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By Michelle Crean

The excitement is building as Killarney Musical Society take on their biggest challenge ever - with the largest cast they've ever had.

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READY TO GO: Paul Canadell Ben O'Shea with Ezio and Raul Santos ready to go for Killarney Musical Society’s 'A Musical Journey' scheduled for the INEC next month. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

EXCITED: Fine tuning one her solo performance in 'A Musical Journey' Killarney Musical Society's Alice Boule O'Sullivan pictured with the ladies chorus. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

FINAL TOUCHES: Putting the final touches to Killarney Musical Society's upcoming production are Marie Slattery O'Sullivan Ciara Carroll Emer Gallivan and Fiona Crowley. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

NUNS ON THE RUN: Prepping for Killarney Musical Society's ‘A Musical Journey’ variety show from l-r were: Fiona Crowley Ciara Carroll Karina Mulchinoch and Brid O'Callaghan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Counting down the days for Killarney Musical Society’s 'A Musical Journey' from l-r are: Evie Spillane Charlotte O'Connor and Imogen Carroll Kelly. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Counting down the days for Killarney Musical Society’s 'A Musical Journey' from l-r are: Clodagh O'Sullivan Ellie McSweeney and Claire Lyne. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SISTER SISTER: Fine tuning Killarney Musical Society's upcoming production 'A Musical Journey’ from front l-r were: Ilona McCubbery Lucy O'Mahony Brid O'Callaghan & Linda O'Donoghue. Back row l-r were: Marie Slattery O'Sullivan Karina Mulchinock Fiona Crowley Emer Gallivan Ciara Carroll and Mary O'Callaghan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

TEEN CHORUS: The teenage chorus of Killarney Musical Society's variety show 'A Musical Journey' taking place net month. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

MEN’S CHORUS: The men’s chorus of Killarney Musical Society's variety show 'A Musical Journey' scheduled for the INEC March 7 8 and 9. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SISTER ACT MEETS BELLE: Pictured from l-r were: Lily McCarthy Siobhan Bustin Linda O'Donoghue and Rhea O'Sullivan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

LADIES CHORUS: The ladies chorus in Killarney Musical Society's variety show 'A Musical Journey' scheduled for March. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

LEADING LADIES: Ready to go take the leading children's role on alternate nights for Killarney Musical Society's 'A Musical Journey’ are Lucy McCarthy and Aoibheann Pavlovic. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

IN CHARACTER: Siobhan Bustin dressed as Belle as she prepares for the Killarney Musical Society's variety show 'A Musical Journey' taking to the stage next month.

Putting the final touches to Killarney Musical Society's upcoming production of 'A Musical Journey' are Director/Choreographer Oliver Hurley (left) and Musical Director Jimmy Brockie (right). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

With 109 in total, including 36 children and 25 teenagers, the cast will perform a variety show ‘A Musical Journey’ in the INEC on March 7, 8 and 9.

"We have doubled in size since we first began," Brid O'Callaghan, Chairperson at Killarney Musical Society, said.

"A variety show is a mammoth task with such a large cast. On Saturday we did a full run of the show from start to finish including music, props, lighting crew, backstage crew. I think it’s safe to say we were all blown away and buzzing on the way home. It was finally coming together and we are so excited. We are in an excellent place with just two weeks to go. The biggest buzz is yet to come on Saturday, March 4 when we will rehearse with a 15 piece orchestra. For me this is the biggest buzz of the stage seeing it all come together and the amazing impact of an accompanying orchestra."

And she added that ticket sales are flying with their new online link. They've also added a pop up shop for cash only sales at The Laurels next week from February 27 to March 3 which will be manned by their founding member Pam Brosnan. Tickets are available at www.universe.com and are €26 each, €21 for OAPs and students, and there is a family ticket available also for €74.

"Killarney Musical Society is our club and we are passionate in delivering the best performance possible. We are hugely fortunate to have amazing people on board including Oliver Murphy as our Director of Choreography and Jimmy Brockie as our Musical Director but we simply couldn’t have done it without the people that are unseen such as the back stage crew, lighting crew, floor staff and the support of the community. We are so excited and looking forward to welcoming you all on a magical journey, our ‘Musical Journey’."

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Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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