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“Don’t leave us behind” – Musicians gather to voice their frustration

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FRUSTRATION: Professional musicians Sam and Ina White, pictured with their sons Charlie and Jack, at The Demense, where locals gathered to display their frustration at the lack of Government support for the live music and arts industry. Photo: Sally MacMonagle.

By Michelle Crean

The latest easing of restrictions has frustrated an industry who are now calling on Fáilte Ireland and the Government not to leave them behind.

Up to 150 from the music industry - who have been out of work for over 430 days - gathered at The Demense on Wednesday evening to voice their frustration over a "blanket ban" for live music.

Under the most recent Fáilte Ireland guidelines, pubs, restaurants, hotels and weddings won't be allowed to have live music.

Those that gathered included musicians, singers, lighting technicians, pub and hotel owners who say they are left devastated that there's no clear steps forward for them as the country begins to slowly reopen.

And with a change in PUP payments coming down the line, they are now calling on the Government and Fáilte Ireland to show them support by giving them a clear plan forward.

Professional full-time musician Ina White, who sings with her husband Sam and also five-piece band 'The Small Hours', organised the socially distanced gathering.

"Fáilte Ireland have a blanket ban that there's to be no live music and the gathering was to highlight the lack of support the industry feels," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The industry is frustrated with the opening up plan by the Government. All they want to do is to go back to work. Structures will have to be put in place to help the industry get back on its feet."

The mother-of-three from Glenflesk, who was gigging six night's a week locally before COVID hit, explained that those in the industry, including herself, are not calling for music to be allowed in venues right away, but for a clear plan to be formed.

"Understandably the science behind no indoor live music for now until there is more of a vaccine rollout as safety is a priority, but with no proper clarity and with announcements changing every day musicians are crying out to be heard and listened to. There's no support at all."

She explained that Killarney is a very popular tourist town with hundreds of musicians.

"Music is one of those things that draws tourists to Ireland. It's all well and good doing large tester events and that's fantastic to see progress but this doesn't help the self employed one and two piece groups and small bands that play in local pubs and venues countrywide. The gathering was to highlight the lack of support the industry feels. With the PUP being phased out towards the end of the year and not a gig in sight we are looking at yet another season passing us by. Music has always been part of our culture and moving forward out of this pandemic we want to be able to sing and play again and not be left behind."

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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