2020 has been an extremely challenging and, in many cases, a most difficult year. Usually, on New Year’s Eve, families and friends gather together to see out the old year and welcome in the new year. This year, as we take care to mind each other and stay safe, we stay apart to protect each other.

The Cathaoirleach and Chief Executive of Kerry County Council proposed a message of hope for 2021 to the people of Kerry. Dóchas Chiarraí 2021 is a short reflection and message of hope and goodwill featuring well-known figures from the arts community in Kerry, which will be broadcast online tonight (New Year’s Eve) at 8pm.

Kerry has many wonderful musicians, artists, poets and creative individuals and it was agreed to ask poet, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, 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 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 this message of hope for 2021.

Dóchas Chiarraí 2021 will be broadcast 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.

Kerry County Council wishes everyone a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year.