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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

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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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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