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Colin’s seventh novel to be published in May

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By Sean Moriarty

An award-winning Killarney writer’s seventh novel will be published in May.

Colin O’Sullivan is a teacher of English to Junior High and Senior High School students in Aomori, Honshu - the largest and most populous island in Japan.

A native of Ardshanavooly, Colin’s short fiction and poetry have been published in various print and online anthologies and magazines.

His first novel, ‘Killarney Blues’, won the prestigious 'Prix Mystère de la critique' in France.

Apple TV has adapted his sixth novel ‘The Dark Manual’ and the 10-episode series will stream worldwide in the autumn.

“I visited the set [Sunny TV] in November 2022 with my wife Yuki and we got the whole VIP experience from Apple and A24, the production company. We got to meet some of the stars, including Rashida Jones, and they all were utterly charming and down to earth. Also, we met with Irish director Dearbhla Walsh as she directed it. It's a mixture of English and Japanese and will stream worldwide.”

Colin’s parents are Betty and Pa O’Sullivan, both now retired in Woodlawn and well-known in Killarney where they ran the very successful Safe Hands Dry Cleaning service at Michael Collins’ Place, now the Shire bar and coffee shop.

While thousands of kilometres away from his native Killarney he published his first novel ‘Killarney Blues’ in 2013 about his boyhood memories of the Killarney Jarveys.

“Part of the joy of writing my debut novel was the process of imagining and recollecting Killarney. It's the only novel where I mention actual place names. So, for example, when I was writing Port Road I was naturally seeing it in the mind's eye and delighting in it. The Jarveys were of course an inspiration, I think primarily because of their uniqueness. You don't get them in any other town, hardly in any other country.”

A title name and publication date for his seventh book have yet to be announced ahead of this May publication.

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MTU hosts Active Ageing Festival at Kerry Sports Academy

Young students got to share their learning skills while an older group showed patience and experience during the ‘Active Ageing Festival’. Held in Munster Technological University last week the event, […]

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Young students got to share their learning skills while an older group showed patience and experience during the ‘Active Ageing Festival’.

Held in Munster Technological University last week the event, in conjunction with Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership (KRSP), saw 150 people engaged with a busy schedule of activities, facilitated by the students and staff of the Department of Health and Leisure Studies.

Dr Barry Moynihan, Consultant Geriatrician in University Hospital Kerry opened the event with an informative talk on the importance of movement as we age.

Many community organisations and networks were represented on the day such as HSE, Baile Mhuire, Kerry Library, Kerry Call, SeanChairde, Centre of Smart Ageing, Probus and Age and Opportunity.

Activities such as Pickleball, Bowls, Better Balance Better Bones, Dance and Yoga were also showcased.

Gearoid O’Doherty, coordinator of the KRSP, highlighted the need for more community-based activities for older adults across Kerry and the role of the partnership in supporting this development.

It is hoped that other venues across the county can facilitate a similar event in the future.

MTU lecturer and event coordinator Eimear Foley, spoke of the mutual benefit that this day provided to both participants and students.

“The real-life experience afforded to the students is immense, with involvement in planning, delivering and evaluation of the event to the fore.”

Within their course, the concept of being active across the lifespan is embedded and this opportunity for the students to engage in real life learning is paramount. Older people can generate community-based learning experiences not only for themselves but also for the young. Many of the participants commented on the professionalism, warmth and enthusiasm of the students, whilst the students were delighted with the patience shown to them and ease of conversation with the participants.

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Killarney to feature on TG4’s Country Music show

By Sean Moriarty A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday). The second series of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday).

The second series of the Irish channel’s County Music show ‘Viva Ceol Tire’, which highlights emerging Country Music talent in Ireland, airs every Tuesday night at 9.30pm.

The next programme will feature Donegal singer David James’ version of ‘Oh Killarney’.

The programme was filmed entirely on location in Killarney including Torc Waterfall, Ladies View Moll’s Gap and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

“The song was written by Dennis Allen. However, it was a hit for Dermot Moriarty in the 1980s. The first time I heard it I loved it and I was thrilled with the reaction my version has got,” James, who is from the small village of Killean in Donegal, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s pretty rural but I love it. I’ll be in Country Music 10 years this May. My first gig was in the local GAA hall for my aunt’s 50th birthday. I was 14 and I’ve been at it ever since.”

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