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Sound of summer hits the high notes in Killarney thanks to Spraoi Chiarrai

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NOW entering its 13th season, Spraoi Chiarrai is tuning up to entertain audiences yet gain this summer with a selection of free concerts both indoor and outdoor.

Spraoi Chiarrai is an Irish traditional performance collective based in Killarney presenting the finest young performers in traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling.

Open to all, this free family entertainment will take place in two venues in the town – the already established venue of St Mary’s Church of Ireland and new for this year the outdoor concerts will take place at the wonderful environs of Killarney House & Gardens.

Additional concerts this year will include Puck Fair, Killorglin, August 10 to 12.
Spraoi Chiarraí’s popular “In Concert” performances will take place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Main Street, Killarney, at 8pm on June 10 and 24, July 22, August 5 and 26.

The live outdoor concerts or “Trip To The House” will take place outdoors at Killarney House & Gardens at 2pm on July 8 and August 19. All events take place on a Saturday. “The aims of Spraoi Chiarrai are to showcase our local young Irish traditional talent,” said Spraoi Chiarrai organiser Tim O’Shea of Tim O’Shea & Friends.

“Spraoi Chiarrai also aims to mentor and provide a platform for young performers to experience a real high profile concert setting, to hone their performance skills and work as a team, to celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West, and to offer a free quality, family, cultural experience for locals and visitors to Killarney over the summer months.”

The collective also strives to open new quality venues in Killarney for Irish traditional performance, he added. “I am delighted to be bringing this fantastic free concert to the people of Killarney and its visitors. Spraoi Chiarrai is a great opportunity to experience first-hand the emerging young talent in the traditional music genre within the county of Kerry.”

Paul O’Neill, president of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, paid tribute to the work of Tim O’Shea. “Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce is delighted to support Spraoi Chiarrai as it dovetails with our own mission of enhancing the visitor experience of Killarney during the summer months,” said Mr O’Neill.

The Spraoi Chiarrai season kicks off with the opening free concert on Saturday, June 10, at St Mary’s Church of Ireland Main Street Killarney commencing at 8pm sharp.
 


 
Above: Launching Spraoi Chairrai at Killarney House were Micheal O Se and Tim O’Shea (Spraoi Chairrai organiser) in front, with Paul O’Neill (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce), Brid O'Shea and Cllr Brendan Cronin (Mayor of Killarney). Back from left are Canon Brian Lougheed, Kieran Healy, Reverend Simon Lumby, St Mary's Church of Ireland, Killarney, Pat Dawson, NPWS regional manager, and Gavin Miller (St Mary's Church of Ireland). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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