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Culture Night to take place online tomorrow (Friday)



CULTURE NIGHT: Culture Night is set to take place online tomorrow (Friday) due to the ongoing restrictions. Pictured are: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen and Kate Kennelly, KCC Arts Officer.


Culture Night is set to take place again this year, however there's a big change to online due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Lots of the events will take place online to ensure public safety while still providing arts and cultural groups the opportunity of showcasing their work to the Kerry public.

Every year the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is launched on Culture Night. This year the launch will be held online, with a 360 panoramic view of the gallery available on Kerry County Arts’ Facebook: @KerryCoArts page from 6pm on tomorrow (Friday). There will also be images of the artists’ works, speeches and access to the exhibition catalogue.

The Fanzini Brothers will be online with a visual extravaganza full of their signature flair and fun. Catherine Young’s 'Welcoming Project' will be online with a retrospective of what the innovative dance initiative has achieved using dance as a means of social integration.

The County Museum has taken a number of events online already this year, and Culture Night will be the same with music and tours available from the museum’s website on the night.

“It’s a credit to arts and culture groups in Kerry that they are adjusting and adapting to these strange circumstances we are in,” Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, said.

“I would urge people to virtually drop in to as many events as possible on Culture Night and show their support via views, clicks and likes until the time comes again when we can show our appreciation with applause.”

St John’s Theatre in Listowel will also take part featuring a live performance on the night which will be livestreamed on St John’s Facebook page. They are also hosting events run by the Listowel Writers’ Museum (Tales from the Kingdom) and a harping event organised by Jimmy Deenihan.

The Dingle Hub is hosting an online exhibition by Silke Michels and the artist group Mink will have an online launch of their exhibition which is hanging at ANAM Cultural Centre in Killarney. Rebecca Lyons in Tralee has taken her origami installation online and Ionad an Bhlascaoid is hosting an exhibition tonn-fuaime (sound wave) organised by ÁineChiobháin that will be online.

An exhibition by RoisínChionnfhaolaidh is being hosted online by the Anja Gnauck Gallery while the Local Creative Youth Partnership will have an exhibition visible from The Mall, Tralee – 'Windows on Windows'. Heritage Iveragh are taking their popular 'Rock Art By Night' tour online this year as well, so people from far and wide can see from the comfort of their own homes this ancient visual art. Music Generation Kerry is hosting online music workshops for children and young people.

“I would encourage everyone to try this new way of experiencing Culture Night,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, said.

“Online events give more people the opportunity to take part safely and enjoy what Kerry arts and culture has to offer.”

Information on events can be found at, on Kerry County Arts’ social media playforms: @KerryCoArts and by emailing or calling 066 7183541.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]




By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]




Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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