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By Michelle Crean

They say "a dog is man's best friend" and for one Kilcummin man nothing could be more true as they compete this Sunday on one of the UK's most popular weekly factual TV programmes.

TV APPEARANCE: Tom with his two daughters Aoibhe and Kayleigh and his wife Mairead pictured on set for the BBC1 Countryfile programme.

FAME: Tom's sheepdog 'North Hill Tess' is reaching new levels of fame as she will appear on BBC 1's Countryfile this Sunday.

Countryfile, which pulls in six million viewers a week will feature Tom O’Sullivan and his beloved award winning sheepdog 'North Hill Tess'.

After winning the International Supreme Championship last year - they were invited to take part in the prestigious BBC1 'One Man and His Dog' show.

However, he's not revealing the outcome of the TV trials just yet, saying viewers will have to tune in this Sunday when the programme airs on BBC1 at 4.45pm.

"I haven’t competed on this programme before, the prize is 'One Man and His Dog Champion 2022' and a trophy will be presented on the show on Sunday night," Tom, who has travelled all over Ireland and the UK with his dog, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I compete in sheepdog trials and after our success at last year's 2021 International Supreme Championships in Wales we were invited to compete in this year's televised sheepdog trial competition on 'One Man and His Dog'. I will be competing with the 2021 International Supreme Champion, 'North Hill Tess'."

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The competition was recorded on the farm of Ceri and Phil Rundle, Bodfari, North Wales last month with top sheepdog trial handlers competing from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

"We are very proud to be representing our country in this prestigious event," he added.

“'One Man and His Dog' began in 1976 and is the TV programme/competition that everyone associates with sheepdog trialling. It brings the skill and brilliance of the border collie to everyone’s attention from the '70s to current times."

After last year's win he said he was honoured to be asked to compete in this year's event and represent Ireland with 'North Hill Tess'.

"We had a great few days in Wales with the family and friends at the recording of the event. 'North Hill Tess' is a brilliant dog and she has taken myself and my family all over Ireland and the UK competing at the highest level over the past number of years. We are delighted to be appearing on this year's 'One Man and His Dog' programme and hope to be able to bring the trophy back to Ireland.”

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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