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Donal Announces National & International Dates For God Has No Country

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As part of Donal Courtney's mission to bring the story of Hugh O’Flaherty to a wide an audience as possible, it has been announced that “God has no country” returns this autumn for national and international dates.

The next performance is a return to St. Johns Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry on Wednesday 15th August at 8pm. This will be the third time the play has been staged at St Johns, including a sell-out performance at the Writers Week festival in 2014. The play will also run in County Mayo for the first time at the Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Friday 14th/ Sat 15th September at 8pm.

A special performance will take place at Killarney Golf Club, Co. Kerry  on Friday 26th October at 8pm. This performance will be staged in celebration of the 125 years of Killarney Golf Club and also as part of the Hugh O’ Flaherty memorial commemoration. The Monsignor had a very close attachment to Killarney Golf Club.

Donal was also very excited to announce international dates He said "This is crucial to spreading the story of this great Killarney man as well as promoting Killarney and Kerry abroad."

The play will be staged at the Theatre Practice, Singapore on Thursday 28th/Friday 29th/Saturday 30th September with the support of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

A further two performances will be staged in Valetta, Malta on Monday 15th and 16th October.  The second of these will be a special performance in the Presidential Palace where, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta will be in attendance. These performances have been organised by the Irish Embassy in Malta and follow on from a performance in Rome in 2017 which was also thanks to the Irish embassy there.

In November the play will go to America for a second time with a performance in Columbus, Ohio on November 1st and a second performance at the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio on November 2nd.

Donal was delighted to annouce the dates saying "I am delighted with the continued success of “God has no country” which since its premiere in my home town, Killarney in 2013, has been performed almost 100 times and has been seen by nearly 10,000 people."

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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