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Free Spraoi Chiarraí live concerts taking place this summer

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The first of the summer's free Spraoi Chiarraí concerts starts tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

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This Kerry based youth, Irish Folk and Traditional Music, song and dance, storytelling, mentorship, performance collective, presents the finest of young local talent offering them valuable rare exposure and experience, in two historic, high profile, concert settings. They have had great success over the last 17 summers.

Dates for the summer after tomorrow's 8pm performance include July 23, August 6 at 8pm, August 13 at 2pm, and August 24 and 27 at 8pm.

At the end of August, a concert will feature sisters Noleen and Grace Angland (Glenflesk) who start off with flute, fiddle and piano. Their mom is well known fiddler Martina O’Neill.

They will be joined by Tim O’Shea Director/Producer, himself a professional folk musician for decades. Two of the concerts are outdoor at the stunning Killarney House and Gardens.

Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by the Kerry County Council Arts Office Arts and Community Support Funds, Killarney Chamber of Commerce who made it possible and offer increased support and promotion, Kerry Gems Publishing (Advert Sponsor).

"There are four evenings “In Concert” at St Mary’s Church of Ireland opposite the Town Hall, one open air concert "round the house” for the third time at Killarney House opposite the cinema," Tim 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 storytelling outdoors.

"All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm."

This year the group have also been asked to perform again at Puck Fair in August.

"All shows are free so come along, families welcome. The aims of Spraoi ChiarraÍ are to showcase our local young Irish traditional talent, to mentor and provide a platform for young performers to experience a real concert in a high profile setting, to hone their performance skills and work in a team with a sense of ownership of the performance, to celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West of Ireland, to offer a free, quality, family, cultural experience for locals and visitors to Killarney over the summer months and to open up new, quality venues in Kerry, for Irish traditional performance.

"Our “in concert" indoor show features a three piece traditional band," he said.

"Our “round the house” outdoor show features a three piece band, eight young set dancers and a live storyteller (Seanchai). Be sure to catch our finest traditional performers for free. Hope to see you there."

"We thank our sponsors, Kerry County Council Arts and Community Office, Kerry Gems and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, St Mary’s Church of Ireland, and Killarney House & Gardens."

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Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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