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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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Local DJ’s relief to be back behind the decks

By Michelle Crean It hasn’t been the easiest 19 months for most industries – and for one local man it’s pure relief to finally be getting behind the decks. DJ Cian Shiels from Pinewood, who runs Funktion Events is finally looking forward to his first gig back in almost two years. He has been booked to run […]

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By Michelle Crean

It hasn’t been the easiest 19 months for most industries – and for one local man it’s pure relief to finally be getting behind the decks.

DJ Cian Shiels from Pinewood, who runs Funktion Events is finally looking forward to his first gig back in almost two years.

He has been booked to run his own event night at this year’s K-FEST in Killorglin which takes place on Saturday (October 23).

At the K-FEST gig he will headline the show in O’Sheas Bar, Killorglin and will team up with Killarney’s George Heelan, and Jonno Brien and Karl Seery from Tralee, for a night of techno and house music which is expected to last four and a half hours. It begins at 7pm and entry is free.

“I’ve been out of work due to COVID-19, and this will be my first gig back in almost two years,” Cian told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’m nervous because it’s so long since I did a gig. It’s like starting all over again.”

Cian is no stranger in town as he helps set up the stages for gigs in the INEC and Europe Hotel. He was also working as backstage crew for the recent ANSEO gigs who hosted the first gigs for many singers and bands since the shutdown began.

He set up Funktion Events in 2017 and past guest DJs included Rebuke from Letterkenny, Mark Reeve from Germany, Ejeca from Antrim and Harvey McKay from Glasgow. The shutdown happened so suddenly, but Cian thought he’d be back to business within weeks.

“The last gig was set up in McSorleys but we didn’t go ahead with it. I left the gear in there and said we’d run it in a week or two.”

It was months later before he collected the equipment.

“It’s great to be back working again,” he said.

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Greywind announce home concert

By Michelle Crean Killarney band Greywind have announced that they will be playing their debut hometown headline show at the INEC Club early next year. Formed by siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan, Greywind have been called “The best band to come out of Kerry” by The Irish Times and have performed live at the biggest […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney band Greywind have announced that they will be playing their debut hometown headline show at the INEC Club early next year.

Formed by siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan, Greywind have been called “The best band to come out of Kerry” by The Irish Times and have performed live at the biggest festivals in the world such as Reading and Leeds Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Download Festival, Rock Am Ring in Germany and have supported The Coronas at the INEC Arena.

The brother sister duo from Ballydribbeen saw their album ‘Afterthought’ reach 2m streams on global music platform Spotify last year.

Now it’s their turn to headline their local venue and it takes place on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Talking about their upcoming INEC Club gig, lead singer Steph O’Sullivan says they’re so excited for this show.

“We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to finally play a headline show in our hometown so it’s going to be such an incredible night.”

Greywind are known for their energetic and jaw dropping live performances so this homecoming gig is sure to be a special night for Killarney so make sure you don’t miss out on tickets which are €20 and are now on sale from ticketmaster.ie and inec.ie.

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