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Milltown’s Féile Lughnasadh launch




Féile Lughnasadh, Milltown’s annual celebration of culture and music, will be launched this Friday night.

The launch will take place on tonight (Friday) in Denny's Bar, Milltown, at 9pm.

“We are invoking the ancient celebration of Lughnasadh to inspire our musical féile and create a fantastic weekend of trad and craic”, said organiser Owen O’Shea. “We’ve seen the world’s best in Milltown over the years, and this year will not disappoint, with another brilliant line up.”

The festival kicks off on Thursday, August 3rd with a perennial Milltown favourite, the Club Amhránaíochta / Singing Club in the Plough Bar at 8:30.

On Friday, everyone is invited to join the festival parade, followed by the festival bonfire in the square and fun family activities.
The first major act, PÓLCA 4, are live on the Gig Rig at 9. The night continues with Club Lughnasadh, with craic agus ceoil in the Community Hall, with full bar and music. Local sessions will also be in full swing in local bars.

Saturday will see guest musicians on stage from 7:30, with the festival’s main act, Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann live at 9.
Club Lughnasadh and local sessions will follow ‘til late.
Sunday starts at 12 noon with a Food and Crafts Market at The Square, and family fun including a magic show, craic with the Crafty Cailleach, all followed by “Dancing at Lughnasadh”, the open-air céilí with Uí Bhriain.

At 7.30 the Evans Family are on the Gig Rig followed by Four Winds at 9. The craic continues with local sessions and Club Lughnasadh.

“We are proud to have created a truly unique event, free and open air, bringing the best in trad to all in a family-friendly festival”, said treasurer Vincent Prendergast.



Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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