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Delightful classical concert in Cathedral on Sunday night

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‘Classic Delights Killarney’ is a very special gala concert in aid of Kerry Parents & Friends Association which will take place on Sunday at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

The concert will star Nils Wanderer and Sharon Lyons, accompanied by Kerry Scotia Ensemble, in an evening of music spanning all genres of music from Baroque to Celtic and everything in between.

All profits from ticket sales and all proceeds from the raffle will go to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

KPFA was established in 1973 and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

KPFA provides community based services supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Kerry. Its mission is to deliver life enhancing services and supports, responding the needs, wishes and choices of people with intellectual disabilities, connected to support networks in their community.

The vital supports that KPFA provides to people with intellectual disabilities ensure that they and their families can live their best lives.

Nils Wanderer is a world famous countertenor who recently took second place in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition and performs in concerts halls and operas around Europe.

He is a specialist in Baroque music and will perform some timeless classics with the orchestra like Ombra Mai Fu, Lascia Chio Pianga and Dido's Lament.

Sharon, who is the director of music in the Cathedral, is an internationally acclaimed soprano who has performed to audiences all over the world, including for presidents and a pope.

She will join Nils and the orchestra singing beautiful arrangements of Irish and classical songs like Caledonia, Danny Boy, Pie Jesu and may more.

Kerry Scotia Ensemble is Kerry's only professional string ensemble and was formed with the aid of an Arts Act Grant from Kerry County Council in 2016.

They have been organising and performing in concerts all over Kerry spanning all genres of music since their establishment. Since December last year the ensemble has raised almost €10,000 for local charities like Down Syndrome Kerry and Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Tickets for Classic Delights Killarney are €15 and are available on the door or from Eventbrite.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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