Archive for April, 2022

Lily Silong and Simira Hassan of Presentation Tralee, part of the 'Don't Be Bitter, Bin Your Litter' project. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Students Show Innovation At YSI Event In Presentation Secondary

April 30, 2022 at 9:21 am Comments are Disabled

THE Sports Hall in Presentation Secondary School was a busy spot on Friday morning as 170 Junior Cycle students from three Kerry schools gathered for a special event. They were there to share and be recognised for the creative ways that they have contributed to their community this year through Young […]

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Going Purple at Tralee Garda Station on Friday morning were, seated Kerry Garda Chief Superintendet Eileen Foster and Garda Victim Service Officer for An Garda Síochána in the Kerry Division Fidelma O'Leary, with at back, General Manager at ADAPT Kerry, Catherine Casey and Emma O'Mahony of ADAPT Kerry. Photo by Dermot Crean

Going Purple At Tralee Garda Station To Highlight Domestic Violence

April 30, 2022 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

TRALEE Gardaí took part in ‘Go Purple Day’ on Friday to help raise awareness of domestic violence and the supports available to those affected in Ireland. Minister Norma Foley, Mr Michael Healy Rae T.D. and Mr Pat Daly T.D. were in attendance at Tralee Garda Station on the day along […]

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Cliona Dowling, Deirdre Fitzgibbon, Aisling Foley, Karina Bulman, Sinead Conway and Grace Bulman at the launch of the Tralee Food Festival on Friday night in Lotties @ The Ashe Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: A Chic Start To Tralee Food Festival At Lotties In The Ashe Hotel

April 30, 2022 at 9:19 am Comments are Disabled

THE Tralee Food Festival kicked off in the stylish surroundings of Lotties at The Ashe Hotel with an evening of delicious food and great music. The launch of the weekend festival saw guests enjoy ‘beats and birdcages’ while the ladies from Valentia Island Vermouth provided complimentary refreshments. Representatives from Calor, […]

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Food stalls on The Mall on Sunday.

Here’s What’s On At The Tralee Food Festival On Saturday

April 30, 2022 at 9:17 am Comments are Disabled

WITH the weather expected to be kind, there’s no excuse not to head to town today to sample the fabulous atmosphere at the Tralee Food Festival. It’s hoped locals will come out, support the festival and have a great time in the process. Saturday’s festivities begin with the regular Farmers […]

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Know Your Rights: Working On Public Holidays

Know Your Rights: Working On Public Holidays

April 30, 2022 at 9:17 am Comments are Disabled

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public… Question: I recently worked a public holiday, will I be paid for that day? Answer: Yes, if you worked on a public holiday, you get either an additional day’s […]

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Finnegan On Films: Hidden Gems And Mummy Issues

Finnegan On Films: Hidden Gems And Mummy Issues

April 30, 2022 at 9:16 am Comments are Disabled

Our movie guy, James Finnegan, on some movies on TV to make it a super Saturday… I am sometimes asked ‘what makes a successful film’? Is it the actors, the directors, the script, marketing, franchise formula?  I always answer by quoting William Goldman, the Oscar winning screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy […]

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Dawn Chorus To Be Livestreamed From Killarney National Park

Dawn Chorus To Be Livestreamed From Killarney National Park

April 29, 2022 at 4:28 pm Comments are Disabled

THE National Parks and Wildlife Services team based in Killarney National Park will livestream the dawn chorus through the park’s Facebook page beginning at 5am on this Saturday morning. Against the beautiful backdrop of Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park, listeners will be treated to a live performance of nature’s […]

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Free Drama Workshop For Young People

April 29, 2022 at 3:44 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) at Kerry ETB and the Arts Office at Kerry County Council, in association with Youth Theatre Ireland, are offering a free drama workshop facilitation training to individuals over 18 years of age who have an interest in working with young people within a creative […]

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Helena Hanbidge and Catriona Heaslip Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney, on Thursday 28th of April. Produced in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, guests travelled from all over Kerry and far beyond, for an exclusive preview of new collections from top Irish and Kerry designers and boutiques. The show was opened with a collection bursting with colour, happiness and light by acclaimed Irish fashion couturier Helen Cody and the finale was a rare retrospective showcase from another multi award winning couturier Delphine Grandjouan. Produced by Orla Diffily and the team at Upfront Model Management, in association with Ray Stack Productions, it is the first in a series of shows designed to put Irish fashion creatives back into the spotlight and promote local businesses and fashion sustainability. Pix Barry Murphy

PHOTOS: All The Style From Fashion Event At Muckross Park Hotel

April 29, 2022 at 3:09 pm Comments are Disabled

THE style was sensational both on and off the runway at ‘Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney, on Thursday. Produced in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, guests travelled from all over Kerry and far beyond, for an exclusive preview of new collections from top Irish and Kerry designers and […]

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Mayor of Kerry Johnnie Wall with walkers about to set off on the Kerry Camino on Friday morning from St John's Church. Photo by Dermot Crean

Walkers Set Off On Kerry Camino

April 29, 2022 at 1:55 pm Comments are Disabled

AROUND 150 walkers from all over the country and beyond registered for the Kerry Camino this morning, as they set off from St John’s Church. The 3-day guided walk of the Dingle Way from Tralee to Dingle was established by a voluntary local group based in Tralee to encourage walking […]

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Joe Hanley.

Sadness At Passing Of Well-Known Photographer Joe Hanley

April 29, 2022 at 12:47 pm Comments are Disabled

A PALL of sadness fell over Tralee on Friday morning as news filtered through of the passing of Joe Hanley. The popular local photographer died in the early hours of Friday morning after a battle with illness, bravely borne. Joe was one of the most familiar faces around town thanks […]

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Another Big Decrease In Tralee LEA COVID Cases

Another Big Decrease In Tralee LEA COVID Cases

April 29, 2022 at 8:32 am 1 comment

THE number of new COVID-19 cases in the Tralee Local Electoral Area (LEA) continues to fall according to the latest figures available on the Government’s COVID-19 data hub. There were 177 new confirmed cases in the two week period up to Monday, April 25, compared to the 267 in the […]

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Gardaí Appeal For Information After Serious Road Traffic Collision

Gardaí Appeal For Information After Serious Road Traffic Collision

April 28, 2022 at 8:32 pm Comments are Disabled

GARDAI in Killarney are appealing to the public for information in relation to a serious road traffic collision that occurred in Kilcummin in the early hours of this morning, Thursday, April 28. The collision, which involved one vehicle, occurred in the townland of Buddihans at approximately 4.10am. The driver of […]

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Members of the public meet with a Garda outside Manor West Shopping Centre on National Community Engagement Day.

PHOTOS: Gardaí ‘Meet And Greet’ Public On Community Engagement Day

April 28, 2022 at 2:43 pm Comments are Disabled

MEMBERS of An Garda Síochána were in locations around Tralee on Wednesday to discuss matters of importance to the community such as rural safety, crime prevention and security. National Community Engagement Day was supported by the IFA and the National Rural Safety Forum, and invited local communities to a ‘meet and […]

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24-04-2022 Odd Socks Cycle Tour de Munster, the 600km annual charity cycle which is set to take place this summer from August 4th - August 7th has once again announced its official charity partnership with the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). Pictured at the announcement are Rose Murphy, Tour de Munster Road Captain Aoibhin Garrihy  Actress , Owen McDonagh, Kilnamona, Co Clare, Tour de Munster Founder, Paul Sheridan and Kieran Dooley, Chairman of DSI Clare.
For more information see www.tourdemunster.com
Picture: Keith Wiseman

DSI Kerry Welcomes Charity Partnership With Tour De Munster

April 28, 2022 at 12:23 pm Comments are Disabled

THE annual 600km Tour de Munster charity cycle will return to Kerry this August and Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) Munster branches have been officially announced as the charity partner. This will be the 13th successive year that the national charity has been the beneficiary of the popular cycle around the […]

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Free live music from rock/metal tribute bands is a feature of Bikefest.

Bikefest Returns To Killarney With Free Music Entertainment

April 28, 2022 at 11:15 am Comments are Disabled

IRELAND BikeFest 2022 is making a return to Killarney this June and there’s a fantastic line-up of free entertainment on the way. The motorcycle festival makes a welcome return from June 3 to 6, 2022 with its festival headquarters The Gleneagle Hotel. This year’s programme features the biggest and best […]

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Tralee Garda Station To Go Purple To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence Issues

Tralee Garda Station To Go Purple To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence Issues

April 28, 2022 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

TRALEE Gardaí will take part in ‘Go Purple Day’ this Friday to  help raise awareness of domestic violence and the supports available to those affected in Ireland. Minister Norma Foley, Mr Michael Healy Rae T.D. and Mr Pat Daly T.D. will attend Tralee Garda Station on the day along with […]

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Moving On Participants, Fabiane Matias, Svetlana Samaskiene, Christiane Spillane, Lisa O’Flaherty (Moving/NEWKD) at the Kerry Jobs Fair at The Rose Hotel on Monday. Photo: Ciara O’Donnell Photography

Hundreds Attend Kerry Jobs Fair At The Rose Hotel

April 28, 2022 at 10:25 am Comments are Disabled

OVER 600 people met with 30 employers at the Kerry Jobs Fair at The Rose Hotel Tralee on Monday. The event was organized by NEWKD in collaboration with the Kerry Chambers and the response from both employers and jobseekers was very positive. According to event co-coordinator Lisa O Flaherty, who […]

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Gardaí Arrest Teenager In Relation To Criminal Damage Incident On The Mall

Gardaí Arrest Teenager In Relation To Criminal Damage Incident On The Mall

April 28, 2022 at 10:02 am Comments are Disabled

GARDAI have arrested and charged a young man in relation to a criminal damage incident in Tralee town centre. The incident occurred in The Mall area at around 2.20am this morning (Thursday) when the front window of a business was smashed. A male aged in his late teens was arrested […]

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Garvey's Tralee Warriors Head Coach John Dowling speaking at the Civic Reception on Monday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

Warriors Double Win At Basketball Ireland Annual Awards

April 27, 2022 at 4:38 pm Comments are Disabled

BASKETBALL Ireland’s annual award winners for 2022 have been announced today and features winners from Tralee in some categories. In all, 48 categories were hotly contested at all levels from refereeing and schools competitions, right up to the InsureMyVan.ie and MissQuote.ie Super League player of the year. Among those bringing […]

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Artistic Director Jonathan Kelliher, Lisa McElligott from the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors Seán Murphy, artist Henk Heideveld, and Executive Director Róisín McGarr receiving a donation of the artist’s portrait of Siamsa Tíre’s founder, Fr Pat Ahern.

Dutch Artist Makes Presentation Of Fr Pat Portrait To Siamsa Tíre

April 27, 2022 at 1:18 pm Comments are Disabled

DUTCH artist Henk Heideveld marked the end of his recent exhibition at Siamsa Tíre by donating his portrait of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland’s founder, Father Pat Ahern, to the theatre. The presentation is timely in the light of Fr Pat Ahern receiving the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award […]

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25.4.2022 : Fr Pat Ahern wins Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award . 
Fr Pat Ahern has been announced as the most recent recipient of the prestigious Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. 
. Fr Pat Ahern with his Arts Award at his home in Tralee . 
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Fr Pat Ahern wins Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award
Fr Pat Ahern has been announced as the most recent recipient of the prestigious Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. The award sponsored by Kerry County Council is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of artistic, cultural and literary tradition of his native county both nationally and internationally.  
Fear ilghnéitheach ildánach atá bródúil as a dhúchas agus as an traidisiún inar fáisceadh é agus a raibh de bhua agus de shamhlaíocht aige draíocht Chiarraí, idir ceol, seanchas, rínce agus spraoi, a roinnt ar an saol mór.
A native of Moyvane, Fr Pat was immersed in traditional Irish music from a young age. Having studied for the priesthood, he became a curate at St John’s in Tralee in 1957. He founded the St John’s Gregorian Choir and was given responsibility for liturgical music in the diocese. While in Tralee he produced and directed a number of liturgical pageants and was involved in the Scoraíocht movement in Comhaltas that led, in part, to the establishment of Siamsóirí na Ríochta in 1968. The Siamsóirí pioneered a form of folk theatre that presented Irish folk customs on stage through music, song and dance.
The Bishop of Kerry decided to send the young priest to UCC to study a B.Mus degree under Professor Fleischmann, who was a great inspiration to Fr Pat. Graduating with a music degree from UCC in 1962, Fr Pat joined the Catholic Communications Centre in Dublin and studied TV and radio production. He produced a weekly series called “Network” for RTE Radio.
Recalled to Kerry in 1973, he was released from parish work to devote himself to his work on folk theatre. His musical and theatrical work in the early years was channelled into the establishment of Siamsa Tíre, the national folk theatre of Ireland.
Siamsa initially operated from the old Theatre Royal Cinema in Tralee. In 1974 Teach Siamsa was opened in Finuge and focused on the north Kerry dancing tradition and in 1975 a second centre was opened at Carraig, i gceartlár na Gaeltachta, leath-bhealach idir Muiríoch agus Feochanach, taobh le séipéal na Carraige, in the West Kerry Gaeltacht with a focus on the Irish language.
Since then Siamsa Tire has gone from strength to strength, culminating in the opening of its new building on the edge of Tralee Town Park in 1991. Fr Pat was artistic director there until 1997.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Fr Ahern was also involved in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann in Kerry and at a national level. He served as Chairperson of the Kerry County Board and produced the first three Fleadh Nua and also CCE’s inaugural concert tours to North America in 1972.
 Other remarkable achievements included the first American tour where Siamsa sold out in Broadway in 1976, the many other tours that followed, the performance for the then Pope John Paul II at Limerick in 1979, for the Queen of the Netherlands, for the King and Queen of Sweden and in response to a personal invitation from Bob Hawke, the performance at the Australian Bicentennial celebrations in 1987.
The international aspect of Siamsa’s work was encapsulated by their collaboration with Bill Whelan and Maria Pages for the Seville Suite, performed by Siamsa in Spain and Dublin in 1992, and acknowledged as an inspiration for what became Riverdance.
Outside of Siamsa, Fr Pat has been responsible for numerous other productions including works on the life of Edmund Rice and the story of Christianity in Kerry. For the Millennium, he produced “Dance of Life” which featured over 800 singers and a cast of 200.
He is an accomplished fiddle player and is a former pupil of renowned dancing master, Jerry Molyneux.
Fr Pat’s contribution to the promotion of Irish culture has been previously recognised by a variety of organisations. He was honoured by Kerry County Council in 2018 for his outstanding contributions to the artistic, cultural and literary tradition of the county. In 2019 he was chosen by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann to be the Ard Ollamh at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of traditional music. He was also awarded an honorary fellowship from IT Tralee and an honorary doctorate from University College Cork. He was selected as the Kerryperson of the Year in 1992 by the Kerry Association in Dublin.
In announcing the award Keelin Kissane, Chairperson of the Kerry Association in Dublin said “Fr Pat has had an inspirational impact both in Kerry and internationally. He has transferred the magic and music and mystery of Kerry to the stage and projected it magnificently to ever appreciating audiences both at home and throughout the world. He has been a great Ambassador for Kerry. Ciarraíoch go smior is ea Father Pat.  Tá sé bródúil as a shinsear agus as a chondae agus as gach a bhaineann le dúchas na Ríochta.  He has given much to Kerry.  This award is a fitting testimony to his creative endeavours on behalf of his county and country throughout his lifetime”.
Jimmy Deenihan, Chairperson of the Selection Committee said Fr Pat Ahern is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  “But for his vision in establishing Siamsoiri Na Riochta back in the 1960’s the tradition of the music, song and dance  unique to North Kerry may have disappeared.  Fr Pat has translated this rich cultural tradition and has transmitted it on stage and film to a global audience. For him it is people that give rise to culture and culture cannot exist without people”. 
On accepting the award, a specially commissioned piece of Dingle Crystal, Fr Pat said….
 


For further information please contact:
Jimmy Deenihan, Chair of the Selection Committee - 0878113661
Keelin Kissane, Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin - 0877441793
Marion Walsh - Secretary of the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Committee - 0872832018.
About the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award:
The Kerry Association in Dublin was established in 1951 to help encourage and develop the great sporting, literary and cultural heritage of Kerry. The Association’s Arts Award, which is sponsored by Kerry County Council, recognises a Kerry individual’s excellence in the Arts. Previous recipients are:
The late Professor Brendan Kennelly- 2017
Rev J Anthony Gaughan - 2018
Pauline Bewick - 2019
The selection Committee are:
•	Jimmy Deenihan (former T.D and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)
•	Michael O Regan (former Irish Times correspondent and radio commentator and current President of the Kerry Association in Dublin)
•	Keelin Kissane, (Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin and Director at the Irish Writers’ Centre) 
•	Marion Walsh (former President and Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin and Director of the Kerry Writers Museum)
•	Áine Moriarty (CEO Irish Film and Television Academy), 
•	Dr. Mary McAuliffe (Historian and Lecturer)
•	Éamonn O hArgáin (former President and Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin and current President of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí  Eireann)
•	Christy McCarthy (former President of the Kerry Association in Dublin)
•	Éamon O Murchú (member of the Kerry Association in Dublin)
•	Niall MacMonagle (Editor and Poetry Commentator)

Fr Pat Ahern Receives Kerry Association In Dublin Arts Award

April 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm Comments are Disabled

FATHER Pat Ahern has been announced as the most recent recipient of the prestigious Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. The award sponsored by Kerry County Council is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of artistic, cultural and literary tradition of his native county both […]

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A Day Out For All The Family At Kingdom County Fair

A Day Out For All The Family At Kingdom County Fair

April 27, 2022 at 12:24 pm Comments are Disabled

AFTER a three year break, The Kingdom County Fair is back and at a new location in Ballymacthomas just outside Tralee. The Show takes place on Sunday, May 8 and it promises to be a fun filled day for all the family. The grounds will be open from 9am with the […]

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Quane’s Cheltenham Night Raises Over €35,000 For Help Rose Bloom

Quane’s Cheltenham Night Raises Over €35,000 For Help Rose Bloom

April 27, 2022 at 9:24 am Comments are Disabled

THE proceeds of a fantastically successful fundraiser were presented this week to the Help Rose Bloom campaign. Skelper Quane’s Cheltenham Preview night was held on March 3 and hundreds converged on the popular Blennerville hostelry to hear tips from the stars of the racing world. When all was said and […]

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The road (in red) which is set to close for five months from mid-May.

Road From Forge Cross To Abbeydorney Road To Close For Work On New Bridge

April 26, 2022 at 5:05 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY County Council is to close the road from the Forge Cross to the Abbeydorney road to public traffic for a period of five months. The purpose of the road closure is to facilitate the construction of a new road bridge over the Big River as part of the Tralee […]

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Austin Stacks GAA Juvenile Club News

April 26, 2022 at 3:18 pm Comments are Disabled

WALK FOR PAUL ~ RUN FOR THE ROCK: The 2022 Paul Lucey 5k/10k Walk/Run is back on track.This popular Rock Club event will commence at 11am on Monday next, May 2nd, the May Bank Holiday. This is the 4th Paul Lucey Run for the Rock and is, perhaps, the most […]

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Tralee Golf Club News

Tralee Golf Club News

April 26, 2022 at 3:13 pm Comments are Disabled

Mens Scotch Foursomes – Sponsor Sean Hussey 24 April 2022 Competition Result Score (Play H’cap) 1 Gerard Power & Donal O’Connell (17) 44 pts 2 Bobby O’Keeffe & Sean O’Keeffe (17) 43 pts 3 Padraig Moynihan & Daniel O’Loughlin (10) 41 pts 4 Kieran Dinan Jnr & Arthur John Spring […]

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Hilary Fitzgerald of the CHRC at the Bon Secours receiving the award from Paul Ryder.

PHOTOS: Tralee Winners At Tia Maria Hair And Beauty Awards

April 26, 2022 at 2:13 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE were a number of local winners at the Tia Maria Hair & Beauty Awards 2022 held in Cork on Sunday night. The gala event from HiStyle, MC’d by Paul Ryder and Deric Ó H’Artagáin, took place in Clayton Silversprings Hotel on Sunday, April 24. It honours the best in […]

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A Night Of Nostalgia As Top Oasis And Stone Roses Tribute Bands To Play INEC

A Night Of Nostalgia As Top Oasis And Stone Roses Tribute Bands To Play INEC

April 26, 2022 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

FANS of two of Manchester’s biggest bands will be in for a treat this summer when two of Europe’s biggest tribute bands play on the same night at the INEC club. Live Forever Oasis Tribute Band will play the venue on July 29 with special guests The Complete Stone Roses. […]

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PHOTOS: Kingdom Swimming Club Hosts Invitational Gala

April 26, 2022 at 10:18 am Comments are Disabled

KINGDOM Swimming Club were delighted to host their Invitational Club Gala last weekend for the first time in over two years. The club greatly appreciated the opportunity to welcome teams from all over Munster and Connacht to compete in a Swim Ireland Level 3 meet. The Level 3 meet provided […]

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