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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

high profile setting

- 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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“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

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