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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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Lots of laughs at Courtneys

There promises to be a lot of laughs in Courtney’s Bar next Thursday (October 27) with comedian Colum McDonnell’s live show. The Dundalk native has appeared in RTÉ’s ‘The Savage […]

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There promises to be a lot of laughs in Courtney’s Bar next Thursday (October 27) with comedian Colum McDonnell’s live show.

The Dundalk native has appeared in RTÉ’s ‘The Savage Eye’ and ‘Bridget and Eamon’ as hapless friend ‘Fierce Handy Frank’. He also headlines festivals.

The comedian and actor is best known for his television appearances and writing credits on the IFTA nominated satirical RTÉ sketch show ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’.

His comedy festival appearances include the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival.

Colum has been described as having ‘the intelligence of Arsene Wenger, the looks of Che Guevara and the accent of Jim Corr’.

Doors open at 8.30pm on the night.

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Sisters are back in the habit for heavenly musical

Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena from January 31 to February 4 as ‘Sister Act – the Musical’ promises a Heavenly experience. Don’t […]

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Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena from January 31 to February 4 as ‘Sister Act – the Musical’ promises a Heavenly experience.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical ‘Sister Act’ direct from London.

All your prayers have been answered with a stunning cast including West End sensation and Hairspray star Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale and Waitress legend Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run!

Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Featuring original music by Tony® and eight-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting in equal measures. A musical sent from above, Sister Act is the brilliant, must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul time after time.

Early bird tickets (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday shows only) on sale now from €34 (running until October 14) available from www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

Early Bird offer (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday shows) from €34.
Stage & Stalls (Friday and Saturday and all shows after early bird) from €48.65
Balcony, Upper Balcony, Side Balconies from €44.05 (Friday and Saturday and all shows after early bird)
Family of four from €156.20
OAPs and Students – from €36.50 (all shows).

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