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€25k sculpture commission for Killarney company

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By Michelle Crean

A 62k square foot brewing and distilling enterprise due to open in Killarney next summer is offering a major €25,000 sculpture commission to Kerry artists.

Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company (KBD) plans to install an eye-catching, unique and creative work outside its state-of-the-art visitor centre and production facility currently under construction on the Ring of Kerry road at Fossa.

The announcement of the lucrative sculpture commission for the spectacularly located site overlooking the Gap of Dunloe is a timely boost for Kerry artists hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“In an effort to add further aesthetic depth to the new world-class facility, we are looking for a stunning piece of art that will both complement the structure and excite the visitor,” the company directors said.

“The sculpture will take centre stage directly in front of our facility and will greet visitors as they approach on foot. We are excited to offer this proposal to the local artists of Kerry to see if we can find that special sculpture and keep the creation on home turf,” they said. “Collaborative partnerships among artists are also welcome.”

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 25, at 5pm. It is anticipated that the project would commence during 2020 and be completed by March 2021.

In addition to a craft brewery and spirits production facility, the site will offer a world class visitor experience hosting daily brewery and distillery tours, a 180-seat upscale bistro, a gala dinner venue, gin school, chocolatier and a rooftop patio overlooking the Gap of Dunloe. Once fully operational, it will employ over 85 people and aims to attract in excess of 100,000 annual visitors.

KBD is the parent company that owns both Killarney Brewing Company Ltd and Killarney Distilling Company.
Killarney Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by Killarney entrepreneurs, Tim O’Donoghue, Paul Sheahan, and their Chicago-based business partner, Liam Healy, who has family connections in Kilbrean, Killarney.

The company currently employs 12 full-time staff and 15 part-time staff producing a range of hugely popular craft beers and bespoke spirits. Killarney Brewing Company operates a taproom and wood-fired pizza restaurant on the Muckross Road, just a five minute walk from the town centre.

“This is the next step in our evolution and delving into the spirits world is very exciting. To add to our existing beer portfolio and introduce Killarney Whiskey to the world is something we have been talking about since 2013; it's now becoming a reality."

Prospective artists can obtain further information and insights regarding KBD through the company website www.killarneybrewing.com or by emailing tim@killarneybrewing.com.

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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