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ALL are welcome to enjoy the action as Culture Night unfolds in Killarney on Friday, September 22.

There is something for everyone to enjoy, promises Kerry County Council arts officer Kate Kennelly. “It’s a great way of showing your support for our cultural institutions and the many artists we have in Kerry,” said Kate.

Culture Night in Killarney kicks off at 5pm this year with the annual Visual Artists’ Showcase which features an exhibition of art at Government Buildings on New Road. Creative Ireland Kerry has a youth choral open session taking place for young people aged 8 to 18 years from 5pm at Killarney House, which is itself is open for free tours between 6pm and 7pm.

Kerry Film Festival has secured a screening of the first Irish short film to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film is called “Return To Glennascaul” and features Orson Welles. It takes place at Killarney Cinema from 7pm to 7.30pm.

Killarney Cultural Centre will be a hive of activity this year with events running from 5.30pm through to 10.30pm. PURE-Back to Basics kicks off the schedule and is led by DB O’Connor who promises to offer an insight into sean nós singing. It will be followed nicely by a traditional session from Killarney Comhaltas at 7pm. At 9pm St John’s Mill Theatre will present “She Had A Ticket In Mind” which features stories of legendary and contemporary Irish women. Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine will be in concert at Muckross Schoolhouse & Traditional Farms and all tickets for that must be pre-booked. At the same time a Feast of Folk will take place at St Mary’s Church of Ireland and will feature Tim O’Shea and Spraoí Chiarraí.

There are events in Fossa and Castleisland this year and in Scartaglin the launch of the 2018 ‘Handed Down Series’ that is part of the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail will take place.

All events are free to enjoy. For more details go to www.culturenight.ie/kerry or www.culturekerry.com or phone 066-7183541.

 


 
Above: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Niall Kelleher, along with Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council and Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Officer, were in Killarney House and Gardens this week to launch Culture Night, which taks place on September 22.
Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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