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Twice as nice as celebrity chef twins to open Listowel Food Fair

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CELEBRITY chef twins “The Happy Pear” will open the 2016 Listowel Food Fair with a cooking demonstration this Thursday, November 10, at the Listowel Arms Hotel. The Happy Pear co-founders, David and Stephen Flynn, are among Ireland’s strongest advocates for eating more fruit and vegetables (whole foods). Speaking about their forthcoming appearance at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair David and Stephen Flynn, co-founders of The Happy Pear and SuperValu Good Food Karma Project ambassadors said: "In partnership with Garvey's SuperValu, we're delighted to be taking part this year in Ireland’s longest-running food festival to promote great food. We hope to inspire people to cook more at home and to eat more vegetables and home grown produce, and we're really looking forward to meeting everyone in Listowel."

The chairman of the Listowel Food Fair, Jimmy Deenihan, said: “On behalf of the Listowel Food Fair Committee we are delighted to welcome The Happy Pear to the 2016 Listowel Food Fair. They are wonderful ambassadors of healthy eating and strong advocates for Irish home grown foods. We are excited to host them on the opening night and very much look forward to learning more about their dynamic approach to cooking.”

The four tasty recipes they will demonstrate on the opening night of the 2016 Listowel Food Fair are Crunchy Vanilla Maple Granola, Easy Ramen Noodles, Pad Thai and Winter Barley Butterbean Stew.

In 2004, David and his twin brother Stephen co-founded The Happy Pear – a little vegetable shop in Ireland with a big dream to inspire people to live a happier, healthier life and enjoy being part of a community greater than themselves. Today they’re renowned plant-based chefs, best selling authors, YouTube hits, Jamie Oliver Food Tube family members, and The Happy Pear has grown into one of the most popular Irish businesses, employing over 100 people.

The Happy Pear now comprises: a family-run natural food store; two wholefoods cafés; a superfood sprout farm; an own-label food manufacturing and distribution business, producing award-winning pestos, hummus and granola; a coffee roastery producing house roasted Happy Pear coffee; and a fermentation station producing a variety of delicious fermented foods.

Their first cookbook (The Happy Pear – recipes and stories from the first 10 years) was on the Irish bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. Their second cookbook The World of The Happy Pear (also published by Penguin Random House) is currently on the Irish best seller list and has been shortlisted for an award in the Irish Book Awards 2016 and the 2016 Listowel Food Fair “Book of the Year” Award of which the winner will be announced this Thursday, November 10, at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair.

Through their popular Happy Heart classroom courses, designed to help people reverse heart disease (Ireland's biggest killer) and improve their overall health, David and Stephen have supported thousands of Irish people to make healthier eating and lifestyle choices. Additionally, they are popular media contributors, regulars on national TV, and they are currently brand ambassadors for SuperValu’s Good Food Karma Project (to get the nation cooking more from scratch). As award-winning digital marketers, they have an impressive combined social media reach of almost 500,000, and they've currently in the process of developing a TV show about a grassroots healthy eating and lifestyle movement.

The 2016 Listowel Food Fair – Ireland’s longest-running food festival celebrates its 22nd consecutive fair this year from November 10-14. Information on tickets for various events at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair are available at www.listowelfoodfair.ie

The Listowel Food Fair Committee would like to thank the various sponsors and festival partners for whom without their support, this event would not be possible each year - An Bord Bia, Kerry Group, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Ornua, Garvey's Supervalu, Eno Wines, Dairy Master, Taste Kerry, Flo Gas, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnerships, Tralee Culinary Gangsters.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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