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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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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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