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Fanzini Brothers to headline Killarney’s Culture Night 

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By Sean Moriarty

Circus performers, the Fanzini Brothers, will headline a show at Killarney House and Gardens as part of Culture Night 2021.

Kerry County Arts this week announced its programme of events for the September 17 celebration of Irish culture.

Events will take place all over Kerry and new for this year is a focus on outdoor performances.

The Fanzini Brothers, now based in Italy, are one of Ireland’s leading family-friendly, interactive circus shows.

Formed in 1997 by Tralee men Con Horgan and Denis Butler, they has been a regular feature at local festivals such as Puck Fair and the Rose of Tralee over the years.

Other Killarney shows on Culture Night include a performance by Afro Trad Ireland at St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

Killarney Lake Tours will launch the MV Pride of the Lakes on Lough Leane with live traditional music onboard. The Youth Movement Group will also stage an event in Killarney.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, welcomed the recovery of the arts sector in Kerry, connecting with people in new ways.

“Culture Night in Kerry offers us a very unique opportunity to showcase the wonderful talent in terms of music, dance, art, comedy and much more,” he said.

“I would encourage the people of Kerry to get involved in one of the 30 plus free events across the county and support the artists who are emerging back into live performance after a pandemic that was particularly devastating to the arts community.”

Some events will have to be pre-booked. For further details see www.culturenight.ie.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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