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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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