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Oireachtas festival attracts over 12,000 to Killarney

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Ferdia Ó Braonáin and Caoilte Canny (9) take a break from the Oireachtas Festival competitions to play in the autumn leaves. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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ALTHOUGH the tourist season has drawn to a close, Killarney has been welcoming thousands of visitors this week, with an estimated 12,000 people making tracks for the town for the Oireachtas Festival.

Ray Mac Máinais, president of An tOireachtas officially launched this year’s Oireachtas Festival in the INEC on Wednesday and festival events will take place both in the INEC and across other venues in the town between until Sunday.

The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions include storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.

A specially composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemorations. Ó Riada debuted his composition live on TG4 on Thursday evening from the Oireachtas Festival accompanied by renowned musician Seán Ó Sé and Cór Chúil Aodha.
 


 
Ferdia Ó Braonáin and Caoilte Canny (9) take a break from the Oireachtas Festival competitions to play in the autumn leaves.
PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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