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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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