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Global audience tunes into uplifting online concert

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By Michelle Crean

A record number of listeners from across the world turned up the volume as they tuned in for a very special concert from Killarney town on Wednesday night. Local musicians and singers decided to brighten the dark days a little by organising ‘A night of songs and music to lift the spirit’ from St Mary’s Cathedral.

And, as current restrictions meant no live audience – it didn’t deter anyone – as 4,000 enjoyed the sounds from singers Lillie and Jean Foley, pianist Noel O’Sullivan and violinist Olwyn Trant.

The evening began at 8pm with an introduction from Fr Niall Howard.

Then came a selection of songs, Noel O’Sullivan explained.

“We did a selection of chart and religious songs,” he told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).
“Lilly sang ‘La Vie a Rose’ channelling her inner Edith Piaf, Olwyn played a melody from ‘The Greatest Showman’. The girls sang some lively numbers and ‘Mise Éire‘.”

The singers finished with ‘Pie Jesu‘ and Noel read Brendan Kennelly’s poem ‘Begin Again’.

“The concert was streamed via two separate feeds. The parish webcam counted 2,600 views and on Facebook, which was managed by Rachel Foley, we had 1,500 with people from all over Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and England.”

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Legendary reggae stars confirm Killarney gig

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One of the world’s greatest reggae bands have confirmed that they will play in the INEC Arena next November. Chart toppers UB40, this week released details of their 2021 ‘Bigga Baggariddim Tour’ across 24 different venues in Ireland and the UK.

Best known for 1980s and 1990s hits like ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘I Got You Babe’, the Birmingham-based band will be on their second visit to Killarney having previously played at the Gleneagle in 2009.

“We just can’t wait to feel the vibe and love of a live crowd, dancing and singing, moving and a grooving. That’s what we live for,” said the band’s guitarist and vocalist Robin Campbell.

Tickets are on sale via www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

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