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Council unveils public consultation process on Aras Phadraig

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has launched a public consultation process on the future use of the Áras Phádraig building in Killarney. Exodea Consulting Ltd has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study to assess the potential future use of the property on Lewis Road.

As part of the feasibility study, Kerry County Council will next week launch an online survey through which people can share their views. A public meeting on January 26 will also give members of the public an opportunity to suggest how the Áras might best be utilised for the benefit of the community. There will also be engagement with key stakeholders and community and voluntary groups in the locality over the coming weeks.

The cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said public engagement on the future of Áras Phádraig is essential to ensure its full potential is realised and that the public has a stake in its future. “This facility has enormous potential for Killarney and the surrounding area given its size and location close to the centre of the town. We are now inviting people to contribute their proposals and ideas for its future use and these suggestions will be considered by the consultants who will draw up the feasibility study,” he said.

“There is significant local and community interest in the redevelopment and revival of the Áras Phádraig building as it is an important part of the town’s community and social infrastructure,” said Cllr Cronin.

Killarney Municipal district manager Angela McAllen said that the consultants have been asked to identify how any of the social, enterprise, community and arts and culture needs of Killarney could be addressed in developing Áras Phádraig. “To help us identify redevelopment opportunities, we are inviting everyone to attend an open, facilitated public meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 26, in the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to meet members of the Municipal District Committee and Kerry County Council staff who are spearheading the redevelopment,” she said.

Written submissions can also be made to: Micheál Ó Coileáin, Killarney Municipal District Officer, Kerry County Council, Town Hall, Kenmare Place, Killarney. The online survey will be available from next week on the Municipal District page on the www.killarney.ie website:
(http://killarney.ie/killarney-municipal-district/kerry-county-council/)
 


 
Above: Centre, the cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, with Killarney Municipal District Manager Angela McAllen, and from left, John Purcell, Senior Executive Engineer, Kerry County Council, Niamh O’Sullivan, Head of Community Development, Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr Michael Gleeson and Cllr. John Sheahan.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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The Michael Commins Country Shows are Killarney bound

The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30. For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences […]

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The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30.

For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences in Galway and Mayo and this marks the first time they have travelled outside the western province.

Well known promoter, Tom Kelly from Ballina, who was manager of Brendan Grace for 27 years, and who also promotes the concerts of Johnny McEvoy, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Dan McCabe and others, noticed the market for these country shows in recent years.

“The response of audiences to the Michael Commins Shows in the Salthill and Clayton Hotels in Galway and also in Claremorris and Westport has been phenomenal and I realised right away that these shows would have huge appeal outside the province,” Tom Kelly said.

“Where better a place to start outside of Connacht than in the famous Gleneagle INEC, the heart of Irish tourism and a huge venue for Country Music down through the years. We are being inundated with requests for tickets for both shows with people travelling to Kerry from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, with some making the journey from England and Scotland and America as well.”

Michael is a journalist, radio and TV presenter from Mayo who for four decades has been promoting traditional Country Music across the western province and around the country through his newspaper columns.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including his great and cherished friend, the late Big Tom, along with a host of Irish singers as well as Leona Williams (ex-wife of Merle Haggard) and John Rex Reeves, nephew of the legendary Jim Reeves.

His concert shows have been described by Waterford singer, Paddy O’Brien, as the “most unique, authentic, down-to-earth and homely” country shows on the island of Ireland. The Killarney nights look set to deliver in style on Paddy’s summation of these amazing shows.

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The show on Monday August 29, features Brendan Shine, Gerry Guthrie, Art Supple, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey, Lisa Stanley, PJ Murrihy, Matt Keane, Olivia Douglas, Aisling Rafferty, Ross Molloy, Paudie McAuliffe, Gavin Gribben, Noreen Ashe, and the Ryan Turner Band.

The Tuesday night sees another brilliant line-up featuring John Glenn, Declan Nerney, Sandy Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Eddie Lee, Annmarie O’Riordan, Thomas McBride, Pat McKenna, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry, Mick Mulhern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Leonard, Matthew O’Donnell, Kevin Prendergast, Richard Mulligan, the Ryan Turner Band and Billy Condon.

Tickets are selling fast and are now available from the Gleneagle INEC box office (064 6671555), ticketmaster.ie, and from Patsy on 086 1551841.

And the Killarney Advertiser has two pairs of tickets for the Michael Commins Country Shows up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question in the comments section by heading over to our Facebook page:

Name one of the female artists on the Michael Commins Concert Shows?

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Beaufort GAA launch car raffle fundraiser

By Sean Moriarty Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch. The club took delivery of the new car this […]

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Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch.

The club took delivery of the new car this week and the first tickets for the raffle were sold at Puck Fair.

Tickets are available from any member of Beaufort GAA at a cost of €25 each or three for €60.

The growing club needs new winter training facilities for its men’s, ladies and juvenile teams.

“We found that our current pitch was getting badly cut up in the winter and autumn and felt this new all-weather was the way to go,” club chairman, Neil Doherty, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We started selling this week at Puck and so far the response has been very good.”

Ticket will remain on sale until next year with a draw date set for around Easter time.

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