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Virtual plan for this weekend’s Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

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MAKING MUSIC: Sisters Grace (left) and Colleen Angland (right) from Glenflesk and Michael Healy from Kilcummin are looking forward to taking part in a virtual Fleadh this weekend. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Organisers of this year's Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí have had to come up with an alternative way to celebrate music, song and dance - by instead bringing it to life online.

Normally it's the biggest weekend for Kerry CCÉ, which was due to be held this year in Milltown - however, it's now going to be just as great this weekend - with a virtual Fleadh via Facebook and YouTube.

"Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak it was one of the major festivals in Kerry to be cancelled," John Stack told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Not to be defeated Kerry CCÉ has decided to host their own Kerry CCÉ Virtual Kerry Fleadh. It has been a lot of work putting our programme together because of the restrictions, but with some proper planning we have put together a comprehensive programme for the weekend."

In total they will be posting over 90 videos from last year's winners from County, Munster and National level as well as special guests.

"These videos will be uploaded during Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening we will also have an online family quiz with prizes for the winners. On Saturday we start uploading from 11am to 5pm and after a little sos our special guests slot will kick off at 7pm."

Included will be Mike Jack Cronin, Fossa CCÉ, Realtaí naTodhchaí a group of young musicians from the following branches Grace Heffernan and Daibhín Laide Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, Colleen Angland Glenflesk, Conor Brennan and Sarah Murphy Lixnaw and Michael Healy Kilcummin comes together online to be part of this fantastic occasion.

"We finish off Saturday night with a special piece from Sharon Shannon for the weekend as she was the headline act for this year's Fleadh Cheoil."

Proceedings will kick off on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
"We hope you can join us on Facebook" fleadhcheoil.chiarrai and on YouTube: Kerry CCÉ.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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