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There's hardly a person who doesn't know of the legendary 'Wizard of Oz' film - but did you know that Judy Garland's iconic dress from the film was missing for almost 50 years - until now!

The iconic blue gingham dress worn by Garland in the film was donated to a university drama department - but mysteriously vanished in to thin air.

However, a discovery was accidently made when workers were clearing out a section at the Catholic University of America (CUA) which is undergoing renovations.

The dress had been gifted to Rev. Gilbert Hartke by actress Mercedes McCambridge in 1972 when he was then Head of the drama department.

Lecturer Matt Ripa stumbled across the costume while cleaning up after spotting a bag containing the blue-and-white dress.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ripa said. “I have found many interesting things during my time at CUA, but I think this one takes the cake.”

The university will keep the dress in its archives.

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Angelic voices to take to local stage

Grammy nominated global music sensation Celtic Woman will be performing locally with a brand-new show next week.  Following a four-month tour of North America this Spring/Summer, Celtic Woman bring their ‘Postcards […]

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Grammy nominated global music sensation Celtic Woman will be performing locally with a brand-new show next week. 

Following a four-month tour of North America this Spring/Summer, Celtic Woman bring their ‘Postcards From Ireland’ show home for three dates in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, on August 18, 19 and 20.

This is a welcome return to Kerry for Celtic Woman, who filmed two videos for their ‘Postcards From Ireland’ DVD/TV special last year at Muckross Abbey and Inch Beach.

During its 17-year legacy Celtic Women has had over two billion global combined streams, had a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album, sold four million concert tickets, had 10 million global album equivalent sales – went Platinum in nine countries, had 12 consecutive Billboard number ones and was 6 time Billboard World Music Artist. They’ve also have over 850k Facebook followers, over 70k Instagram likes and over 700k YouTube subscribers.

‘Postcards from Ireland’ celebrates the rich musical and cultural heritage of Ireland; taking audiences on a journey of story and song from across the Emerald Isle.

This stunning show features Celtic Woman performing their greatest hits plus brand-new songs from their ‘Postcards From Ireland’ album, DVD and TV special.

Embrace an evening of angelic voices, breath-taking harmonies and instrumental virtuosity, transporting you from your theatre seat through the lush landscapes of Ireland.

Celtic Woman’s fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft celebrates Ireland’s ancient heritage while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland.

With Irish dancers, bagpipers and an array of traditional Irish instruments – including the bodhrán, tin whistle and uilleann pipes – this dynamic and multi-talented group has captivated audiences all around the world.

Tickets from €33.20 are on sale now and available from www.inec.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Feast of free trad music concerts continue 

By Michelle Crean  The free Spraoi Chiarraí concerts continue in Killarney with the next one planned tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm, Killarney House & Gardens. So far the talented youth who perform Irish folk […]

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By Michelle Crean 

The free Spraoi Chiarraí concerts continue in Killarney with the next one planned tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm, Killarney House & Gardens.

So far the talented youth who perform Irish folk and traditional music, song and dance, storytelling, mentorship, and performance have entertained locals are tourists alike with the final summer date taking place on August 27 at St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

They also have had great success over the last 17 summers.

Breda Kelliher, Fossa (Concertina) and Bríd O’Sé Farranfore (Accordion) will feature with storyteller Pa Sugrue and Irish dancers.

This feast of young Irish Folk talent is joined by Tim O’Shea Director/Producer, himself a professional folk musician for decades.

“Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Kerry Council Council Arts Office Arts Act and Community Support Funds, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce who made it possible and offer increased support and promotion, Kerry Gems Publishing (Advert Sponsor),” Tim O’Shea said.

“The concerts feature Fiddle, Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute and Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Vocals as well as Irish dancing and Irish storytelling outdoor only. This year the group have also performed again at Puck Fair. All shows are free so come along, families welcome.”

Contact Tim on 087 2814550 for further information for free. 

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