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Feast on food and activities at Cromane Seafest




Cromane Seafest hosts its Food & Maritime festival on September 16 to 18 and it looks like it will be a huge hit.









Hundreds of food lovers, water enthusiasts and families are expected to gather in the beautiful seaside village of Cromane over the weekend to taste the finest of local Cromane oysters, mussels, enjoy the water activities, watch the amazing cooking demos, take part in scuba demos and so much more.

Friday September 16 kicks off the festival with a Surf & Turf BBQ from 6pm to 8pm. Music
from the new up and coming band Simple Things will play throughout the BBQ and this will be
followed by music from Brightside Band afterwards.

On Saturday September 17 and Sunday 18 there’s a variety to keep young and old entertained. Off shore
there are kayak tours of the bay, beach safaris, SUP boarding and water trampoline to enjoy
while on the shore The BIM Arc Project, a Maritime Walk with local guide Frank Walsh, amazing
arts, craft and science workshops and chef demos and food trucks to mention a few.


The much anticipated 2022 Cromane Seafest Oyster Shucking Champion will also be named
with Oyster Shucking Heats throughout the weekend for entrants.

World Champion Oyster Shucker Stephen Nolan will judge the competition and this year the winner will represent Cromane at the Galway International Oyster Festival on September 24. The winner will also receive two nights stay at a Galway city centre hotel over that weekend so the competition this year is really heating up!

The festival will end on the Sunday with the annual Blessing of The Boats which always gathers a large crowd on the beach.

Music will run throughout the entire festival weekend but Saturday night (September 17) the biggest '90s disco Cromane has ever seen will kick off at 9pm.

Cromane Seafest is a huge undertaking from a big hearted, proud coastal community to show off
their hidden gem to a wider audience.

"We have received amazing support from all the local businesses as well as the Cromane oyster and mussel farmers, the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine, Kerry County Council Community Support, Cara Credit Union and Fáilte Ireland also supported the festival hugely," Nuala Hurley, Cromane Seafest Secretary, said.

"Without help from all these people, the festival would not exist and we are truly grateful to each
and everyone."

All water activities and BBQ tickets must be pre-booked on the website

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]




By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.


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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 […]




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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