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Father and son’s double act in Croke Park!

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By Michelle Crean

It was a historic occasion when a local music maestro and his son not only played football but also music in Croke Park.

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Liam O'Connor and his son Oisín enjoyed a kick about together at the home of GAA as part of a 'Warriors for Humanity' charity game for Self-Help Africa.

They later played at the after-match celebratory banquet in the Hogan Stand Event Centre that night - probably making history as the first father and son duo to play both in Croke Park on the same day!

O’Connor’s sporting credentials have been well-established too. He won two Cork county senior championship football medals with Duhallow.

Liam, an internationally-acclaimed accordion player, recently played at Electric Picnic.

Tomorrow (Thursday) he and his band will join the Celtic Tenors to entertain the sell-out crowd at the much-anticipated rugby clash between Munster and world champions South Africa.

The Irish maestro has brought his dynamic accordion-playing to other sporting occasions, including two Ryder Cup golf tournaments, seven All-Ireland Final appearances in Croke Park and recently made a superb contribution playing alongside the Artane Band on the RTÉ All-Ireland programme 'Up For The Match'.

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And, not one to sit still, Liam's next plan is to bring legendary hurling manager Brian Cody as the guest speaker for the annual Liam O’Connor Show at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Thursday, December 1 at 8pm.

Cody is regarded as the greatest hurling manager of all time, having steered the senior Kilkenny team for 25 years, becoming the county's longest-serving manager and the most successful in terms of the number of major titles won. In all, during his extraordinary reign that ended with his retirement this year, Kilkenny won 43 major honours, including 11 Senior All-Irelands.

Also appearing on what promises to be a momentous night will be the St Brendan’s College Choir and Music Group, and O’Connor’s own family band featuring Saoirse on vocals, concertina and keyboards, Oisín, who plays guitars, keyboards and percussion, and Cillian on drums.

“This is my ninth year as part of the show which has now become one of the annual highlights in my schedule of gigs," Laim told the Killarney Advertiser.

"To have such an inspirational figure as Brian Cody along to share his wisdom about sport and life is truly an honour for us all. It’ll be a great way to end what has been a busy and exciting year for me.”

St Brendan’s College has a fine reputation on the music front, not least because of the skills of two remarkably dedicated music teachers in Niamh O’Connell, Mish O’Donoghue and Principal Seán Coffey whose leadership is the key to creating an amazing synergy, Liam, who lends his musical dexterity to the college on a regular basis, added.

"Of course the students are amazing in St Brendan’s. The chapel concert is a very happy place with all the great music."

Tickets for the St Brendan’s College concert are available from ticketstop.ie.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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