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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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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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