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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On Sunday morning, a small van arrived at the Innisfallen car park and in it was very valuable cargo, which Ukrainians were looking forward to!

SINGING: Tetiana Neliepova pictured singing 'One Viburnum Outside the Window' at the Festival in a Van concert in the Innisfallen Hotel on Sunday.

MUSIC SESSION: James Moore on vocals and guitar Deirdre Johnson on vocals and guitar and Damian Greer playing percussion.

After a few minutes the doors of the van opened, and we saw an absolutely fantastic picture - a stage for live music performances.

The concert began and included Irish musicians James Moore on vocals and guitar, Deirdre Johnson on vocals and guitar, Damian Greer drums/percussion and Vairis Burcaks keyboard/synthesizer which gave the audience such positive emotions especially those who are still experiencing many fears and anxieties about the war.

"Music unites, it carries history and emotions in different languages, and when there are types of Irish music sessions, worries are left behind for a while when music prevails," organiser, Gemma Tipton, said.

Then Ukrainians took to the stage. The traditional 'One Viburnum Outside the Window' was performed by Olena Basko, guitar by Yevhenia Omelchenko and vocals by Tetiana Neliepova supported by Irish musicians.
Singing together brings a lot of surprises and laughter but everyone was ready to improvise and support with one round of applause.

Festival in a Van started in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts Officer with Kerry County Council, Kate Kennelly, found funding, and the festival was able to take place that day in Innisfallen.

“Initially, I organised a Festival in a Van to help theatre masters and artists work during COVID. I want to find a safe way to continue live performances, as well as give hope and enjoyment to people who are isolated from the pandemic,” Gemma added.

Since then, Festival in a Van has toured schools, nursing homes, town centres, city squares, remote places - where art does not always reach.

"Like so many people all over the world, I’m shocked, saddened, upset and angry at the Russian attacks on Ukraine, and while I know there’s not much I can do to help at a political level, Festival in a Van is an obvious way of bringing the arts to where you are currently staying,” she added.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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