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Youth Theatre Grant Scheme open for applications

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Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) at Kerry ETB has announced a fund to support the development of youth theatres across the county.

Applications from not-for-profit organisations are welcome by close of business on January 11. Funding youth theatre development is a priority for the offices of the Local Creative Youth Partnership at Kerry ETB and the Arts Office at Kerry County Council in 2023.

The fund has come about as a result of a partnership between the LCYP and the Arts Office at Kerry County Council. This partnership is aimed at increasing the number of youth theatres active in the county by underpinning their development with funding and know-how.

“This year LCYP and the Arts Office at Kerry County Council supported the development of three youth theatres in Kerry, one in South Kerry, one in West Kerry and one in North Kerry to the value of €22,000 in total,” Deirdre Enright, the Creative Youth Co-Ordinator at Kerry ETB, said.

“The fund supports the administration, management and the creative facilitation costs for each youth theatre, and encourages youth theatres to be ambitious and exciting to teenagers. Supported youth theatres must ensure diversity and that there is a strong sense of inclusion for their members.”

Youth Theatre is a proven youth work discipline and an exciting creative space for young people to join. The mission in Kerry is to ensure an accessible youth theatre is available to any young person who wants to join one, and that the nearest youth theatre is no more than a 45 minute drive from anyone’s home, no matter where in Kerry a person lives.

“We are delighted that over 30 young people from all sorts of backgrounds have found a great sense of belonging in local youth theatres this year. It is a highly creative space, and not just for those who love acting…writing, sound, production, costume, all of these are aspects but even more important is the time and friendships that young people get to enjoy outside of the formal school environment," Kate Kennelly, Arts Office and Creative Ireland Kerry Co-Ordinator at Kerry County Council, said.

Kerry’s strategy is unique in Ireland and supporting its delivery is Youth Theatre Ireland, the national support agency for youth theatre in the country.

“Youth Theatre Ireland has worked closely with LCYP and Kerry County Council over several years to support the training and development of local youth theatre facilitators. Having skilled, local facilitators in place is the lifeblood of sustainable youth theatre practice and to have this level of financial support in place is crucial for their long-term success. When a young person joins a youth theatre they have access to quality arts experiences within their own community. This can be life changing. We look forward to our continued collaboration to support a sustainable youth theatre culture in Co. Kerry,” Alan King, Deputy Director at Youth Theatre Ireland, added.

Youth Theatres who wish to apply must be not-for-profit and rooted in a local community setting. For more information and an application form see www.kerryetb.ie/creativity-grants.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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