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The discovery of a mud-caked glass bottle on the beach by a nine-year-old girl turned out to in fact be a 37-year-old message in a bottle. 

From Japan and beause it had been in the water for almost four decades - it made its way to where the child was enjoying a a family day out in a Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Abbie Graham, of Keaau, and her parents Angie and John Graham said they were initially sceptical that the object was anything other than litter.

"I thought it was trash, and she thought it was treasure," John Graham told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

The family took the bottle with them, and they eventually discovered Abbie's suspicions that they had discovered a message in a bottle were correct.

"A couple days later we opened it up, and it was from Japan," Abbie recalled.

The note inside the bottle was authored by the Chiba Prefectural Choshi High School Natural Science Club in Japan. The message was printed in English, Spanish and Japanese.

"This bottle was thrown into the sea off the coast of Choshi, Japan, in July 1984," the note read.

In the letter the finder was asked to get into contact with the club with information including the coordinates where the bottle was discovered. It said the bottle was part of an "ocean current investigation".

The family said they have not yet been able to get into contact with the authors of the message.

"We looked online, but the website is all in Japanese, so we couldn't read anything," John Graham said. "So we figured we'd just maybe laminate it and send it back to the school at the address they gave us. We figure the people who sent it have got to be 50/55 years-old by now."

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Local DJ’s relief to be back behind the decks

By Michelle Crean It hasn’t been the easiest 19 months for most industries – and for one local man it’s pure relief to finally be getting behind the decks. DJ Cian Shiels from Pinewood, who runs Funktion Events is finally looking forward to his first gig back in almost two years. He has been booked to run […]

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By Michelle Crean

It hasn’t been the easiest 19 months for most industries – and for one local man it’s pure relief to finally be getting behind the decks.

DJ Cian Shiels from Pinewood, who runs Funktion Events is finally looking forward to his first gig back in almost two years.

He has been booked to run his own event night at this year’s K-FEST in Killorglin which takes place on Saturday (October 23).

At the K-FEST gig he will headline the show in O’Sheas Bar, Killorglin and will team up with Killarney’s George Heelan, and Jonno Brien and Karl Seery from Tralee, for a night of techno and house music which is expected to last four and a half hours. It begins at 7pm and entry is free.

“I’ve been out of work due to COVID-19, and this will be my first gig back in almost two years,” Cian told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’m nervous because it’s so long since I did a gig. It’s like starting all over again.”

Cian is no stranger in town as he helps set up the stages for gigs in the INEC and Europe Hotel. He was also working as backstage crew for the recent ANSEO gigs who hosted the first gigs for many singers and bands since the shutdown began.

He set up Funktion Events in 2017 and past guest DJs included Rebuke from Letterkenny, Mark Reeve from Germany, Ejeca from Antrim and Harvey McKay from Glasgow. The shutdown happened so suddenly, but Cian thought he’d be back to business within weeks.

“The last gig was set up in McSorleys but we didn’t go ahead with it. I left the gear in there and said we’d run it in a week or two.”

It was months later before he collected the equipment.

“It’s great to be back working again,” he said.

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Greywind announce home concert

By Michelle Crean Killarney band Greywind have announced that they will be playing their debut hometown headline show at the INEC Club early next year. Formed by siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan, Greywind have been called “The best band to come out of Kerry” by The Irish Times and have performed live at the biggest […]

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Killarney band Greywind have announced that they will be playing their debut hometown headline show at the INEC Club early next year.

Formed by siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan, Greywind have been called “The best band to come out of Kerry” by The Irish Times and have performed live at the biggest festivals in the world such as Reading and Leeds Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Download Festival, Rock Am Ring in Germany and have supported The Coronas at the INEC Arena.

The brother sister duo from Ballydribbeen saw their album ‘Afterthought’ reach 2m streams on global music platform Spotify last year.

Now it’s their turn to headline their local venue and it takes place on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Talking about their upcoming INEC Club gig, lead singer Steph O’Sullivan says they’re so excited for this show.

“We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to finally play a headline show in our hometown so it’s going to be such an incredible night.”

Greywind are known for their energetic and jaw dropping live performances so this homecoming gig is sure to be a special night for Killarney so make sure you don’t miss out on tickets which are €20 and are now on sale from ticketmaster.ie and inec.ie.

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