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Palestine awareness night planned for Great Southern



Long before recent events in the Middle East, Killarney local Sally MacMonagle was highlighting the hardships of Palestinians living in occupation. She first went to the West Bank in 2019. Having raised funds she was a part of a team that opened a Gym at the Lajee Community Centre in the Aida Refugee camp in Bethlehem, West Bank.

“The Aida Camp is surrounded by the apartheid wall and is known as the most tear gassed place in the world, done so by Israeli occupation” Sally explained.

 She has made the trip back twice in the past five years and has experienced many protests between the young Palestinian boys and the Israeli army.

“I have witnessed first-hand the terror and fear that the Israeli army and government try to instil in Palestine. They make it impossible for the people to have some resemblance of normal life. From land grabs, electricity and water stoppages, gassing playgrounds and creches, to humiliating encounters at checkpoints, the fundamental human rights of Palestinians are ignored at every corner”

 “I speak with my friends in Palestine daily and today a friend told me he was terrified just walking past the soldiers - who have them surrounded and locked down in all the cities in the West Bank. He was terrified they would just shoot for the fun of it and nothing would happen to the solider; no questions would ever be asked- that he was starting to realise that his life was now seen as worthless by the western world”

Sally is a member of the Palestinian solidarity and educational awareness group that is organising an information evening in the Great Southern Hotel next week, dedicated to raising awareness about the Palestinian. She is encouraging all locals to come along.

The in-person event will take place on Wednesday, November 1, 7pm at The Mangerton Suite in The Great Southern Hotel.

The event will give locals an insight into the ongoing situation in Palestine and discuss ways in which we the people of Kerry can support and advocate for the Palestinian people.

Speakers on the night will include Nidal Alazza, human rights defender and director of The Badil Centre, a human rights organization in The West Bank. Fatin Al Tamini, retired chairperson of the ISPC, Nada Musleh, PHD scholar in UL from Gaza. Karen Gueron, anti-apartheid campaigner and 'Dunnes Stores Striker' and Tadgh Hickey comedian & political satirist from Cork with more guests to be announced.

There will also be a photography exhibition from children in The Aida Refugee camp and Sally MacMonagle who is an accomplished photographer herself.

Tickets are 5 Euro and can be purchased on Ticketmaster



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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