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MUSICAL VISIT: Cliona Hagan and Amy Barr pictured with teachers Olwyn Trant and Rhonda Healy and pupils at Holy Cross Mercy School for the launch of the nationwide 'Just Sing Project'. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

 

The excitement was palpable in one school on Monday as talented pupils excitedly worked alongside a country music star during a musical masterclass.

Award-winning Irish Country artist Cliona Hagan, who was recently a finalist in RTÉ’s ‘Dancing with the Stars Ireland’, popped into Holy Cross Mercy School on New Road to launch her brand-new music programme, ‘Just Sing Project’.

The visit is part of a fun, exciting and engaging project for groups of musical pupils, running over five weeks, concluding with a performance alongside Cliona on stage in the INEC Acoustic Club Killarney on October 4, as part of her ‘Dance On’ theatre headline concert tour.

Pupils from Third to Sixth class were thrilled to meet the popular singer and excited to learn that they have been selected as the only school in Ireland to open the music concert this coming October.

Cliona spent over an hour talking to the pupils who make up the school choir, and gave them a song ‘God Bless This Child’ to practice. She also sang with them and answered their many questions about her time on ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Cliona said that she really enjoyed the visit.

“They were absolutely amazing, I’m looking forward to the concert in October,” Cliona said.

“I really want this project to help young people get a kick-start into arts and music.”

Her reason for choosing a Killarney school to launch the project is to do with her strong connections to the town, she explained.

“When I was a child I came to Killarney regularly, but not so much in recent years,” Cliona, who received Female Vocalist of the Year for the third year running at the recent Hot Country TV Awards 2019, said.

“I haven’t spent enough time in Killarney. It has a special place in my heart.”

She added that Amy Barr, who is running the programme with her, heard about the Mercy choir, and she was interested to hear them herself.

“The 'Just Sing Project' will also be a fantastic opportunity for any young budding performer who would like to take their talents to the next level.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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