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Glenflesk Comhaltas is alive with the sound of music!




On Tuesday night, there was huge excitement in air in Glenflesk as the strains of music were heard ringing out from Glenflesk GAA hall.

Cathal McHugh a new music teacher with Glenflesk Comhaltas is a traditional musician and also a primary school teacher.

Micheál Gleeson is Chairperson of Glenflesk Comhaltas and a music and primary teacher in St Oliver's National School.

MAKING MUSIC: Some members of Level 2 group are delighted to be able to gather again to make music. Front l to r: Conor Doherty Ryan Lowe Colm Kelly and Aoife O’ Sullivan. Back l to r: Seán MacGillicuddy Anna Roche Clodagh Donnelly and Sheolagh Daly.

COVID restrictions being eased and a newly elected Comhaltas committee meant that the first of many new exciting initiatives was implemented by Glenflesk Comhaltas - the formation of new music groups!

Glenflesk CCE have created traditional music groups to cater for children from five to 18-years-old, and the excitement and buzz in Glenflesk and the surrounding areas is palpable. The new committee have created four group levels when implementing this new initiative, ensuring that youngsters of all abilities are catered for.

"Our vision was to create a social setting for these youngsters to make music together, have fun, develop the skill of group playing and ultimately become better musicians as a result," Chairperson of Glenflesk Comhaltas, Micheál Gleeson, who is himself a music and primary teacher in St Oliver's National School said.

"The committee have done enormous work in the last few weeks getting this off the ground and I have to thank them and especially acknowledge in particular the hard work of my wife Paula, Martina O’Neill Angland and Margaret Creedon. It gladdened my heart after two years of restrictions to welcome the children and teenagers last Tuesday night, and feel the bubble of excitement, watch new friendships begin to form and hear our youth make music as a group."

The branch welcome a new teacher to teach these new music classes. Cathal McHugh is a Limerick native who has himself had enormous success as a traditional musician. He is a primary school teacher, and is hugely engaged with this initiative.

“I am looking forward to mentoring these music groups immensely," Cathal said. "There is a huge musical talent in this part of the country - I am thrilled to be part of this!”


These groups will be provided with many forums to ‘show-off’ their new found group music playing skills, and have a bit of ‘craic’ along the way. ‘An ole session’ is the staple of an traditional musician’s diet and these will be implemented over the coming weeks. These sessions will be a regular occurrence and as well as making music, the children can have fun together playing in a more relaxed environment! There will also be other forums to display the music such as an end of year concert, Kerry Fleadh participation and many more!

“Don’t forget folks to watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook page - Glenfleskcce," Micheál added.

"We have so many initiatives in the pipeline. We will be showcasing our young talent and keeping you abreast of all the plans and of course ‘sessions’. As a group of parishes, let’s get behind these musicians, encourage them to make music and enjoy themselves. Mól an Óige agus Tiocfaidh Sí. My namesake and fellow Cork man Micheál Martin said last week ‘it’s time to sing again’ … let me add to that, it’s time to make music again!"

These groups cater for all traditional instruments, and for children in Glenflesk and indeed in all the surrounding areas! If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Paula Gleeson at 0873879733 or drop an email to



The actor to play Michael Collins revealed

Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. The society is in the final stages of […]




Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’.

The society is in the final stages of preparation  for  its March 5 to 7 performances at the INEC.

Final rehearsals are in full flight at the Heights Hotel and earlier this week Keith Dwyer Greene arrived in full costume.

He had spent the day with the army’s The Band 1 Brigade of The Irish Defence Forces, where he is a full-time flautist.

He is also co-owner and founder of The Bellevue Academy of Performing Arts.

Keith trained in music and musical theatre in University College Cork and The Cork School Of Music.

“He has performed with many musical societies and had many great leading roles. He worked with the late Bryan Flynn who wrote the book, music and lyrics of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. He has great admiration for him and says what he did with this show is genius. Keith says he adores the role of Michael Collins,” explained PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

Flynn’s book, music and lyrics can only be secured by two musical society’s each year.
Michael Collins A Musical Drama is a moving, dynamic, resonant piece of musical theatre.

It is the dramatization of a changing period of Irelands history. It brings to life The 1916 Rising, The War Of Independence and The Civil War.

“At the same time it is telling an intimate, human love story and how love and politics inflamed the period. This musical drama has war, heroism, love, villainy, tragedy and triumph all wrapped up. It has a distinctly Irish voice. Such numbers as ‘Fly the flag of Freedom ‘ will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck and ‘Every Heart Awaken ‘ will bring tears to your eyes,” added Linda.

Tickets available at The INEC box office and from a pop-up box office at The Laurels Bar, Market Cross from 12 noon to 4pm on Friday and Saturday this week.


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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]



Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.


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