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Dance championships a huge economic boost to the town



DANCE: A troupe of dancers from Nicola Kennedy’s School of Dance, Belfast competing in the An Chomhdh‡il World Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney. Photo: Eclipse Photos

Over 5000 dancersfrom all over Ireland,America, Scotland, England and Europe, descended on the INEC  to take part in the 2019 An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships – in what was a massive economic boost for the town.

From Saturday last week to Friday, dancers competed for a world title with 40 competitions held over the seven-day championships.

The competitions are held in the INEC and The Gleneagle Ballroom with the youngest dancer in the competition aged nine-years-old and the oldest aged 21. Winners are announced every day after each competition.

It is a great boost to the local economy as it’s Killarney’s fourth time hosting these championships which brings the 5000 competitors accompanied by an entourage of organisers, teachers, adjudicators, musicians, families, friends, supporters and spectators.

“We are delighted to return to Killarney,” Carol Carberry, Chairperson of An Chomhdháil, said.

“Our competitors and their families always really enjoy their stay here and the economic benefits of these championships will be felt right across Killarney’s hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, shops and other businesses.”


The An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships is the premier event for our organisation, she added.

“The competitors here have been preparing for many months to showcase their exceptional talent. Our world championships enjoy a very high standard year-on-year and we are very proud that we have a record number of entries both in solo and figure dancing this year. We look forward to returning to Killarney again next year for our world championships. 2020 is a very special year for us as we will be celebrating our golden jubilee.”


An Chomhdháil, the organisation who run the World Irish Dance Championships have an extensive branch network worldwide and is one of the most progressive Irish dance organisations, being the first Irish dance organisation to bring in the no make-up rule for girls under 13 years of age in 2007. Both male and female world champions will be crowned across a range of age categories from under 10 through to adult, while approximately 400 teams will take part.

“We are honoured to welcome the 2019 An Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championships,” Patrick O’Donoghue, CEO of The Gleneagle Group, said. “We wish all the competitors the very best of luck and we hope everyone enjoys their stay in Killarney.”



Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



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



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 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



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

‘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.


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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