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Excellent Edel hits all the right notes at Rotary contest

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Edel Crowley, seated on left, overall winner of the Killarney Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year at The Franciscan Friary, Killarney, on Saturday night. Seated on right is Hannah Sherry, second. At back are Charlotte O'Halloran, Caoimhe Doyle and Caitriona Fitzmaurice with Eve Kelliher, Killarney, Advertiser, and Angela O'Connor, Killarney Rotary Club. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Edel Crowley, seated on left, overall winner of the Killarney Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year at The Franciscan Friary, Killarney, on Saturday night. Seated on right is Hannah Sherry, second. At back are Charlotte O'Halloran, Caoimhe Doyle and Caitriona Fitzmaurice with Eve Kelliher, Killarney, Advertiser, and Angela O'Connor, Killarney Rotary Club. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

RESOUNDING rounds of applause range out for talented Edel Crowley who took a bow when she was crowned overall winner of the prestigious Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition on Saturday night.
The Franciscan Friary in Killarney hosted the 16th annual concert, which followed competitions in the nearby Kerry Diocesan Youth Service Centre, Fairhill, on Friday and Saturday.
The event, held in association with Killarney Advertiser, showcased some of Kerry’s brightest and best singers and instrumentalists.
Edel, from Tralee, represented Rotary Ireland last year in the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Young Musician competition in the UK.
Killarney Rotary president-elect Angela O’Connor described this year’s competition and concert as a huge success and paid tribute to all involved. Angela, together with Rotary Ireland District Governor Declan Tyner presented the prizes.
Killarney’s Hannah Sherry, on piano, won second prize while Catriona Fitzmaurice, Tralee, voice, was in third place.
The runners-up were Caoimhe Doyle, Muckross, Killarney, on violin, and Charlotte O’Halloran, Tarbert, in the voice category.
Orlaith O’Sullivan from Killorglin won the James Gleeson Memorial Trophy. James’s wife Grace and son Eoin presented the trophy in James’s memory.
The competition, which had Tomas O Tuama and Donal O’Callaghan as adjudicators, has contributed hugely to raising the standards of classical music performance in the county over the years.
Organisers Sean Treacy and Barry Murphy of Killarney Rotary Club established the contest in 2001.
“It’s great to see that the competition is holding its numbers every year with so many young performers taking part,” said Sean. “We’re already looking forward to next year’s event. Killarney Rotary Club is delighted to keep the bar raised in the music world.”
Sean added: “The Friary was a unique venue with its wonderful natural acoustics.”
 


 
Edel Crowley, seated on left, overall winner of the Killarney Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year at The Franciscan Friary, Killarney, on Saturday night. Seated on right is Hannah Sherry, second. At back are Charlotte O'Halloran, Caoimhe Doyle and Caitriona Fitzmaurice with Eve Kelliher, Killarney, Advertiser, and Angela O'Connor, president-elect, Killarney Rotary Club. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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