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Kerry history buffs to travel back in time

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Volunteers in Dingle in 1915.

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HISTORIAN and UCD lecturer Dr Mary McAuliffe will give a talk entitled 'Mobilised and Ready: Kerry and 1916' tomorrow, Friday, April 29, at 8pm in An Diseart Chapel, Green Street, Dingle.

The event is being organised by Dr McAuliffe and her co-editors, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O'Shea, following the publication this week of their new book on the role played by Kerry in the Easter Rising.

Local historian Micheál Ó Moráin, a contributor to Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising, will give a talk on Thomas Ashe and the role played by west Kerry during 1916 will also be discussed. Key figures from Corca Dhuibhne who led the preparations for the rebellion will also feature, including, for example, An Seabhac from Dingle, who was a key organiser for the Volunteers in Kerry.

Dr McAuliffe, a native of Duagh, said: “The role played by Kerry in the Easter Rising is key. Kerry was central to preparations for the Rising and key figures like Thomas Ashe, The O'Rahilly, Austin Stack, An Seabhac and others were central to those plans. There was a lot of activity in places like Dingle, Annascaul and Castlegregory ahead of Easter Week and hundreds of Volunteers mobilised in many parts of Kerry as the Rising got underway in Dublin.

“In our book, we look at stories like those of Michael Moriarty, Dingle; John and Tadhg Brosnan, Castlegregory; Thomas Fitzgerald, Dingle; and Henry Vincent O’Donoghue, Annascaul, some of whom wouldn't be as well-known as Ashe or Stack but who shared a common goal - to strike a blow for Irish freedom.”
Signed copies of the new book will be available on the night. No admission fee. All welcome.
Enquiries to kerry1916book@gmail.com and more information on www.kerry1916book.com
 


 
Above, volunteers in Dingle in 1915.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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