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Hannah to help Santa deliver gift to Killarney music lovers

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WHEN the summer holidays arrive, big-hearted Headford teenager Hannah Sherry will be packing her suitcase with the aim of making a difference to the lives of young people in need in Africa. Hannah’s school, Repton in Derbyshire, has forged close links with the Dreamland School in Ghana and Hannah will be one of eight students travelling there for two weeks in July.

But before she goes, Hannah, who is also an extremely talented musician, will be helping her former piano teacher, the acclaimed concert pianist Santa Ignace, deliver a feast of Chopin to Killarney, next week.

If you like music then you will love Frédéric Chopin. Santa Ignace has put together a programme of the most wonderful Ballades by Frédéric Chopin as part of her recital in The Brehon Hotel next Wednesday, June 1, at 7.30pm.

Santa, who is currently studying for her second master’s degree at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, plans to play all four of Chopin’s Ballades and Reminiscenza by Nikolai Medtner. The Chopin Ballades are considered the finest of Chopin’s creation and among the most representative of romantic music.

Santa, who is on a short visit to Killarney and break from her studies, is especially happy to be returning to The Brehon Hotel for what will be her second recital at this wonderful venue.

Hannah, who will be in the middle of her midterm break from school, was thrilled when Santa asked her if she would perform alongside her.

For those of you who have not heard Santa perform before and would like a taste of what is in store you can view some of her many video performances on YouTube. Just search Santa Ignace on YouTube. You will not be sorry.

Admission to the recital is €15 and €10 for students on the door. All seating is unreserved so arrive early to secure your seat.
 


 
Pictured above, Hannah Sherry.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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