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Killarney’s Celebration of Irish American Friendship

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History will tell you what happened but a song will tell you how it felt

An events-filled programme of quality entertainment has been lined up for the Celebration of Irish American Friendship in Killarney with great, must-see attractions planned from July 3 to July 5.

The centuries-old bonds that exist between Ireland and America will be appropriately acknowledged through a variety of entertainment events with the undoubted highlight being a gala parade through the streets, on the evening of Thursday, July 4th.

It will feature spectacular custom-built floats, marching bands, colourful cheerleaders, the rumble of power-packed motorbikes and a whole host of fun-loving and much-loved Disney characters, fairytale princesses and so much more.

With the 100-year celebration of the opening of Killarney National Park scheduled for 2032, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce last year initiated a special lead-in programme to mark the occasion and to celebrate the generosity of the Bourne-Vincent and McShain families who gifted much of the park to the nation and the people.
That historic and valued relationship will be to the fore during the course of this year’s festival with the captivating story of John McShain to be told, through poetry, music and song, in a special hour-long production at the Anam Arts and Cultural Centre prior to the big parade.

Co-produced by the multi-talented Noel Patrick O’Sullivan and Fiona Crowley, it will tell the McShain story through the thought-provoking poetry of Tim Buckley, the musical talents of Tony O’Flaherty and Miriam O’Sullivan and the voice of Mary Culloty O’Sullivan with the detailed research into the life of the McShain family conducted by Rachel Kelleher of the NPWS.

“History will tell you what happened but a song will tell you how it felt,” Noel Patrick O’Sullivan remarked.
This year also there will be an opportunity to remember the estimated six million Irish people who emigrated to the US since 1820, whose descendants now proudly describe themselves as Irish-American, and their story will be told in an engaging public lecture in the appropriate setting of Killarney House – the former McShain residence – on the evening of Wednesday, July 3rd.

The topic will be Kerry Emigration to the US 1820-1920 and the special guest will be vastly experienced genealogist and author Kay Caball.

The fun-filled festivities on July 4th will include a fabulous kids zone on the grounds of St Mary’s Church of Ireland with a whole variety of free activities, including face painting, balloon and art games and an energetic open air kiddies’ disco.

The Celebration of Irish American Friendship schedule will also include a town centre family-friendly, interactive drum experience, lively DJ sounds on Main Street, a sensational Great Gatsby routine with dazzling dancers and an open air live brass band performance on the streets to fill the mid-summer air with great sounds.

Following the big parade on Thursday, July 4th there will be a rousing street party with hugely popular local band Truly Diverse providing the music and everybody is being invited to join in what will be a beat on the street with a stamp of trademark Killarney quality.

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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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