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Inaugural Kerry Clubs Fair attracts almost 800 visitors

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The first ever Kerry Clubs Fair proved very successful as almost 800 people turned up to see Killarney Racecourse see what 50 clubs and organisations had to offer.

The fair, held on Sunday, is the brainchild of Killarney Lions Club and sponsored by Killarney Credit Union.

And, so unique was the event, that it even gained national attention last week when Ray D’Arcy got behind the event on his RTÉ 1 radio show.

“This was the first time we held the fair so we are very pleased with the turnout, and the feedback from the Clubs has been very positive,” Ronan Doyle, President of Killarney Lions Club, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There was a lot of interest in what the clubs have to offaer, and most of the people who visited the fair signed up for something that caught their eye. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those who worked at the 50 stands on the day, the faces behind the clubs and voluntary organisations that help form the fabric of our communities, they are true local heroes.”

Tom Barrett, from The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland, one of the organisations represented on the day, said it was a great occasion.

“We greatly enjoyed the event,” he said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to pass on valuable information and knowledge on how to manage arthritis to a large number of people who came along.”

Mark Murphy from Killarney Cycling Club added that they achieved in excess of 30 membership enquiries on the day.

“The event was a tremendous success and we look forward to taking part again next time,” he said.

Clubs that took part in the event included:

Men’s Shed, First Responders, Killarney Community Games, Toastmasters, Girl Guides, Lions Club, Tidy Towns, Killarney Camera Group, Southwest Counselling, The Rotary Club, Grace Baptist Church, Tralee Art Club,  Ring of Kerry Cycle, Laune Mountaineering Club, Killarney Drama Circle, Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, KDYS, Killarney Tennis Club, Fossa Scouts, Killarney Camogie Club, Kerry Stars Special Olympics, Workmen’s Rowing Club, Order of Malta, Macra Na Feirme, Killarney Mountain Meitheal, Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), 4th of July Killarney Festival, Killarney Valley Classics and Vintage, Killarney Musical Society, No Name Club, Killarney Badminton Club, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Sean Cháirde, Ross Golf Club, Arthritis Ireland Nordic Walking Group Killarney, Killarney Cycling Club, Comhaltas, Killarney Active Retirement Group, Team Hope, Killarney Credit Union, Kerry Canoe Club (Killorglin), St Pats Hurling Club, Killarney Mental Health, Dóchas Drama Group, Kerry Volunteer Centre, Spa Killarney Handball Club, Kingdom Gospel Choir, Rathmore Social Action Group, Kerry Parents and Friends, Killarney Celtic, Spa Killarney Handball Club, Tralee Lions Club, Cois Lí Camera Club, Beaufort Pioneer Association.

Killarney Lions Club would like to thank those who helped to make the day such a huge success: main sponsor Killarney Credit Union; Killarney Racecourse who provided invaluable assistance before and on the day; local media who got behind the event; Killarney Parish who allowed announcement of the event at Masses over the weekend; and finally the members of the public who took the time to attend the event.

For more information on the Killarney Lions Club pleaseemail: killarneylionsclub@gmail.com.

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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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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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