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.
Gleneagle turns Inside Out to facilitate outdoor gigs
The Gleneagle INEC Arena has this evening (Friday) announced a series of live outdoor gigs scheduled to take place throughout August and tickets are on sale now. Artists lined up for the aptly titled ‘Inside Out’ gigs include the up-and-coming Lyra, Saint Sister, Jyellowl and Kerry Rising, featuring Cathal Flaherty, Seamus Harty, Lorraine Nash and […]
The Gleneagle INEC Arena has this evening (Friday) announced a series of live outdoor gigs scheduled to take place throughout August and tickets are on sale now.
Artists lined up for the aptly titled ‘Inside Out’ gigs include the up-and-coming Lyra, Saint Sister, Jyellowl and Kerry Rising, featuring Cathal Flaherty, Seamus Harty, Lorraine Nash and Colin Andrew, each playing under the Future Sounds billing. Ham Sandwich, Aslan, Ryan Sheridan, The Blizzards, The High Kings, Damian Dempsey and Paddy Casey all make a welcome return to the Killarney venue under the Signature Acts billing. While country music stalwarts Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady and Chantalle Padden, Cliona Hagan and Take It To The Limit round out the line-up of gigs which kick off on Sunday, August 1.
The concerts will take place on a specially constructed outdoor stage located on grounds adjacent to the Gleneagle INEC Arena. In line with Government guidelines, 200 tickets will be available per gig sold in pods of six.
The series of gigs is being funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS).
“We’ve had to really think outside the box in order to make a safe return to live music performance and help get our colleagues in the live entertainment sector back to work,” Mark Egan, Director of Gleneagle INEC Arena, said.
“These gigs would not be financially viable under normal circumstances, but thanks to the LPSS scheme we now have 20 live acts lined up to play to intimate audiences of just 200 people per gig.”
The Live Performance Support Scheme was introduced to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters plan live performances across the country over the summer months, with a total of 237 organisations benefiting from the scheme.
The main objective of this scheme is to provide significant employment and well-being opportunities across the live entertainment sector as well as supporting the generation of high-quality artistic output for the general public.
The ‘Inside Out’ gigs are subject to Government guidelines, which currently allow for 200 hundred people to attend outdoor events. Tickets will be sold in pods of six and are non-transferable. Each pod will be allocated a specific arrival time and a pre-allocated, socially distanced table. Face masks are required when arriving at and vacating the venue. Gates will open at 7pm to allow for staggered arrival times and the concert will begin at 8.15pm. Each pod must arrive together at their allocated time. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
In order to facilitate contract tracing contact details for all attendees will be collected and all attendees will be required to have their smartphone switched on and the HSE COVID App installed. Customers are asked not to attend the concert if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. In this scenario, tickets will be fully refundable.
Sunday, August 1 Ham Sandwich Signature Show
Monday, August 2 Lyra Future Sounds
Thursday, August 5 Saint Sister Future Sounds
Friday, August 6 Derek Ryan Gleneagle Country
Saturday, August 7 Derek Ryan Gleneagle Country
Wednesday, August 11 Mike Denver Gleneagle Country
Thursday, August 12 Aslan Signature Show
Friday, August 13 Ryan Sheridan Signature Show
Tuesday, August 17 Johnny Brady & Chantalle Padden Gleneagle Country
Wednesday, August 18 Cliona Hagan Gleneagle Country
Thursday, August 19 Take it to the Limit Gleneagle Country
Friday, August 20 Jyellowl Future Sounds
Saturday, August 21 The High Kings Signature Show
Sunday, August 22 The High Kings Signature Show
Wednesday, August 25 Kerry Rising Future Sounds
Thursday, August 26 Damian Dempsey Signature Show
Friday, August 27 The Blizzards Signature Show
Saturday, August 28 Paddy Casey Signature Show
Four Killarney nurses complete Ring of London charity cycle
By Sean Moriarty Four London-based Killarney nurses have completed a 130km cycle around the city to raise funds for a new bus for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort. The four, Michelle Fleming and twins Aisling and Elaine O’Donoghue from Dalton’s Avenue and Linda Daly from Mangerton intended on returning home for the annual Ring […]
By Sean Moriarty
Four London-based Killarney nurses have completed a 130km cycle around the city to raise funds for a new bus for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort.
The four, Michelle Fleming and twins Aisling and Elaine O’Donoghue from Dalton’s Avenue and Linda Daly from Mangerton intended on returning home for the annual Ring of Kerry Cycle but pandemic restrictions mean the event is cancelled and they cannot travel anyway.
This year’s Ring of Kerry Cycle is being promoted as a virtual event with the tagline ‘Anytime -Anywhere.’
Michelle had the idea to do a Ring of London and on Monday of this week the four cycled from their Finsbury Park homes to some of the best know sites in the British capital.
They visited iconic sites like the Olympic Stadium in East London, Epping Forest in North London, Richmond Part to the west of the city and Woolwich on the southern banks of the River Thames.
They also visited the ExCel Centre in London’s docklands, the entertainment venue was famously converted into a Nightingale Hospital during the peak of the pandemic.
There journey took them to Wimbledon and within a stone-throw of Wembley Stadium.
The journey was not without drama either, heavy rain, punctures and London’s traffic all added to the challenge.
“You would think London is flat but there are a lot of hills with long drags and we were not expecting that,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser. “Three of us have completed the Ring of Kerry a few times and Elaine was always saying she wanted to do it. I came up with the idea of the Ring of London and the girls went for it.”
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