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New Community Recreation Area opened in Pinewood Estate

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A new community recreation area, incorporating a multi-sport area, all age exercise equipment as well as seating and raised planting beds, was officially opened in the Pinewood Estate in Killarney on Friday.

Officially opened in Pinewood Estate Park Road on Friday an exercise area complete with six machines close to the newly opened tennis and basketball court. Photo Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The facility was funded by a LEADER grant of just over €78,000 through South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) and approved by the LAG as well as match funding put up by the Pinewood Residents Association and a contribution through a lease on the site provided by Kerry County Council. The idea for the project came about through an earlier LEADER funded Feasibility Study undertaken for the residents by Paul O’Raw & Associates aimed at identifying the recreational needs within the estate.

Chairperson of SKDP Tony Donnelly, who performed the official opening said that this project is an excellent example of how communities, working with SKDP through the LEADER programme, can plan and develop new facilities in their areas that will be of benefit to all. He said that the project is a credit to the hard work and dedication of Eileen Mayes, Neil Coffey and all the other committee members of the Pinewood Residents Association that they have succeeded in delivering this project for the area and he is sure it will be used by all the residents for many years to come.

Chairperson of the Pinewood Residents Association Neil Coffey said that they are delighted with the new facility and that it has been used extensively by the residents in the last number of weeks since it is operational. “The age profile of the Pinewood estate and their needs have changed over the years and the Residents’ Association were anxious to make use of the old basketball court to deliver a recreational facility that would support the needs of the people in the estate now and into the future” he said. Neil added that he wished to thank all involved in the committee for their work on the project but also to thank Seán de Buitléar and the LEADER team in SKDP, Kerry County Council and Donal O’Neill as well as the LAG for their support and Cllr. Marie Moloney for her work in getting the project completed.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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