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NEW SCULPTURE: Noel O’Leary (Town Foreman) with Cllr Michael Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good) and Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin pictured beside the new wooden sculpture on East Avenue Road. Photo: Sean Moriarty

By Michelle Crean

A brand new wooden sculpture is getting admiring glances this week after being unveiled in town. The installation located on East Avenue Road, carved by Tommy Craggs, includes a monk, crozier, quill and a book representing the story of Innisfallen.

“It's long been an aim of the committee to have the story of Innisfallen represented in our town," Yvonne Quill, Chairperson of the Looking Good Committee, said.

[caption id="attachment_34713" align="alignleft" width="293"] HARD AT WORK: Tommy Craggs working on the wooden sculpture.[/caption]

"The group set about the project in 2019, but it was delayed as result of COVID-19. The piece was carved by Tommy Craggs from a piece of fallen oak from the National Park. The piece includes a monk, crozier, quill and a book representing the annals. The paving surrounding the installation, which really sets it off, was carried out by Municipal District staff."

She added that the project was funded by South Kerry Development Partnership through LEADER and Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund and would not have been possible without the support of the Men's Shed, Kerry Mental Health, National Parks and Wildlife Services, Billy Tangney Tree Surgeon and Paul Purcell, a volunteer with Killarney Looking Good.

Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Councillor Brendan Cronin welcomed the installation.

"The annals play an important part in chronicling early Irish history and Innisfallen is such an important part of Killarney’s history and heritage it is important that this is recognised in the town. This is another excellent project undertaken by the Looking Good Committee and an addition to our town."

 

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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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