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Changing of the guard at Corkery’s          

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   There was an emotional changing of the guard on High Street this week as the owners of the popular, family-run Corkery’s Bar decided to move on after 72 great years behind the bar.

Jerome Corkery had been running the establishment since 2009 with the help of his siblings, Mary and Tadhg, and his parents, Tadhg and Joan, previously took the reins in 1967. The initial proprietor was Jerome’s grandfather in 1946. The family took to Facebook to express their gratitude to their loyal customers.

“A huge thank you to everybody who has supported us over the last 72 years,” they said, “it has been a wonderful life inside the counter of Corkery's Bar where we made good friends!”

Since the news broke, locals have recalled the countless wonderful times and stories shared with friends and staff at the legendary tavern. The well-liked family certainly kept a wonderful establishment and the Killarney Advertiser would like to wish them all the best for the future.

Speaking to the Advertiser yesterday, Mary Corkery passed on her best wishes the new proprietors.

We are all delighted for the guys taking over and we wish them all the very best,” she said. “We will be in for the opening to give our best wishes. Jerome is looking forward to spending time with his parents, enjoying the outdoors and travelling in his semi-retirement as he turned 50 last week. We are delighted to see Corkery's continue after so many years!”

The bar has been taken over by Alan Breen, John O’Sullivan and Kieran O’Leary. Alan also runs the popular K-Town bar with Kieran, who is a former Kerry footballer. The bar is currently closed as the new owners are carrying out some renovations. They have revealed that the pub will be every so slightly rebranded as Corkery’s Sports Bar.

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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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