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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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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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