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Something for all musical tastes from the Gleneagle Concert Band 




The Gleneagle Concert Band’s annual concert in aid of local causes is set to take place on Sunday, May 14 at 8pm.

The town band will be joined in The Gleneagle Hotel by guest artists from St Brendan's College Killarney.

All proceeds from this concert will be allocated to Comfort for Chemo Kerry, St Mary’s Church of Ireland Killarney Window Restoration Fund, St Brendan's College Killarney and the Gleneagle Concert Band Music Education Programme instrument loan scheme.

Expect something for all musical tastes including military marches, classical music, jazz numbers, film music, choral music and vocal hits.

“We are really pleased to collaborate with local charities and we hope the public will come out in great numbers to support this worthwhile fundraising venture," Band Music Development officer Vincent Condon said.

"Comfort for Chemo Kerry’s mission is to fundraise €5 million to build and equip a state-of-the-art, purpose-built chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry who need chemotherapy and oncological treatments. The facility will ensure the best care available is delivered in an environment that is welcoming, reassuring, comfortable and dignified. The band and choir are musically in excellent form and I extend an open invitation to music enthusiasts to come and join us for what will be an evening of great entertainment."

Band Manager Ciaran Lynch added that “These are very exciting times for the band which would not be possible without the encouragement and support we receive from the political, business sector and general public in Killarney".

"This concert will be a highlight and a celebration of the voluntary work, community service and musical excellence that exists here in Killarney. We are delighted to have St Mary's Church of Ireland Killarney as a charity partner as many of the beautiful stained windows in the church are sagging and in danger of collapsing. These windows are very old and have significant historic importance for Killarney. A funding appeal has been launched by the church to raise €50,000 to replace the protective glazing with stronger laminate glass to include ventilation, and to restore the warped stained glass panels.”

The Gleneagle Concert Band has represented Killarney and Kerry with distinction both at home and abroad. Over the past four decades, the Gleneagle Concert Band has represented Killarney on musical tours to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Monaco, Portugal and Paris. Any person interested in joining the Gleneagle Concert Band (including past members and adults) or enrolling in music lessons at the Gleneagle School of Music should contact the band at 087 2229513.

Tickets for the annual concert are €14 per adult and €10 per child/OAP and are available from the INEC Box Office, band members, St Mary’s Church of Ireland Killarney, St Brendan's College Killarney and Comfort for Chemo Kerry. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the night of the concert.



Killarney and District Motor Club members honoured by Motorsport Ireland

By Cormac Casey Several members of Killarney and District Motor Club were honoured at the Motorsport Ireland awards lunch in Dublin on Wednesday. The highlight of the event is the […]




By Cormac Casey

Several members of Killarney and District Motor Club were honoured at the Motorsport Ireland awards lunch in Dublin on Wednesday.

The highlight of the event is the announcement of the sport’s top awards.

Kilkenny’s Jack Brennan (19) was named Young Rally Driver of the Year, while Wexford native Jack Byrne was named Young Racing Driver of the Year and the International Driver of the Year award went to recently crowned FIA Junior World Rally Champion, William Creighton.

Muckross-based co-driver Noel O’Sullivan was presented with his Irish Tarmac Rally Championship winning trophy.

This year saw the introduction of the Motorsport Ireland President’s Awards which celebrate the achievements of  clubs and organisations.

Killarney and District Motor Club won in the innovation category for their work with their KDMC 2 initiative thanks to the efforts of the club’s vice chairman Mike O’Shea.

Rally Rescue teams were also recognised and the club’s Mike Cleary picked up an award for his role he played in what was a difficult year for rescue crew operators.

Tom O’Riordan, who looks after ambulance procurement on the club’s events, was presented with an FIA Volunteer Pin by Motorsport Ireland President Aiden Harper.

Killarney Advertiser Journalist Sean Moriarty was presented with an award for best use of of PR and media in 2023.


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Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest ‘thank you’ event at Brehon

Participation in the 2023 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has grown by more than 100% since 2020 with 98% of those who gave feedback saying they would attend similar […]




Participation in the 2023 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has grown by more than 100% since 2020 with 98% of those who gave feedback saying they would attend similar events again in 2024.

Feedback from more than 100 people who attended this year’s Fest events from 7th to 14th October was positive with 91% stating they were satisfied.
The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest is held annually over the course of a week to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10.
It aims to raise awareness of the available supports and services in Kerry as well as empower people to engage with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ through offering a dynamic and interactive programme of events.
99% percent of respondents, most of whom identified as female, said they would recommend the Fest to friends next year. Some key notes for improvement included a request for more events with wider variety throughout the county.
The Chair of the Interagency Steering Group, John Drummey from Kerry Mental Health Association, said: “We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to event organisers, community groups, businesses, funders and partners that facilitated the Fest’s dynamic and interactive programme of events in 2023. We are encouraged to see such growth in numbers attending the Fest events with a 50% increase from 2022. We are already making plans for the Fest from 5 to 12t October 2024 and we are looking forward to building on this year’s successes. That said, there is always room for improvement and we would welcome suggestions for new events and activities.”
Many of the event organisers attended a ‘thank-you’ event at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, courtesy of the Kerry Volunteer Centre to coincide with the annual International Volunteer Day, December 5.
The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest was organised by an interagency steering group made up of local agencies that support wellbeing in our community.
The organising committee is a collaboration between Connecting for Life Kerry, Healthy Kerry, Kerry County Council, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, Munster Technological University/Kerry, KDYS, Kerry Volunteer Centre and Family Resource Centres throughout the county.

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