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Fuaimeanna Shliabh Luachra in action in the National Concert Hall.

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EIGHT pals that joined forces through their love of music have been hitting all the right notes of late. Fuaimeanna Shliabh Luachra, which translates as Sounds of Sliabh Luachra, is a group of friends that came together with an interest in traditional music and singing.
The talented performers scooped second prize at the Siansa Gael Linn 2016 final in April, raising the roof of the National Concert Hall on Sunday, April 17. This week, television viewers got to see them in action on TG4 on Monday.
The group was chosen as one of the eight finalists from an initial entry of 50 groups in November last – a fantastic achievement for the musicians as it was their first time to have participated in this prestigious competition
Fuaimeanna Shliabh Luachra is mentored by Mary O’Connor. Four of the group are from Kilcummin (Niamh McSweeney, Aisling O'Connor, Dean Griffin and Steven O'Leary), two of the group are from Fossa (Seán Kelliher and Cian O'Sullivan), and two are from Currow (Eimear Horgan and Thomas Barrett). “It was a very satisfying result for the group who had to combine rehearsals with their study and particularly as three members are due to sit their Leaving Cert in a few weeks’ time,” said Mary. “Tributes must go to their trainers Conor Moriarty who arranged the music, and Roisin Ryan and Cathal Flood who also mentored the group. The group is also grateful for the support of their parents. Well done to Fuaimeanna Shliabh Luachra.”
The unique Siansa combination of competition and performance had kept a 1,000 audience enthralled during the evening while many more listened to the live broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, presented by Áine Hensey. Siansa Gael Linn challenges young musicians to be innovative and creative with traditional music and song, while at the same time appreciating the valuable heritage handed down to them. Another important element is that every aspect of the competition is organised through Irish.
Adjudicating at the final were renowned traditional musicians Dónal O’Connor, Declan Masterson and Killarney native Niamh Ní Charra, who were particularly impressed with the selection of music and song presented by the accomplished musicians and singers of Kilcummin. First prize went to the group ‘Círéib’ from Dublin, with ‘Gluaiseacht’ from West Cork coming in third place.
 


 
Pictured above, Fuaimeanna Shliabh Luachra in action in the National Concert Hall.

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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