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Kenmare celebrates honorary Harry Potter status

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By Michelle Crean

Harry Potter fans are sure to flock to Kenmare - once restrictions have eased - as yesterday (Thursday) it was named recognised as an honorary Quidditch town.

The news comes due to the release of the new book, 'Quidditch Through The Ages Illustrated Edition', written by J.K Rowling and illustrated by Emily Gravett, and is an essential companion to the Harry Potter series and guide on the wizard’s favourite sport.

Bloomsbury Publishing presented Mayor of Kerry, Patrick Connor-Scarteen, with a decorative banner featuring gold Quidditch hoops celebrating the town’s fictitious Quidditch team, Kenmare Kestrals who feature in the wizarding world’s Quidditch league.

The banner also bears the town’s Quidditch team crest, an eye-catching design with gold and green patchwork.

The Mayor of Kerry was pictured next to the banner in an outdoor, socially distanced presentation with two young Harry Potter fans at Kenmare Stone Circle. During the official presentation, the young Harry Potter fans celebrated on their Nimbus 2000 broomsticks among the pre-historic stones used in ancient rituals and celebrations.

Throughout the week, honorary Quidditch town presentations will continue safely and in line with Government guidelines across the UK and Ireland. The ceremonies are being held at prehistoric sites, stone circles, medieval castles, Roman forts and churches, celebrating the release of 'Quidditch Through The Ages' and the real-life towns represented by Quidditch teams in the Harry Potter series.

In total eleven towns and villages across the UK and Ireland, from Appleby to Holyhead, Falmouth to Wimborne, are being honoured in celebration of the new book.

“We’re really proud to recognise Kenmare as an Honorary Quidditch Town," a spokesperson from Bloomsbury Publishing said.

“Harry Potter fans can now unearth the real-life towns and villages inspiring the names of Quidditch teams and we ask anyone planning a visit to Kenmare to first check national and local travel guidance on Coronavirus to ensure their visit is made safely."

The Mayor added that Kenmare is "delighted to be recognised as an Honorary Quidditch town".

"Harry Potter’s favourite sport Quidditch brings joy to children and adults across the world, and this decorative banner, emblazoned with the town’s team colours, shows our support for our beloved Quidditch team."

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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