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Acclaimed actor and singer to take centre stage in Killarney for Raheen National School

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ONE of Kerry's most talented thespians and an internationally renowned singer are to join forces for a special night of entertainment on February 3 to help raise funds for Raheen National School as well as to purchase a defibrillator for the local community.

Actor Donal Courtney will give a performance of God Has No Country, his one-man show on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, while former Lord of the Dance lead singer and TV voice coach Elaine Canning will also perform on the night.

The one-off fundraiser will be held at the Celtic Steps Arena, located at Killarney Racecourse, and tickets are already on sale at just €10.

Raheen National School holds a number of annual fundraisers and this year want to go one step further and hope to install a defibrillator in the local school that will be available for all of the local community.

The 42-pupil school is one of the many progressive schools in East Kerry. But like so many primary schools, it is dependent on school staff, parents council and the local community to help fundraise every year so that children get to benefit from the many school services made available.

The parents council chairman, Eugene Bowler, said: "We are so delighted to have both Donal and Elaine performing at the racecourse venue. Both are supremely talented professionals

"Our hope now is that we will pack the venue and raise funds for the school and for the defibrillator which we know will serve as a massive asset to the community and could save lives.”

God Has No Courtney has returned for an additional run at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin and the one-man show, written and performed by the Killarney actor, is a powerful telling of O'Flaherty's story and his exploits in Rome during World War 11.

Elaine Canning has performed at venues all over the world, including Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day where she was the first female soloist to sing the National Anthem in front of over 80,000.

She has also featured as the Vocal Expert on TG4 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and as Vocal Coach on The Voice Of Ireland.

Joining Elaine on the night will be the Glenflesk Male Choir, the Raheen School Choir and the Clonkeen Teen Choir.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 8pm, are just €10 and are on sale at numerous outlets or by calling 087-2339725.
 


 
Above: Killarney actor Donie Courtney as Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty performing his own play God Has No Country.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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