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Culture Night 2018 turns out a huge crowd!

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Perhaps it was the occasional sunshine and the drier skies after Storm Ali, but Culture Night proved a great success all around the county tonight. Numbers were up on last year and the early estimates indicated that crowds of almost 6,000 people attended various events across the county. Artists, arts organisations and arts centre offered up a diverse selection of free events late into the night. The evening was supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland programme in partnership with Kerry County Council. 

Key events in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Dingle, Cahirciveen saw record numbers and the towns of Killorglin, Ballinskelligs, Waterville, Fossa, Castleisland, Scartaglin, Tureencahill, Ballybunion and Lixnaw had full houses at their events.  

The catch phrase this year was ‘Culture is Catching’ and this seemed apt at Baile Bhuire Day Care Centre in Tralee where Catherine Young Dance created a Ceilí Afro Dabke that packed the house and had everyone dancing well into the evening. At Siamsa Tire the premiere of Ceol Sa Chroí, a specially commissioned piece by composer and musician Neil Martin received a standing ovation from a packed house. At Kerry County Museum families enjoyed tours, music, art and medieval family fun and reported an increase in numbers on last year. 

Meanwhile in Killarney, Culture Night started early at St. Brigid’s Secondary School, the first school in the county to put on a special event for Culture Night. “We have a wonderful young group of creative minds in our school and it is not often that their hard work, dedication and high standards in art is seen outside of the classroom, so we were delighted to be part of Culture Night”, said Alice Quilter one of two teachers, along with Fiona Archibald and Kate McEroy who also worked on the event at the school. 

The work of professional artists was on view at Kerry Visual Arts Showcase at Government Buildings, in a show that runs until 16th October. The Showcase is an opportunity for the recent work of visual artists to be shown in Kerry and all work is for sale. Killarney’s events were very well attended again and joining the line-up this year was pianist Criostóir O’Loingsigh with an event that linked the music listened to in Killarney House to the people who lived in the great house through the centuries. Kerry Diocesan Youth Service received very positive acclaim for the creative and cultural work of the ‘Rooted’ project which links to young people living in direct provision in Kerry, while a great vibe was left across the town and out to venues like the Brehon and Muckross House and farms who did not event have standing room available with the interest shown in their events.  “Over-all we had 60 events in thirteen towns using forty-nine venues right across Kerry, and we want to thank all the artists, event organisers, ambassadors and audiences for making Culture Night the very special occasion that is was this year”, said Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator at Kerry County Council. It looks like Kerry can be very proud of its cultural community and events are already in the planning for 2019. Time to look forward to next year already! 

Pic: 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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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 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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