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Cup runneth over for Culture Night in Kerry

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Launching Kerry County Council's Arts Department schedule for Culture Night 2016, on Friday, September 16, are Maeve McGrath, Kerry Film Festival, with Kathleen Hannigan, Bridie Garvey and Kathleen O'Sullivan, Kilcummin Rambling House. PICURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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WELL, nothing beats the cup of tae in the hand and a whole lot of laughs and these were available aplenty this morning as rambling house hostesses extraordinaire helped launch Culture Night 2016 in Killarney.

The event will be hosted throughout Kerry on Friday, September 16, and an enticing programme of events was unveiled by Kerry County Council’s arts department at a function in Killarney House and Gardens.

St Mary’s Church of Ireland will showcase the talents of artists such as Grace Foley, Sarah Finnan and Lorraine Nash as well as the Scotia Ensemble.
The School House in Muckross will host Frankie Gavin and Dé Dannan in concert and Afro Trad will present From Kampala to Killarney at the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service centre in Killarney.

Killarney CCÉ dancers and musicians will provide outdoor entertainment at Killarney Courthouse while Scartaglin (with Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch), Kilcummin Rambling House and Tureencahill are all hosting evenings of music, song and dance.

It will be a case of round the house and mind the dresser at Fossa Community Centre which will be the venue for a set-dancing extravaganza with the Uí Bhriain Céilí Band.

And, for movie buffs Killarney House and Gardens will present open-air screenings of The War of the Buttons (PG rating) at 7pm and Older Than Ireland at 9pm.

Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will lead a tour to Muckross Abbey where he will speak about the three renowned Gaelic poets buried there. And theatre lovers have the chance to see Donal Courtney’s play about Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty God Has No Country at the INEC.
 


 
Above: Launching Kerry County Council's Arts Department schedule for Culture Night 2016, on Friday, September 16, are Maeve McGrath, Kerry Film Festival, with Kathleen Hannigan, Bridie Garvey and Kathleen O'Sullivan, Kilcummin Rambling House. PICURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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