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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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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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