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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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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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