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Cathedral concert “very special” for Liam

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By Sean Moriarty

Liam O’Connor has described his first concert in St Mary’s Cathedral as "one of the most special local concerts” of his career.

Liam and his musical family took his ninth annual St Brendan’s College Christmas event into the cathedral for the first time on Wednesday night.

They were joined on stage by Moya Brennan of Clannad as well as her musical family, and were backed up by 35 music students from St Brendan’s.

“It was one of the most special concerts of my career," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"St Brendan’s concerts are always special but this was inside the cathedral. It was one of my most memorable nights in Killarney, the sound, the lighting, we had a crew of 25 working in there, it was incredible.”

Legendary Galway hurler Joe Canning was the guest of honour.

“He gave a fantastic speech,” Liam added. “It was all about leadership, don’t give up and most of all listen.”

Both Brennan and Canning were presented with ‘Clann Bhreanainn’ medals by St Brendan’s principal Sean Coffey as a memento to the occasion.

Liam thanked Bishop Ray Browne and Fr Kieran O'Brien for allowing the use of St Mary’s.

“It was a special occasion for Bishop Ray, he got to meet Moya for the first time,” he added. “He went to school with her brother!”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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