their neighbours. We are all being asked to make the necessary sacrifices for these few weeks in order that all of us will have a bright and prosperous future.

Each one of us, each day, can make a difference and help to ease the pain of isolation and dispel the fear of loneliness.

Please make that phone call and say a happy hello.

Easter is the season of new beginnings, the season of joy and the season of resurrection. We must not, by our attitude or behaviour, allow it to become one of death and despair. If we all do our own best we will in due course return to a life more normal.

As Mayor I thank you and I wish each of you good health and happiness. I know that together we will overcome the present great challenge and then work to restore our special place to where it properly belongs.

Guím Beannnachtai na Cásca ar gach duine. Gléas tú féin i neart Dé mar do luamhaire.

Micheal Gleeson,

Mayor of Killarney Municipal District

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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