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Aoibhe is dreaming of a white Christmas

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By Michelle Crean

 

A 19-year-old who is currently living and working in Killarney is dreaming of a white Christmas and has recorded a version of the popular song. Aoibhe O’Connor, who a third year student studying primary teaching in Mary Immaculate College works in The Killarney Park Hotel at the weekends recorded 'White Christmas' in Little Dylan Studios, Faha with producer Brendan O’Connor.

 

She explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week that she wanted to record an upbeat, fun version of this well-known Christmas classic which she feels they captured in the studio in order to lift peoples' spirits in the current climate.

"Shooting the video in Killarney was the most obvious place to do this with its beautiful lights and festive atmosphere," Aoibhe said.

"I really enjoyed working with Lucas Machowski, who is not only professional but fun and easy to work with. Deck the Halls features in the opening of the video which has now become part of Killarney’s Christmas tradition and I’d like to thank Liam O’Rourke and Tom Lucey for their co-operation."

From a very young age Aoibhe has been interested in music and performance.

"I attended Fiona Crowley’s Stage School from the age of five and had vocal training with Nicola and Gavan Ring for two years in Cahersiveen. Since then I have performed in various musicals both in school and with the Killarney Musical Society. I have had the opportunity to sing backing vocals for local musicians such as Tom Lucey, Michael Cunningham as well as Tracey and Ashley Kerins. I am currently available for wedding ceremonies and I am extremely lucky to have lots of bookings for 2021."

Aoibhe has also released a version of 'The West’s Awake' which is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.

"My video for 'White Christmas' is available to view on my social media platforms on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram."

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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