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Scaled back 4th of July festival on the cards

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HOPEFUL: Organisers of the annual 4th of July festival are investigating ways of running a smaller event this year within HSE guidelines. Photo: Dylan Clifford

 

By Sean Moriarty

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Efforts are on-going behind the scenes to run a scaled-back version of the 4th of July festival in Killarney as long as it can be run within HSE guidelines.

The Government announced last week that all major events that attract over 5,000 people were not permissible until September 1 at the earliest as a part of the continued fight against the Coronavirus.

The news forced the hands of several event organisers that were hanging on in the hope that they could get their festivals or events off the ground this summer.

The growing list of cancelled or postponed events now includes Killarney BikeFest, The Rally of the Lakes, and The Ring of Kerry Cycle.

However, the 4th of July festival committee is looking at several options that might allow them to run a smaller event.

Ideas being floated at the moment include running the festival without the parade, an event that attracts large groups of people.

"At the moment, nothing has been decided, but we will be meeting very shortly to discuss the matter,” Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, said.

“We will, of course, be guided by best practice advice from the Government and the health authorities and public health and safety will obviously be the main priority.”

The Killarney Advertiser understands that festival organisers are hopeful that the open-air cinema on the grounds of Killarney House could be run within social distancing requirements. Firework displays and flag-raising ceremonies could also go ahead if official approval is granted.

Organisers of the July festival have adopted a wait and see policy and will wait on further Governmental and HSE based guidelines before officially cancelling the event or announcing new details of a scaled-back festival.

A new Government announcement on the partial lifting of restrictions is expected before May 5.

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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