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Gleneagle turns Inside Out to facilitate outdoor gigs

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The Gleneagle INEC Arena has this evening (Friday) announced a series of live outdoor gigs scheduled to take place throughout August and tickets are on sale now.

Artists lined up for the aptly titled 'Inside Out' gigs include the up-and-coming Lyra, Saint Sister, Jyellowl and Kerry Rising, featuring Cathal Flaherty, Seamus Harty, Lorraine Nash and Colin Andrew, each playing under the Future Sounds billing. Ham Sandwich, Aslan, Ryan Sheridan, The Blizzards, The High Kings, Damian Dempsey and Paddy Casey all make a welcome return to the Killarney venue under the Signature Acts billing. While country music stalwarts Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady and Chantalle Padden, Cliona Hagan and Take It To The Limit round out the line-up of gigs which kick off on Sunday, August 1.

The concerts will take place on a specially constructed outdoor stage located on grounds adjacent to the Gleneagle INEC Arena. In line with Government guidelines, 200 tickets will be available per gig sold in pods of six.

The series of gigs is being funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS).

SAFE RETURN

“We’ve had to really think outside the box in order to make a safe return to live music performance and help get our colleagues in the live entertainment sector back to work," Mark Egan, Director of Gleneagle INEC Arena, said.

"These gigs would not be financially viable under normal circumstances, but thanks to the LPSS scheme we now have 20 live acts lined up to play to intimate audiences of just 200 people per gig.”

The Live Performance Support Scheme was introduced to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters plan live performances across the country over the summer months, with a total of 237 organisations benefiting from the scheme.

The main objective of this scheme is to provide significant employment and well-being opportunities across the live entertainment sector as well as supporting the generation of high-quality artistic output for the general public.

GUIDELINES

The 'Inside Out' gigs are subject to Government guidelines, which currently allow for 200 hundred people to attend outdoor events. Tickets will be sold in pods of six and are non-transferable. Each pod will be allocated a specific arrival time and a pre-allocated, socially distanced table. Face masks are required when arriving at and vacating the venue. Gates will open at 7pm to allow for staggered arrival times and the concert will begin at 8.15pm. Each pod must arrive together at their allocated time. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

In order to facilitate contract tracing contact details for all attendees will be collected and all attendees will be required to have their smartphone switched on and the HSE COVID App installed. Customers are asked not to attend the concert if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. In this scenario, tickets will be fully refundable.

DATES

Sunday, August 1                      Ham Sandwich                                      Signature Show

Monday, August 2                      Lyra                                                      Future Sounds

Thursday, August 5                    Saint Sister                                           Future Sounds

Friday, August 6                        Derek Ryan                                           Gleneagle Country

Saturday, August 7                    Derek Ryan                                           Gleneagle Country

Wednesday, August 11              Mike Denver                                          Gleneagle Country

Thursday, August 12                  Aslan                                                    Signature Show

Friday, August 13                       Ryan Sheridan                                       Signature Show 

Tuesday, August 17                   Johnny Brady & Chantalle Padden          Gleneagle Country  

Wednesday, August 18              Cliona Hagan                                        Gleneagle Country 

Thursday, August 19                  Take it to the Limit                                 Gleneagle Country

Friday, August 20                       Jyellowl                                                Future Sounds

Saturday, August 21                   The High Kings                                      Signature Show

Sunday, August 22                     The High Kings                                      Signature Show

Wednesday, August 25              Kerry Rising                                          Future Sounds

Thursday, August 26                  Damian Dempsey                                  Signature Show 

Friday, August 27                       The Blizzards                                        Signature Show

Saturday, August 28                   Paddy Casey                                        Signature Show

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Promoting Killarney as a business and conference destination

Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences. The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention […]

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences.

The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention Centre attended IMEX Frankfurt 2024 in Germany this week to promote the island of Ireland for corporate meetings and incentive travel ~

Tourism Ireland – together with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, as part of the ‘Meet in Ireland’ team – is showcasing Ireland as a world-class Business Events destination to thousands of buyers who organise international meetings and incentive travel.

IMEX Frankfurt is one of the leading global exhibitions for Business Events i.e., the corporate meetings, events and incentive travel industry. Thirty-five tourism companies specialising in Business Events from around the island of Ireland – including The Europe Hotel & Resort and Killarney Convention Centre were on the ‘Meet in Ireland’ stand at IMEX.

Around 1,900 commercial meetings will be conducted with global meeting and incentive travel planners this week, which will, in turn, deliver Business Events for Ireland from around the world worth millions of euro in 2024 and beyond. Tourism Ireland’s goal is to enable thousands of commercial Business Events meetings this year – connecting our tourism partners from Ireland with overseas buyers to grow Business Events and support businesses across the island.
According to the latest CSO figures for overseas tourism, Ireland welcomed almost 1 million Business Tourists, for the 12 months from April 2023 to March 2024.

“IMEX Frankfurt is a key event in the industry calendar and an extremely important platform for us to promote the island of Ireland as a premier destination for Business Events. Business travel is high value and often midweek and off season by its nature, thereby aligning with Tourism Ireland’s strategy to grow overseas tourism revenue outside of the peak summer season,” said, Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said:

“We are delighted to have 35 tourism companies from across the island of Ireland with us at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt. They’re engaging in almost 1,900 commercial meetings and showcasing the best of Ireland to influential meeting and incentive travel planners from around the world.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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