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Killarney’s iconic buildings open for architecture weekend

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Killarney’s iconic buildings open for architecture weekend

By Sean Moriarty

Several of Killarney’s best loved building will be open to the public this weekend as the county celebrates  Architecture Kerry Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

A wide range of free events including talks, free guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and family events will take this weekend.

The aim of the festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme, is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry and to make some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages.

Dozens of public and private buildings across the county will open their doors for free guided tours.

“Following the success of the event last year, we decided to arrange a series of events again this year to promote and highlight some of our unique and attractive architectural heritage in the county.” said Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, “Throughout Saturday and Sunday, 30 different buildings and sites, more than double the number last year, will be opening their doors for free guided tours. Bookings should be made with each venue as numbers are limited in many cases."

 

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Please book in advance and mention Architecture Kerry.

Killarney House and Gardens

Saturday and Sunday  9.00am - 6.30pm

A guided tour of restored historical rooms

To book contact: Bríd Colhoun ON085 801 7973

Ross Castle

Sunday 230pm

The guide will provide an outline of life in a medieval tower house

To Book contact: Victoria McCarthyon  victoria.mccarthy@kerrycoco.ie

Muckross House

Sunday 3.00pm

The Victorian mansion is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes

To book Contact: 064 667 0144  muckrosshousetours@chg.gov.ie

Government Offices

Saturday 11.00am and 12.30pm

Enjoy a tour of this iconic building and its impressive civic space

To book contact: Diarmuid Maguire  on 087 234 1800

 

Cahernane House Hotel

Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Built in 1877 by Henry Herbert, Cahernane House was the Herbert’s  residence until 1901

To book contact: Emer Corridan on 064 663 1895

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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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