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Feast of free trad music concerts continue 

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By Michelle Crean 

The free Spraoi Chiarraí concerts continue in Killarney with the next one planned tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm, Killarney House & Gardens.

So far the talented youth who perform Irish folk and traditional music, song and dance, storytelling, mentorship, and performance have entertained locals are tourists alike with the final summer date taking place on August 27 at St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

They also have had great success over the last 17 summers.

Breda Kelliher, Fossa (Concertina) and Bríd O’Sé Farranfore (Accordion) will feature with storyteller Pa Sugrue and Irish dancers.

This feast of young Irish Folk talent is joined by Tim O’Shea Director/Producer, himself a professional folk musician for decades.

"Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Kerry Council Council Arts Office Arts Act and Community Support Funds, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce who made it possible and offer increased support and promotion, Kerry Gems Publishing (Advert Sponsor)," Tim O'Shea said.

"The concerts feature Fiddle, Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute and Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Vocals as well as Irish dancing and Irish storytelling outdoor only. This year the group have also performed again at Puck Fair. All shows are free so come along, families welcome."

Contact Tim on 087 2814550 for further information for free. 

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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Arbutus furniture to feature on RTÉ tonight

By Sean Moriarty A Killarney furniture restorer’s work will feature on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ tonight for the second time. Since James Flynn retired from the ESB, he has devoted his time […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney furniture restorer’s work will feature on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ tonight for the second time.

Since James Flynn retired from the ESB, he has devoted his time to tracing the history of Killarney’s Arbutus furniture industry.

He restores pieces that he finds in online auctions all over the world.

The Arbutus Tree, sometimes called the Killarney Strawberry Tree, is more prevalent in Killarney National Park than any other region in the country.

In October 2020, the Ross Road man discovered a games table for sale in Boston. The rare piece of handcrafted furniture that dates from just after the famine era, was returned to Killarney in March 2021 by Mr Flynn.

In June last year Mr Flynn and his furniture collection featured on Nationwide and tonight (Friday) his segment on the Arbutus furniture industry will get a second airing.

“RTÉ Nationwide contacted me to say they are giving the Nationwide programme on the Killarney Arbutus Furniture a repeat showing,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It really highlights the world famous industry that was in 1800s and up to 1952.”

The programme will be broadcast at 7pm tonight, and will feature handcrafters from all over Ireland. This will include around seven minutes with James.”

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