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It’s show time as Dickie Rock unveils Gleneagle’s summer cabaret

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Singer Dickie Rock who first performed in The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney Summer Cabaret in 1963 pictured 53 years later at the launch of the famous 2016 Gleneagle Summer Cabaret with from left, Fiona O'Connor, The Gleneagle, Brendan Shine, Damaris Woods, Mike Denver, Red Hurley, Patrick O'Donoghue, The Gleneagle Hotel, Derek Warfield and Ceara Scanlon, The Gleneagle Hotel. Every night from July through August the legendary Gleneagle Hotel Ballroom will be occupied by a stalwart of the Irish entertainment industry. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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SUMMER just wouldn’t be the same in Killarney without the show-stopping annual cabaret in The Gleneagle Hotel and singer Dickie Rock, who first performed at the cabaret in 1963, took centre stage to unveil the 2016 event last night along with Brendan Shine, Damaris Woods, Mike Denver and Red Hurley.

The cabaret returns this July and August and this year as always features the best of Irish entertainment. Every night from July through August the legendary Gleneagle Hotel Ballroom is occupied by a stalwart of the Irish entertainment industry.

Brendan Shine returns every Tuesday night and the man from Portumna Mike Denver kicks off his Wednesday night residency from July 6.

Monday sees one of Ireland’s foremost comedy hypnotists Adrian Knight entertain the whole family with his comedy stage show with over two hours of side-splitting entertainment, packed with fast-moving stories and audience participation.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays feature a veritable smorgasbord of Irish legends with performances from Dickie Rock, The Wolfe Tones, Foster and Allen, Red Hurley, Bagatelle to name but a few.

Grab your dancing shoes as Country Sunday's returns with performances by Ireland's best loved country stars including Derek Ryan, Michael English, Declan Nerney and Robert Mizell, Derek Ryan to name but a few....

The family-run Gleneagle Hotel is one of Ireland’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations. Where else can you find such extensive leisure facilities, world-class entertainment and genuine hospitality and all without stepping beyond the front door?

For further information and or the full list of dates contact the box office on 064-6671555 or log onto www.inec.ie


Singer Dickie Rock who first performed in The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney Summer Cabaret in 1963 pictured 53 years later at the launch of the famous 2016 Gleneagle Summer Cabaret with from left, Fiona O'Connor, The Gleneagle, Brendan Shine, Damaris Woods, Mike Denver, Red Hurley, Patrick O'Donoghue, The Gleneagle Hotel, Derek Warfield and Ceara Scanlon, The Gleneagle Hotel. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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