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Drama group try their hand at experimental theatre

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By Michelle Crean

One local drama group undeterred by the COVID restrictions has turned the tradition of appearing on stage on its head - and will instead come to directly to the audience!

It will be a case of experimental theatre for Killarney Drama Circle who plan to raise the virtual curtain on its latest production, 'The Secret Garden in Baa-lorglin', to be performed this week.

And the venue? Your living room - or the supermarket car park - or any other place that you happen to find comfortable on Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday 4 at 7.30pm.

The play, written by Uzbekistan-born director and producer Rayla Tadjimatova, takes the form of puppet theatre and is the second episode (the first being staged in 2019) in the lives of Rodger, an alien, and the friends he made in Baa-lorglin on his first visit to earth in search of company. Rodger has returned to Baa-lorglin only to find his friends, Bee and Baa, Katie Daly, Alice the Dreamer, Jazzy and Daniel O’Donnell distraught. What has happened to the earth during his short absence! It seems that only Lucy Lu, who helped Rodger on his first visit to the earth, can save them all.

Rehearsals for the 10-strong group have been taking place twice a week since September and, in the challenging times faced by all, many hours have been ploughed into performing in an unusual environment – via video link. The process is limiting in terms of theatrical space and only a director can properly acknowledge the frustrations of being unable to coach with the physical. Nonetheless, it is a product of the moment, and theatre is nothing if not experimental.

Director Rayla Tadjimatova, who has lived in Killarney for more than 20 years and who recently staged 'The Other War', has met the challenges head-on, rehearsing with actors via Zoom-link one-to-one and with the entire cast, which includes Sylvia Thompson (Narrator); Margaret Slattery (Daniel O’Donnell); Geraldina Harnett (Lucy Lu); Mary Wood (Katie); Michael Lynch (Jazzy); Terrie Shirtliff (Alice); Sheila Barclay and Carl Herpels (Bee and Baa), and Janet Murphy (Rodger).

"There has been a lot of laughter along the way and technology has provided much of it," Janet Murphy from Killarney Drama Circle said.

"Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to online theatre, and a big pro is being able to enjoy the experience on cold, dark evenings with your slippers on and a cup of tea or, perhaps, a small glass of wine, within your grasp."

Performances, supported by Kerry Arts Council, are by invitation only.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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