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Ukrainians preparing to welcome guests for Easter

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When a local charity offered to bring sweets and gifts for Easter, the Ukrainians staying in the Innisfallen Hotel decided the best way they could thank them was with a concert.

DOLLS: Fedorchuk Milana Brindyna Milana and Innesa Kyrenko are preparing traditional talismans - motanka dolls and other souvenirs as a thank you to volunteers who are dropping Easter treats.

CRAFTING: The motanka dolls are one of the most ancient handmade items in Ukrainian households.

'Consider it Cakes' is a nationwide charity who have a group of volunteers living around Killarney who bake for free and will deliver the treats to the women and children.

Some of the Ukrainians are talented musicians and using a synthesizer and guitars that they have are now putting the final touches to their concert.

The women have already started rehearsals and are preparing a small concert and plan to perform both traditional Ukrainian and modern Ukrainian songs.

"We will perform the ancient military march of the Ukrainian insurgents 'Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow', which is sung by all Ukrainians today to raise the fighting spirit," said Victoria Volkova, a music teacher and one of the organisers of the concert.

Legendary musician Pink Floyd recently played ''Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow' together with the Ukrainian musician, Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who is currently fighting in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This song, which can be viewed on YouTube: Pink Floyd - Hey, Hey, Rise Up (feat Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox), became famous all over the world.

Women with children are already preparing traditional talismans - motanka dolls and other souvenirs.

"We can unite with the local community in the context of culture and tradition. We can get to know each other better through our songs and traditions,” Victoria added.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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