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Callan to star at Mayor’s Charity Shindig

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Killarney will experience a St Patrick’s weekend celebration the likes of which it has never seen before thanks to the town’s first citizen who is to host a major night of top-notch entertainment to raise funds for two very worthy causes.

Cllr Niall Kelleher is reviving the tradition of holding a mayor’s fundraising ball on March 18 but this year, given its immediate proximity to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, it is to be known as the Mayor’s Charity Shindig.

All funds raised on the evening will be divided between the Kerry Parents and Friends Buy a Bus Campaign and the Social Action Group in Rathmore with Mayor Kelleher anxious to help both very worthy causes. 

“As Mayor of Killarney, I am delighted to be in a position to organise an event that will help good causes and I know the people of the greater Killarney Municipal District and beyond will be only too happy to offer their support and, in the process, have a night to remember,” Mayor Kelleher said.

The gala event, a key part of this year’s St Patrick’s Weekend Festival in the town,  will be held in the INEC, Killarney on Sunday, March 18 and with the bank holiday Monday to follow, it is considered the perfect time for a great get-together.

The gala will include a pre-dinner drinks reception, a sumptuous banquet, after-dinner entertainment with a nationally renowned celebrity guest and dancing to big band sounds until the early hours. 

Mayor Kelleher is certainly pulling out all the stops as the master of ceremonies and after dinner guest speaker for the evening will be none other than accomplished comedian and satirist Oliver Callan.

The hugely popular star will be followed by The Kelts who are one of the most popular and engaging dance bands on the circuit.

Tickets for the big event are €65.00, the dress code is lounge suit, as opposed to black tie, and the fun will get underway at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Killarney Town Hall, Rathmore Social Action Group, Kerry Parents and Friends, Rathmore Post Office, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Cllr Niall Kelleher’s Offices in the Courtyard, Fairhill.

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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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