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Keith plans to share his secrets in INEC show




By Tristan O'Donoghue

Keith Barry kicks off his ‘Reconnected’ tour today (Friday) at the Black Box Theatre in Galway, but fear not as it won’t be long until he brings his new show to Killarney this summer.

Keith, who will take to the INEC stage on June 11, has been coming to Killarney for nearly 20 years.

He told the Killarney Advertiser he "can’t wait to get back on stage and have the craic" where he will be full of energy as for the first time, he begins to share some of his secrets with the crowd by teaching one half of the audience how to hack into the other half’s brain.

The show which is designed to "reconnect people emotionally, intellectually and sub-consciously" will also feature Keith performing dangerous demonstrations with a crossbow.

He says the show is to make people "laugh until their faces hurt" but most importantly to make people re-connect and "experience a night of wonder, amazement and a feel-good factor" which will stay with the audience for weeks - after all the whole world has been through a period of isolation.

Keith has always themed his performances which is evident from his last show 'Insanity', which "ended in a full-blown rave". With the theme of this show being reconnection, Keith has said this will be the "most emotionally charged ending to a show that he has ever designed" as he incorporates a spiritual ending to the performance.

When asked if he gets nervous before performing a trick and he said there's always some nerves in case something could go wrong.

"I always have a bit of nerves, things can go wrong. I've got to figure out when they do go wrong how you're going to get out of it. I've learned over the years to turn nerves into positive energy."

Aside from discussing his new show, Keith told the Killarney Advertiser about how much he enjoys performing in Killarney citing the big stage, good lighting, large audience and great energy from the crowd as important factors. He also mentioned the nightlife and great meals that Killarney offers after he finishes his performance including Reidy’s and Treyvaud’s for food and drinks.

"'I usually stay overnight, we always party in Killarney, and have a few drinks afterwards then hit the road the next day."

Keith has worked hard throughout the pandemic, only taking time off for Christmas over the last two and a half years. He is doing really well on television with his show on RTÉ One 'The Keith Barry Experience' every Saturday night where he brings a lot of celebrities along with him. Naturally, Keith is looking forward to well deserved holidays over the summer listing Derrynane, Dingle and Killarney as possible locations.



Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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