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Donal could be named ‘A New Local Hero’

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney's Donal Lucey is "a real contender" to win 'A New Local Hero' national award according Hot Press editor Niall Stokes.

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Muckross Road was first nominated by Radio Kerry and then made the shortlist after 125 artists nationwide were whittled down to 25 to win the award.

Now, the judging will get even more intense as the 25 is reduced to five – who will play the Academy, in Dublin, on November 18 – on a showcase night, at which the recipient of the A New Local Hero 2021 award will be revealed.

A New Local Hero is a feature of Irish Music Month which saw Hot Press join forces with 25 radio stations all over Ireland to support Irish music and Irish musicians.

Donal, who is studying music full-time in the Cork School of Music, could win €5,000 in cash, €5,000 worth of gear from XMusic, see the release of a single through the renowned Rubyworks record label., get a guaranteed 30 plays on all 25 stations, adding up to a minimum of 750 in all, have national exposure via an interview in Hot Press and a full PR campaign around the release of the single.

“The calibre of the artists is brilliant,” Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said. "The 25 songs really enraptured everyone and Donal is a real contender for what is a fantastic overall prize, so the judges have a tough job on their hands to select Ireland’s overall Local Hero!"

The showcase event will be broadcast by all 25 stations, including Radio Kerry.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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