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Tree huggers: Launching ÔKillarney Celebration of TreesÕ which includes an attempt to create a world record-breaking tree hug, are Pat Dawson, Regional Manager, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Duncan Stewart, Eco Eye TV series, who launched the festival, Tom Roche, Just Forests, Carmel Brosnan, organising committee, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Tree huggers: Launching ‘Killarney Celebration of Trees’ which includes an attempt to create a world record-breaking tree hug, are Pat Dawson, Regional Manager, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Duncan Stewart, Eco Eye TV series, who launched the festival, Tom Roche, Just Forests, Carmel Brosnan, organising committee, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN
 


 
GO ON, show your love for trees by giving one a big hug. A four-day celebration of trees in Killarney will include an attempt to create a record-breaking tree hug. The event, which was launched today, will take in the restored Killarney House & Gardens on Friday, May 20, as part of the Celebrations of Trees event, which runs from Thursday, May 19, to Sunday, May 22.
The tree hug will involve students from local schools in the Killarney area as well as local businesses and visitors.
TV personality and architect Duncan Stewart, who revealed details of the event at the launch in the Killarney Plaza Hotel, praised the timely series of activities to raise awareness of trees. “We must start to sustainably manage all our natural resources for future development,” he said.
“The Killarney Celebration of Trees weekend is all about helping people to understand and appreciate the priceless contribution trees make to the quality of all our lives.”
Carmel Brosnan of the organising committee said the “mega tree hug” on May 20 will involve Killarney school students as well as local businesses and visitors. “Everyone is welcome to participate. Assembly points will be announced on a dedicated website www.killarneycelebrationoftrees.com,” said Carmel.
Other tree-related activities will include talks on trees by author and tree expert Thomas Pakenham and award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Mary Reynolds.
Guided walks around Killarney National Park, the State’s oldest National Park, will also take place daily.
The main event on Saturday, May 21, will be the ‘Sound of Wood’ concert in St Mary’s ‘Church of the Sloes’ (Church of Ireland), featuring soprano and harpist Marina Cassidy, Killarney School of Music and performers from the Academy of Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
The newly refurbished Killarney House & Gardens is the setting for a talk by Duncan Stewart, who produces the Eco Eye TV series, and Fr Sean McDonagh, a leading campaigner on climate change and biodiversity, on Sunday, May 22 – UN International Day of Biological Diversity.
The weekend will culminate in the creation of the ‘Killarney Declaration on Nature’, which local businesses will be asked to sign up to.
The declaration aims to embed a mentality of sustainable development in the economic fabric of the Killarney area and encourage eco-tourism.
“I am delighted to launch this timely series of activities to raise awareness of trees and I would encourage all economic interests in the greater Killarney area to adopt the ‘Killarney Declaration on Nature’ as a means of ensuring sustainable development and quality eco-tourism for future generations,” said Duncan Stewart.
The weekend is being organised by Just Forests in association with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Killarney National Park, Killarney Tidy Towns, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and the Trustees of Muckross House.
Cinema Killarney will host the Irish cinema premiere of ‘Nature is Speaking’ a series of short films featuring Robert Redford, Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts on Thursday, May 19.
Killarney Public Library is the venue for Just Forests very popular development education exhibition Wood of Life, which makes “local and global” links on Ireland’s reliance on tropical forests.
Killarney Outlet Centre will host a fascinating exhibition of the world’s most commercial timbers. The ‘World Timber Collection’ consists of 850 wood samples from all over the world (with their original hand-written labels) and was developed by Viscount Powerscourt in 1930 and this will be the first time the collection has been on public display for many years.
For further information on all events and how you can register for the tree hug, visit the dedicated website at: www.killarneycelebrationoftrees.com

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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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