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Donal Lucey is back with brand new EP

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By Oisin Fitzgerald

Singer-songwriter Donal Lucey talked to the Killarney Advertiser this week about his debut EP 'Untitled'.

Written by Oisin Fitzgerald who was on work experience with the Killarney Advertiser this week. Photo: Michelle Crean

The Muckross musician is also excited for his debut headline gig in Cork’s ‘An Spailpín Fánach’ on March 15.

He explained how life’s been going managing his full-time music degree with song-writing and his upcoming gigs.

Donal - who auditioned for the X Factor back in 2019 - has come a long way since his days of being a student in St Brendan’s College where he even performed at a graduation ceremony aged just 13!

Currently in his final semester at Cork School of Music, a school he highly suggests for anyone following a career in music, Donal spoke about how he’d been inspired to go to the school by a leaflet he found on his music teacher's desk. He also mentioned the quality of the teachers working in the Cork school, some of which had played with the likes and levels of world famous Belfast man Van Morrison. €80,000 pianos in every classroom were also given a mention by Donal!

Before getting his first headline gig, Donal was supporting acts such as Wild Youth who will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest this coming May in Liverpool, Roisin O and Paddy Casey. Donal also described the ‘craic’ he had travelling the country on these tours, getting around the entire country from Donegal and Port Laois back home to Killarney’s own INEC.

Donal, who was last year’s winner of the Hot Press prestigious ‘Hot for 2022’ award, also remembered how his days in The Sem Choir influenced his career path. He spoke about seeing the love of music throughout his fellow choir members and how it changed his view on music. Donal is also not a stranger to Irish radio. With airtime on Radio Kerry and Cork’s RedFM, he’s not far from being an Irish radio sensation. This doesn’t even include his audiences venturing as far as mainland Europe, the US and even going as far as Australia.

He spoke about the fun he had making his EP and how he finds its final track ‘Home’ his favourite as it has a personal meaning to him.

Donal also had some words of inspiration and influence for people looking to follow in his footsteps. He spoke about how it does get harder working as a musician and how important people skills are to the trade and finished up saying “if you love doing it, keep at it everyday”.

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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