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The hunger for arts and culture was evident at Culture Night right across Kerry as eager culture vultures flocked to live events, theatre, music, exhibitions and tuned in online for a wide variety of events.

Mary O'Carroll and Irene McDonnell who attended John Spillane's concert in Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Stephen and Elaine Moore who attended the concert in Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Singer and songwriter John Spillane who performed at Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Colm Ó Súilleabhain (left) and Danny and Lynn O'Keeffe who attended the concert in Muckross Traditional Farms. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Singer and songwriter John Spillane meeting the staff at Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. From left: Mike O'Connor Majella Mangan Joan O'Connor and Tom Doyle. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

John and Eileen O'Mahony who attended John Spillane's concert as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021 on Friday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Marie and Joan Cronin pictured at the concert in Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Singer and songwriter John Spillane who performed at Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021 on Friday night pictured with John Brosnan Connie O'Connor and Noreen Brosnan. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Singer and songwriter John Spillane who performed at Muckross Traditional Farms as part of the return of Ireland's Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Eamonn and Maura Fitzgerald with Nora Galvin and Anne O'Donoghue pictured at John Spillane's concert as part of Culture Night on Friday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Sheila O'Connor and Val Doughty also attended the concert in Muckross Traditional Farms as part of Culture Night 2021. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

On a hugely successful night for all involved, artists, arts organisations and arts centres offered up a diverse selection of free events late into the night, with many events sold out in advance. For many, Culture Night marked the return to good cultural times after a devastating 18 months for the live events industry. The evening was funded by The Arts Council, Kerry County Council, Department of TCAGMS and supported by Creative Ireland Kerry and the Local Live Performance Scheme.

Key events in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and Dingle saw grateful audiences return to their beloved theatres, museums and arts centres, while the towns and villages of Kenmare, Waterville, Killorglin, Caherdaniel, Castlemaine, Ballybunion, Scartaglin and Tureencahill treated their communities to an eclectic range of events.

Siamsa Tire kicked off events in Tralee with ‘Tunes, Taps and Surprises’, while the wonderful people at St John of God Kerry Services opened their Wah-na-Be! exhibition in the County Museum. Catherine Young Dance created a ‘Homecoming’ film that was launched to a national audience online, while Kerry Film Festival hosted their film event at St John’s Church. People took their pick of events around the town, covering drama, visual art, crafts, literature and film.

Meanwhile in Killarney, the Fanzinis, who sold out weeks in advance, treated families to a hilarious circus performance. With Sharon Langston on board, the waterbus at Ross Castle was full to capacity for two sailings, while John Spillane was another sell out at Muckross Traditional Farms.

St John’s Theatre, Listowel and Kerry Writers’ Museum had several events showcasing the best of theatre, storytelling, poetry, music and literature that Kerry has to offer. In Dingle, a full night of culture from book launches to dancing and exhibitions to slam poetry, culminating in a Super Céilí concluded celebrations.

“We had over 40 events across Kerry, and we want to thank all the artists, event organisers, and audiences for making Culture Night the very special occasion that is was this year,” Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Arts Officer, said.

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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