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Zelensky mural to feature at K-FEST next month

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The organisers of K-FEST are preparing to unveil a mural in support of Ukraine in the days ahead of this year's festival taking place next month.

The piece, an image of Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine in the patriotic blue and yellow is currently on show at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street in Dublin and will be transported to Killorglin for the June Bank Holiday weekend to exhibit it in the town.

K-FEST has been lucky enough to link up with Hang Tough Contemporary Gallery in Dublin to showcase Dublin based artist ‘Aches’ incredible mural.

Aches, who is the biggest street artist in Ireland, specialises in large scale murals and graffiti. Born in 1992, he started drawing and painting at a young age and began to paint graffiti when he was 15-years-old. After graduating from NCAD with a degree in Visual Communications, Aches began to fuse his knowledge of graphic design and graffiti.

Aches has been invited to design and create original artwork for projects around the world, in countries such as Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, England and USA. After a decade of painting outdoors, Aches’ artistic practice is now shared in equal balance between contemporary murals and studio work.

K-FEST has been collaborating with established, emerging and local Irish street artists to create murals in the town of Killorglin for many years now, Art Director of the festival, Rochelle Lucey, explained.

"Since 2014 we have had a number of incredible murals done on walls and on lightboxes throughout the town. They leave a real mark and show the impact that K-FEST Arts festival has had on the town over the years. We have worked with artists such as Solus, Dan Leo, Lorraine McDonnell, Kinmx and Pawel Wrobelski. They have each brought something special to the town and transformed the town’s walls into an open-air gallery, continuing to make Killorglin the essential cultural attraction on the Ring of Kerry. The premise of our festival is to support emerging talent and to bring life into old unused properties in the town which we do every year on the June Bank Holiday weekend. By bringing these amazing murals onto the old walls and spaces in Killorglin we are also uplifting the town throughout the year."

This year they are getting Baz to create a beautiful new piece on Langford Street in Killorglin based on the life of Máirín Cregan who was born in Killorglin in 1891.

"Máirín Cregan was an Irish nationalist who was involved in the 1916 Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence. She later made her name writing for children, as well as writing plays and novels for adults. Recently there has been one of her written plays in Killorglin called ‘Hunger Strike’ put on stage and a plaque was unveiled at the grave of the Cregan family, at Dromavalla Cemetery, Killorglin."

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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