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Killarney events included in Kerry homecoming festival

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By Sean Moriarty

Several Killarney events, both new and existing, have been included in the new ‘An Turas Mór - Homecoming Kerry’ which was launched earlier this week.

The countywide initiative is designed to bring home Kerry Diaspora throughout the month of October.

It is presented by Kerry County Council as part of the Global Irish Festival Series which is a joint initiative between Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

New Killarney events include the 50th Killarney London Reunion which takes place on this side of the Irish Sea for the first time on October 8.

Existing events included in the programme are the Quest Adventure Races (October 1) and Killarney Races (October 1 and 2).

The Kerry International Film Festival runs across various Killarney locations from October 20 to 23.

St Mary's Church of Ireland will host another new and unique event on October 22.

As the Pagan New Year’s Eve approaches at the end of the month, druids and goths will assemble outside Kenmare Place Church and will mark the occasion with an incredible fire show.

“We in Kerry County Council are delighted to present An Turas Mór this October and welcome the support of Fáilte Ireland and Department of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We look forward to welcoming all our visitors to Kerry for what promises to be a wonderful month long Festival,” said Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell.

The opening ceremony of the countywide initiative is set for Dingle on October 1 with a fire and fireworks spectacle similar to the one scheduled for Killarney on October 22.

A full list of events and activities can be found on www.homecomingkerry.com. 

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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