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Killarney’s first whisky distillery celebrates Harvest Fest ’21

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Killarney Distillery, which is a part of Torc Brewing Company, celebrated this summer’s local grain harvest with a gathering at the distillery/brewery on Saturday.

There was plenty of local food, beer, music and other products made by Torc Brewing Company; Torc beer, Killarney Coffee Roasters and Killarney Artisan Chocolates.

“It was a fantastic afternoon with amazing offerings from local businesses; The Hungry Donkey, Muckross Creamery and Rí-Rá Killarney," said Manager Triona Keane. "We want to thank everyone who joined us on the day and also thank our local farmers, as their successful harvest made the celebration possible.”

Barley and oats from the 2021 harvest were grown locally on varying soil types at Knockacullig, Ballyhar, Grenagh, Fossa, Dromin and Gortroe. The grain recently harvested will be stored, floor malted, brewed and distilled separately so as to allow for a series of single farm, single harvest whisky releases. In some, local turf will be used to produce a peated spirit which will then be matured in sweet white wine casks from the south of France and in casks of local oak, manufactured in Killarney. About a kilo of grain goes into a bottle of Killarney Whisky so a ton of local grain will produce one thousand bottles of local whisky.

“We are working to produce high quality provenance-driven spirits," John Keane, Owner and Head Distiller, said. "The coming months will be exciting with further whisky terroir projects at the distillery and with the release of a new range of unaged spirits including Distillery’s Irish Rye Vodka.”

Killarney Distillery is the first whisky distillery in Kerry since Dingle Distillery in 2012. The first cask of Killarney Whisky was filled in December 2020 and will be released in December 2023. This distillery is part of a wider whisky region concept on County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The project is inspired by the island of Islay off the coast of Scotland. Follow along on social media channels for all the latest projects and news.

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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