We all struggle in our own daily lives and believe it or not we need each other much more than we think or have ever thought. With Deepak Chopra’s 2nd annual global meditation you have an opportunity to be part of something much bigger than yourself.

It’s a chance to heal the world one person at a time. Every single person is important and the world needs you!!

So join Deepak Chopra, Gabrielle Bernstein, Ismael Cala, and more than 500,000 people from nearly every country in the world, as they come together online on Saturday, July 11th, with one common intention – to turn around the rising tide of disconnection in the world and, through renewed empathy and love, reconnect to what truly matters.


Festi'Kidz Image 1Kids Under 12 Go Free!

The Killarney Festival of Music & Food, the family friendly boutique festival, which is taking place on 27 & 28 June at Killarney House Demesne has an amazing line-up of kids activities which will take place across the weekend.  The festival welcomes all ages and kids under 12 are FREE when accompanied by an adult.


The picturesque festival site at Killarney House Demesne is within walking distance of Killarney town. It is ideally located for families who will be staying in the numerous hotels, guest houses, self-catering accommodation and campsites around the town.


In addition to a first class line-up music and comedy line up featuring Duran Duran, Jools Holland,  TEXAS, The Proclaimers, Burt Bacharach, ABC, The Undertones, Paddy Casey, Damien Dempsey, Delorentos, Walking on Cars, Apres Match, Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne, a variety of children’s activities will take place over the festival weekend including Kids Yoga, Musical workshops, Storytelling, an interactive mini zoo, the Exploration Dome, Candle Making and a Helter Skelter.   And Festikids will be offering a child minding service at Killarney Festival to parents.


A funfair with a number of attractions will be at Killarney Festival of Music & Food and will include a Ferris Wheel, Vintage Carousel, Wave Swinger, Chair O Plane, Dodgems and Twist Ride.


Abracadabra Story Telling

Abracadabra create and deliver interactive stories kids and parents to stimulate creativity, confidence, creating stories.  They involve the audience through singing, moving, asking them questions and inviting them to be characters of stories.  At Killarney Festival we will tell the Caterpillar Story and the Fairy Story.


  • The Caterpillar Story

The Caterpillar Story is the story of a little boy who is fascinated by the way caterpillars transform into butterflies. He goes on a journey of learning that change is good throughout life when handled with patience, courage and acceptance.


  • The Fairy Story  

Where do you think fairies live? Do they live in flowers, in bushes, in trees? Or do they live in gardens? Well, fairies live closer to you than you can ever imagine! They are your best friend and they are always there with you.


The Animal Roadshow

The Animal Roadshow’s interactive mini zoo will have reptiles, small cuddly mammals and maybe even an owl for you to have a look at and learn about.


Exploration Dome

Visit the Exploration Dome here kids (and parents) will be taken  on a wondrous trip through our Universe in our fully immersive 360 degree Planetarium.  Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut, swim with a shark, visit the planets and lot more in a fun, safe and interactive way? Then come see us at Killarney Festival. Cost €3

Exploration Dome Inside


Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Their classes also help you learn about your child — how to participate in and encourage his or her development — while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.


At Killarney Festival we will provide interactive music classes with our friendly clown Gymbo encouraging all the little ones to get involved.


Helter Skelter

Who doesn’t love a big windy slide?!


Hula Hoops Hoop-la-Stall

Hula Hoops, one of Ireland’s favourite potato snacks, are set to make this summer, a summer full of happiness!  The Hula-Hoops team are delighted to be appearing at this year Killarney Music & Food Festival, where they’ll be providing a carnival atmosphere for all the family.


Look out for custom built Hoop-la-Stall, where our Hula–Hoop Girls, will be showing you how it’s done and cheering you on to win some of our amazing prizes for our Hoop-La Challenges! Expect lots of fun and games and of course lots of golden potato hoops! #HoopFullofHappiness


Killarney Candle Makers

We are offering kid friendly candle making for this year’s festival. All our candles are made using soy wax and are a fun activity for children of all ages. Cost €3



Parents who are hoping to enjoy a few hours of the Killarney festival ‘kid free’ can leave their children with Festi’Kidz.   Festi’Kidz, a service offered by ”Last Minute Minders“ provides a child minding service so you can have a few child free hours while the kids are entertained with workshops such as mask and kite making, arts and crafts, a science centre, dress up station and music making.


Festi’kids will be holding three child minding sessions a day catering for 3 to 8 year olds – 12.30pm to 2.30pm, 2.45pm to 4.45pm and 5pm to 7pm. It is €16 per child per session if booked in advance or €20 per child per session for bookings made on the day. Places are limited to 15 kids per session. You can pre book here festikidz


Lawless Furniture

Lawless Furniture love their wood! With them you can make a pencil, as Brigid’s Cross or even carve your own bowl.  You can also make head garlands….a festival fashion favourite! Cost €3 – €5


Puppet Shows

Killarney Festival of Music & Food will have magic and puppet shows on both days of the festival to keep children (and adults) amazed and amused.


Sand Art Cards

Kids Sand Art Magic is a new children’s activity where kids indulge in two of their favourite pastimes playing in sand and colouring by making unique and colourful sand art cards which is placed inside a protective plastic sleeve to take home and hang it up on their wall. €2


Stomping in the Woods

Stomping In The Woods is a show for children aged 0 – 7, and bigger people! Ruti Lachs, who performs the show, has written songs for the children in the audience to join in with. So you will be waving your trunk like an elephant, stomping in imaginary woods, swimming in imaginary lakes, playing triangles and tambourines and shakers, jumping and twirling and dancing. And then collapsing to the floor for some peaceful songs, before jumping up again and turning into a magical creature that creates breakfast.


Children will get to sing, dance, and play, and stomp about a lot! Ruti has a silly hat and fairy wings, and some teddy friends, and she shows the children some very interesting musical instruments, including one that sounds like an elephant! and one that sounds like a mouse! It’s very exciting, and all action. This is a brilliant show that the children will love. And the bigger people can also enjoy joining in the stomping, happy fun!



Yoga in Kerry will run simultaneous child and adult yoga class a couple of times throughout each day. Yoga is a complete form of exercise which develops stamina, strength and flexibility. But most importantly for the kids……it’s fun!   Yoga in Kerry




Over 70 Irish and international musicians and bands will perform at the Killarney Festival of Music & Food over two days as follows


Saturday, 27th June

Main Stage – The Shed (2.30pm), Kirsty Bertarelli (3.30pm), The Frank & Walters (5pm), ABC (6.30pm), Jools Holland (8pm) and The Stunning (10pm)


Tony Fenton Stage –  Battle of Bands Winner (2.15pm), Gangs (3.05pm), David Lyttle (4.10pm), Ksyran (5.15pm), Something Happens (6.45pm), The Undertones (8.15pm), Walking on Cars (9.45pm)


Irish Independent Stage

Oh Boland (2.50pm), Tracey Bruen (3.40pm), Little Hours (4.30pm), Sleep Thieves (5.30pm), Daithi (6.40pm), Booka Brass Band (8pm) and Delorentos (9.30pm)


Acoustic Stage – Jonathan Carcone (3pm), Jimi Cullen (3.45pm), We Banjo3 (4.30pm), Colin Devlin (5.45pm), Declan O’Rourke (7pm), Wallis Bird (8.15pm) and The Young Folk (9.30pm)


The Chef’s KitchenPaul Treyvaud (3pm), Derry Clarke (4pm), The Grumpy Chefs (5pm)  JP McMahon (6pm) Ed Cooney (7pm)


Comedy Tent – Comedy Club for Kids with Howard Reed and Little Howard (CBBC), Steve Bennett, Foil Arms & Hog (3pmOver 16s Only : Colm O’Regan (4.30pm), Danny Ryan (4.50pm), Chris Kent (5.25pm), Foil Arms & Hog (5.50pm), Neil Delamere (6.35pm) and Apres Match (7.20pm)



Sunday, 28th June

Main Stage – Liam O’Connor (2.15pm), The Bill Doherty Rambling Band (3.20pm), The Proclaimers (5pm), Burt Bacharach (6.30pm), Texas (8.15pm), Duran Duran (10pm)


Tony Fenton Stage – Voxx (2.15pm), Land Lovers (3.05pm) Giula (4.10pm), Mundy (5.15pm), Kormacs Big Band( 6.45pm), Cry Before Dawn (8.15pm), Father John Misty (9.45pm)


Irish Independent Stage – Gingerbeard Family (2.50pm), Elastic Sleep (3.40pm), Steven Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys (4.30pm), Tucan (5.30pm), O Emperor (6.40pm), Ham Sandwich (8pm) & Mick Flannery (9.30pm)


Acoustic Stage – Tullara Connors (3pm), Morrissey & Marshall (3.45pm), The 4 of Us (4.30pm), Gemma Hayes (5.45pm), Lloyd Yates (7pm), Paddy Casey (8.15pm) & Damien Dempsey (9.30pm)


The Chef’s Kitchen

Catherine Fulivio (3pm),  Ross Lewis (4pm), Noel Enright (5pm), Sunil Ghai (6pm) and Kevin Thornton (7pm)


Comedy Stage – Comedy Club 4 Kids: Howard Reed & Little Howard (CBBC), Gunther Gruhn (Barry Murphy), Jonathan Gunning (3pm)   Over 16s only : Karl Spain (4.30pm), Bernard Casey (4.50pm), Ronan Grace (5.05pm), John Colleary (5.25pm), Deirdre O’Kane (5.50pm) and Après Match (6.35pm) and Jason Byrne (7.20pm)


The Chefs Kitchen

Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain, Dublin), Ross Lewis (Chapter One, Dublin) and JP McMahon (EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises Aniar, Cava Boedga, and Eat Gastropub), will join Sunil Ghai  (Ananda Restaurant), Noel Enright (The Lake Hotel, Killarney); Paul Treyvaud (Treyvauds, Killarney); Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House & Cookery School) in the Chef’s Kitchen where they will show food lovers how to prepare delicious mouth-watering dishes using locally produced, seasonal ingredients from Kerry .


The Killarney Festival Food Village will be an extensive showcase of food not only for the region of Kerry but for Ireland as a whole.   It will feature local artisan food producers including Ring of Kerry Lamb, Ballinskelligs Duck, Hulberts Fine Food, Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, O’Brien’s Farmhouse Cheese, Sasta Sausages, Killarney Toffee,  Valentia Island Dairy and Ballyhar Farm Produce including organic Kerry Rose Veal & Cow’s Milk.


A variety of food vendors offering cuisine from around the world will also be on site to cater for up to 20,000 festival goers over the weekend.



Funny men Neil Delamere, Jason Byrne, Karl Spain, John Colleary, Foil Arms & Hog, Steve Bennett, Chris Kent, Colm O’Regan, Fred Cooke and Comedy Club 4 Kids with Howard Read & Little Howard (CBBC) will provide the laughs along with recently announced Après Match and Deirdre O’Kane in the comedy tent.



Killarney Festival of Music & Food has a range of hospitality options for groups and companies including catered marquees and bars with luxury loos, catering and full bars.   A limited number of tickets for the exclusive ‘The Green Room’ VIP area are available from


Killarney Festival of Music & Food is situated in the very heart of Killarney town. There is a wonderful selection of hotels within a short walk of the entrance to our festival and amazing guest houses to stay close by.   Killarney has the largest selection of accommodation outside of Dublin.  Check out  and and  for more info on hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.



By Rail

Irish Rail offer connections from all major rail-linked towns and cities in Ireland to/ from Killarney Railway Station. Tickets may be purchased via


By Air

Kerry Airport is a regional airport centrally located in the heart of County Kerry in the spectacular southwest of Ireland. Kerry Airport is just 16km from Killarney. It is serviced by short, direct and inexpensive flights from Dublin, London Stansted, London Luton, Frankfurt Hahn, Manchester.  For more flight information or to book your air journey visit Ryanair & Aer Arann



Killarney Festival of Music & Food tickets are on sale from and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.  Tel:  24 Hours / 7 days : 0818 719 300   International +353 1 4569569  UK incl. NI 0844 8472455



  • Saturday or Sunday Day Tickets  €76  (including booking fee)
  • 2 Day Weekend Tickets   €142  (including booking fee)
  • Children 12 years or younger go free – up to two children per paying adult when booked in advance


TEEN – 13 TO 17 Years of Age

  • Saturday or Sunday Day Tickets  €41 (including booking fee)
  • Weekend Tickets  €71 (including booking fee)
  • Teen tickets apply to children 13-16 years – they must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • ID will be requested at entry point to verify age.


The Over 60s Club ( Concession Ticket)

  • Saturday x €56 incl b/fee
  • Sunday x €56 incl b/fee
  • 2 Day weekend x €96 incl b/fee
  • ID will be requested at entry point to verify age


Unemployed (Concession Ticket)

  • Saturday x €56 incl b/fee
  • Sunday x €56 incl b/fee
  • 2 Day weekend x €96 incl b/fee
  • Proof required

Killarney Festival Artwork - 8 June (1)

For further information about Killarney Festival of Music & Food, please check out

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It has been a wonderful day of food, friends and fun. I just got home from The Taste of Dublin which gets bigger and better every year. This is the first year I didn’t have James with me though as Mum took him to Wexford for the day as I went to see Patrick Holford talk about stress this morning!!

His talk was on in Fitzpatricks Castle in Killiney organised buy Select Stores Patricks talk focused a lot on breathing to reduce stress and In my opinion the busier you are the more you need to meditate and take time out. A few things really stuck with me from his talk:

“you see the world through how you feel”


“marketers have figured out a way to see us food heroin”

Both of these quotes are so true and it really is up to us to take our health, stress levels and the quality of food we eat into our own hands We also need to make better informed choices about the food we eat on a daily basis!

I headed into town after and met up with my friend John and after eventually finding parking we went to The Taste of Dublin. I had heard so much about #primebyAldi, Aldi’s incredible restaurant at Taste so I was dying to experience it for myself. My sister Laura was there on Friday and she was right, it really was that good! I met Lucy Kennedy and her adorable little girl Holly and we all tucked into an amazing menu prepared by chef Gary O’Hanlon

FullSizeRenderAfter that we took a stroll around and bumped into lots of friends. The weather was great and the atmosphere was incredible. I was really impressed by the healthy stands this years including raw juices by McCormack family farms Mc Cormack family farms and I arrived home with my wheatgrass for the week from My Organics Farm

IMG_6635Spring break were playing and there were Minions everywhere as the new movie is coming out. The old parental guilt hit me then as James loves the Minions even though he hasn’t even seen the movie yet!! He even has swimming shorts and T-Shirts for his holidays next week.

FullSizeRender_3John managed to find himself a new house and I had some great coffee at the Nespresso stand which was very impressive

FullSizeRender_2I’m home now with a full belly and a happy heart patiently waiting for my baby to come home as I need cuddles. I’m already excited about Taste next year which reminds me to live in the moment!! lol

Ali xxx

Myself and well known broadcaster and former judge from 'The Apprentice' Brian Purcell pictured at the launch of the McElligott's Honda Ladies Day at Listowel Races Harvest Festival in September festival which will carry a cash prize fund of 5,750 euro for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed couple, Best headpiece and Most glamourous young racer. The annual seven day race Listowel Harvest meeting runs from Sunday Spetember 13th to Saturday 19th and more information on Picture by Don MacMonagle REPRO FREE PHOTO FROM LISTOWEL RACES

Myself and well known broadcaster and former judge from ‘The Apprentice’ Brian Purcell pictured at the launch of the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day at Listowel Races Harvest Festival in September festival which will carry a cash prize fund of 5,750 euro for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed couple, Best headpiece and Most glamourous young racer. The annual seven day race Listowel Harvest meeting runs from Sunday Spetember 13th to Saturday 19th and more information on
Picture by Don MacMonagle

I’m delighted to be judging what is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most glamorous Ladies Day events.

McElligott’s, Tralee, in association with Honda, are the new sponsor of Ladies Day at the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival on Friday 18th of September. As Honda’s ambassador I’m delighted to be joined on the day by Kerryman and Apprentice star Brian Purcell.


This year there is a cash prize fund of €5,750, and three additional new categories, including the McElligott’s Honda Best Dressed Couple, the McElligott’s Honda Jazziest Headpiece and the Listowel Races Most Glamorous Young Racer. 

11-6-2015:THURSDAY  LAUNCH OF LISTOWEL RACES: Judges, top International model and Honda Ambassador Alison Canavan with well know broadcaster and former judge from 'The Apprentice' Brian Purcell pictured at the launch of the McElligott's Honda Ladies Day at Listowel Races Harvest Festival in September festival which will carry a cash prize fund of 5,750 euro for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed couple, Best headpiece and Most glamourous young racer. The annual seven day race Listowel Harvest meeting runs from Sunday Spetember 13th to Saturday 19th and more information on Picture by Don MacMonagle REPRO FREE PHOTO FROM LISTOWEL RACESThe winner of the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day will receive a cash prize of a cheque for €3,000. The first runner up will receive a cheque for €1,000 and second runner up a cheque for €500. In addition, Listowel Races are sponsoring a prize of €500 for the most Stylish Racer under 25 years of age, with a runner up prize of €250. The winners of the McElligott’s Honda Jazziest Headpiece will receive a cheque for €500 and the McElligott’s Honda Best Dressed Couple will win a weekend for two in Carton House.

The annual 7 day Listowel Harvest meeting runs from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th of September. For more information visit

I hope you see you there,

Ali xxx




Monday was my first time running the Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin and I have to say it was a tough one. It was a very wet and miserable day and too be honest I don’t think my poor runners will ever recover.



Its so heartwarming to see so many women running, jogging and walking in an effort to raise money for causes close to their hearts. I ran for WIMS – Walk in my Shoes which is a cause close to my heart. Tamara Downey, communications manager for St. Patricks mental health services, ran with me and I was so glad she did because I needed her support towards the end of the race!!


I was thrilled to meet Sinead Kane who was running alongside her guide John O’Regan. I recently wrote about Sinead here for the Wings for life world run which she ran with John in Brazil. She won in her category on Monday and is such an inspiration!! 



I’m still a bit sore today but every bit of pain was worth it. What a day and what an amazing atmosphere. Just look what us women can do when we pull together.. Till next year Ali xxx




The Make-A-Wish® Crystal Ball Fundraiser took place at the Doubletree by Hilton on Saturday the 16th May.I’m honored to be an ambassador for this amazing charity. The ball was a potent reminder of the inspiring work done by the foundation granting wishes to brave children battling life-threatening medical conditions all over Ireland.

The memories that make a wish create are ones that are treasured forever. These special days help families forget about the illness and hard times. On the night of the ball Norah Casey spoke about her sons friend who passed away some years ago but before he had a wish and it’s a memory that her son cherishes forever.

Special guests on the evening were the Conneely Family who were recipients of a wish. Wish mother Rosie made an emotional speech about how her family lived through Aideen’s illness myelodysplastic syndrome and the impact her child’s wish made to her entire family. Aideen’s wish was to be a Barbie Fashion designer. The video above is of Aideen’s wish and it was premiered at the event and it really shows how important the work is that make a wish do xx

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O'Dwyer

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O’Dwyer


I am delighted to be teaming up with children’s brand name it Ireland for BEST DRESSED FAMILY RACE DAY at Leopardstown Race course this Sunday 10th May.

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All children under 16 are free into racing at Leopardstown. Once inside, a host of activities is available to keep all the family entertained.

The Family Fun Marquee features a selection of free activities which include:

  • Toddler soft play area
  • Baby bouncy castles
  • Balloon making
  • Face painting
  • Magic shows and a puppet show
  • Outside the older children can enjoy a selection of large inflatables and the Wooly Ward Pet Farm.



So Giddy Up and Get down early, where I will be on hand to JUDGE the best dressed family who will WIN €1000 Voucher for name it -plus the first 50 entries on the day will get a ‪#‎goodiebag