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Killarney Beerfest set to brew up a storm of fun this weekend

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CRAFT brewers and beer enthusiasts will descend on Killarney this weekend for Killarney Beerfest (May 26 to 28).

While the beer enthusiasts are set to sample some of the 150 brews on offer, the highlight of the festival for the craft brewers will be the prestigious Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland Awards sponsored by Carry Out Off Licences.

There are eight categories in the awards including Pale Ale, Belgian Style Ale, Dark Ale, Lagers, Porter/Stout, Wheat Beer, Speciality Beer and Sour Beer. The most sought after title is the overall Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland. The awards are open to all Irish breweries and the panel of fifteen judges is led by Reuben Gray of Beoir and includes CAMRA and EBCU members as well as a selection of international judges. Over 100 craft beers have been entered for the awards.

Along with the prestige of being crowned The Beoir Champion of Ireland, the winning brewery will receive the opportunity to brew an exclusive craft beer for Carry Out Licence along with a promotional package from Carry Out Off Licences which includes in-shop distribution and promotions as well as marketing and social media support.

David O’Keeffe, Head of Sales for Carry Out, said: “Irish craft beers are among the best in the world, and these awards help celebrate that fact.”

“Carry Out off licences operate in more than 100 different locations nationwide and so are in a fantastic position to help promote the Irish craft beverage industry. It certainly is an industry on the move and we look forward to meeting the many brewers attending this year festival. We are constantly re-evaluating our craft beer offering in order to offer our customers the widest range possible.”

The winners of the Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland Awards will be announced at the festival on Sunday, May 28, at 6pm. Killarney Beerfest takes place on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel in the specially constructed Beer Village. Admission costs €15 and includes one free glass of beer. For more information visit http://www.killarneybeerfestival.com/

 


 
Above: David O'Keeffe, National Sales Manager, Carry Out, with Maureen Cournane, Kieran Somers and Michael McSweeney at the launch of the 'Carry-Out' Killarney Beerfest which takes place May 26-27-28. Picture: Don MacMonagle

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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