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Junior Brother to perform in Tralee 

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Singer-songwriter Junior Brother will perform his debut show tomorrow (Sunday), supported by the Local Live Performance Scheme 3, in St John’s the Evangelist Church Tralee.

The scheme, through Kerry County Council, is designed to help support performances by local Kerry musicians, artists, and performers. All events will take place in front of a live audience.

Junior Brother's stories unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic guitar and foot tambourine accompaniment. His acclaimed debut album 'Pull the Right Rope' was a Choice Music Prize nominee for Irish Album of the Year. He is influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland. The performance is part of a summer programme of events organised by Non/faction and supported by the Local Live Performance Scheme 3.

Non/faction is a nonprofit collective based in Kerry that seeks to unlock new opportunities to experience, engage and promote contemporary culture. Welsh guitarist (and astrophysicist) Gwenifer Raymond will support Junior Brother on the night. Tickets are available from www.nonfaction.com.

The scheme has provided support to new and exciting performances while also helping other successful initiatives return to the county.

Festival in a Van is a mini-mobile venue that delivers safe and, best of all, fun experiences. It was an idea that developed out of a need. When restrictions were in place due to COVID-19, Festival in a Van travelled around Ireland to deliver small outdoor performances to local communities. It will return to Kerry this summer. Joe Thoma and his band will be performing as part of Festival in a Van at 4pm on Friday May 13 in Parnell Place, Kenmare.

For a full schedule of events supported by the Local Live Performance Scheme 3 please visit the Kerry County Council Arts Office website.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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