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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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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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