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DUP leader to share Brexit views with audience in Killarney




DUP LEADER Arlene Foster and influential Scottish Government Minister Michael Russell will be part of a high-powered gathering of politicians and business leaders at a major conference in Killarney focusing on the impact of Brexit on Ireland, the UK and the European Union.

The Killarney Economic Conference will take place on January 12 and 13 and, in its inaugural year, it will concentrate on Brexit, the challenges it poses for business, the legal issues that will arise, how it will shape future politics and the impact it will have on daily life.

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin and Matthew O’Toole, the former chief press officer at Number 10 Downing Street, had already been confirmed as keynote speakers at the conference, which will take place in The Brehon, in partnership with Killarney Convention Centre.

Ms Foster, renowned for her forthright views, and Mr Russell, who is spearheading the UK negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe, are high-profile additions to the event which will see intense dialogue involving economic, civic and political leaders from Britain and Ireland.

One of the conference organisers, Simon Kingston, said Brexit will have an influence on virtually every aspect of relations between Britain and Ireland and it makes the choice of topics and the timing of the Killarney Economic Conference particularly apt. “We are delighted that such a broad cross-section of political leadership and opinion is represented by our speakers. To have the leaders of the DUP and Fianna Fail present, alongside senior colleagues from other parties on both islands, is a great privilege.

“We are looking forward to hearing their different perspectives, as well as their reiteration of a shared interest in the prosperity of both the UK and Ireland,” he said.

Another of the conference organisers, William Sheehan, remarked: “Geography and the ties of family and history mean that Ireland and the UK will remain intertwined and the plan is that the Killarney Economic Conference becomes an annual forum to explore and renew that relationship. I think the commitment of so many excellent speakers shows that this is a shared hope.”

“Arlene Foster, as we have seen, will be a key player in the Brexit process, and we are delighted to have her speak in Killarney and share her ideas on the future of the island,” he added.

The conference will open with a discussion on the legal implications of Brexit, led by Dr Georges Baur, the Assistant Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association, Gavin Barrett, Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law at UCD and Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge.

How Brexit will shape future politics will be discussed by Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster, Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Deputy Micheál Martin, TD, Michael Drakeford, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Simon Kingston, who is co-conference organiser and a member of the executive committee of the British-Irish Association.

The impact on business will be discussed by Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars Ireland, Prof Philip O’Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School at UL, John Cronin, Partner at McCann Fitzgerald, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and independent financial analyst David Clarke.

Other key discussions, including the social and personal impacts of Brexit will be addressed by Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, Matthew O’Toole, the former Chief Press Officer at Number 10 Downing Street and Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane.

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Above: Dr William Sheehan, conference organiser; Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, and Micheál Martin TD, Fianna Fáil leader, at the launch of the inaugural Killarney Economic Conference. Pic: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision



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 […]




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 […]




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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