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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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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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