Instruments at the ready for the Annual Gleneagle Concert Band Charity Concert

The Gleneagle Hotel will  welcome the Cork Butter Exchange Band for a massed band concert on Sunday, March 31st at 7.30pm as part of The Gleneagle Concert Band Annual Charity Concert.

The Cork Butter Exchange Band will be guest artists this year. Each band will perform a selection of pieces individually before coming together for an amazing massed band performance featuring over 100 musicians. All proceeds from this concert will be donated to Kerry Samaritans, Epilepsy Ireland Kerry branch, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) and the band’s Music Education Youth Programme.

Band conductor Vincent Condon says: “We are really pleased to be collaborating with several important local charities and we hope the public will come out in great numbers to support this worthwhile fundraising venture.”

Previous highlights include a performance for President Michael D. Higgins on his visit to Killarney in 2012 as well as a concert tour to Lisbon in 2013. The band also represented Killarney and Kerry on foreign soil in August 2017 when they travelled to the south of France where they performed concerts in both Monaco and Cannes under the baton of band conductor Vincent Condon. Previous tours included visits to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Portugal and Paris.

    Tickets are priced at €12 for adults and €10 for children/OAP and are available from the INEC ticket office, band members, the KDYS, Kerry Samaritans and Epilepsy Ireland. The concert will cater for all musical tastes and will include military marches, classical music, jazz numbers, film music, and vocal hits.

Any person interested in joining the Gleneagle Concert Band (including past members and adults with previous musical experience) or enrolling in music lessons in the Gleneagle School of Music should contact the band at: 087 2229513.

QUIZ TIME FOR THE KENYA EDUCATION PROJECT

Eddie Sheehy will hold his  annual table quiz in aid of the Kenya Education Project on Thursday night  April 4th in the Castlerosse hotel at 8 30 pm.

The project helps young people in the slum village of Embulbul, Nairobi. At present 100 young people are sponsored to complete their primary and secondary education as their own family circumstances make it very difficult to meet the cost of books, uniform and fees. This is the highest number ever of students sponsored by the Kenya Education Project.

Some past pupils of the school are also helped to continue their education and training by paying college fees as well as travel and subsistence allowences.  To date the project has helped students to obtain training in Childcare,  Secretarial, Computing, Journalism and Social Work which is a major boost to their families in their dream of obtaining a job to ease the financial burden on their families.

In recent years the Project has increased its work with families in the village through the local branch of S.V.D.P. Needy families have received beds, blankets and household utensils to help ease the burden of poverty.    The village feeding programme provides a hot meal each weekday evening for 100 needy children from the village. The Kenya Project helps to offset some  of the costs of these monthly food bills  for the parish. It costs 650 euro per month to finance the feeding programme .  The Kenya Education Project is increasing its support of this programme.

The project continues to support sporting activities in the school and village by providing playing gear, footballs and training equipment to those involved in soccer, basketball and volleyball.

The support the Project continues to receive each year from the people of Killarney is encouraging and heartening and enables many young people to be helped and supported. Thanks to everybody who has supported the Project to date.    

Garda surprise for new recruit Ryan

A young Killarney Garda fan has had his birthday wish come true thanks to the kind members of the force at Killarney Garda Station.

Little Ryan Dewhurst from Killarney turned 5 at the weekend and absolutely adores the Gardai.

His mom contacted  Garda Gillian Mac Eoin to see if the Gardai could conduct a road worthy test on his new police bike that he had gotten from his mum and dad for his birthday and they willingly obliged.

“What this photo doesn’t show is the battle this little boy has gone through. Ryan spent the first year of his life as an inpatient in Crumlin Children’s hospital as some of his major organs were outside of his body when he was born”, Gillian told the Killarney Outlook.

His mum Danielle and Dad, Dan spent that whole year in Crumlin with him, staying in the Ronald Mc Donald house in Dublin, Ryan later became the poster child for the Ronald Mc Donald House. Thankfully Ryan is absolutely thriving today and had his last surgery last year. He just adores the gardai and everything to do with police work, he says hes going to go patrolling on his new bike to catch bad guys but he will be sure to always wear his helmet when doing so. The smile and excitement on his face today was just priceless”, she added.

After conducting the necessary safety checks on Ryan’s new bike Supt Flor Murphy declared it road worthy and Killarney Gardai presented Ryan with some Police Lego, toy handcuffs and some garda memorabilia to make his 5th birthday even more special

Coffee morning: Muire Gan Smál Goes Blue for World Autism Day

Muire Gan Smál are celebrating world autism day in style this year. They will be hosting a fundraising coffee morning in Number 32 Main Street Castleisland on Tuesday April 2nd from 9am- 4:30pm. This shop is located beside Hannon’s fashion.

Money raised will go towards their ASD classes and they would appreciate any support at all. “There will be coffee, tea, baked goods and more! We will also have live music there at different times through the day! so there will be a nice atmosphere and a what better way to brighten up a Tuesday!! From around 2:30-3:30 there will be a magician there to entertain the customers” Emma Sweeney told the Outlook. Emma is one of a number of event organisers.

“We will have artwork from some of our school pupils who have ASD on display to give you an idea of the talented, amazing children we have the pleasure of working with everyday and who have inspired us to fundraise so we can do even more with them” She added 

Huge thanks to Jeremy Burke for giving us the use of his premises and being so obliging and supportive as usual.

Please come out and support our classes next Tuesday Number 32 Main Street (Beside Hannon’s Fashion) Tuesday April 2nd 9:00am – 4:30pm.

Talented Killarney kids woo Boston on St. Patrick’s Day

Much to the delight of the 600 strong audience, a group of talented children from Killarney were invited to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in Boston on 17th March.

The event was hosted by Senator Nick Collins at the Cruiseport in South Boston.

This young group are made up of five children, all who play music, dance and sing.  They are Grace, Colleen, Olivia and Seán Angland and Nóirín Healy.  They range in age from 7 years to 12 years and despite their young ages, they have been performing together for a number of years.  The group were first seen by State Representative Ed Coppinger who recommended them for this prestigious event in September 2018.

Many video recordings and photographs were sent and in January 2019 they got the honour of an invite to perform in Boston by the State Senator Nick Collins.

Their one hour show was put together by Martina O’Neill Angland.  From January to March, Martina spent many nights per week training the group, followed by taking them to perform in some local venues before departing for Boston.  In Boston, on St. Patricks Day, the group performed for over 600 people comprising of politicians, their families and friends.  During the performance they were interviewed and recorded on live television.  They also had an invite to the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in which they listened to many political speeches and took part in singing many Irish songs with those attending.

It was a busy weekend for the group as it posed an opportunity to them to meet with their families in Boston, take in a trip around Boston and visit the Massachusetts State House with State Representative Ed Coppinger.

Extensive Dingle Developments Near Completion

It has been an exciting Winter in Dingle, with work nearing completion on the new multimillion development at the Dingle Skellig Hotel. This development includes 32 additional guest rooms and suites as well as the upgrade and redesign of The Blaskets Bar and Bistro to include new relaxed dining spaces, which opened in February, and the landscaping of the guest carparking and public exterior areas.

Beginning last October and with a completion date of early May 2019, Kerry based Griffin Brothers secured the contract to carry out this high end development which falls on the 50th anniversary of the Hotel first opening its doors.

The new luxury bedroom addition includes 16 Deluxe King Suites, 6 Deluxe Executive Suites and 5 Deluxe Family Suites including a selection of interconnecting options. Designed with guest luxury and exceptional comfort in mind and featuring cutting edge enhancements and finished to the highest of standards, the addition also includes 5 roof top interior designed suites which will also feature private balconies making the most of the hotels amazing panoramic views across Dingle Bay.

The first phase of the internal refurbishment took in the re development and design of The Blaskets Bar and Bistro. This area has now been transformed into 2 relaxed dining spaces – The Atrium, a light filled centre focus of the hotel and The Binn Bán Brasserie which offers a new concept in relaxed dining for both residents and non-residents.

The Dingle Skellig Hotel was originally built in 1968 by Gaeltarra Eireann as an incentive to encourage job promotion and growth in Gaeltacht areas. A first of its kind, the hotel included 48 en suite guest rooms and an outdoor swimming pool. 32 guest rooms were added on in quick succession to allow for the cast and crew of Ryans Daughter to take up residence. From May, the property will now include 152 guest rooms, swimming pool, gym, spa, childrens crèche and kids club, extensive banqueting facilities and new relaxed dining spaces including the latest additions The Atrium and The Binn Bán Brasserie.

You can book a stay in one of the new rooms or suites at www.dingleskellig.com

New season, new beginnings at The Lake Hotel…

The Lake Hotel Killarney reopened for the season on Thursday 7th February and in keeping with tradition, the new season marked the unveiling of new developments at the luxurious four star hotel. Each year, the Huggard family invest in the enhancement of the hotel and are highly committed to maintaining a high standard for their guests.

Facing into the year ahead with a newly renovated entrance, a brand new driveway and manicured landscapes, the exterior has been completely transformed. The new look allows for a wider lake view on approach to the lavish four star property, emphasising the true beauty of its setting and the unique location which is enveloped by nature. The eye catching, open entrance emanates a welcoming and inviting vibe. The grand exterior exudes luxury and class with freshly tarmacked driveway, plush new signage, handcrafted rockery, enhanced lighting and stunning uplighters.

The Lake Hotel has always been a nature lover’s paradise and the recent investment created a prime opportunity to embrace the natural habitat and extend the haven of refuge for our indigenous fauna. The addition of native trees such as Irish Oak, Scotts pine and Mountain Ash has been part of the landscaping work. Expanding the sanctuary for wildlife such as red deer, foxes and wild tailed eagles, to name but a few.

Sales and Marketing Manager Sheila O’Callaghan commented, “We are thrilled with the enhancements of the hotel entrance and the feedback so far has been extremely positive. The recent work has completely revealed our stunning views, showcasing the magnificent backdrop on approach to the hotel. The Huggard family are highly committed to maintaining exemplary standards for our guests and invest extensively in the development of the hotel each year. We feel this investment has really enhanced what was already a wonderful product offering.”

The Lake Hotel is a four star family owned property and has been in the Huggard family name for over 100 years. A long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits. Nestled on the lakeshore, overlooking the renowned Lakes of Killarney, and just 2kms from Killarney town centre, The Lake Hotel offers a truly exceptional location and something very unique for all its visitors.

KDYS/An Garda Síochána Basketball Blitz 2019

The Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) in partnership with An Garda Síochána is running its annual Basketball Blitz tournament on Good Friday. Organised by Helena Falvey, KDYS and Garda Liz Twomey. The event will be held in Castleisland Community Centre. Applications are invited from teams from the Castleisland area who are interested in taking part.

The tournament will take place over one day, Friday 19th April 2019, beginning at10am. There are three age categories; Primary School (4th, 5th & 6th class), Under 15’s and Under 18’s.

The event will be supported once again by local businesses and volunteers to help co-ordinate the event. Teams comprise of 8 players, two of whom must be female and there must be one female on court at all times. Any teams interested, please contact Helena Falvey /Gda Liz Twomey at KDYS Castleisland or phone 085 7878039 / 086 8282636 for an application form. There is a small charge of €2 per player. Applications must be received by Tuesday 16th of April before 5pm.

Lily ready to bloom for 2019

The 46th Lily of Killarney preparations are well and truly underway and Killarney Outlook have been confirmed as the Media Parnter again this year along with the main sponsors, Killarney Credit Union and Tricel. “I am delighted to confirm that the Killarney Credit Union has been announced as our main sponsor again this year and that Killarney Outlook will continue as Media Partner”, Marie O’Keeffe, Chairperson of The Lily of Killarney Committee said at the official launch in The Gleneagle Hotel last week. The Lily of Killarney has been running for the past 46 years by Spa GAA Club Ladies Committee, and indeed signals the beginning of the Summer for many! The current holder of the Lily of Killarney title is Carmel O’Leary.  Carmel is a dental nurse and was sponsored by Gleeson’s Dental Surgery. Jim and Catherine Gleeson received the winning sponsor trophy from Liadh Tobin on behalf of Killarney Medals and Trophies. Carmel was chosen by celebrity judges Jake Carter and Karen Byrne who won RTE Dancing with the Stars, along with former Limerick Rose, Dawn Ryan.  Carmel, has been a fantastic ambassador for Killarney throughout her reign and attended many functions as Lily of Killarney including the ‘Kerry– London Reunion’ last November, The Regatta, the Ring of Kerry Cycle, Christmas in Killarney Parade and St. Patricks Day Parade to name a few. The 2019 Lily of Killarney Selection will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday 25th Mayand again this year it is estimated that over 400 people will attend the buffet selection dance with the winner announced at midnight. If you are interested in entering this years event as a contestant, or alternatively, if you are a business owner and would like to sponsor a contestant please email lilyofkillarney2019@gmail.com. It is a great opportunity to get your business noticed and recognized in such a prestigious event. With only 30 businesses getting this opportunity in the 2018 Lily of Killarney, please be aware that the deadline for your business to sponsor a contestant is Friday, 19th April 2018. “We are thankful to all our sponsors for playing a vital role in the success of the Lily of Killarney and we look forward to a wonderful evening for the contestants, families, sponsors and friends” Marie added.

New Divisional Commander appointed to the Kerry Garda Division

Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster officially took up her role as the Divisional Commander for the Kerry Garda Division this week.

Speaking at Tralee Garda Station on Monday, Chief Superintendent Foster said ‘I am delighted to be assigned as the new Chief Superintendent for the Kerry Garda Division. I am looking forward to working closely with the communities and stakeholders in the county’

A native of Co. Cork, Eileen Foster joined an Garda Siochana in 1989 and served in Pearse Street Garda station, for a short period of time before transferring to Athy, Co Kildare.  She served there for six years before transferring to Cork City where she rose through the ranks and in 2017 she was promoted to rank of Superintendent and transferred to DMR South Central- Governance.

In September 2018 she was appointed Detective Superintendent and transferred to Garda National Protective Services Bureau, Harcourt Square  and this week was promoted to rank of C/Superintendent and transferred to Tralee Garda station to take charge of Kerry Division.

Chief Superintendent Foster is a trained Registered General Nurse has a Degree 2.1 Hons- Public Management-  Administration of Justice- Institute of Public  Administration (IPA) and a  1.2 Hons -Masters in Serious Crime Investigation- University of Limerick.