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Celtic Steps brings All-Ireland Céilí Band Champions to Killarney

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Celtic Steps The Show will host a spectacular extravaganza with a unique evening of Irish music, dance and culture in collaboration with All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions, Taobh na Mara.

It takes place at 8pm on Saturday September 17 at Killarney Racecourse.

The concert, which will feature Celtic Steps and Taobh na Mara band member and Killarney native Sean Kelliher, aims to place young Irish talent and music centre stage for a fun-filled family night of entertainment.
Taobh na Mara meaning Beside The Sea, so called because all band members rein from costal counties, have played together at fleadhs and festivals throughout the country for the last number of years, this year winning the title of All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar.

The Waterford based band, made up of 10 All-Ireland musicians, hail from all over Munster including counties Cork, Clare, Kerry and Waterford and are renowned for their unique and lively style of traditional céilí music with a modern twist.

“Evenings like this represent the core of our Irish culture and these musicians are the grassroots,” David Rea, co-producer of Celtic Steps The Show, said.

“Celtic Steps is passionate about supporting the development of the Irish arts industry and these guys are the future.”

Sean Murphy, co-producer added that the “Céilí band champions are the pinnacle of the Fleadh Cheoil each year and we can’t wait to welcome the newly crowned champions to Killarney.”

Celtic Steps cast member and Taobh na Mara banjo player, Sean Kelliher from Fossa further added; “the show will mark Taobh na Mara’s first performance together since the win and we are delighted to play on the Celtic Steps stage amongst some of Kerry’s finest musicians. It promises to be a fantastic evening.”
The show will also feature a few more surprise guests in the form of local talent and Under 15 All-Ireland accordion champion, Michael Healy from Kilcummin as well as the Spa Senior Ladies current All-Ireland set dancing champions.

Adult ticket is €30 and child ticket (Under 12) is €20.

*Special price tickets for all CCE members: adult ticket €20/child ticket €10.

All tickets can be purchased from the Celtic Steps box office on 064 66 189 33 from 3pm – 8pm Sunday to Friday.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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