THE Aquila Club Leisure Centre at The Gleneagle Hotel celebrates 25 years in business this month and to celebrate they are hosting an open morning on Saturday, November 12.
The leisure facility, complete with a 25 metre pool, kiddies pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, was officially opened by the then Taoiseach, Charles Haughey on November 8, 1991. It has since evolved into a hub for fitness enthusiasts and families of all ages as well as providing a base for The Gleneagle Squash Club and Killarney Tennis Club.
“Maurice O’Donoghue’s vision for this leisure centre was that it would be one of the best in the country and provide a fantastic facility for the people of Kerry” said Aquila Club manager Eamonn Quigley. “It’s hard to believe we are open twenty-five years. Today we see many of the kids who learned to swim here in the 90s now bringing their children swimming here.”
Members and visitors alike are welcome to attend the open day, to check out the facilities and enjoy the festivities. As well as exclusive membership offers, the team at the Aquila club will be giving fitness taster classes including Aquafit and Feel the Burn, tours of the facilities and talks on health and fitness. They will also provide information on private swimming lessons for adults that have yet to take the plunge.
The Aquila Club also hosts swimming classes and clubs for children of all ages. The tiniest tots, along with a parent, can try out a session with Water Babies – Ireland’s leading baby and toddler swim school. Water Babies conduct swimming classes at the Aquila Club on Wednesdays.
The Little Ducklings Club and Little Stars are both swimming clubs for children aged between 2 and 4 years and teach water familiarisation along with basic swim techniques. For children aged between 5 and 10 years, The Seals Club and Crocodile Swim Class help children move forward with their swimming techniques. Private swimming classes for both individuals and groups are also available. The Aquila Club team will be happy to talk through all the options and help you find the best fit for your child.
The Aquila Club 25th birthday celebrations open morning takes place on November 12 between 10am and 2pm and all are welcome.
Maurice O’Donoghue pictured in front of the foundations for the Aquila Club at The Gleneagle Hotel in 1991.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.
Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.
One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.
Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.
Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event
By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]
By Michelle Crean
ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.
On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.
It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.
In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.
ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.
Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.
“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”
ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.
Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.
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