Friday 4th January 2019
Nominations for Kerry Person of the Year 2019 / Laochra Chiarraí 2019
Who will succeed Colm Cooper as Kerry Person of the Year?
Who will succeed the Special Olympics Clubs of Kerry as Laochra Chiarraí?
The search for Kerry Person of the Year 2019 and Laochra Chiarraí 2019 has begun and nominations are now being accepted!
Please email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org noting why the person or group are deserving of the awards. The individual and group selected must have shown leadership, brought honour to and performed community, charitable or other services to such an extent that could be described as being beyond the norm of everyday life. The roll of honour of past participants is most impressive. Instead of email, if you prefer, please post your nominations to Mary Shanahan, 12 Belvedere Place, Dublin 1. We look forward to hearing from you!
The winners will be announced in January and will be formally presented with their awards at our gala dinner in Dublin on Saturday 30th March 2019.
Tuesday 8th January 2019
Ballroom Dancing – Portobello, South Richmond Street (Portobello Bridge) – 8pm
The Kerry Association is going dancing again…..
A New Year. A New Start.
Do you like dancing and would you like to get more practice?
Or maybe you can’t dance, but would like to?
Well Pádraig the Dancer might be the answer. Pádraig Munroe, a native of Mayo, hosts a number of weekly dancing classes all over Ireland.
Last year, Pádraig hosted a most enjoyable 5-week jiving course for the Kerry Association and 40 of us packed into Rain Nightclub under the Portobello Pub each week.
We are pleased to announce that Pádraig will be re-joining us in January. The plan is to run a 10 week course on Tuesdays from Tuesday 8th January with a break for mid-term on Tuesday 19th February and concluding on Tuesday 26th March. However, attendees will have the option of signing up just for the 5 weeks until the mid-term break if they wish.
As well as jiving, Pádraig will cover waltz, quickstep and foxtrot for the second five weeks. The cost is €60 for each block of 5 weeks and the classes will be held from 8pm to 9.30pm.
On-street parking is available by the canal. Buses serving the Portobello : 14, 14A, 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 65B, 83.
So whether you are a complete beginner or would like to brush up, we would really love to see you there. There is a minimum required number of attendees so to get these classes up and running we need your support. We want all ages both male and female. Please let us know if you are interested.
Thursday 7th February 2019
Christie Hennessy – The Last Goodbye – National Concert Hall – 8pm
Presented by Universal Music Ireland, Christie Hennessey’s three children, Hermione, Tim and Amber will come together with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to celebrate the Tralee folk singer-songwriter’s long-spanning career as one of Ireland’s best loved performers.
Best seats (stall seats) are €40. Let us know if you would like to reserve.
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
Oíche Chiarraí 2019 – Saturday 30th March 2019
2019 is a special year in the history of our annual flagship event, Oíche Chiarraí, as it marks 40 years since the first Kerry Person of the Year, Dr. Michael Carmody, was awarded the accolade back in 1979. To celebrate this occasion, we have selected a venue for 2019 that goes right back to the origins of the Kerry Association in Dublin. The initial and fundamental objective of the Kerry Association in Dublin was to welcome and entertain Kerry teams and their supporters on the occasion of major games in Croke Park. This year our Gala Dinner will take place in the Premium Suite in Croke Park Stadium on Saturday evening, 30th March.
The recipients of the Kerry Person of the Year award for 2019 and the 2019 group award, Laochra Chiarraí, will be formally presented with their awards that night.
Always a fantastic night, be sure to save the date for what promises to be a wonderful Kerry celebration and don’t forget to tell your friends!
We have also block booked rooms for the night in the Croke Park Hotel across the road from the venue. €219 for a single room / €249 for a double or twin. To book please call the Croke Park Hotel directly on (01) 871 4444 and quote BOOK300319 to avail of these Kerry Association rates.
Saturday 30th March is also the eve of the 2019 Allianz League Football Final in Croke Park. Who knows who might be in Croke Park the next day?
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2019
Silver Jubilee Weekend Away – Tralee
2019 marks the 25th Kerry Association annual weekend away for which we will be returning to Kerry and to the Rose Hotel in Tralee. 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, coach trip to Kenmare on the Saturday and music both nights will be €165 per person sharing. Single room supplement of €25 will apply. Another date for the diary.