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HOLY SHOW! Ray and Eoin O’Sullivan and Ann Eager launching the play 'A Papal Blessing' a two-act play from Killarney playwright Ray O'Sullivan.  

 

A brand new two-act play from a Killarney playwright guarantees to create a holy show with its hilarious antics and deeply-poignant story.

Following on from his hugely-successful sell-out play, ‘The Rise and

Rise of the Healy-Raes’, Ray O’Sullivan has now turned to divine

inspiration for his latest work.

 

‘A Papal Blessing’ tells the story of friends Martin and Seanie who were among the 300,000 people who attended the Youth Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979.

 

Both young men were at that Mass to witness the Pontiff utter the

famous words, ‘Young people of Ireland, I love you’. But their reasons

for travelling to Galway that autumn day couldn’t be more different.

 

The consequences are that 40 years on, the Papal visit still casts a

long, painful but fascinating shadow over the lives of those affected.

 

With some hilarious exchanges and comedy-gold moments, the play also

goes further to delve into issues of identity, love and the relentless

yearning to belong in an ever-changing rural Ireland.

 

Directed by Pádraig Dennehy, this brand-new, original two-act play

stars Ray O’Sullivan (as Martin), Eoin O’Sullivan (as Seanie) and Ann

Eager (as Mammy).

 

Killarney dates include December 7 in Beaufort Community Centre at 8.30pm and on January 11 in the INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney at 8pm. It will also take place in the CYMS Killorglin on November 23, at 8pm.

 

“I’m very proud and excited to stage my second play, following on from

the success of ‘The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes’,” Ray said.

 

"I love to give people a good night out with lots of laughter, but in

doing that, I also like to explore themes that still urge us to ask

questions of ourselves, and even still tend to make us uncomfortable

at times.”

 

He added that they learned from their last play that Kerry people do love drama and

theatre.

“They expect high standards and I’m hopeful that ‘A Papal

Blessing’ will once again reach those high standards every audience

deserves.”

 

For further information and to book tickets please contact Ray O’Sullivan on 087 2279657.

 

 

 

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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