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A free, interactive drama workshop will take place this coming June as an introduction to youth theatre practice.

Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) at Kerry ETB and the Arts Office at Kerry County Council, in association with Youth Theatre Ireland, are offering the free drama workshop facilitation training to individuals over 18 years of age who have an interest in working with young people within a creative context.

Performing arts graduates, theatre artists, former youth theatre members, youth workers, teachers, amateur drama members, stage school operators or volunteers are all welcome to join the training. A three-hour evening workshop will be led by expert facilitators from Youth Theatre Ireland at 4.30pm on Thursday, June 9. It is free and is for anyone interested in upskilling their facilitation practice.

Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. Its mission is to support the social, personal, and artistic development of young people through youth theatre. It supports a network of youth theatres that deliver year-round programmes of drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people.

A unique passion for storytelling and performance exists in Kerry and the county has a long-standing history and tradition in the performing arts. Youth theatres are forming throughout the county with support from Kerry LCYP and the Arts Office under the guidance of Youth Theatre Ireland. Participation in youth theatre is proven to help build confidence and develop communication skills in young people.

For anyone interested in the evening workshop who would like a bit more information, Youth Theatre Ireland will host an online information session at 1pm on Thursday June 2 that is open to all.

For more information and to register your interest for either event please contact Hannah at the Arts Office at Kerry County Council arts@kerrycoco.ie.
Youth Theatre Ireland is supported by the Arts Council, The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth and Creative Ireland.

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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