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DANCE: A troupe of dancers from Nicola Kennedy's School of Dance, Belfast competing in the An Chomhdh‡il World Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney. Photo: Eclipse Photos

Over 5000 dancersfrom all over Ireland,America, Scotland, England and Europe, descended on the INEC  to take part in the 2019 An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships – in what was a massive economic boost for the town.

From Saturday last week to Friday, dancers competed for a world title with 40 competitions held over the seven-day championships.

The competitions are held in the INEC and The Gleneagle Ballroom with the youngest dancer in the competition aged nine-years-old and the oldest aged 21. Winners are announced every day after each competition.

It is a great boost to the local economy as it’s Killarney’s fourth time hosting these championships which brings the 5000 competitors accompanied by an entourage of organisers, teachers, adjudicators, musicians, families, friends, supporters and spectators.

“We are delighted to return to Killarney,” Carol Carberry, Chairperson of An Chomhdháil, said.

“Our competitors and their families always really enjoy their stay here and the economic benefits of these championships will be felt right across Killarney’s hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, shops and other businesses.”

 

The An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships is the premier event for our organisation, she added.

“The competitors here have been preparing for many months to showcase their exceptional talent. Our world championships enjoy a very high standard year-on-year and we are very proud that we have a record number of entries both in solo and figure dancing this year. We look forward to returning to Killarney again next year for our world championships. 2020 is a very special year for us as we will be celebrating our golden jubilee.”

 

An Chomhdháil, the organisation who run the World Irish Dance Championships have an extensive branch network worldwide and is one of the most progressive Irish dance organisations, being the first Irish dance organisation to bring in the no make-up rule for girls under 13 years of age in 2007. Both male and female world champions will be crowned across a range of age categories from under 10 through to adult, while approximately 400 teams will take part.

“We are honoured to welcome the 2019 An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships,” Patrick O’Donoghue, CEO of The Gleneagle Group, said. “We wish all the competitors the very best of luck and we hope everyone enjoys their stay in Killarney.”

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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