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Talented Killarney man in final of international song competition

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TALENT: Killarney's Cathal Flaherty has had his song ‘A Thousand Miles’ make it to the final of an international song competition. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Killarney’s own talented singer/songwriter Cathal Flaherty is the only Irish person to make it to the final of the International Song Writing Competition – beating off almost 19,000 entries.

The 25 year-old, who is known throughout the town for his musical talents, has had his song ‘A Thousand Miles’ whittled down to the final 14.

However, it’ll be next month before Cathal knows if he has won the €25,000 prize and a chance to record an EP in Nashville, the music capital of America.

And he’s also elated this week as his catchy tune has been receiving national air time thanks to RTE 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott. It’s also getting some time on the air waves on Radio Kerry, where Cathal works, as well as RTE Radio 1 Today FM and Spin South West and others.

The song was recorded in 2017 at a studio in Faha owned by Brendan O’Connor from Truly Diverse, Cathal explained.

“I forgot I entered it until I saw an email in my spam folder,” Cathal told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I’m surprised I got this far but I knew it would do well. Celebrity judges in this year’s competition include The Script, Tom Waits, Adam Lambert and Bastille who won the competition a few years ago.”

Cathal, who released an EP in May last year in the Acoustic Club in the INEC, saw it reach huge success as it went to number two in the Irish iTunes pop charts and number five in the overall iTunes album charts.

He has also supported Tears for Fears, Little Hours and Mikey Joe Harte.
And apart from the overall prize, Cathal also has a chance to win other prizes in the competition. You can vote once a day for the 'Peoples Voice' award for the International Songwriting Competition. Just click https://songwritingcompetition.com/peoplesvoice~category-2 to vote for Cathal.

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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