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“Don’t leave us behind” – Musicians gather to voice their frustration

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FRUSTRATION: Professional musicians Sam and Ina White, pictured with their sons Charlie and Jack, at The Demense, where locals gathered to display their frustration at the lack of Government support for the live music and arts industry. Photo: Sally MacMonagle.

By Michelle Crean

The latest easing of restrictions has frustrated an industry who are now calling on Fáilte Ireland and the Government not to leave them behind.

Up to 150 from the music industry - who have been out of work for over 430 days - gathered at The Demense on Wednesday evening to voice their frustration over a "blanket ban" for live music.

Under the most recent Fáilte Ireland guidelines, pubs, restaurants, hotels and weddings won't be allowed to have live music.

Those that gathered included musicians, singers, lighting technicians, pub and hotel owners who say they are left devastated that there's no clear steps forward for them as the country begins to slowly reopen.

And with a change in PUP payments coming down the line, they are now calling on the Government and Fáilte Ireland to show them support by giving them a clear plan forward.

Professional full-time musician Ina White, who sings with her husband Sam and also five-piece band 'The Small Hours', organised the socially distanced gathering.

"Fáilte Ireland have a blanket ban that there's to be no live music and the gathering was to highlight the lack of support the industry feels," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The industry is frustrated with the opening up plan by the Government. All they want to do is to go back to work. Structures will have to be put in place to help the industry get back on its feet."

The mother-of-three from Glenflesk, who was gigging six night's a week locally before COVID hit, explained that those in the industry, including herself, are not calling for music to be allowed in venues right away, but for a clear plan to be formed.

"Understandably the science behind no indoor live music for now until there is more of a vaccine rollout as safety is a priority, but with no proper clarity and with announcements changing every day musicians are crying out to be heard and listened to. There's no support at all."

She explained that Killarney is a very popular tourist town with hundreds of musicians.

"Music is one of those things that draws tourists to Ireland. It's all well and good doing large tester events and that's fantastic to see progress but this doesn't help the self employed one and two piece groups and small bands that play in local pubs and venues countrywide. The gathering was to highlight the lack of support the industry feels. With the PUP being phased out towards the end of the year and not a gig in sight we are looking at yet another season passing us by. Music has always been part of our culture and moving forward out of this pandemic we want to be able to sing and play again and not be left behind."

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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