THE past weekend has seen national commemorations of the 1916 Rising unfold in compelling and creative fashion and now, following the conclusion of the 1916 Commemorations in Dublin and elsewhere over the Easter Weekend, focus is turning to a series of planned commemorative events in Kerry. Our county was central to plans for the Rising and the scene of numerous pivotal events during the insurrection of 100 years ago.
Kerry County Council’s Commemorations Office has unveiled plans for several commemorations, particularly at Valentia Island, from where the telegram was sent to US to alert Clan na Gael to the outbreak of the Rising; at Ballykissane near Killorglin, where three Volunteers drowned on their way to seize wireless radio equipment; and at Banna Strand, where Roger Casement, Robert Monteith and Daniel Bailey came ashore on Good Friday 1916.
A commemorative stone will be unveiled at Valentia Island on April 17 at 3pm; there will be a ceremony at Ballykissane Pier on April 21 at 8am; and there will be a State Commemoration at Banna Strand on April 21 at noon with the President of Ireland in attendance. The Kerry 2016 Office is inviting members of the public to participate in those commemorations and celebrate Kerry’s often-understated role in the events of a century ago.
“Kerry was central to the preparations for the Rising with Tralee man Austin Stack charged with organising the landing of arms at Fenit at Easter 1916. Key figures like the O’Rahilly (Ballylongford), Fionán Lynch (Waterville), An Seabhac (Dingle), Thomas Ashe (Lispole), and Piaras Béaslaí were key figures in these historic events,” said Kate Kennelly, Kerry 2016 Co-ordinator.
“There were also key incidents like the drowning of Con Keating, Dan Sheehan and Charlie Monahan at Ballykissane Pier on Good Friday and the failed attempt to land the arms shipment from Germany which contributed to Eoin MacNeill’s decision to issue the countermanding order on Easter Saturday.
“The iconic arrival of Casement at Banna in the early hours of Good Friday and his subsequent arrest are also pivotal events and that is why a complete State Commemoration, attended by President Michael D Higgins will take place on April 21 at Banna Strand, the exact centenary of events,” said Kate Kennelly.
President Higgins will also officially open ‘Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey’ at the Kerry Museum in Tralee on April 21 at 4pm. The exhibition will take visitors on a series of revolutionary journeys: Roger Casement’s path from servant of the Crown to Irish nationalist that led to the gallows in Pentonville Prison; the road to independence for Ireland with the first stepping stone of the Easter Rising; and the experience of the Kerry people whose lives were transformed by the events of 1916.
The commemorations at Valentia, Ballykissane and Banna are all part of an extensive programme of events which run throughout the year in Kerry and which have already seen Kerry communities embrace the centenary and organise their own events. Among those are events to honour the four Kerry men who died in Dublin – The O’Rahilly (Ballylongford), Patrick Shortis (Ballybunion), Patrick O’Connor (Rathmore), and Michael Mulvihill (Ballyduff).
On Saturday, April 30, there will be the unveiling of plaque to Thomas Ashe, who led Volunteers at the so-called Battle of Ashbourne in County Meath and was the last commander to surrender. Also that day, there will be also be a series of events in Ballylongford to honour local man, The O’Rahilly, who was a key figure in the foundation of the Volunteers and who died on Moore Street on April 29, 1916.
Members of the Defence Forces parading through the streets of Dublin during the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising. PICTURE: PHILIP JONES/MKC
Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.
Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.
“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.
Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!
“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.
“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”
The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.
To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.
Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.
They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.
Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.
“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”
Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.
Facials are also suitable for men
In need of rejuvenation after lockdown or looking for a great gift idea for Father’s Day? All the facials we offer are suitable for both men and women. CACI treatments truly deliver visible results. It’s the equivalent to a good workout in the gym, but for the face. Our gentleman’s CACI facial treatment targets […]
In need of rejuvenation after lockdown or looking for a great gift idea for Father’s Day? All the facials we offer are suitable for both men and women. CACI treatments truly deliver visible results.
It’s the equivalent to a good workout in the gym, but for the face. Our gentleman’s CACI facial treatment targets the razor bumps, in-grown hairs, and skin impurities. It finishes with a tightening and firming of the muscles resulting in a youthful well defined jawline. Since reopening I have seen a huge uptake on the male facials.
We work with the CACI Synergy system, a medical grade machine which provides you with treatments for acne scarring, dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose sagging skin. Along with offering the full facial we specialise in the eye revive which is great during these times as the eyes are highlighted.
We also focus on the jowl lift which concentrates on the neck and jawline. A course of treatments is recommended for best results.
What makes the CACI facial so unique is it offers real results without damaging the skin. It works deep into the basal layer of the skin, strengthening the foundation of the skin and stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin. It originated in the medical field working on stroke patients and Bell’s Palsy suffers. They discovered that the side they were working on the effected side, started to look younger and more lifted after treatments, hence its entry into the beauty industry. CACI treatments give visible results even after one treatment.
The dual action of SPED microcurrent/LED light therapy technology is so advanced and innovative.
The entire process takes 80 minutes. It starts with deep cleansing using an orbital micro-dermabrasion with light therapy, followed by the ultra-sonic actuator for deep cleansing and gentle exfoliating, propelling impurities to the skin’s surfaces, followed by micro current lifting using a specific technique, this also includes the LED light therapy. We then use the wrinkle comb – an alternative to Botox – which is intense light therapy. It’s all finished off with a silicone mask soak in hyaluronic acid, which has an extremely cooling effect and is hydrating. We use a galvanic current to push this amazing product deep into the lower levels of the skin. A truly results driven facial suitable for both men and women.
For more information call Jill on 064 6632966.
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