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Celebrate culture this coming September 




On Friday September 23, Ireland will become a cultural playground where everyone is invited to seek out culture around every corner.

This will mark the 17th year of Culture Night - an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity, and the arts. Kerry will be host to a programme of events on the night that offers something for everyone and invites everyone, everywhere, on one night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today.

This year’s programme will have a greater focus on late night events scheduled after 9pm through additional support by the Arts Council. Street spectacles, fire shows, and gigs will all form part of the programme.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry, Councillor John Francis Flynn, shared his thoughts as he launched Culture Night Kerry outside Library Place in Killorglin.

“Kerry is lucky to have enough talent and culture to fill every night of the year with colour and celebration. Culture Night is a highlight of the calendar for arts in Kerry and I am grateful to all the artists, community groups, theatres, and institutions that come together on the night to shine a light on all that the Kingdom has to offer. I look forward to Friday September 23 and hope to see you there.”

Library Place houses Kerry’s Collection of 250 artworks by Pauline Bewick. A former ambassador for Culture Night, Bewick’s legacy and her art will be celebrated with a late opening at Library Place on the night.

Throughout Ireland, doors to cultural institutions such as museums, theatres and arts centres will open late. Special events are programmed at participating locations, and, thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council and Kerry County Council, all activities are free of charge.

In Tralee experience places such as Collis Sandes House like never before with ‘Build’ – an art workshop by Me and the Moon which invites children to build how they see their town’s future. Later in the evening, the halls of Collis Sandes House will come alive with music by string students of Sempre Music Academy as they accompany a special historical tour of the house.

Culture Night has evolved to become a collaborative experience with an emphasis on opening doors, welcoming people into new spaces and the discovery of different experiences.

Niamh O’Sullivan, Acting Director of Services for Economic and Community Development at Kerry County Council, welcomed the launch of Culture Night in Kerry.

“Culture Night showcases the wealth of talent that exists throughout the county. It is an opportunity to connect people to cultural activities and to invite people to celebrate the very best of our culture.”

The courtyard in Killarney House and Garden will be the setting of a not to be missed performance of Guido’s Impossible Circus by the Fanzinis. Followed by a late-night look at the books with a tour of the Killarney House Library – not usually accessible to the public.

An open call for applications for Culture Night Kerry welcomed proposals for events from artists, venues, and community groups earlier this summer. Responses to the open call created this year’s programme for Culture Night Kerry.

“Through an open call we were able to ensure that the talent of an artist could be seen in their town, that the building with a story could stay open late for its neighbours, and that community groups could celebrate their work in their local area," Hannah Pinckheard, Assistant Arts Officer for Kerry County Council, commented.

"We are grateful to those who took the time to contribute and look forward to sharing the programme with everyone.”

For further information about Culture Night please visit

An e-brochure detailing all events in Kerry will be available in September from the Arts Office website.

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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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Ballyspillane staff open up mental health conversation

By Michelle Crean “Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign. It’s all in partnership […]




By Michelle Crean

“Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign.

It’s all in partnership with Mental Health Ireland (MHI) and the centre will host an information/coffee morning on Thursday next (March 30) at 12.30pm at their centre and all are welcome to attend.

The campaign initiated by MHI identifies the need for positive engagement and connections with the people around us.

It asks people to engage in open conversations about mental health and prompts us all to ask the question “How Are You?”

The word HELLO is a useful acronym to guide everyone through such conversations, H: Hello, E: Engage positively with the person, L: Listen actively, L: Learn about the person and O: seek options to assist the person if required.

“We all need a listening and compassionate ear sometimes to get us through some challenges in our lives and I think the pandemic has opened a new way of looking at the world, where we can all recognise the challenges that people experience more readily,” Derek O’Leary, Manager of Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, said.

“Our team here are in the business of supporting families and individuals across the Killarney area and beyond and see the challenges that people face first hand. We also see the positive impact that a caring person can have in such circumstances and this campaign that encourages positive engagement, regarding mental health is a great reminder to us all, the role we can play is assisting others who are struggling.”

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre provide a suite of support and intervention services including family supports, social prescribing/community connection services and physiotherapeutic services across the Killarney municipal area and beyond.


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