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Ballyhar singer/songwriter to launch new album

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This week journalist with the Killarney Advertiser Sean Moriarty is 'In Conversation' with Killarney singer-songwriter Karrie O’Sullivan who will release her new album ‘Home Thoughts’ this week.

Killarney singer-songwriter Karrie O’Sullivan will release her new album ‘Home Thoughts’ this week after being inspired by the success of her social media gigs during lockdown.

At that time she worked with her producer and guitarist Jimmy Smyth on a series of covers by stars like Rod Stewart and Elton John which were broadcast on her social media channels. The online experiment was so successful that they reached over 250,000 people, so they decided to go all out and record an album.

“[The social media] performance alleviated people from their boredom during lockdown,” Karrie told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am forever grateful to those who tuned in, shared and liked as they provided the inspiration to release the album. From that point it has already been a success.”

However, recording an album in these socially challenging times is not easy with safely guidelines to follow as two artists go into a small recording studio to work together.

Each song was recorded remotely, with Karrie recording on her iPhone in Ballyhar and Jimmy with his guitar and banjo in his studio in Dublin.

“The iPhone is known for its quality microphone,” she said. “The sound engineer was able to tell me the make and model of my phone.”

'Home Thoughts', which will be on released this Friday (August 28), will feature new versions of classic songs such as David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ and James Taylor’s ‘Carolina in My Mind’.

“The Facebook music helped people all over the world when they were at home bored,” she added. "'Life on Mars’ had over 120k views, and one lady contacted me from New York. It was played at her friend’s funeral after her friend specifically asked for my cover.”

In the past Karrie has had three top five singles in Ireland, she has toured with the likes of Declan O'Rourke, Mick Flannery, Mary Coughlan and Rumer.

Indeed Flannery is her nephew, the son of her late sister Elaine.

Coughlan recorded one of Karrie’s self-penned songs ‘Elbow Deep’, while fellow musician Sharon Shannon has called her the Irish Joni Mitchell.

“That was a great compliment from Sharon. You would have to ask her why she said that," Karrie added. “I am a huge Joni Mitchell fan and Sharon asked me to sing one her songs one night and that is where that came from.”

She is also working with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. They liked her version of ‘Life on Mars’ and that is set to be released as a single in the coming weeks.

“There are talks of a potential show too,” she added. “But everything is loop-the-loop still.”

She also trains horses.

“I break horses,” she explained. “I have competed in showjumping and still break racehorses on our family farms in Ballyhar and Castleisland.”

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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