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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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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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