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DARK COMEDY: The one-act play 'Dead Man's Bells' starring Reidín O'Connor, Katie Ryan and Méabh de Brún will be performed in Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, November 11. Photo: Declan O'Connell

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Cast and crew of an award winning dark comedy written, developed and produced in Killarney are ready to take their work to the local stage.

The one-act play 'Dead Man's Bells', which is set in rural Ireland, is currently representing Kerry in the All-Ireland One Act Drama Festival.

Directed by Aisling O’Sullivan Darcy, 'Dead Man's Bells' boasts a cast of three women who balance the dark and the craic onstage for an hour of familial bickering and twisting tales.

The play is a tale of three sisters, one brother, and a farm that's up for grabs. Communally woven, the play explores the shared chorus of siblinghood, and the weight of unspoken family secrets.

Starring Reidín O'Connor, Katie Ryan and Méabh de Brún with Kieran Summers on lights, the play, a gothic rural tale told by unreliable narrators, is set to hit the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, November 11 with doors open at 7.30pm.

“It's a dark comedy, so we like to balance out the laughs and the gasps,” Méabh de Brún told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It's an hour of pure craic, audiences have had so much fun with it. The response has been brilliant.”

And she added that after staging the play in theatre festivals up and down the country, they're delighted to put the show on in Killarney.

“It was written in Killarney, rehearsed in Killarney and produced in Killarney, so it's a real treat to be able to stage it in Killarney too!”

'Dead Man's Bells' recently performed in the Killmallock One Act Festival, where playwright Méabh was awarded the adjudicator's trophy for best writing, and Réidín  was nominated for best actress.

It was also recently staged in Kenmare to a sold out audience. Tickets are €10 at the door or forward a reservation to meabh96@live.com.

 

 

 

 

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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