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Official launch of Storied Kerry website today (Tuesday)

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By Michelle Crean

A website which has a feast of stories from all over Kerry is to be officially launched today (Tuesday). Storied Kerry, www.storiedkerry.com, was set up to entertain and stimulate in these difficult times. And since last March the site has published stories every Tuesday and Thursday from the eight districts, and include a mixture of legend, landscape, plants, animals, archaeology, history, folklore, with some contemporary work.

“Setting up the Storied Kerry website was our big step forward this year," Storied Kerry Chairman Frank Lewis explained. “This was to make all of us know more of our Kerry story and in this way enrich and enhance all of our lives, bonding us more closely to our own place, encouraging us to look at the potentials of our place and play our part in developing it, sharpening our awareness of the problems and committing to solving them.”

The ambition was to encourage all of us to research a Kerry story that interested us, he explained.

"Storied Kerry directors from each of the county's eight districts encouraged all of us to research and present our Kerry story and publish all of these on www.storiedkerry.com. Now, after 10 months, it is time to officially launch the website. This is taking the place of the day long conference we ran around Hallowe'en in 2018 and 2019 in St Oliver's National School."

The 45 minute official launch will take place at the Institute of Technology in Tralee (ITT) and will be live on the website and on the Storied Kerry Facebook page at 4pm today (Tuesday). On Saturday December 12 it will be repeated with comments from viewers.

The technical preparation and presentation of the launch is being done by Phillip Doyle and his students from the Creative Writing and Technical Department of the ITT, which on January 1 becomes part of the Munster Technological University (MTU).

"My students and I are delighted to assist in the official launch of the website. This live-streamed broadcast will help bring the Kerry story to a global audience,” Phillip said. “We hope to continue our collaborations with Storied Kerry as we transition into our university status, with increased benefits for all involved."

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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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