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Gathering of Bridies and Bridgets to be a highlight of new Kerry festival

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IS YOUR name Bridget, Breda or Bridie or any variation of the name Brigid? If so, you are invited to a unique gathering in Killorglin that will be one of many highlights of the town’s newest festival.

The “Meeting of the Brigid’s” will take place from 8pm till late in Falvey’s Bar, Killorglin, on Saturday, February 4, a day that has been earmarked for a brand-new yet timeold celebration for the town.

St Brigid’s Day or Imbolg is an ancient Irish tradition that has been marked for hundreds of years in Mid Kerry. This was once part of the four ancient Celtic festivals along with Lá Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain.

Now, on Saturday, February 4, Killorglin will host a unique festival, called Biddy’s Day, celebrating the custom. “The Biddy is honoured every year in the Mid Kerry region, with Biddy groups visiting rural houses and public houses, carrying a ‘Brideog’ (effigy) with them, to ensure evil spirits are kept away from humans and animals alike for the coming year,” said local historian Thomas O’Sullivan, who is one of the organisers of the new festival.

All are welcome to the Biddy’s parade in Killorglin on February 4, which will take place from the Fishery to Library Place at 7pm. “Various local Biddy groups will be wearing their traditional costumes and join us on our way up to Library Place,” said Thomas.

This is just one aspect of a full programme of events that will unfold on February 4, including Biddy’s hat and St Brigid’s Cross making workshop in Boyle’s old Hardware store (11am to 12pm), followed by set dancing and storytelling as well as bodhrán lessons throughout the day.

Finnegan’s Wake is the title of a drama event will take place in the Fishery pub at 5pm.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in the history of the tradition, on Friday evening, February 3, a talk will take place from 8pm to 9pm in the small theatre at the CYMS building, called The Celebration of Brigid: Celtic Goddess and Saint.
 


 
The Kilgobnet Biddies to arrive at Davey and Jeremy O'Sullivan's house in Cahernahone, Beaufort.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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