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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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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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