Connect with us

News

Katie and Karl are having the time of their lives in Killarney

Published

on

AN UPLIFTING experience both for its stars and its audiences, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage opened to a rapturous reception in the INEC, Killarney, on Tuesday.

Set in 1963, Dirty Dancing was based on the real-life establishment called Grossinger’s Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York The classic story comes to the stage complete with those hit songs that formed a soundtrack to many teenage years, including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and of course (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

The West End production, which runs in the INEC until Saturday, March 4, was greeted by standing ovations all round in recent days. And the excitement from its super-talented stars was palpable when I met them prior to curtain up.

Portraying Johnny Castle, the role made famous on the silver screen by Patrick Swayze, is a dream come true for Karl James Wilson. “When I was a kid, I was a massive fan of Patrick Swayze,” he said. “He has been a major influence on me, he was just so cool.”

And in between dazzling audiences in the INEC, Killarney, he and Katie Hartland, who plays Frances “Baby” Houseman, have been enjoying a close-up view of the world-renowned Kerry scenery, including at a lakeside photo-shoot in Killarney with award-winning photographer Valerie O’Sullivan on Tuesday.

Karl, who prior to his arrival in Kerry this week had visited the Glenbeigh area with his partner, is also looking forward to showing Katie the Ring of Kerry.

The UK tour has taken over £10 million pounds since it hit the road last August and, judging by the standing ovations in the INEC this week, it’s not hard to see why. Katie noted that the training for the show, produced by Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott, was intense from the start. “The first three or four days were non-stop, hard-core, we were dancing all day,” she said.

Tickets are available from the INEC Box Office, 064-6671555, www.inec.ie or from Ticketmaster.

See a video of the show at https://youtu.be/cpb9Y4muCvQ

 


 
Above: Leads Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman played by Katie Hartland and Johnny Castle played by Karl James Wilson took time out in Killarney to perform their iconic dance moves. PICTURES: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

News

Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

Published

on

0203183_Helimed92_-_Pat_Flynn_Photography.jpg

 

Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

Continue Reading

News

Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

Published

on

0203219_Mahonys-Subheading.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

Continue Reading

News

Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

Published

on

0203352_0202671IMG7639.jpg

 

Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Trending