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INEC debut a dream come true

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By Michelle Crean

Taking to the INEC stage with their very own show was a dream come true for young actors and writers this week.

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The teens brought 'Prom Queen: The Jukebox Musical’ to life on the big stage on Monday, and did it all again on Tuesday for 400 local students.

While it may have been a daunting task to write, produce and act in their own show, the youngsters took it all in their stride and delivered outstanding performances.

The musical was written, created and starred 15-year-old Sinéad Greene, a Third Year student at Killarney Community College. Her friend Rachel Griffin (17) was co-director, executive producer and also a lead actor, and the cast included local students from Killarney and surrounds.

The aim of the show was to bring awareness to issues such as mental health, bullying, domestic abuse.

There were also references to suicide and LGBTQ+ representation but the idea was to create dialogue and get the conversation going.

"We’re still all on a high! Another 400 attended the show for schools and the feedback to date has been absolutely incredible!" Sinead's mom, Katrin Pietzonka, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Lots of praise for all cast members but especially to Sinead, Marie and Rachel Griffin, the executive producer, who made it all possible!"

She added that they are all grateful for all the support throughout the Prom Queen journey!

"Special thanks to Kieran Somers, Lily MacMonagle, Shannon and Makaela Crowley from the MACademy, Tony O’Flaherty from Killarney Community College, all the parents and everybody who believed and supported this amazing youth project!"

Lily MacMonagle from MACademy said that the "young adults have surpassed any expectation that me or anyone from The MACademy could have imagined".

"Their passion, creativity and patience for the dramatic arts is outstanding. This show is humorous, full of love, clever, funny and compassionate but more than anything it is relatable to everyone young and old sitting in the theatre. I take my hat off to the whole cast, to the writer to the director, you’ve only just begun."

Filmmaker Jessica Courtney Leen, who is also Head Drama Tutor at the West End House School of Arts, added that it's been really special following their journey.

"Killarney has something really inspiring here - this is a group of entrepreneurial young people who’ve created something they love and brought so much joy to their audiences because of it," she said.

"There’s talent in abundance here but it’s not even about that, it’s about the community they’ve created and the magic they’ve shared. Myself and all of the West End House family are so proud of our students in this group, and of every person involved. Hopefully we’ll see some of them at our Youth Theatre Club in January. Congratulations to everyone on PQ the musical.”

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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