WHEN the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wings Of Eagles romped to victory in the prestigious Epsom Derby last Saturday, it sparked great celebrations at Killarney Racecourse where there was a special interest in the big event.
The 40/1 rank outsider caused a major sensation when he powered past the post in the elite event but it came as no huge surprise to those monitoring the proceedings from the Ross Road track where Wings Of Eagles won his maiden race last summer.
The Epsom success provided O’Brien with a sixth Derby winner but the impressive colt had already caught the eye and tasted success in the competitive Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden in Killarney last August.
A field of 18 lined up at the start at Epsom but Wings Of Eagles was the toast of Killarney at the finishing post, edging out the fancied Cliffs of Moher with the short odds favourite Cracksman, piloted Frankie Dettori, beaten into third.
He was the biggest outsider to win the Derby for four decades and the first winner at double-figure odds since 1998. “It was a fantastic win and we were all absolutely delighted to see it,” said Killarney Race Company Chairman Gerard Coughlan. “It just goes to prove the great quality of the maiden in Killarney and Aidan O’Brien certainly targets this course as a great test for his good horses.”
Wings Of Eagles is now likely to compete in the Irish Derby in The Curragh on July 1 where the form of both the English and French derbies could be put to the test.
Above: Gerard Coughlan, Chairman of Killarney Race Company. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.
Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.
One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.
Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.
Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event
By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]
By Michelle Crean
ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.
On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.
It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.
In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.
ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.
Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.
“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”
ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.
Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.
Happy Birthday Sham
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