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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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The Coronas announce Killarney gig

It’s not Christmas in Killarney without The Coronas making an appearance at the Gleneagle INEC Arena and they return for what has become an annual gig on December 28. Following on from 18 months of an enforced break from live shows and dealing with an unfortunate band-name given the pandemic, they persevered and released their […]

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It’s not Christmas in Killarney without The Coronas making an appearance at the Gleneagle INEC Arena and they return for what has become an annual gig on December 28.

Following on from 18 months of an enforced break from live shows and dealing with an unfortunate band-name given the pandemic, they persevered and released their new album in August 2020.

‘True Love Waits’ was an instant success and secured the No. 1 spot in the Irish charts beating Taylor Swift and Fontaines DC. The album also became the fastest selling Irish album of 2020.

The three-piece band, Danny O’Reilly, Graham Knox, and Conor Egan from Dublin, have released five studio albums and are renowned as one of the best live Irish acts and have become an integral part of the Christmas line-up in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, Killarney.

Tickets from €35.50 for their Gleneagle INEC Arena gig went on sale on Thursday from www.inec.ie.

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Man finds ancient shark teeth!

A hurricane left a parting gift for one beach walker – a 10cm long fossilized megalodon tooth. Millions of years-old and 21m in length with razor-sharp 17cm fangs, the prehistoric shark had the greatest biting power of any known animal to ever wander or swim the Earth, which was quite the spectacle in its time. “It’s something […]

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A hurricane left a parting gift for one beach walker – a 10cm long fossilized megalodon tooth.

Millions of years-old and 21m in length with razor-sharp 17cm fangs, the prehistoric shark had the greatest biting power of any known animal to ever wander or swim the Earth, which was quite the spectacle in its time.

“It’s something so ancient,” Jacob Danner, who made the discovery, said. “You pick up something that’s millions of years old from a creature on the planet, and it takes you back to that childlike fascination of dinosaurs and all the mysteries that are only hinted at when we read about them.”

An avid collector and historian, Danner refers to himself more as a hobbyist than an expert. In his most fruitful venture, he said he once found 33 different shark teeth in a two-hour period. However, prior to this summer, he had never come across a megalodon tooth since moving to the coastal area last January.

But even more incredible than his megalodon find? It was his second such discovery in less than a month.
Just three weeks earlier, Danner had found his first-ever megalodon tooth, a long-awaited uncovering that he said almost made him feel guilty.

“The first one that I found, I think it was like June 17 or 18, I just froze and looked around like I was walking on the sidewalk and came across a $100 bill,” he said. “There’s part of it that’s a surprise and another part of it that feels guilty, not sure how to feel. I looked and was just holding it, turning it in my hands.”

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