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Minecraft fans ready for the launch were, Ellen McSweeney, Eoghan McSweeney, Feithleann Somers, Jennifer Rae, Arywnn O'Donoghue and Joe Scanlon. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Insomnia Gaming is coming to Killarney. Pictured are Minecraft fans ready for the event, Ellen McSweeney, Eoghan McSweeney, Feithleann Somers, Jennifer Rae, Arywnn O'Donoghue and Joe Scanlon. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
 


 
COMPUTER gamers, young and old, from all over Ireland and the UK will descend on Killarney this June for the first ever Insomnia Gaming Ireland festival. From June 10 to 13, the INEC in Killarney will be transformed into a gamers’ paradise, featuring console and PC tournaments, appearances by YouTube stars, interactive stage shows, demos of the latest products and retail zones.

The Minecraft Zone will be one of the biggest attractions at this event. Here gamers can play in tournaments, shop the latest Minecraft merchandise and get to hear special guests from the world of Minecraft. And while the kids are building worlds in Minecraft, Mum and Dad can take a trip down 8bit memory lane in the Retro Zone which will feature a variety of old school games on classic consoles.

YouTube stars Amy Lee, Choochoosgaming, Ashdubh, Nettyplays, AmyLee, Inthelittlewood, Mini Muka, Gassy Mexican and Terroriser will attend the festival and form part of the line-up of interactive stage shows and special guest areas.

The Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall will open for 72 hours and will host 250 gaming enthusiasts playing multiplayer games with and against each other. Visitors will also be able to delve into the eSports scene with popular competitive tournaments occurring throughout the event such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, League of Legends and Hearthstone. Daily console tournaments will be taking place, as well as the BYOC LAN Hall hosting tournaments of its own.

Insomnia Ireland is hosted by Multiplay, organisers of the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, and a subsidiary of GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”), the UK’s leading video gaming specialist.

“With an even busier year of Insomnia events, we‘re delighted to bring the Insomnia brand to Irish gamers,” says Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. “Insomnia already reaches tens of thousands of gamers in the UK and we can’t wait to witness Irish gamers’ passion for all things gaming for the first time.”

“Insomnia Ireland is a place for gamers of all backgrounds to congregate, socialise, discover new things and ultimately just play. Our Exhibition/Retail Zones will contain a variety of feature zones and games for all ages. These include a Minecraft Zone, Indie Zone, Retro Zone an Over 18s area, Main Stage, where special guests will be playing the latest games as well as panel talks and Q&A sessions.”

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster. Day tickets for Insomnia Gaming Ireland cost €24 and €99 for the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall. For more information visit https://insomniagamingfestival.com/ireland

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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