Connect with us


Barraduff rower qualifies for World Rowing Championships



WORLD CHAMPS: Rhiannon O'Donoghue from Barraduff and her coach Mike Fleming, both members of Killorglin Rowing Club, ahead of their departure to Japan for the World Rowing Junior Championships.


A Barraduff girl has been selected to represent Ireland in the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan next week.

Rhiannon O’Donoghue, a member of the Killorglin Rowing Club, has secured a place in the Women’s Double Sculls for the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan taking place from August 7-11.

Rhiannon will team up with Molly Curry from Coleraine, another outstanding junior rower – as the only female rowers representing Ireland.

Rhiannonis the daughter of Donal O’Donoghue, Barraduff and Vicky Dando and the granddaughter of the well-known Barraduff shopkeeper the late Tadg O’Donoghue.

A student in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Rhiannon, has been offered full scholarships to several universities in the USA, but has chosen to stay in Kerry so that she can continue to represent Killorglin Rowing Club and Ireland.

Rhiannon has been rowing with Killorglin Rowing Club for over six years and during this time she has represented her club and her country in a number of events including the Home International Regatta and the Coupe de la Jeunesse. She has also won numerous indoor and outdoor rowing events in Ireland.

“Killorglin Rowing Club and especially my coach Mike Fleming have been brilliant to me,” Rhiannon said. “He has put in long hours in all types of weather to get me to the World Championship.”

However, like many female athletes, she is receiving no financial support from Sports Ireland and must self-fund her participation in the World Championship. O’Donoghue’s Barraduff and Mizen Archaeology are her main sponsors while she has also received support from a number of other businesses throughout the county.

“It would be impossible for me to attend the World Championship without the sponsorship, so I am hoping to bring back a medal to make them all proud,” she added.

Barraduff is clearly proud of their local girl with good luck posters throughout the village and a send-off was hosted last Saturday to show their support. Her father, Donal O’Donoghue, will travel to Tokyo to support her.








Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

Continue Reading


The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


  • 14 (329 kB)
Continue Reading

Last News