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Killarney to host Cyber Security Conference

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By Sean Moriarty

A new conference in cyber security, with a direct focus on relationships between Ireland and the United States, will take place in Killarney next month.
The Cyber Security Conference (Transatlantic Policy Forum) will be held at The Brehon, on May 10.
The conference is being organised by Dr William Sheehan, a local historian and organiser of the Killarney Economic Conference.
The conference began after a conversation between Dr Edward Burke of the University of Nottingham and Sheehan who are both historians of military conflict.
They have invited David Crozier of Queens University Belfast and Dr Robert Mauro of Boston College to join them.
All four share a common concern that cybercrime and cyber terrorism is a real threat especially given the number of US multi-national companies based in Ireland.
Speakers include Richard Browne, Director of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre; Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau; Detective Inspector Alistair Burns, Serious Cyber Crime Unit PSNI, while the keynote speaker will be Sir Rob Wainwright, Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber Practice and the former Director of Europol, and David Stanton, TD, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, will deliver the opening address.
“This conference is unique, it brings together key leaders in cybersecurity from Ireland, the UK and the United States, and from sectors such as defence, law enforcement, business and research for the first time in Ireland,” Dr Sheehan said. “Panels will explore how new partnerships can be created to face future threats both across sectors and countries, how those threats will evolve from state and non-state sectors, and how the Irish government can support this emerging industry in Ireland, and how business can evolve and protect themselves into the future.”
For further information or to register your attendance visit www.killarneyeconomicconference.com, phone 064 776 7181 or email info@killarneyeconomicconference.com.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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