THE 18th Gathering Traditional Festival returns bigger and better than ever. From concerts, to céilí’s and more sessions than ever there will be music around every corner of the Gleneagle Hotel this weekend.
This five-day festival running from today February 22 until February 26 attracts trad fans from the US, Britain, France, Germany and all over Ireland. Previous highlights of the festival have included legends of Irish traditional music Danú, Mike McGoldrick, Buttons and Bows, Téada plus a whole lot more!
Also a festival favourite the céilí’s return and this year will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel Ballroom and feature Uí Bhriain, Neily O’Connor, Striolán Céilí Band, Five Counties Céilí Band and Johnny Reidy. The schools outreach programme will once again visit schools, in the lead-up to the festival, showcasing the Sliabh Luachra tradition of music and set dancing.
The 2017 festival is packed full of concerts and sessions including on Thursday Aidan Coffey, Geraldine O’Callaghan, Mick Daly, John Brosnan, Mike Brosnan, Geraldine Breen and Mary Conroy.
On Friday there will be a trio of trio’s featuring The Casey Sisters (Nollaig Casey, Máire and Mairead Nic Chathasaigh), Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Bríd Harper and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Gerry O’Beirne and Dónal O’Connor; Saturday Afternoon Boruma Trio and Piper’s Union; Saturday Evening Dervish and Full Set; Sunday Scattering Concert John Carty Festival Band including John, James and Maggie Carty, Dermot Byrne, Jim Higgins, Shane McGowan and Goitse.
For those who love a late-night session this year’s programme of events is jam packed! Highlights include Derek Hickey, Jack Talty, Liam Flanagan and Caoimhín O’Fearghail, The Rising featuring Dean Griffin, Séan Kelliher, Steven O’Leary, Cian O’Sullivan and Thomas Barrett plus a whole lot more!
Budding musicians or even those looking to enhance their skills can partake in the schedule of gathering workshops and masterclasses including fiddle, accordion, concertina, harp, flute, set dancing, séan nós and singers masterclass.
Festival passes cost just €55 and include entry to all concerts and céilís. Tickets to individual concerts and céilís are also available and range from €10 to €25. For more information visit www.thegathering.ie
And the story goes: Seanchai Ray O’Sullivan enthralls students at Gaelscoil Faithleann, Cill Airne, as part of the 18th Annual Gathering Traditional Music Festival outreach programme.
PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
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