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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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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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