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Dancing all the way to the Late Late Toy Show

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The Spa set dancers.

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TALENTED troupes of Killarney dancers will be stepping it out on the Late Late Toy Show this year. Eighteen dancers from the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance and the under-15 set dancers from Spa will take centre stage on the show on December 2.

The youngsters from the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance, coached by Norrie Sheehan, Aine Murphy and Mary O’Mahony, are aged between six and sixteen. They will be performing a step-dance piece choreographed especially for them and which they debuted as entertainment at Norrie’s son’s Pat Sheehan and his bride Joanne Murphy’s wedding.

Meanwhile, Spa’s super set dancers will be performing a set on the toy show also. There was great excitement last night in Spa GAA Clubhouse when dance teachers Triona and Mairead Mangan told their All-Ireland under-15 mixed set, that RTÉ invited them to the hugely popular toy show.
“Noreen O’Sullivan, one of the parents of the dancers (Cian), sent in a video of the team with the permission of the dance coaches to RTÉ Late Late Toy Show auditions,” said spokeswoman Anne Holland. “They were delighted when they made the initial cut after thousand of kids all over Ireland auditioned.”

The dancers, coaches and parents travelled to the Imperial Hotel in Cork on October 24 and met Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy.
They danced and were interviewed by the RTÉ staff. Yesterday the Killarney dance troupes received the welcome news that they had made the cut. “They were informed that they must travel to Dublin on the 20th and 27th of November to meet with the Choreographer. Then on 1st and 2nd December they will have rehearsals for the live show in Donnybrook,” said Anne. “To say that the roof wasn’t nearly lifted with excitement in Spa is an understatement, when the dancers found out they made the cut.”

Big congratulations to the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance and the Mangan School of Dancing.
 


 
Above: The Spa set dancers and coaches.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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