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Celtic Steps Brings The Sound Of Summer To Killarney With Open Air Performance In The Picturesque Killarney Racecourse

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Last week saw Celtic Steps, The Show take full advantage of the recent heatwave by producing a week-long of Open-Air Performances amidst the beautiful backdrop of the McGillycuddy Reeks at their home of the picturesque Killarney Racecourse.

The Shows, which took place from Tuesday the 26th of June until Friday the 29th of June inclusive, offered a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy some authentic Irish culture in one of Killarney’s most scenic settings by offering an Open-Air Theatre experience complete with a 30ft Stagecoaster Rig, a chill-out area for families and kids and even an ice-cream van on hand to create a special Summertime atmosphere.

The Open-Air Shows attracted crowds of over 400 people nightly from visitors and locals alike and the audience were treated to all the regular Show favourites from Irish classics such as Raglan Road to traditional Irish dance numbers such as the famous Irish Brush Dance and the Kerry Polka Set, all performed by the Celtic Steps Dance Troop, comprised of over 21 World Dance Championship Titles. A highlight of the night included the A cappella, a form of Irish freestyle dancing performed against the stunning Kerry sunset to highlight the authenticity of the artform.

David Rea of Celtic Steps commented; “We were delighted to be able to combine the magical nature of Irish music, song and dance with the natural beauty of Killarney and we couldn’t have picked a better venue than the Killarney Racecourse, on our very own doorstep.” Sean Murphy of Celtic Steps added; “It was fantastic to have visitors of all nationalities as well as locals and friends of the Show join us for these special events and we would like to thank everyone for their support in making it happen.”

The Show will continue its successful seventh season in their indoor theatre in the Killarney Racecourse until the 18th of October and tickets are available online at www.CelticSteps.ie

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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