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Culture Night to take place online tomorrow (Friday)

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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 www.culturenight.ie, on Kerry County Arts’ social media playforms: @KerryCoArts and by emailing arts@kerrycoco.ie or calling 066 7183541.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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