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Celtic Steps brings All-Ireland Céilí Band Champions to Killarney

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Celtic Steps The Show will host a spectacular extravaganza with a unique evening of Irish music, dance and culture in collaboration with All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions, Taobh na Mara.

It takes place at 8pm on Saturday September 17 at Killarney Racecourse.

The concert, which will feature Celtic Steps and Taobh na Mara band member and Killarney native Sean Kelliher, aims to place young Irish talent and music centre stage for a fun-filled family night of entertainment.
Taobh na Mara meaning Beside The Sea, so called because all band members rein from costal counties, have played together at fleadhs and festivals throughout the country for the last number of years, this year winning the title of All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar.

The Waterford based band, made up of 10 All-Ireland musicians, hail from all over Munster including counties Cork, Clare, Kerry and Waterford and are renowned for their unique and lively style of traditional céilí music with a modern twist.

“Evenings like this represent the core of our Irish culture and these musicians are the grassroots,” David Rea, co-producer of Celtic Steps The Show, said.

“Celtic Steps is passionate about supporting the development of the Irish arts industry and these guys are the future.”

Sean Murphy, co-producer added that the “Céilí band champions are the pinnacle of the Fleadh Cheoil each year and we can’t wait to welcome the newly crowned champions to Killarney.”

Celtic Steps cast member and Taobh na Mara banjo player, Sean Kelliher from Fossa further added; “the show will mark Taobh na Mara’s first performance together since the win and we are delighted to play on the Celtic Steps stage amongst some of Kerry’s finest musicians. It promises to be a fantastic evening.”
The show will also feature a few more surprise guests in the form of local talent and Under 15 All-Ireland accordion champion, Michael Healy from Kilcummin as well as the Spa Senior Ladies current All-Ireland set dancing champions.

Adult ticket is €30 and child ticket (Under 12) is €20.

*Special price tickets for all CCE members: adult ticket €20/child ticket €10.

All tickets can be purchased from the Celtic Steps box office on 064 66 189 33 from 3pm – 8pm Sunday to Friday.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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