Aidan named as Kerry's new Culture Night ambassador

Aidan O' Mahony has been named as Kerry's local Culture Night Ambassador
Aidan O' Mahony has been named as Kerry's local Culture Night Ambassador

Fergus Dennehy

The hectic schedule of Kerry's Aidan O' Mahony looks set to continue after it was this week announced that the former Kerry player is to be Kerry's Local Culture Night Ambassador.

The Rathmore Guard and GAA star will represent his home county as an ambassador promoting the arts on Friday September 22nd as Culture Night takes place right across Ireland between the hours of 5.00 and 11.00pm.

Aidan, who has become a passionate supporter of the art form stating that 'Dance is a tonic for the brain and the body, hugely enjoyable and a powerful way of expressing your creativity', is throwing is whole weight behind the upcoming project.

He says he is calling out to all ages and especially to young people "to get involved, to check out the programme and take part in an arts event, there's huge choice."

"Trying something different, visiting a gallery, theatre, museum or arts centre, is the message and 'our arts and cultural venues offer up a wonderful mix of free events that are fun-filled and very family friendly" says Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council, whose responsibility it is to develop the Culture Night offering for Kerry.

There looks to be plenty of entertainment and variety on offer throughout the county, thus ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

With events ranging from free events, tours, talks & performances that suit all tastes and ages, Culture Night is an easy-going, relaxed way of enjoying arts and culture locally.

In Tralee and Killarney, visitors will be able to go from venue to venue, sampling art, music, film, literature and dance, while from Listowel to Kenmare there are multiple events to choose from across all the art forms.

Culture Night takes place on Friday September 22, all events are free for the people to enjoy. and for anyone looking fore details. they can head over to or or phone 066 7183541

Meanwhile, MEP Seán Kelly has this week welcomed the focus that 2018 will bring on Cultural Heritage.

"2018 will be European Year of Cultural Heritage and an important opportunity to highlight the role of Europe's cultural heritage in fostering a shared sense of history and identity. I also welcome the emphasis on sport, a rich and vital part of our cultural heritage in Ireland."

A series of events will take place at a European, national, regional and local level to mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Ireland's programme of events for the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage will be officially launched in December.