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Large attendance at Social Farming event

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Kerry Social Farming held its annual meeting at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday.

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Martin Murphy, Shane Savage and Stephen Faley. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Eamonn O'Reilly (NEWKD), John Stack (NEWKD), Belinda Gascoine, Joe McCrohan, Tony Donnelly and Mike O'Donoghue. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Earl Leahy (Valentia Island), Breda O'Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Breda O'Sullivan (Killorglin), Breda McNamara (St John of God) and Stephen Faley (Listowel). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r: Martin Murphy, Earl Leahy, Minister Norma Foley, Breda OÕSullivan, Cian Begley. Back l-r: Stephen Faley, John Fleming, Pat OÕConnor, Mike OÕConnor, Cathal Moriarty and Shane Savage. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r: Martin Murphy, Earl Leahy, Minister Norma Foley, Breda OÕSullivan, Cian Begley, Eamon Horgan (Chair of Kerry Social Farming Working Group). Back l-r were: Evelyn OÕConnell (KSF Facilitator), Stephen Faley, Luke Myers (Kerry Eco-Social Farming Officer), Noel Spillane (CEO SKDP), John Fleming, Joe McCrohan (Rural Development Manager SKDP). Pat OÕConnor, Mike OÕConnor, Eamon OÕReilly (CEO NEWKD), John Stack (Chair of Board of NEWKD), Cathal Moriarty, Shane Savage, Rena Blake (KSF facilitator). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r were: Eamon Horgan, Karen Tetteroo, Mike Hennessy (KSF Working Group member representing Down Syndrome Kerry), Joan Brosnan and Joe McCrohan (SKDP). Back (l-r) Billy Jo OÕConnor, Jan Tetteroo, Mike OÕShea, Breeda OÕSullivan, Mary Fleming, Tom Sears, Rena Blake, Peter Curran, and Dawn Roberts. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday were: Eamonn Horgan, Chair of Kerry Social Farming Working Group with Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photo: Don MacMonagle

It followed a break of a number of years when the event was held online.

A large attendance heard from host farmers and social farming participants about the importance of social farming in their daily lives. Chairman of KSF Working Group Éamon Horgan, emphasised the need for secure and consistent funding for the project, which has expanded from four farms in 2013 to over 30 farms currently, with weekly social farming opportunities now being provided to over 50 people across Kerry.

Education Minister Norma Foley TD was guest speaker and commended what she described as a ‘life enriching’ project. She noted the various disciplines whose skills and generosity contributed to the success of Kerry Social Farming and reaffirmed the current Government’s commitment to social farming.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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