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Heavenly brew on offer at Killarney Beerfest

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Ready for a brew: John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney, one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest which takes place from May 27-29 at the INEC special village. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

THEY’VE got all the ingredients for a heavenly brew and the 25 producers taking part in Killarney Beerfest are all set to serve up plenty of tasty options at the festival which runs from May 27 to 29.

More than 150 different craft beverages will be on offer, as well as a fantastic programme of events and guest speakers.

Killarney Beerfest showcases many of the best brewers and beers in Ireland. Learn the Beer 101 from the best in the business with brewing demonstrations, tastings, meet the master brewers, beer and food-pairing classes and a whole lot more. And because craft isn’t limited to beer there will be a tantalizing selection of home brewed whiskey, gin and cider to sample!

If you are looking to expand your knowledge of brewing, then don’t miss the beer master classes and interactive home brewing sessions with Cork Homebrews. And you can learn the ancient art of paring beer with cheese and other foods at the insightful pairing classes.

Guest speakers include beer and food writer Melissa Cole, author of Let Me Tell You About Beer, writer and drinks consultant Susan Boyle, one half of Two Sisters Brewing Kildare who alongside her sister Judith make Brigid’s Ale, and Irish food writer and broadcaster Caroline Hennessey, a regular contributor to TV3 and RTÉ Radio and Television. Brewtalk, an insightful and exciting discussion with a variety of distinguished industry experts on the panel from both Ireland and abroad, takes place on the Friday evening.

There will be live music each day and long into the night including performances by Bookabrass Band, Mongrel State, The Small Hours, One Horse Pony, Dixie Micks, The Eskies, and more!

The league of extraordinary beer drinkers in the guise of Beoir Ireland will host their awards programme at the festival. There are eight categories and the Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland will also be crowned at the festival. The top three beers will win an exclusive promotional campaign with Carry Out Off Licences. The awards are open to all Irish Breweries North and South and the panel of judges is lead by Reuben Gray of Beoir along with CAMRA and EBCU members as well as a host of international judges.

Killarney Beerfest takes place on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel in the specially constructed Beer Village. You just need to buy tokens on the day of the event to exchange for beer/drink and food, browse the stalls, enjoy a masterclass or two and soak up the festival atmosphere and live music.
Beer music and food, three of the best combinations outside of barley, hops and yeasts! Share your passion on social media using the #killarneybrews.
Stay close to the action at The Gleneagle Hotel from €129 per double room.
 


 
Ready for a brew: John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney, pictured above, one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest which takes place from May 27-29 at the INEC special village. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Pharmacy jabs begin today

By Michelle Crean  Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.

Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.

Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.

“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.

“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”

Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.

“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”

Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.

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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene

By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.

Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.

The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.

The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.

The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”

Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.

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The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.

“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”

Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.

For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.

“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”

Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.

Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.

“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”

Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.

“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”

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