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TIME FOR A STORY: Sneem storyteller Batt Burns, founder of the Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival which takes place from tomorrow.

Storytellers from the UK and Ireland will gather over the coming days for the eighth annual Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival, which takes place from November 8 -10.

Legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Crowley, Fionn Foley in the award-winning one-man-play ‘Brendan Galileo For Europe’, The Story Swap Sessions and The Young Tellers Concert are just some of the delights planned.

This unique festival in the picturesque village of Sneem has become an established purveyor of the ancient art of yarn-spinning with the tradition being kept alive by young and old.

All featured tellers, including Northern Ireland’s Liz Weir, London-based Cork storyteller and author Kate Corkery, Tom Moore (Kerry), Paddy Regan (Cork) and festival founder Batt Burns are lining out at tomorrow night’s storytelling concert along with legendary songsmith Jimmy Crowley. Saturday night will see a double bill featuring Fionn Fagan’s 2018 Fringe Festival award-winning solo show ‘Brendan Galileo For Europe’ which will be preceded by Kate Corkery’s ‘Sweetshop on the Shore’.

Other festival highlights include a Young Tellers concert, featuring three Fleadh Cheoil na h-Eireann champions from the same family, lunchtime theatre – ‘An Enemy of the People’ by Henry Ibsen, a pub trail featuring Kerry’s Sonny Egan, folklore lectures, The Story Swap Sessions hosted by Killian Burns where amateur tellers get their chance and storytelling in an 18th century barn, making this festival weekend a gift for anyone who likes to be wowed by the power of words. The 15th Kerry Sneem Scouts Group will also host over 400 scouts from all over Kerry in Sneem to coincide with the festival.

“The spoken word is back with a bang which is reflected in the growing interest in our festival with tellers as young as 12 and more as old as the hills sharing stories,” founder and Sneem Seanchai Batt Burns said. “It’s great to see people from all walks of life making the trip to Sneem to enjoy our most ancient tradition. Our mission was always to provide a platform for people of all competencies to tell and it’s reassuring to see that, despite modern-day distractions, there is an enthusiastic listening audience out there.”

You can find the full programme on www.sneemstorytellingfestival.com.

 

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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 […]

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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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