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Hilarious Disney play gets Kerry premier in Killarney

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PLAY: Ciaran McCarthy, Stephen Black, James Daly, Pam Moylan and Indre Urbanaviciute who are performing ‘And They Used To Star In Movies’ in Courtney's Bar. Photo: Mikey Starvrovsky

By Michelle Crean

It was such an outstanding performance that a local group plan to feature their hilarious play in Killarney again next week.

A small group of Killarney people came together on Saturday and Sunday night upstairs in Courtney’s bar for ‘And They Used To Star In Movies’ – a play by Campbell Black, which was banned in America 40 years ago.

Cast members Stephen Black, aka Mickey Mouse, and Ciaran McCarthy aka Donald Duck, Indre Urbanaviciute, James Daly and Mike McSweeney were outstanding.

The play was written in 1974 and produced in London in 1976 after being banned in America following protests by the Disney Corporation, Ciaran McCarthy told the Killarney Advertiser. “Over 40 years later the Kerry premiere took place last Friday night in Courtney’s Bar, Killarney and was a huge success with not a spare seat to be had.”

The play centres round a washed-up Mickey Mouse who finds solace in a bottle and yearns for the glory days of the past. His relationship with his ex, the promiscuous Minnie Mouse, is complicated to say the least. Mickey also finds it difficult to conceal his jealousy for his former colleague, the substance abusing Donald Duck, whose success threading the boards on Broadway is driving him bonkers.

“The 40 minute play was hilarious, clever, poignant and knee deep in satire with the actors giving a great account of themselves,” Ciaran said.

“Another three dates have been added on April 26, 27 and 28, and limited tickets are available from Courtney’s Bar. It’s free entry and starts at 7pm sharp. This is a show not to be missed.”

 

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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