Music and fresh air at the Festival in a Van

A NOVEL Festival in a Van rolled into Kerry at the weekend and people in Killarney were treated to some wonderful live entertainment.

Bryan O’Leary and Brian Mooney performing at the Festival in a Van at Killarney House on Saturday.
Pictures: Don MacMonagle

The Creative Ireland Kerry Programme facilitated live, outdoor entertainment for the benefit of local audiences in a novel response to the Covid-19 times.

The specially equipped van houses a mini arts venue, kitted out with everything necessary for 30-minute socially distanced performances by top class Kerry musicians.

Killarney singer/songwriter Cathal Flaherty performing at at Killarney House

The shows took place in open spaces where people could enjoy top quality music while adhering to safe social distancing, keeping two metres apart at all times.

Killarney soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan and well-known trad musician Cormac Begley performed in Tralee and there were three half-hour concerts in the courtyard at Killarney House.

In the courtyard of Killarney House, on Saturday, meantime, singer/songwriter Cathal Flaherty and trad musicians Bryan O’Leary and Brian Mooney kept the limited attendance enthralled.

Only 15 people were allowed each of the three performances during the afternoon.

Seán, Triona and Reidón Ó Laoithe from Killarney listening to Brian O’Leary and Bryan Mooney performing at the Festival in a Van

Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, said Festival in a Van is a great initiative, designed to suit the challenging times we now live in.

“We were delighted to bring this innovative event to Kerry with fantastic performances available for free, in the fresh air and the beautiful surroundings,” she said.

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