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Summer is still here. Spraoi Chiarraí are back after a big struggle to secure funding they are happy to say all is a go. This Killarney based, Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance, Storytelling, performance collective, is presenting the finest young local talent. They had great success over the last thirteen summers. They are very happy to report all sponsors are again onboard this year making this years series of Free Concerts possible, The first of seven FREE Concerts is this Saturday, August 18th at Killarney House & Gardens Outdoor at 2pm. Keenan Daly (Accordion) Killarney will entertain for two hours. He will be joined by Spraoi Chiarraí Producer/Director Tim O’Shea (Guitar/Vocals/Bodhrán). Mary Philpot Currow, young Set Dancers will also be there. Jim Maher our storyteller, will tell a few yarns as well. Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Kerry Co. Council  Arts Office (Arts Act and Commnity Support Funds), Killarney Chamber of Commerce who made it possibe and offer increased support and promtion, Kerry Gems Publishing (Advert Sponsor).  These FREE Concerts will take place at two venues in the town. There are 5 evenings (“In Concert”), at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland opposite the (Town Hall), 2 Open Air concerts (“’round the House”) for the second time at Killarney House (opposite the Cinema), in the National Park. The concerts feature Fiddle, Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute & Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Vocals as well as (Irish Dancing and Irish Storytelling - outdoor only). All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm. This year the group have also been asked to perform again at Puck Fair in August. All shows are FREE so come along, families welcome. Bí gí linn.

The aims of Spraoi ChiarraÍ are:

- To showcase our local young Irish Traditional talent.

- To mentor & provide a platform for young performers to experience a real concert

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- To hone their performance skills & work in a team with a sense of ownership of the performance.

- To celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West of Irleand.

- To offer a free, quality, family, cultural experience for locals & visitors to Killarney, over the summer months.

- To open new quality venues in Kerry for Irish Traditional Performance.

Our “In Concert “programme features solo or duet of  20 minutess of insturmental or song, followed by a 3 piece traditional band.  Our “’round the House” programme is usually outdoor and features a 3 piece band 8 young set dancers and a live storyteller (Seanchai). Be sure to catch our finest traditional performers for free.

Hope to see you there. Contact Tim @ 087-2814550 for further information for free. Bígí linn.

SPRAOI CHIARRAI 2018 (All Saturdays) 14th Season

Killarney House (Outdoor)       

Aug 18 2pm “’round the House”                                             

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland (Indoor)     

Aug 25 8pm “In Concert”   

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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