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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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