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KENMARE CAPERS: The Kenmare group at the Macra na Feirme Capers semi-finals in the Great Southern Killarney. Seated from left are: Joanne Mac, Damien Price, Helena Rice, Rachel Healy, Seamus Healy and Katie Mac. Standing from left are: Linda Kelleher, Sophie Kehoe, John Michael Fitzgerald and Ciara Price. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

From singing and dancing to comedy and drama, there was plenty of capers at the Great Southern Killarney last weekend.

 

It was all part of an entertaining night by the Kerry branch of Macra Na Feirme who hosted one of three national ‘Macra Caper Variety Show’ semi-finals on Saturday, January 11.

 

The competition is designed for Macra clubs nationwide wishing to gain experience in producing and performing a light entertainment variety show.

 

Each year a local county branch hosts one of three regional semi-finals ahead of the national finals which are scheduled for Ovens, County Cork next month.

 

“It was a great night, it ran very smoothly and the hotel staff were so helpful,” Kerry Branch secretary Joanne Lawlor told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

Both Freemount and Whitegate from Cork were declared the regional winners following Saturday night’s variety show that was witnessed by 300 people. Kenmare was the only local group to contest the Killarney semi-final but their bid to progress was unsuccessful this time around.

 

[caption id="attachment_29768" align="alignleft" width="3000"] Kerry Macra officers Sean Joy (Chairman), Robert Lucey (Treasurer), Joanne Lawlor (Secretary) and Gearoid O'Sullivan (Young Farmers Officer) at the Macra na Feirme Capers semi-finals in the Great Southern Killarney on Saturday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The semi-final locations are decided by an open draw and as a result Killarney contested their semi-final in Mountmellick on Saturday night. Unfortunately they did not made the cut for the final, but Killarney member Conor Brosnan was named as the ‘Best Actor on the Night’.

 

Kerry will host the Macra Na Feirme National Rally for the first time in 30 years in October. The Tralee-based three-day event will include a national awards ceremony, agricultural talks and farm tours. The group hope to include visits to the Killarney Brewing Company and the Liberator Whiskey Distillery in Fossa as its alternative farming tour.

 

“The fact that we were able to run Saturday night’s event without a hitch shows the National Office that are well able to take on the organising of the National Rally,” Joanne added.

 

 

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Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

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Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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