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This was the first event of its kind in Munster and if last night’s incredible show is anything to go by, it certainly won’t be the last. Kilcum- min and Glenflesk GAA clubs banded together for this novel fundraiser and to call it a roaring success would be doing it a disservice.

It was a thoroughly entertaining evening filled with laughs, cheers, and, it has to be said, no little talent. It’s not yet known exactly how much mon- ey each club will walk away with but let’s put it this way: they’ll have a job counting it.

A sell-out crowd packed into the INEC to watch seven short films produced by and starring a number of brave actors from the rival parishes and the entire production, from the event itself to the short films on show, was immaculate from start to finish. There were star performances at every turn and it was clear from an early stage that the judging panel of Donal Courtney, Maeve McGrath and Barry Keoghan would have a serious job on their hands in choosing the cream of the crop, as would the audience who had a major say in selecting the destination of the Best Movie award.

In the end, the big winner of the night was The Field. Derry Healy’s version of the John B. Keane classic really hit the nail on the head, scooping the Oskar for Best Movie in what was declared a unani- mous decision. Derry Healy also picked up the Best Actor award for his cracking portrayal of the Bull McCabe, while co-star Kevin O’Riordan, who was undoubtedly the star of the night, deservedly won Best Supporting Actor for his hilarious version of Bird O’Donnell.

The Best Actress award went to Rosie Healy for her powerful performance as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Women and Trish O’Callaghan was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Forrest Gump. Donal Dwyer, who was also in contention for the Best Actor nod for his impressive portray- al of the Big Fella, picked up the Best Producer award for his work on memorable political drama Michael Collins. Best Costumes went to A Few Good Women and the biggest cheer of the night came when the talented Janet O’Donoghue was chosen as the Most Promising Young Actress. Earlier in the evening, judges Aidan O’Mahony and his wife Denise presented the Best Dressed Female and Male awards to Norma Leane and Pádraig Creedon respectively.

It really was a fantastic night. A good idea, perfect- ly executed. Well done to all involved, especially the organising committee who put in Trojan work to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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