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Siamsa Tíre offers musicians opportunity to perform on stage




Siamsa Tíre celebrates the diversity of traditional Irish music and has issued an open call for musicians to apply to perform at its monthly Trad Connections concert series.

Is there any sound as uplifting as the opening notes of a West Kerry set, a Sliabh Luachra slide, a barn dance from Clare, or any as moving as the melody of a sean nós ballad? Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, recognises Irish traditional music as one of the richest and deepest seams of our cultural heritage. From the Chieftains and the Clancy Brothers to artists such as The Gloaming and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh today; our music is rooted in our past yet endlessly evolving as it plays with tradition in the present.

“We want to celebrate this with our Trad Connections concert series,” Siamsa Tíre’s Musical Director, Tom Hanafin, said.

“We want to introduce audiences to established local, national, and international traditional musicians as well as to up-and-coming acts while also supporting musicians by offering them an exciting opportunity to perform.”

Siamsa Tíre introduced this series in January 2020 just prior to the outbreak of COVID, hosting two very successful live concerts. Lockdown then meant there were few opportunities for musicians to perform.

“So, we continued with the Trad Connections series online and streamed these concerts showcasing different acts on the last Friday of every month,” Tom added.

Many well-known names have performed as part of Trad Connections to date. They include Lorraine Nash and 3 on the Bund, as well as Fergal Scahill, Ryan Molloy, Oracle, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Macdara Yeates, Conor Moriarty and Conor O’Sullivan, The Rising, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Zoe Conway, John McIntire, Greta Curtin, Killarney School of Music and many others.

This month’s Trad Connections concert takes place this Friday (April 29) and will feature concertina player Greta Curtin, fiddle player Jessie Healy, and guitarist Darragh Curtin perform tunes from their vast repertoire of reels, jigs, slides, polkas, hornpipes, and more. The team at Siamsa Tíre is now looking for new voices to showcase.

“We plan to continue this series into next year and beyond. We have a limited number of slots available this year and we’re currently filling slots for 2023. We welcome submissions from local, national, and international musicians. It doesn’t matter if they are well-known or new to the stage; we will consider them for inclusion in the Trad Connection series.”

Anyone who would like to be considered can complete a submission form via

You can also immerse yourself in the many and varied styles of modern Irish traditional music by watching all of the Trad Connections concerts that have taken place to date on Siamsa Tíre’s YouTube channel



Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]



Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.


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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]




With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.


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