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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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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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