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Crokes forget their troubles and dance

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of the Dr Crokes GAA Club put the disappointment of their All-Ireland club final defeat to rest – by dancing the night away in the INEC on Friday night.

It was a glitzy affair as over 1000 attended the club’s second Dancing with Crokes event, modelled on the very popular Strictly Come Dancing template.
And it was the perfect antidote – just 12 days after their All-Ireland final loss.

Since January, 10 local couples were put through a rigorous training regime by local dancer David Rae of Celtic Steps fame.

The competition was so tight even the judges could not pick a winner and it was eventually decided to jointly award the victory to two couples.

Mary McMahon and Eric O’Connor danced a tango, while Eilis Cronin and Harry O’Neill danced a paso doble to ‘The Final Countdown’.

PRO Aoife Cronin was another club member to take part in the event.

“We had great craic over the 10 weeks training, we won’t know what to do with our spare time not that it is over,” she said. “David was very good. We opened on the night with all 20 of us dancing to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and it really was that. It was so good, that at the end of the night we all came back out and did it again.”

Proceeds from the night will go towards the team’s training fund, and hopefully, another trip to Croke Park next March.

Kieran Brosnan, Michael Fleming, Caoimhin O’Donoghue and Karl McMahon performing in the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Participants in the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Participants performing ‘The Greatest Show’ dance at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Frances O’Sullivan, Marian O’Doherty, Deborah Anne O’Shea and Geraldine Lyne at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Ava, Breda and Bridget Sheehan at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Marina Bubinek, Stacey O’Sullivan and Marjana Klepac at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Geraldine Payne, Aine McMahon and Tracey O’Shea at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Sean and Bridget Clarke, Paul Clarke, Lorna O’Connor and Brian Clarke at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Rebecca and Anne Nagle and Amanda Fleming at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Carmel and Marian O’Callaghan and Hazel Deegan at the Dr Crokes GAA Club ‘Dancing with the Crokes’ show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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