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Kerry Community Awards make a welcome return

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THE countdown is on to the all-new Kerry Community Awards which make a welcome return for 2017.

The awards were officially launched in The Dromhall Hotel by committee chairman Sean Quinlan who also welcomed incoming secretary Helena Switzer of Kerry County Council’s Community Department. “We will be holding our community awards in April 2017 in The Dromhall Hotel to once again recognise and honour the Trojan work done by volunteers to improve the welfare of communities all too often with little or no funding,” Mr Quinlan said at the launch.

“These community workers and carers are among our greatest national treasures and they help bring hope, stability and confidence for the future. Their actions enhance the lifestyle of those who live in those communities and their generosity is beyond question and beyond price,” he added.

Mr Quinlan also thanked the Randles family of The Dromhall Hotel for their generous support over the past 12 years.

Also speaking at the launch was Bill Morrell of the Kerry Public Participation Network who praised the work of all involved in relaunching the initiative, while The Kerryman Editor Kevin Hughes acknowledged the involvement of Siobhan Griffin of Kerry County Council in developing a popular and highly successful community awards brand in Kerry that is nationally respected.

Kerry Community Awards started in 2004 when Rathmore Social Action Group collected the overall award. Kerry Community Awards has distributed over €350,000 to local community groups down through the years. There were 11 deserving annual winners – and countless category winners – before the awards took a well-earned break in 2014.

The 2017 awards will herald some changes and the application form will mirror that – for instance entrants won’t have to select a category in which to be entered – but the ethos remains the same, putting communities first. Entry forms will be available in the coming weeks.
 


 
Launching the Kerry Community Awards 2017 were Sean Quinlan, chairman, Kerry Community Awards, Ruth O'Connell, Kerry County Council, Siobhan Griffin, Kerry Public Participation Network, Helen Switzer, Community Department, Kerry County Council (second row from left) Trisha Dowling NEWKD, Brendan Doran Southern, Marketing Design Media, Kevin Hughes Editor, The Kerryman, Bill Morrell, KPPN, Maura Fitzgerald, KPPN, John Spillane, KPPN, back left, Sean Foley, General Manager, Dromhall Hotel, and Mark Lee, BHP Insurance, at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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