Poetry and music will help welcome the new year

Poet and author Gabriel Fitzmaurice will recite two poems

A SPECIAL message of hope will be relayed to the people of Kerry on New Year’s Eve at the close of an extremely challenging and, in many cases, a most difficult year.

Traditionally, on the last night of the year, families and friends gather together to see out the old and welcome in the new but this year, people need to stay apart to protect each other with Covid-19 taking another firm grip in the county.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen, has proposed a message of hope to be passed on the people of Kerry and the result, Dóchas Chiarraí 2021, will be a short reflection and message of hope and goodwill featuring well-known figures from the arts community in Kerry.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen

It will be broadcast online on New Year’s Eve at 8.00pm.

Poet and author Gabriel Fitzmaurice has been asked to select and recite two poems that communicate good wishes to the people of Kerry and the Kerry diaspora, wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

The Arts Office of Kerry County Council approached St John’s Theatre in Listowel to host the event as it is an appropriate setting, full of atmosphere and creativity.

Theatre Director, Máire Logue selected two excellent musicians, flautist Matt Dean and harpist Deirdre Granville, to join poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice in delivering the message of hope.

Dóchas Chiarraí 2021 will be broadcast at 8.00pm on New Year’s Eve on Kerry County Council’s social media platforms and YouTube channel as well as the social media channels of the Kerry County Council Arts Office on @KerryCoArts and Facebook. Your only 24/7 local news service provider. Call 087-2229761