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Greywind add a little bit of magic to Warner Bros film

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By Michelle Crean

One of the biggest movies of the moment hit screens across the globe this week - and a little bit of Killarney features in a main scene which has been seen my millions!

The Greywind T-shirt that was worn in a scene in the movie.

Warner Bros 'Magic Mike's Last Dance', starring Hollywood's Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek, was released on Friday last - but if you look closely you'll see a character wearing a T-shirt from Killarney alt-rock duo Greywind.

How the bother/sister duo from Ballydribbeen managed to get their merch on one of Hollywood's biggest movies is a whole other story according to guitarist and songwriter Paul O'Sullivan.

Actor Ethan Lawrence, who many will know as Joe in 'Bad Education' or James in the Netflix series 'After Life' starring Ricky Gervais, auditioned for 'Magic Mike's Last Dance' wearing his own Greywind T-shirt.

And the casting people loved it so much that they asked if it could be used in the actual movie, Paul who is in the band with his sister Steph, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Greywind were also the headline act in London yesterday evening (Thursday) in the O2 Academy in Islington but he said they managed to squeeze in a bit of downtime to see the movie.

"It's so cool seeing it in cinemas," Paul said. "You can see the T-shirt in a couple of shots in a two to three minute scene with Channing Tatum. We have been working on songs, recording in the studio this week and took time out to see it. Ethan Lawrence, he's a fan of ours and tweeted us loads of times. Last year he tweeted us and said he wore the T-shirt to his audition. Warner Bros then sent us a contract to use it in the film."

Ethan Lawrence even visited their show in London last night (Thursday) and they were all hoping to meet up.

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The band who are busy recording their second album have had their best year online.

They have amassed a following of almost 100k on TikTok. A 10-second clip of their song 'Carspin' got 500k views and 'Afterthoughts' 800k. 'Autumn' got 1.8m views on TikTok and 5.8m on Instagram.

"We went from 3k followers to over 100k followers in three days," Paul added. "Our songs have got over 13 million views recently."

The band's debut album ‘Afterthoughts’ was recorded in Texas with Grammy-Winning producer Jason Perry and charted in the Official UK Rock Chart.

They have been praised by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe and MTV and in 2021 released their acclaimed newest single ‘Am I Asleep?’ with the track being described as “a stadium-ready alt-rock anthem” by Record Of The Day.

"We're pretty excited for the rest of the year. The next aim is to get a song in a major movie."

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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