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Killarney the first town to host winning Texaco Art work

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DISPLAY: Johnny McGuire and Declan Mulvany pictured outside Killarney Art Gallery where the Texaco Art Competition winner’s painting will go on display next week. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

His creation was so stunning that it won the Texaco Children’s Arts Competition outright - and now the people of Killarney will be the first to view Casey Etherton's work.

The young talented artist recently won first prize in the 16 – 18 years category but was denied the competition’s usual reception and exhibition in Dublin due to the current COVID restrictions.

From next week, Killarney Art Gallery will be the first in the county to display Casey's winning work 'Kevin In The Pink', which features his neighbour Kevin Farrell on canvas.

However, friends and family in Kerry are determined to let Casey’s success shine in his home county including Killarney man Johnny McGuire who helped organise the local exhibition which the public can view from the Killarney Art Gallery window.

Not only that but a number of other art galleries around the county have generously made space available in their windows for the award-winning work including Dingle on February 8 – 13, Kenmare from the 15 to 20, The John Hurley Gallery, Denny Street, Tralee 22 – 27, and the Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel from March 1 to 6.

"It’s an amazing opportunity for me to have my work shown like this,” Casey said. “I hope it encourages people to paint, especially during these tough times.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Casey; it is wonderful to see such talent here in Kerry,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen. “Credit must also be given to the great support from the community to host this tour – artists are a crucial part of our society and the value of their work is immeasurable.”

Johnny McGuire added that "it's great to see such talent in Kerry".

"I was thilled to see that someone from Kerry won the overall competition. I'm really looking forward to seeing it in reality."

Since winning the competition Casey has been studying for his Leaving Cert and compiling his portfolio for future arts studies that he hopes to pursue. Before this lockdown he went back to his old primary school, Scoil Crohan Naofa in Caherdaniel, where he received an award and drawings done by the schoolchildren, a new generation inspired by creativity.

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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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