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Donie’s influence lives on

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By Aidan Quirke

Killarney’s thespians and writers lit up the stage on Wednesday night in the Gleneagle Hotel in what was a fitting tribute to a much loved local actor.

STANDING OVATION: The 200-strong audience gave a standing ovation at the Four Esquire Productions performance in the Gleneagle on Wednesday night.

An audience of over 200 came along to appreciate the first live production post-pandemic by local troupe Four Esquire Productions.

It was poignant to many that this series of three short plays came just weeks after the passing of local actor, writer and director of West End House School of Arts, Donie Courtney.

His influence could be seen in the young faces that graced the stage, some who are also students at the drama school - a fitting tribute to the inspirational Killarney man.

The first play, 'The Letter D', was a farce based on a retired rug seller selling off his stock online. The only issue was he advertised drugs and not rugs which caught the eye of the local garda, drug dealer and party goer. It held up well with a great turn from emerging talent Killian Fleming and Ryan Jones. Brian Bowler as the local garda and Martin O’Brien kept everyone laughing.

The second play about a disillusioned hospitality worker was less farce and more introspective with two young actors, Dylan Shortt and Sean Gannon holding the audience’s gaze. Many will be watching with keen interest how these two talented actors will progress as both performances were excellent.

The best laughs were saved for last with ‘Bin Wars’ a darkly comic farce about two neighbours fighting over their wheelie bins. Events take a turn for the worst in violent comic fashion.

The timing of the lead actors was impeccable, Danny McClure, Paul Spitere, Anne Browne, and Otis Ikogho had the audience in stitches.

A standing ovation on the night left no one in doubt that Four Esquires Productions has come back in strong form.

It is a great shot in the arm for the arts in Killarney with young and old talent showing great commitment.

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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