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Great quack promised in Currow this Sunday

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By Con Dennehy

There will be "great quack" in Currow this weekend when the East Kerry village hosts a Vintage Show and Duck Race promoted by the Currow Rural Development Association.

Taking place at Dicksgrove Creamery on the banks of the Brown Flesk River on Sunday at 12.30pm, the event doubles up as a Community Fun Day and a fundraiser for the Development Association to continue their ongoing work to enhance the amenities in the community and the restoration of the local lake.

This is the third Community Fun Day hosted by the Development Association following on from the phenomenal success of Christmas in Currow and the Easter Egg Hunt which attracted people from all over Kerry.

“We will have more than 60 vintage tractors taking part in the fun day in addition to a steam engine and a working thresher," Damien Boyle, chairman of the Currow Rural Development Association, said.

"The day is all about participation and we will have lots of kid’s activities including face painting, a balloon artist, mini tractor races which are expected to be "wheely" great, a food truck and lots more attractions including Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse all the way from Disneyland in Paris.”

The highlight of the day will be a Duck Race on the Brown Flesk where 150 life sized plastic ducks will be released and they will race over a 300-metre course.

“This is the first time since the 1980s that a Duck Race has taken place in Currow. Back then local community activists Nora Doyle and Gerard O’Sullivan along with a team of eight volunteers hosted a number of Duck Races to fund the St Patrick's Day Parades and the restoration of the Old Killeentierna Graveyard. So this year we are using the original ducks. It’s a fundraiser to assist with the €5,000 development of the lake and people can sponsor a duck for just €5 and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes,” added Mr Boyle.

Work on cleaning and development of Currow Lake is due to commence later this year and will be a focal point in the community when work is completed and will complement the recently developed Community Garden in the village.

Parking for Sunday’s event will be in the centre of Currow village with the creamery located just 150 metres away.

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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