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Guaranteed a good laugh with Deirdre’s new show

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By Michelle Crean

The pandemic, reaching her 50s and having teenage children almost drove her demented over the last few years - which led to one of Ireland's top comedians writing a brand new show.

'Demented' is Deirdre O'Kane's new stand-up comedy tour and it's coming to the INEC next Friday night at 8pm.

And after a tough two years off the stage, Deirdre, known as the voice of Gogglebox Ireland and The Deirdre O'Kane Show on SkyMax, told the Killarney Advertiser that she's delighted to be doing what she does best - making people laugh.

However, she said that since the pandemic people are slower to get back out to live shows.

"My God we have nothing if we're not having a laugh," Deirdre said.

"I started at the end of April and I'm so happy to be back on the road. I was a lot more nervous and tickets sales were down by 20 percent. I definitely felt that at the start of the tour."

The show is basically a reflection of the last couple of years, she added.

"It's not about the pandemic, it's about me becoming a woman of a certain age and hormones, having teenagers and older parents. I talk about my dad who I lost about four years ago. We were close enough but of a different generation."

Live comedy was off the agenda during the pandemic which she says she missed "a lot".

"Telly got me through the pandemic," she said, adding it also gave her time out to write 'Demented'.

"The show I have now is the best I have ever done. The best thing is you're guaranteed a good laugh."

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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