calendar of events 2018

Schedule of events Winter 2018 / Spring 2019

Saturday 24th November 2018 – Oblate Hall, Inchicore – 8pm

Basketball Ireland Men’s Superleague – Templeogue vs Garvey Tralee Warriors


Fancy something different for Saturday night in Dublin?

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors take on Templeogue at the Oblate Hall in Inchicore this Saturday 24th November at 8pm in a highly anticipated show-down in the Men’s Superleague. Templeogue are currently second place in the League with Tralee just behind them in joint third. The sides met each other just over three weeks ago in the National Cup with Tralee causing an upset knocking Templeogue, the reigning champions, out of that competition.

Some Kerry Association members have decided to go along to cheer on Kieran Donaghy and the rest of the Tralee team. A great family spectacle too; if any of you would like to join us, just drop us an email ( Tickets are €7 (€3 for students and under 16s) and are payable on entry. The match starts at 8pm but it is important to be there at least half an hour beforehand if you want a seat!

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Christmas Carol Singing with Il Coro Italiano di Dublin, Farmleigh House – 2pm

Those of you who were in attendance at our Annual Mass of Remembrance on Friday 16th November will know what a beautiful choir Il Coro Italiano is. Thanks again to choir member, and Kerry Association member, John O’Carroll, for organising Il Coro Italiano to sing at the mass. They really added to the occasion. For those of you who would like to hear Il Coro Italiano in action again, they will be singing Christmas Carols in the Ballroom of Farmleigh House on Sunday 2nd December. This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will be allocated on the day in the Motor House at Farmleigh on a first come first served basis. Families are welcome. For more information email :

Wednesday 5th December 2018

RTE Concert Orchestra presents Sunday Miscellany at the National Concert Hall

For those of you who have already booked your tickets to join us for one of the highlights of the RTÉ Radio 1 calendar, a magical night of music and creative writing at its best, the annual Sunday Miscellany Christmas concert, you are the lucky ones because it is now a complete sell-out. If you would like to join our waiting list, please let us know. Tickets are €12 / €10.50 senior citizens.

Wednesday 5th December 2018

“Mind the Voice” is a new book of poems by Kerry Association member and Tarbert native, Paddy Creedon. It will be launched at 6.30pm in Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street on Wednesday 5th December (and Saturday 1st December at 6.30pm in Tarbert Community Centre). It has also been recorded on audio CD.

RSVP to or (087) 253 2011.

Paddy’s firsts book of poems, “Mind the View”, raised €5,000 for Frances Black’s charity, the Rise Foundation ( Paddy hopes to raise €10,000 by Christmas Day for the Rise Foundation and hence the Drive for Five Thousand Euro in Kerry & Dublin is taking place in the run up to Christmas 2018.

“Mind the Voice” is a unique gift that carries with it a deep sense of people, place and parting. The Card / Gift combination, priced at €15 consists of:
– A 28 page easy to read book of poems written from the heart
– A custom-designed book mark adding a touch of personality to the offering
– A CD with the poems in spoken word format with some “sing a long“ tunes
The musical arrangements are by Derek Cremin of Shabby Road Studios in Dublin. Each poem comes with a beautifully crafted art image/photo with works by the American artist Emily T Andress, Listowel’s Olive Stack, Tarbert’s Johnny Mulvihill, Belfast’s Shane McVicker, and Athea’s Jim Dunn. All the artists have given of their time and work on a pro bono basis.

If you are unable to attend the launch, you can order a copy of the book by emailing and paying €20 via the secure link (cost of postage and packaging included to anywhere in the world).

Friday 7th December 2018

Christmas Lunch, Croke Park Hotel – 1.30pm

2Our annual Christmas Lunch takes place on Friday 7th December in the Croke Park Hotel at 1.30pm. If you would like to book your place for an afternoon of festive fun @€35, please let us know.

Saturday 15th December 2018

Gold & Silver Days with Phil Coulter – National Concert Hall – 8pm

Join us for Phil Coulter’s new show, Gold & Silver Days, which will feature his personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity from his eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley.

We have seats reserved in the choir balcony. Tickets are €25. Please let us know if you would like to join.

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 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 15th 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 15th 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.


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.


To those who have already paid their membership for the period April 2018 to March 2019, thank you.

For those who need to renew their subscription, for example, those who missed the AGM in May, we would be very grateful if you could provide your subscription to any member of the committee or renew on-line at

Annual subscription is €20 or €30 for a couple. These subscriptions make a big difference to us and what we can offer during the year. So if you haven’t already paid, we would really appreciate if you could help increase our subscription income before Christmas! If you are unsure whether you have paid or not, just drop us a line.

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