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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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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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