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The shows go on with €130,000 in funding

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Over 182 Kerry based professionals in the arts and culture sectors will be supported thanks to funding through the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 3.

After a competitive application process that highlighted the talent and skills in the county, 23 applications were awarded over €130,000 in funding through the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 3 by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The scheme, designed to support employment and well-being in the arts and culture sectors through the provision of live performances by engaging the services of professional artists, musicians, crew and other staff members involved in live performances, will fund over 50 performances in Kerry before the end of June.

The funding is to support the industry which has faced many challenges the past two years and now looks ahead with renewed hope and optimism.

Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer for Kerry County Council, acknowledges all who made the scheme possible.

"Kerry County Council thanks Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their continued support," she said.

"This is the third instalment of the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme and it has offered us the opportunity to hear from and support a variety of Kerry based performers, producers, and event coordinators. I would also like to thank all individuals and organisations who applied for funding. We are always humbled by the talent that resides within our county."

Projects such as the Silabh Luachra School Concert series will be supported by this scheme. This series will facilitate 10 concerts in primary and post primary schools during the months of April and May. The aim will be to entertain and educate primary and secondary school children around Kerry about the world of Irish Traditional music.

Music will also be heard in the beautiful gardens of An Díseart in Dingle. During the month of June the top garden of An Dísearrt will host Ceol Am Lóin sa Díseart for free lunchtime performances from local musicians.

The scheme has also offered the opportunity for unique performances such as 'Projections' in Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare to take place. 'Projections' by Denis O’Sullivan is a one man multi-media show incorporating live music singing performance with video and photo on June 17 and 24.

These performances and many more will raise the curtains, turn on the lights and take to the stages across Kerry - from Dingle to Listowel to Kenmare to Tralee and everywhere in between.

A full schedule of events is available on the Arts Office website.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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