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Tatler Jack’s live lounge goes from strength to strength

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By Sean Moriarty

The 'Tatler Jack’s Lockdown Lounge Live' weekly music session is attracting thousands of viewers each weekend and will expand into a three-day format to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Tatler Jack on Plunkett St has been hosting online live music sessions every weekend since pubs were closed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The idea was a joint initiative between bar manager David Looney and local musician Ray Kennedy.

Last weekend’s gigs, hosted by local musician Kieran Healy and Simon Hall, a UK-based musician that David met while on holiday in Portugal, reached 13,500 people all over the world.

This weekend’s line-up includes Listowel blues artist Fiachara Mac Iomhair, Beale’s country-rock performer Stefan Gleeson and founder Ray Kennedy who is a regular performer in the landmark town centre premises in more-normal times.

“It started off with around 4,000 viewers the first week but that has now grown to over 13,000 last weekend. Each of the performers would have their own fan base and they are tuning in too,” David told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are sharing it with quarantine music groups all over the world and that is helping it grow too.”

After this weekend’s Bank Holiday triple act, future acts to look forward to include London-based Lorraine O’Reilly, originally from Cavan, who made it to the UK’s 'The Voice' finals five years ago and went on to tour with Russell Crowe. She will perform on Friday, May 8.

Corkman Dylan Brickley, who was on his way home from Australia and is currently stranded in Cambodia, will perform a second gig, live from the Asian country. Looney and Brickley met while the latter was busking on the streets of Killarney and was invited to play a few gigs in The Tatler by the bar's manager.

Further performances in May include Jennifer Lyons (Cork); Seamus Harty (Tralee), Shane Kennedy (Firies) and the return of Simon Hall (Worcester), and Ray Kennedy (Roscommon/Killarney).

'Tatler Jack’s Lockdown Weekends Live' can be viewed via the pub’s Facebook page every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm – and for this weekend only, at the same time on Sunday evening.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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