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Local talent to be showcased in three new plays

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By Michelle Crean  

If you're looking for a night out with a difference then a visit to see some hilarious short plays by a local group is ideal.

PLAYS: Killarney based amateur drama group Four Esquires Productions will be performing their new series of short plays in the Gleneagle Culture Club. Pictured are: Danny McClure Annie Burns and Paddy Osborne.

Killarney based, amateur drama group Four Esquires Productions, which was formed in 2019 by Brian Bowler and Paddy Osborne, will be performing their new series of short plays on May 25 in the Gleneagle Culture Club.

The ethos of the group is to encourage and showcase local talent.

“We’ve held several casting calls over the years for anyone who wanted to get involved even if they’d never acted before,” Paddy Osborne explained. “We are always open to new writers and ideas, our focus being on original plays, generally comedic and light-hearted.”

The Four Esquires had a three night sell out show in Courtney’s, Killarney just before the lockdown where they performed 'Every Picture Tells a Story' by Brian Bowler, Rent O’Killers by Dennis Earlie and Bar Flies by Paddy Osborne.

“We had planned to put on more shows but COVID put everything on hold,” Paddy said. “There’s a wealth of talent in this county. We are also very fortunate to have several actors who are training in the West End House School of Arts, New Street, involved in the new show. It is great for them and it is fantastic for us.”

The three new plays are 'The Letter D' – an elderly man endeavours to sell his recent inheritance of carpets and rugs online with hilarious consequences. 'The Deal' – a disillusioned hospitality worker prepares for a night out while reflecting on his chosen career path. Both are written and directed by Brian Bowler. The third play is 'Bin Wars' written and directed by Paddy Osborne and is a dark comic tale inspired by true events about two neighbours fighting over their wheelie bins.

Paddy is the author of the hilarious 'Baxter’s Boys', a novel about a neglected Dublin inner-city community and a dysfunctional pub football team who might just be their only hope! The Irish Independent likened it to Roddy Doyles’ Barrytown Trilogy. Paddy has just finished co-writing a feature length screenplay called 'No Time For Cowboys' and is in the process of securing funding.

Brian Bowler is a member of the Killarney Dochas Drama group and West End School of Arts. He has written and directed a number of plays and short films including the award winning 'Under God’s Sky' about the Spanish Armada.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster priced €10.25 excluding booking fee.

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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Salvias are valuable plants for any gardener

By Debby Looney, gardening expert One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are two broad differences, one is the bedding salvia, with its spikes of fire-engine-red flowers – though they come in cream and purple also.

These have become less popular with gardeners over the years, as slugs eat them with relish. I have found the product ‘Grazers’, a spray, excellent as a slug repellent. As an aside, ‘Grazers’ also do a rabbit, deer, lily beetle and caterpillar repellent, all of which are organically certified and perfectly safe to use. They are also quite effective products. Secondly, everyone knows the herb salvia, or sage which goes perfect with chicken, roast squash or parma ham, it is a flavour of autumn.

However, there are over 500 salvias to choose from, and happily, nurseries are taking notice of them. This year a notable addition to most garden centre stock is the hybrid Wish collection. There are three; ‘Love and Wishes’, ‘Ember’s Wish’ and ‘Wendy’s Wish’. Being the greedy gardener I am, I planted all three, and have been rewarded by large bushy plants with masses of colour. I planted them in a free draining, sunny part of the garden, where they have plenty of space. The plants themselves reach about 80cm, flower spikes being at least 20cm long in colours pink, aubergine and orange.

Another beauty is S. Amistad, which every garden with a flower border should have. They grow up to 1.2m, with lush dark green foliage, topped by dark blue flowers. The calyces (the bit the flower comes out of!) are almost black, giving it a fantastically dramatic look. S. nemerosa is a hardy variety, used in Irish gardens for years, as it spreads happily keeping weeds at bay. ‘New Dimension Blue’ is a lovely variety, with rich blue flower spikes. S. nemerosa does not grow that tall, about 30cm. It is also one of the few salvias which will tolerate heavy soil and a lot of winter rain.

S. roemeriana ‘Hot Trumpets’ is also a low growing spreading salvia, about 30cm, with the brightest red flower spikes I have yet to see rivalled! It grows well in dappled shade, adding great splashes of colour. Another red is S. x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’. It is an evergreen perennial, which loves full sun. It grows to about 50cm, and has flowers from April through to the first frosts. The flowers are bicoloured red and white, like little flags. ‘Killer Cranberry’ is another beauty with magenta flowers.

All salvias are attractive to bees and other pollinators, and as such are valuable plants for any gardener. They look great grouped with other perennials, as well as in pots or on their own in beds.

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