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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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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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