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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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