Much To Look Forward To Around Tralee At Culture Night 2016

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(click to enlarge photo) Mayor of Tralee, Terry O’Brien, Cllr Jim Finucane and Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell are joined in the Town Park by local artists and friends to launch Culture Night 2016. Photo by Gavin O’Connor

CULTURE Night returns to Tralee and the surrounding area next month and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Terry O’Brien, Mayor of Tralee Municipal District, along with Cllr. Jim Finucane and Moira Murrell, CE of Kerry County Council were in Tralee Town Park on Wednesday morning along with a host of writers, dancers and artists looking forward to Culture Night on Friday, September 16.

Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy. So the message is to get involved!

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Kerry County Council Arts Office has been busy co-ordinating the events again this year along with arts groups and other organisations happy to get involved and give a free night of cultural events to their communities.

Culture Night kicks off early in Tralee with family fun in the Square from 4pm – Disney characters and face painting along with dancers from Cassis Leen’s School of Dance, and then Monsieur Gusto and a stilt-walker will give children a chance to enjoy Culture Night early.

The Kerry County Museum is opening its doors with free access to its exhibition Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey as well as music, dance and storytelling with Comhaltas Sliabh Mish.

The Cíar Quilters will be on hand to discuss their work that is on display and you can go behind the scenes to explore some of the unusual, intriguing, and thought-provoking objects that Kerry County Museum has been collecting for the last 25 years.

Children can celebrate Tralee’s 800th birthday with a stroll down a medieval street dressed up in costume and a skeleton dig, as well as inspecting a rotten medieval tooth!

Siamsa Tíre has a packed schedule as well – their ‘Bees and Butterflies are Beeautiful!’ Project will take place in the Gallery allowing children to create their own bee or butterfly to place in a virtual garden.

Feargal Ó Murchú will give an insight into his life as a sean nós singer and musician and there will be short vignettes from Fadó Fadó as well as a staging of much applauded  ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ – an intercultural dance piece choreographed by Catherine Young.

Brosna CCÉ will host a session at Brosna Parish Hall while Craobh Thrá Lí will bring a traditional session to Manor West Shopping Centre.

There will be an open mic night for writers hosted by Thursday Night Writers at the Abbey Inn and for artists there is ‘Art For Everyone’ by the Tralee Art Group at Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre where materials will be provided to paint and draw as well as watching other artists create new work.

Tricia O’Connor, a socially engaged artist, will host a Travelling Tea Party at the Cottage Kitchen in Blennerville while Tralee Library will host a lecture on Lieutenant Denis Bailey, a Kerryman who fought in Word War I.

All events are free for the people of Kerry and visitors alike to enjoy; for more details go to or phone 066 7183541

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