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Creativity conquered during countywide Culture Night

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By Michelle Crean  

There was plenty of magical moments during Friday's Culture Night across the county including some special performances in Killarney.

Cormac Begley master concertina player playing music during Culture Night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The Hickey family Ray Mary Jack and Hollie pictured at Muckross School House for Culture Night on Friday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Nora Hallissey (left) and Mary Jo Curran pictured at Muckross School House for Culture Night on Friday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Liam Ó Maonlaí multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame in action during Culture Night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Cormac Begley master concertina player from West Kerry combined with Liam Ó Maonlaí multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame pictured with staff of Muckross School House and Traditional Farms Joan O'Connor Ann Fleming and Aoife O'Sullivan. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Cormac Begley master concertina player from West Kerry combined with Liam Ó Maonlaí multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame came together for an evening of Irish culture at Muckross School House pictured with Brendan Kelliher and Fiona O'Donoghue. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Cormac Begley master concertina player combined with Liam Ó Maonlaí multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame at Muckross School House chatting with fellow musician Colm Ó Súilleabháin at the Culture Night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Sean De Buitlear and Alex Pott at Muckross School House celebrating the 17th Culture Night on Friday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Toddy Doyle (Manager Muckross Traditional Farms) pictured at Muckross School House with Cormac Begley and Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers) for an evening of Irish culture at Culture Night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Liam Ó Maonlaí multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame in action during Culture Night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

It was music to their ears in Muckross School House as Liam Ó Maonlaí, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame, came together for a sell-out performance with West Kerry's master concertina player Cormac Begley.

Children and their parents had some fun as Guido Fanzini’s 'Impossible Circus' entertained the crowd at Killarney House and Gardens. ANAM Cultural Centre hosted an evening of painting, music and dance while​​​​​​AfroTrad played in St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

There was a wonderful evening of poetry hosted by poets Eileen Sheehan and John W Sexton at Government Buildings on New Road Killarney.

Meanwhile in Tureencahill and Listry communities came together for an evening of film, storytelling, heritage, song, and dance.

In total there were over 45 free events countywide including a new national focus on ‘Culture Night Late’ in Tralee, the very best of cinema with the Kerry International Film Festival, Tralee’s own Fanzinis brought us ‘Paradise Cabaret’ at the Greyhound Bar as well as ‘Firestorm’ at the Island of Geese.

Síamsa Tíre ran an eclectic programme of music, song and dance that enthralled.

Killorglin paid tribute to the late Pauline Bewick with a beautiful talk hosted by her daughter Poppy Melia, with exhibition tours by Helena Golden.

Killorglin District Pipe band travelled to Killarney to perform along Main Street for ‘Pipes on the Street’.

Dingle, Caherdaniel and Cahersiveen provided fabulous events as Gaeilge, with poetry, music, well-being and song.

Highlights included ‘A Dead Man’s Bell’, outdoor theatre and of course the Wren Boys in the Square, who ensured maximum atmosphere.

Kerry County Council’s Arts Office, supported by the Arts Council and the Local Live Performance Scheme 4, and Creative Ireland, helped to co-ordinate the events, which were very well attended.

"Kerry has so much to offer in terms of culture and creativity, another reason we are lucky to live here," Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Flynn, said.

Audiences were delighted to see so many in-person events and all ages came out to support and enjoy the evening.

"Culture Night reflects our lives and the creativity across our beautiful county," Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, added.

"We want to thank all the artists, organisers and creative people who put on such wonderful events this year, these people are part of the soul of the county."

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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