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Birthday celebrations in Killarney for former Bond girl

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By Michelle Crean

There was no better place for Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour to celebrate her birthday - as she partied in Killarney on Friday.

SING-SONG: Jane Seymour with the talented Noel O'Sullivan in Hilliards where they had a sing-song together on Friday evening.

The 71-year-old actress - best known for her 1990s American TV series 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman' - stayed in the Randles Hotel and celebrated in Hillianrds ahead of her birthday which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday).

"Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) and Randles Hotel Killarney were delighted to host English actress, OBE, Jane Seymour, as she was celebrating her birthday weekend in Killarney on Friday night," KIFF Board Member, Aileen Garvey, said.

The actress is best known as a Bond girl in the 1973 James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’.

Seymour has starred in an array of films throughout her extensive career, including 'Somewhere In Time', 'Wedding Crashers', 'Love', 'Wedding', 'Marriage', 'Little Italy', 'The War with Grandpa' and 'Friendsgiving' amongst many others.

In addition to her acting career, Seymour is also the founder of the Open Hearts Foundation and she has co-written several children’s books and self help books. She has also created the Jane Seymour Designs label which includes sculptures, jewellery, furniture and fashion.

Jane also met well known local teacher and musican Noel O'Sullivan and even posted a video onto her Instagram which has 281K followers!

"Happy #OpenHeartsSunday! Some of life’s most special moments happen when you least expect them. We met Mr. O’Sullivan here at Hilliard’s in Killarney beautifully playing the piano. Get this, he does it all by ear as he can’t read music!!

"Loved singing ‘Imagine’ together and getting to know him. Today I encourage you to say YES to new experiences outside of your routines, you never know what wonderful moments are just around the corner!"

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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