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The Killorglin Panto Group’s 55th Pantomime has been announced, and to satisfy all the Nosey Nelly’s who have been trying figure it out, this year’s Panto is... Pinocchio! Oh, yes it is!

The much-loved story of the boy-puppet Pinocchio has been treated to the usual 'unusual' twists that audiences have come to associate with Killorglin Panto, as the action spans from Dame Gepetto's Toyshop to the Village School, journeying further to encounter hilarious characters and activities at the Circus, and eventually climaxing in the belly of The Whale.

Musical Director, Martin Hurley, has prepared over 20 musical items catering for all musical tastes, while choreographer, ‘Mrs Jackie', has excelled in bringing the whole chorus alive with scintillatingly syncopated swivels and swerves.

The story is introduced to the audience by The Blue Fairy, played by Maura Moriarty O’Neill, while Pinocchio is brought to life by Shona Murphy, who delivers the lead role with boyish charm. Shona is accompanied by her Babe partner from last year, Renee Kavanagh, who brings her usual devilment to her personification of Pinocchio’s conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

Playing opposite Dame Gepetto (Declan Mangan) is superb actor, Steven Mills. Mills presents the greedy Mayor Macaroni, assisted by his two foolish lackeys, Hi (Kevin Moriarty) and Lo (Colm Clifford). Extra fairy dust has been sprinkled on the Panto stage this year and five toy dolls come to life; Superman (Aidan Clifford), Wonder Woman (Bronagh Murphy), Jack and Jill (Sean Joy and Lisa Corkery), and the baddie, Dark Joker (Chris Brennan).

And that’s not all, Mervin Clifford expertly portrays the Circus Ringmaster and John McGeever even manages to put in an appearance as Manuel from Rio.

Stage Manager David Pigott is being kept busy with his handling of the many colourful sets created by David and Dave Mills, and resident lighting guru, Eamonn Looney, will once again be on hand to enhance the atmosphere and transport the audience deeper into the plot.

The Panto begins in the CYMS, Killorglin, with matinees on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21. Night-time shows will be performed from the following Wednesday until the final Matinees on Sunday, January 28. The Panto will come to a triumphant end at the gala finish in the INEC Killarney at 5pm on Saturday February 4.

To secure your tickets for the ever popular Killorglin Panto, contact the booking office on 066 9790961. For pictures and live updates, follow the conversation online @KillorglinPantomimeGroup.



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 […]




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 […]




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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