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New contemporary space ready to host first live gig

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Plans are underway for the first live gig at a new contemporary art exhibition and performance space in Kenmare.

LIVE GIG: Kenmare Butter Market is preparing for its first live gig.

Jack O'Rourke and his band will perform at Kenmare Butter Market located in The Square, on May 7.

The large spacious building with a seating capacity of approximately 200, also showcases large works making it a popular venue with artists.

As an open plan space it also lends itself to events such as indoor markets, concerts, corporate team building events to name but a few.

Since opening its doors in July 2021 the works of well known artists have been featured including Paul Hughes, Bridget Flannery, Paddy Lennon, Pigsy (aka Ciaran McCoy), Regina Bartsch and Michael Hales. In March an exhibition of the works of nine female emerging artists was held and further exhibitions are planned for the whole of 2022.

"Since COVID restrictions were lifted we have been able to hold two classical concerts and a play," Claire Bunbury, Creative Director at Kenmare Butter Market, said.

"We held a very successful artisan Christmas Market last year which saw 1,700 attend. Over €5,000 was raised for local charities."

History of the Butter Market

Built in the mid-1800s, the former Kenmare Butter Market was converted to a dance hall in the 1960s. Steeped in history and located in the centre of Kenmare town and on both the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas on the Wild Atlantic Way, this venue is a perfect arts location.

The building was originally purchased to house a whiskey distillery as part of a larger idea to reimagine the whisky distilling of Islay, Scotland that will expand across several new distilleries in other historic spaces including Killarney and on the Iveragh Peninsula. ​Phase One will see the building used as it is now, an industrial urban space. In Phase Two, architectural work will commence along with the addition of the distillery.

"We see the building being used continuously throughout the year. As January and February would not be suitable months for exhibitions as the town is quiet, we plan events such as table tennis or chess tournaments or possibly training events. We are open to many ideas."

There has been huge interest in the repurposing of the building and many locals continue to walk through and reminisce about their days of the ‘Silver Slipper’ ballroom when all the big showbands played here.

"We plan to host a ‘Silver Slipper’ dance in 2023. We welcome interest from artists and performers who can register via our website www.kenmarebuttermarket.com. Plans for the future include the whiskey distillery, further events, weddings and continuing exhibitions.

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Help reduce the appearance of cellulite  

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help us look and feel better about it.

Yes, people often assume it’s down to a weight issue but it is associated with diet and exercise. It can affect all ages, male and female. There are many ways to help reduce and eliminate it.

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The Universal Contour Body Wrap is a great treatment which results in inch loss due to the detoxing effect of the sea clay or also the Electro Cellulite Massage rollers (ECM) by CACI Machine, which is a 12-session course over four weeks, this is recommended for desired results.

Pilates is always an amazing lifestyle choice. Having the toning tables for the past 30 years in Killarney, we are lucky to hear the amazing results from our clients past and present. Some have even been with us since we started! The male and female reviews have reported reduced cellulite with weekly appointments, improved posture, increased energy and mostly reduced cellulite.

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Car dealers are now hubs for Ukrainian donations

Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine. Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages […]

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Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine.

Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages that have signed up for the project.

Under the scheme, the garages will be used as collection hubs for essential equipment that will be transported to the war torn country.

“We have a very large and loyal customer base and we are appealing through them to make donations,” Adam’s of Tralee General Manager, Marcus O’Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Any dealer could have signed up for this but we are one of only two in Kerry to do so.”

The garages, following advice from humanitarian agencies in Ukraine, have created a very specific list of what is urgently needed out there.

These include generators, solar battery chargers, batteries, power banks, flashlights, drones and tablets.

Medical equipment like First Aid kits (NATO standard) and other medical items are also sought.

People can assist by either dropping goods to the two garages or by making a donation via www.safeharbourforukraine.org.

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