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Féile Lughnasadh  Milltown, built on tradition

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Féile Lughnasadh will take place in Milltown from July 28 to 31, and marks a very important time in the life of ancient Ireland.

FESTIVAL: Sharon Shannon will headline Féile Lughnasadh in Milltown on Saturday July 30

The festival, featuring Sharon Shannon, jiggy and The Rising playing free, open-air concerts, will be a spectacular celebration of tradition and culture for all the family.

Féile Lughnasadh is based on the late July celebration of the beginning of the annual harvest and the origins of this reach back into the mists of Celtic lore. The Celtic god Lugh is honoured in many parts of the Celtic world, throughout Ireland and Europe. County Louth and the Galician city of Lugo in Spain both derive their names from this Celtic past.

Traditions including Garland Sunday and Lammastide also owe their origins to honouring Lugh, the protector of the people and provider of the rich harvest of food, sustaining all for the long winter ahead. Legend tells us that Lugh defeated Crom Dubh and freed the people from darkness and hunger.

The end of July in ancient times would see nuts and berries ripen, before the main crops of grain and roots later in the year. People celebrated nature’s abundance and hoped the gods would ensure a dry autumn and a good harvest. Lugh and his foster mother, Tailtiu, are the Celtic figures most associated with this festival. Tailtiu gives her name to the Tailteann games, a term used for several events, most recently in the football championships.

Lughnasadh is a key event in the Celtic year, marking the half-way point between the summer solstice on June 21st and the autumn equinox on September 21.

“It’s fitting to name our festival after a god who protects the people and provides for their needs. Our festival comes at a time where we need to get out and celebrate our cherished traditions again”, said organiser Owen O’Shea.

"The ancient origins of the festival will be marked with the opening parade on July 28th, with local groups in costume as Lugh and Tailtiu, wearing traditional straw and rush garments in what promises to be a spectacular opening. “We’ve worked with local groups, using traditional methods to recreate Celtic ceremonial clothes making for a rich, authentic experience.”

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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