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Four Killarney nurses complete Ring of London charity cycle

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By Sean Moriarty

Four London-based Killarney nurses have completed a 130km cycle around the city to raise funds for a new bus for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort.

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FINISH LINE: At the finish line in Finsbury Park Elaine O'Donoghue Michelle Fleming Linda Daly and Aisling O'Donoghue

Outside the Swan (a well-known Irish bar) in Stockwell Linda Daly Aisling O'Donogue Elaine O'Donoghue and Michelle Fleming l

The four, Michelle Fleming and twins Aisling and Elaine O’Donoghue from Dalton’s Avenue and Linda Daly from Mangerton intended on returning home for the annual Ring of Kerry Cycle but pandemic restrictions mean the event is cancelled and they cannot travel anyway.

This year’s Ring of Kerry Cycle is being promoted as a virtual event with the tagline ‘Anytime -Anywhere.’

Michelle had the idea to do a Ring of London and on Monday of this week the four cycled from their Finsbury Park homes to some of the best know sites in the British capital.

They visited iconic sites like the Olympic Stadium in East London, Epping Forest in North London, Richmond Part to the west of the city and Woolwich on the southern banks of the River Thames.

They also visited the ExCel Centre in London’s docklands, the entertainment venue was famously converted into a Nightingale Hospital during the peak of the pandemic.

There journey took them to Wimbledon and within a stone-throw of Wembley Stadium.

The journey was not without drama either, heavy rain, punctures and London’s traffic all added to the challenge.

“You would think London is flat but there are a lot of hills with long drags and we were not expecting that,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser. “Three of us have completed the Ring of Kerry a few times and Elaine was always saying she wanted to do it. I came up with the idea of the Ring of London and the girls went for it.”

Donations can made via
https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11405041_rok--ring-of-london-2021.html

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Jon Kenny to star in hilarious comedy in the INEC

Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B. Keane’s hilarious dramatic comedy The Matchmaker is coming to the INEC next month.  The play opened in Spirit in January 2001 starring Anna Managhan and Des Keogh. […]

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Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B. Keane’s hilarious dramatic comedy The Matchmaker is coming to the INEC next month. 

The play opened in Spirit in January 2001 starring Anna Managhan and Des Keogh. The production went on to tour Ireland, sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival, become a video and DVD with Sony, a BBC Radio Series, and play ‘off Broadway’.

Many of Ireland’s leading actors have joined the production over the years, including, Mary McEvoy, Ann Charleston (Madge in Neighbours), Geraldine Plunkett, Des Nealon and the late Mick Lally, one of our most loved actors.

Now for its 21st year, one of Ireland’s leading dramatic actresses Norma Sheahan joins Jon Kenny, who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt, in this iconic production at the Gleneagle INEC Arena on September 18. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Norma Sheahan loved by audiences from her roles in The Clinic, Bridget and Eamon and Moone Boy, is the only other actress apart from Vanessa Redgrave to have sold out the Gaiety Theatre in a one woman show (not once, but twice) in her role as Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine which has just completed an enormously successful national tour. The production is directed by Michael Scott.

Tickets from €27.90 are on sale now from www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. 

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Morrissey announces Killarney gig

British singer-songwriter Morrissey has announced a show in Killarney on Saturday September 24 – his only Irish date this year – as part of his major UK and Ireland tour. Morrissey has […]

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British singer-songwriter Morrissey has announced a show in Killarney on Saturday September 24 – his only Irish date this year – as part of his major UK and Ireland tour.

Morrissey has enjoyed 16 albums in the UK Top 10, plus nine Top 10 albums with his former group The Smiths, of which Morrissey was a founder member.

In the US, Morrissey has had two Top 10 albums, and eight Top 20 albums. In 1991, Morrissey broke The Beatles record for selling out the Hollywood Bowl, and in 2006 was voted the second Greatest Living British Icon as voted by viewers of BBC Television, with Sir David Attenborough first and Sir Paul McCartney third.

In 2007, Morrissey was voted The Greatest Northern Male in a nationwide newspaper poll.

In 2012, he was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel Aviv and in 2013, Penguin Classics published Morrissey Autobiography which became the second fastest selling autobiography in British history. The book spent six weeks at number one, five weeks at number two, four weeks at number three, and is a continuing British best seller.

Morrissey’s songs have been covered by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, the Killers, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, My Chemical Romance, Thelma Houston, Christy Moore, amongst many others.

Morrissey was the singer and lyricist of The Smiths for six years and has been a successful solo artist for 35 years. In 1994 his album ‘Your Arsenal’ was Grammy nominated. Born in Manchester, England, Morrissey is of Irish parents and, specifically, Dublin lineage.

Tickets for the INEC, Killarney are priced from €48.05 (including booking fee) and go on sale this Thursday at 9.30am from www.ticketmaster.ie.

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