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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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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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