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David and Aidan to swap pitch for catwalk

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TWO legends of Kerry GAA, Aidan O’Mahony and David Clifford will be doing a star turn on the catwalk in Fossa on Tuesday, October 10. Dedicated followers of fashion will be hotfooting it to the five-star Europe Hotel & Resort for the 28th annual Fossa Fashion Show, which takes place at 8pm.

Always an excellent fundraiser for a variety of organisations in the parish, it is organised by a team including husband and wife James and Claire Houlihan and Tim Kissane, who have been involved in the event since its beginning.

James and Tim came up with the idea when they were youth leaders in Fossa Youth Club. “The first fashion show took place in the old church in Fossa and the funds raised that year were for the youth club,” said James.

Subsequent fashion show benefited the new church, local historical society, community centre, playschool, new school and new community centre.

Expect to see the latest fashion from Dunnes Stores, MacBee’s Weardrobe, Scarlett, Jasmine, The Pillbox, Fashion World/Joi Boutique, Ela Maria and Brian James.

The best-dressed lady prize will be sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers, Killarney, while a number of raffle prizes and a door prize will also be up for grabs.

There are two prizes of weekend away, sponsored by the Rose Hotel in Tralee and Hayfield Manor in Cork. The enticing door and raffle prizes include dinner for two at the Dunloe Castle Hotel, which is due to reopen in May 2018. “The committee is very grateful for the ongoing support to maintain the existing community centre and plans are afoot to refurbish the old church and develop it into a cultural centre with café facilities and to provide a state-of the-art gymnasium for our rowing club and for all the sporting organisations in the parish,” said James Houlihan.

The event commences with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm and tickets are available from committee members, participating shops and on the door on the night.

 


 
Above: Aidan O'Mahony, Sarah Griffin, Frank Anderton, Tim Kissane, Claire Houlihan, Eileen Green, Sean O'Donoghue and Elizabeth O'Connor.
Pic: Dylan Clifford

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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