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Colour, cheer and lots of fun as thousands celebrate St Patrick’s Day

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There was plenty of colour, cheer and lots of fun on the town's streets on Thursday as a massive crowd of spectators gathered once again to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

MUSIC: Millstreet Pipe Band playing in the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FUN: Klaus Ernst (L) and Maitú Gray (R) taking part in the St Patrick's Festival Parade on the streets of Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SPECTATORS: Spectators enjoying the atmosphere at the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Delighted with their appearance at the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Spectators enjoying the atmosphere at the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Klaus Ernst taking part in the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Clare Buckley with her twin daughters Eve and Faye enjoying the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SOLIDARITY: Annalisa Hoek and Robert Le Livre taking part in the St Patrick's Festival Parade on the streets of Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Sebastian Klapa enjoying the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

BEST GREENING BUILDING: ANAM - Arts and Cultural Centre on East Avenue Road Killarney managed by Killarney Municipal District Council has been voted Best Greening Building in this year’s St Patrick's Festival Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FAMILY TIME: President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Cllr. Niall Kelleher with this family enjoying the St Patrick's Festival Parade on Main Street Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

HIGH JUMPER: Olympian High Jumper and International Athlete Killarney's Jordon Lee taking part in St Patrick's Festival Parade on the streets of Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fiona Crowley being interviewed by Brendan Fuller MC in the St Patrick's Festival Parade Killarney on Main Street Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

COLOURFUL: Sebastian Klapa enjoying himself at the St Patrick's Festival Parade on the streets of Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

COLOURFUL BUTTERFLIES: Students of the Fiona Crowley Stage School taking part in the St Patrick's Festival Parade Killarney on Main Street Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FREE BEER: Timmy O'Donoghue Killarney Brewing drenching spectators with free beer at the St Patrick's Festival Parade on the streets of Killarney on St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

BEST SHOP FRONT: Bricín on High Street has been voted Best Greening Shopfront in this year’s St Patrick's Festival Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The rain stayed away as up to 50 floats made their way through the streets starting on Mission Road, along East Avenue Road, College St, Plunkett St, Main St, New St finishing up on Beech Rd.

The guests of honour at this year's parade, organised and funded by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland, were Margaret Cahill and her husband, Jimmy Dunne, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Marie Moloney and her husband, Michael, and President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Niall Kelleher.

There was plenty of cheering as the floats, musicians and local groups made their way through the town. 

They included: Mike McDonough, Annalisa and Roberto carrying the St Patrick's Day banner, The Colour Party, An Garda Síochána, Killarney Fire Service, Order of Malta, Fiona Crowley Stage School, 12 indigenous butterflies of Killarney National Park, Eagle float 4th of July, American Legion Fr Francis P Duffy, Gleneagle Brass Band, Killarney Celtic Football Club, The 'Mac'ademy, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Raheen National School, Little Explorers Preschool, Two Mile Community National School, Balloon float, Irwin School of Irish Dancing, Spa GAA Club, MD O'Shea’s float, Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, Kingdom Party Pals, Millstreet Pipe Band, Enchanted Ireland Tours, American Flag float, Killarney Legion GAA Club, Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Park Hotel and The Ross Hotel Wander Wild float, Killarney Rugby Football Club, Killarney Athletic AFC, Hat Float, Scorchers Cheerleaders, Bubble Garden, Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage, Killarney Ploughing Association, Purple Flag Mascot, Kilcummin GAA Club, Nicky Lenihan, Craiceann Drum Band, Dr Crokes GAA Club, Christmas In Killarney float, Michael Joe Lenihan, Fossa GAA, Pat Cullinane, Munster Honda Goldwing Club, Saloon Bar float.

Afterwards Bricín on High Street was been voted Best Greening Shopfront. Proprietors brothers Johnny and Paddy McGuire, decorated their shop front to perfection. The story of Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick, adorned one side of the shop and a display of Kerry artists, including the work of Killarney photographer, Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan’s latest book 'Killarney Behind the Mask' on the other side.

ANAM - Arts and Cultural Centre, on East Avenue Road, managed by Killarney Municipal District Council, was voted Best Greening Building.

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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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