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Bach and Handel to take centre stage in Friary

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IT CELEBRATED its landmark 150th anniversary recently and the Franciscan Friary will be the venue for another milestone this week when it stages the historic first performance in Kerry of excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah will also be included in the concert, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 20, at 8pm.

The Christmas Oratorio comprises six shorter works each of which was originally intended to be performed in churches in Leipzig on a different day during the Christmas season in 1734.

As for Handel's Messiah, it was composed in Ireland. “Handel was invited to Dublin, the British empire’s second city at that time, by the Lord Lieutenant to give a series of concerts,” said conductor Aidan O’Carroll. “While in Dublin he set about writing the Messiah in the form of an oratorio – an un-staged opera.”

Legend has it that the work was written in a fever of invention in a mere 19 days. Its premiere was on April 13, 1742, in Neil’s Music Hall, Fishamble Lane, Dublin, close to Christ Church. Its success was immediate. Due to public demand for tickets a large number of extra performances had to be arranged.

Gentlemen were requested in the broadsheets of the time to “leave off their swords” and ladies their hoops so that the maximum number of places might be created.

Soloists Aisling O’Carroll, Sarah-Ellen Murphy, Ryan Morgan and Cormac Lawlor will be joined by the Kerry Chamber Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Aidan O’Carroll.

To encourage younger people to attend, children go free accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the Friary office 064-6631334 or from Kerry School of Music on 066-7120077.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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