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Bríd to share story of resilience at Wander Wild festival




By Michelle Crean

A live chat with a former Cork footballer and current AFLW star will be a highlight at next week's Wander Wild festival.

GWS Giants player Bríd Stack, who previously won 11 All-Ireland titles and fractured her neck while plying in Sydney, spoke to the Killarney Advertiser this week saying she is looking forward to chatting to Shane Finn on the theme of 'Resilience'. Shane will record a live episode of his hugely popular ‘Pushing Limits’ podcast in St Mary’s Church with Killian Buckley who quit a top-chef job for the mountains.

Bríd lives just over the border in Rockchapel and had her wedding reception in the Killarney Oaks Hotel in 2016. The Maths and PE teacher set up the My Core Supplements with family members before heading to Australia in October 2020 in the height of the pandemic.

The mother of one had to quarantine for weeks with her husband Cárthach and their then one-year-old Carth Óg or Ogie as they call him.

"I was happy to play club football but then I got a call from Greater Western Sydney Giants enquiring if I'd be interested and I was taken aback at the start," Bríd explained.

At the time she was pregnant with her son and months after delivery and a strong fitness routine felt strong enough to take up the offer.

"I trained like a dog for months. I said I'd do a season". However, in her first practice match she fractured her neck and injured a nerve down her right arm.

"I was a couple of millimetres from being paralysed."

She added that the healthcare system in Australia was "second to none".

"It definitely was a factor in making a full recovery." Bríd played for two more seasons and is now home working as a teacher.

The 36-year-old is looking forward to the Wander Wild festival.

"I've never had a chance to attend. It's wonderful having a festival celebrating the great outdoors on your doorstep."

You can hear Bríd's full story live on the podcast next Friday (March 24) at 7.30pm.

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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