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Harry’s game wins the day as Kenmare musician’s talent earns him top Rotary prize

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AN INCREDIBLY talented young Kenmare violinist struck a chord with classical music fans in Killarney at the weekend as Harry O’Connor was crowned Killarney Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year.

The 17th annual competition unfolded over two days in the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service centre at Fairhill on Friday and Saturday and an extraordinarily entertaining concert in the INEC Acoustic Club proved a fitting finale.

The MC on the night was Ailish Walsh and the adjudicators were Pat O’Keeffe and Mary Hegarty. “Patrons and guests were treated to an amazing display of talent, with voice, violin, cello and harp fighting it out in a classical music version of Battle of The Bands,” said Killarney Rotary president Angela O’Connor.

Of course, there had to be a winner and Harry O'Connor’s virtuoso performance of Mozart’s Violin Sonata No 21 held the judges and audience spellbound. Laura Hynes, a fourth-year student at Gaelcholáiste Chiarrai, won second prize, with harpist Emily Sullivan, Lauragh, being presented with the award for third place.

The runners-up were Katarina Roberts from Castlegregory on the cello, Eva Buckley from Muckross, Killarney, on the piano and Alan McLoughlin, voice, from Tralee.

The winner of the James Gleeson Memorial Award, which was presented on the night by Killarney Rotarian Barry Murphy, on behalf of Grace and Eoin Gleeson, was Orlaith O'Sullivan, daughter of Mary and Diarmuid O'Sullivan from Killorglin. Last year’s winner, Edel Crowley, also gave a performance on the night.

Killarney Rotary president Angela welcomed Killarney Advertiser as media partner and sponsor again this year. "If we in Killarney Rotary Club through our Young Musician competition foster in our young competitors a love of music then as far as we are concerned the competition will have been a success. I would like to thank our members Barry Murphy and Sean Treacy for their foresight in setting up this competition 17 years ago."
 


 
Above: At the Killarney Rotary Club Young Musician of the year final at The Inec Acoustic Club, Killarney, on Saturday night were Eva Buckley, Harry O'Connor (overall winner), Katarina Roberts, Laura Hynes, Alan McLoughlin and Emily Sullivan with Barry Murphy, Sean Treacy, MC, and Angela O'Connor, Killarney Rotary Club President. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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