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Emotional night of music creates an electric atmosphere

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By Michelle Crean

The idea was simple - to share the music of legendary women with others - and that's what local singer Grace Foley did at the weekend.

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NIGHT OF MUSIC: Local singer Grace Foley pictured during the 'Women of Note' in the INEC Arena on Sunday night.

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The energy in the room was electric in the Gleneagle INEC Club as the stories of legendary singers were brought to life on Sunday night.

"This show allows the listener to enjoy beautiful music, but to also learn a little about the lives of the women behind the songs," Grace explained.

"Famous women are just like the rest of us. They love. They hurt. They laugh. They make mistakes. They just do it under the constant scrutiny of the media and of the public. Every audience member I met said they absolutely loved the show and would come again. They felt very emotional during parts of the show and were bopping in their seats at other times! Some said that the songs really hit them right in the heart when they learned the reality of the women who sang them.

She added that she was honoured to be joined on stage by an incredible team including Noel O’Sullivan on piano, Padraig Creedon on violin and narrator Laura Reidy.

"I have spent many an evening sitting in front of my phone performing live on Facebook, and I dreamt of being back on that stage. The lighting and sound set up at the INEC Club, thanks to Kieran and Denis, was out of this world. I stood on the stage and watched my idea come to life and it felt amazing. To see people enjoy the performing arts again is so special. This show could not have happened without the funding of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme with support from Kerry County Council. Though we live in a world that seems filled with sadness and struggles, an escape into music can be very soothing for the soul. I look forward to touring this very special show."

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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