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Killarney conference to turn spotlight on Brexit




PLANS for a major new conference focusing on the prevailing political and economic issues and their impact on Ireland, the UK and the European Union have been revealed.

The Killarney Economic Conference will take place on January 12 and 13 next and, in its inaugural year, it will focus on Brexit, the challenges it poses for business, the legal issues that will arise, how it will shape future politics and the impact it will have on daily life.

The conference is poised to become an important annual dialogue involving economic, civic and political leaders from Britain and Ireland.

The line-up of speakers in the inaugural year includes Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC and Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin, TD, who today launched the event along with one of the conference organisers, Dr William Sheehan.

Dr Sheehan, a military historian, author and lecturer and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy, said the idea of the conference is to establish an annual forum at which senior management of civic and business organisations can meet, network and share and debate ideas and best practice. In addition, they will have the opportunity to listen to and question some of the leading political, academic and business leaders in Britain and Ireland.

“The conference is aimed at helping company directors and senior management understand how Britain and Ireland are evolving socially and economically and how to tailor the strategy of their organisations accordingly,” Dr Sheehan said.

“While our first conference is focused on Brexit, our goal is to develop an annual event that will continue to connect political, civic and business interests across Britain and Ireland in the years to come.”

The conference will open with a discussion on the legal implications of Brexit led by Dr Georges Baur, the Assistant Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association, Prof Gavin Barrett, Professor for European Constitutional and Economic Law at UCD and Prof Catherine Barnard, Professor in European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge.

A discussion on how Brexit will shape future politics will be led by Deputy Micheál Martin, TD, and Simon Kingston, conference organiser and a member of the executive committee of the British-Irish Association.

The impact on business will be discussed by Mr Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars Ireland, Prof Philip O’Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School at UL and independent financial analyst David Clarke.
Other key discussions will include the social and personal impacts of Brexit will be addressed by Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, Matthew O’Toole, the former Chief Press Officer at Number 10 Downing Street and Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane.

There will be a gala dinner at The Brehon on Friday, January 12, and the conference takes place on Saturday, January 13. For more information visit

Above: Dr William Sheehan, conference organiser; Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, and Micheál Martin TD, Fianna Fáil leader, at the launch of the inaugural Killarney Economic Conference. Pic: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision



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 […]




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 […]




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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