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Kilcummin and Glenflesk GAA Clubs OsKaR fundraiser returns after five years

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A flurry of excitement can be felt throughout the parishes of Kilcummin and Glenflesk with the news that the neighbouring clubs are joining forces for a second time to present the ‘A Night at the OsKars’ on December 7 in the INEC.

It is five years since the two clubs first came together to undertake this type of fundraiser, the first time it had been done in Munster. It was a resounding success with a capacity crowd attending on the night and a fantastic buzz around the two parishes throughout the rehearsals and filming.

“There has been a huge interest in the communities to do the OsKaRs again’, says Derry Healy of Glenflesk, “Anyone who took part last time just loved it.”
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than the last event and it is hoped to involve even more actors.

Seven brand new films will be produced this time around, the titles of which will be revealed at the Launch Night in mid-June. While the rehearsals and filming won’t take place until the autumn, plans are well under way at this stage by the organising committee which involves members of both clubs.

An Information night will take place on Monday (May 29) at 8.30pm in the Killarney Heights Hotel and all are welcome to attend.

This will give anyone interested in taking part a chance to find out what is involved to hear from Kevin Rowe, the events company helping with the fundraiser and chat to people who took part previously.

Following on from this the casting night will take place on June 12.

Those who wish to take part must be over 16 and anyone under 18 will need to have a parent present for rehearsals and filming.

Participants don’t need to be members of the clubs, this is an opportunity for people in the Kilcummin, Glenflesk and surrounding areas to see themselves on the Big Screen.

“When we did the OsKaRs in 2018, we had no idea what a huge success it would be. It went far beyond raising funds for both clubs, it lifted the spirits of both parishes in a way that we could never have foreseen. That is why we have decided to do it all over again and we look forward to an exciting six months ahead,” explained Niamh Dwyer, Kilcummin GAA.

For more information contact Niamh on 087-9801105 or Derry on 087-2707899.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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