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Charity nature day to celebate St Brigid

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By Michelle Crean

Reawaking traditions which are hundreds of years old while also supporting a women's charity is the aim of the day next Tuesday.

Kerry Walker of The Nature Hub in Beaufort is organising a fundraiser for ADAPT Kerry Women's Refuge and the event is to also reawaken the traditions and crafts that were practised for hundreds of years while also to celebrate Ireland's only female saint: Brigid aka Muire na nGael.

Women's Refuge charities have seen an increase in demand since the murder of Ashling Murphy and proceeds from the craft day will go to ADAPT Kerry to help them protect women facing domestic violence.

"February 1 marks the beginning of spring in the Celtic calendar and it is a time of renewed hope as days get longer and our natural world begins to stir from its slumber," Kerry Walker said.

The festival of Imbolc will be marked with a new national holiday in 2023 with St Brigid being acknowledged as an important Irish Saint, she added.

"What better way to mark the day this year than crafting a Brigid's Cross from rushes like our ancestors did."

Refreshments on the day will be provided by Wild Sage Bakery. Although the gathering is at full capacity, all donations are welcome.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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