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Tuesday 2 September 2014

A melting pot of great cultures

Cillian Walsh

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:36

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KEEP the "culture habit" going is the message from Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan following a string of successful events in Killarney on Friday for the nationwide Culture Night 2013.

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KEEP the "culture habit" going is the message from Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan following a string of successful events in Killarney on Friday for the nationwide Culture Night 2013.

The eighth annual Culture Night saw 1,300 free events taking place across the country and this included eight in Killarney town.

In Killarney Library, the Killarney Town Council allowed the public display of the only copy of the Annals of Innisfallen in existence, especially put on display for Culture Night. The Annals pre-date The Book of Kells and the original annals are housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

The foyer of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht building on New Road played host to an evening of visual arts, painting, sculpture and film, as well as live performances of music, song, dance, storytelling as well as a Q&A with its members and associates, including the popular local music group Spraoi Chiarraí.

There was also a presentation on Killarney's new public art installations and information on the community art project being run by Killarney Art, along with the launch of the new Killarney Arts website.

Muckross Traditional Farms saw a celebration of the culture of the 1930s and 1940s being expressed with the help of children from the Killarney School of Music.

'O'Flaherty's WW2 Footsteps' was held by the Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Society in The Malton Hotel. Attendees followed the international profile of 'The Vatican Pimpernel' and the tour in October 2012, which retraced his footsteps in Rome.

The KDYS provided the musical journey 'from Uganda to Kerry' by Afro Trad Ireland, which saw a celebration of African and Irish culture. Ugandan stories and songs filled the air, while some lucky ones in attendance got the chance to play the drums as part of the band.

Those on the adventurous side got to try their hand at paper craft, crochet, knitting and candle making at the open studio visit to Killarney Crafters, which was coordinated by Original Kerry.

An evening of music, song, dance, drama and magic accompanied the magnificent sport and landscaping paintings of Paul Downey on show in the Frank Lewis Art Gallery on the night.

Milltown-Listry Comhaltas had musicians, singers and dancers at Killarney Country Club for their culture night, where there was plenty of songs, stories and relaxation on offer and a great appreciation of music.

"Whether people engaged with culture a little, a lot, or not at all, there was really something for everyone to enjoy on Culture Night last Friday," said Minister Deenihan. "I am looking forward to Culture Night growing in size and scale for 2014."

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