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Dance the weekend away at the Gleneagle Hotel

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Country Music fans from all over Ireland and beyond are looking forward to heading to Killarney for what promises to be a super weekend of dancing next week.

Taking place from this Thursday (March 17) to Sunday (March 20) at the Gleneagle Hotel, it promises to be full of fun and craic.

"After an absence of a couple of years due to the pandemic, the St Patrick’s Weekend Dancing Festival is finally back at the Gleneagle Hotel and so many people are excited to be returning for this fantastic weekend of great music and fun,” event organiser, Billy Morrissey, said.

The festival kicks off on Thursday night next with a big celebration dance featuring the great Gerry Gutherie and his band with support by local musician Eddie Lee. Dancing takes place from 8.30pm to 12.30am and admission is €15.

On Friday night there’s dancing to Trudi Lalor, Paddy O'Brien, David James and John Hogan with early dancing to Donie O. Dancing takes place from 8.30pm to 12.30am and admission is €15.

Saturday night’s entertainment is provided by Mick Flavin, Sandy Kelly, Hugo Duncan and Trudi Lalor. The support band on Saturday night is Finbarr and Chloe Dennehy. Dancing takes place from 8.30pm to 12.30am and admission is €15.

The weekend of dancing concludes on Sunday afternoon with music provided by the very popular Patrick O'Sullivan. Dancing is from 2.30pm to 5pm and admission is €10.

Tickets for all dances are available at the door of the ballroom each night. There is also a special 'Weekend Pass' covering all four dances, costing only €50 which is available at the door on the Thursday night (St Patrick’s Day).

"This will be a fantastic weekend of music, song, dancing and fun. And it’s great to have an opportunity to meet up again with friends old and new in the beautiful ballroom at the fabulous Gleneagle Hotel. Don’t miss it!"

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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