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K-FEST returns this June Bank Holiday weekend

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Ireland’s foremost festival for the emerging arts takes over Kerry this summer with great new acts and visual artists from throughout the country.

K-FEST 2K19, a three-day festival that celebrates emerging artists and musicians, returns May 31 through June 2, with an all-new roster of events, featuring a gallery trail of over 100 visual artists, 30 live bands, slam poets, spoken word artists, theatre performers, buskers, dancers, street entertainment, and a myriad of family activities. The majority of the nearly 80 events at K-FEST are offered at no or low cost to the public.

In its seventh consecutive year, K-FEST will once again take over the town of Killorglin, exhibiting approximately 100 visual artists across all disciplines, including paint, print, sculpture, performance, textiles, fashion, graphic design, photography, film, and audio-visual.Selected artists show their work in curated, bespoke pop-up galleries throughout the town’s disused commercial and private spaces.

This year, there’s an emphasis on performance art, which moves K-FEST into the realm of a truly multi-discipline arts festival.

“We expect to see as much varied work in 2019, which will elicit a different experience and drive interactions between artists and attendees that really heighten the sense of community and inclusivity during the weekend,” explained Artistic Director Neil Browne. “We may even see a new gallery or two pop up in 2019, which always gives the festival – and the works on display – a new flavour.”

The arts strand will once again include a seminar by Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Kerry County Council, as well as artist-led workshops open to the public throughout the weekend, including one in woodcutting and one on zines.

The festival opens with ‘The Poetry of Women’ Friday night, in which audience members are invited to recite from verses about their favourite vices. Slam poets, writing workshops and presentations by Banshee Literary Journal, a one-woman play, A Different Kettle and local and short films will also grace pop-up venues around town.

The head of IFTA Áine Moriarty returns this year, this time with special guest, Patrick Bergin – an actor best known for his leading role opposite Julia Roberts in ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ and for his stint playing villainous Aidan Maguire in the BBC soap EastEnders.

K-FEST looks forward to packing out numerous pubs, and the K-Kids programme this year is all about connecting with the senses, and involves arts and crafts, balloon modelling school, book reading, fairy trail, plus many other activities throughout the weekend. In addition, kids will be invited to participate in the first art workshop for a kid’s art project to be unveiled at K-FEST 2020.

New this year is a dance strand, which sees Killorglin native Jade O’Connor, who will give a special performance at the Screaming Pope Prize on Sunday evening. Selected by a panel of judges comprising acclaimed artists and critics select the winner, with a top cash prize of €1,000.

Also for dance, Céilí Afro Dabke, A World-Music Céilí, will grace K-FEST’s stages on the Friday of the festival with The Welcoming Project.

This, of course, is only a sampling of the 2K19 festival. For more information about K-FEST, visit www.kfest.ieor send inquiries to marketing@kfest.ie.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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