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Hit song ‘Killarney in my Dreams’ released 40 years ago this week

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The 40th anniversary of song about Killarney that made it to number two in the Irish charts will be marked over the coming months.

Dermot Moriarty with his copy of the album 'Keep it Country' that was recorded 40 years ago this week.

Dermot Moriarty with his copy of the album 'Keep it Country' that was recorded 40 years ago this week.

Forty years on, the story behind the hit record ‘Killarney in my Dreams’ and how two local entertainers made it onto to live television will be remembered this week ahead of a gala celebration at the INEC in October.

Dermot Moriarty and Sean Brosnan (Gypsy Fever) recalled how legendary RTE DJ Paschal Mooney invited them to appear on ‘Keep It Country’ live from the Rose Of Tralee Festival Dome live on September 1 , 1983.

Dermot and Sean asked Denis Allen of ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’ fame if he could write a song at short notice about Killarney.

‘Killarney In My Dreams’ was recorded in Mullingar under the guidance of the great Basil Hendricks.

“On the first TV show which was live on the night was ourselves, Susan McCann, Shaun O’Dowd, TR Dallas and Jessie and the James Boys. The second show on the night was recorded for broadcast at a later date. Twenty-four hours later the Dome was blown down by strong winds,” said Dermot.

“Two weeks later the record ‘Killarney In My Dreams’ went on release. We knew it was selling well, I recall sitting at home having lunch with my parents and listening to Larry Gogan as he played new entries to the charts. I can still hear it as if it was yesterday when Larry said first time into our charts Dermot Moriarty and Sean Brosnan and ‘Killarney In My Dreams’. It made it to Number two, the Furey’s were at Number 1 with Steal Away written by Phil Coulter.”

To celebrate this special occasion and Dermot being on Radio Kerry for 33 years a dance will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel ballroom on October 28 weekend with special guests Louise Morrissey, Patrick O’Sullivan, TR Dallas, Paudie McAuliffe Neily O’Connor, Paddy O’Brien, Bernie Heaney and of course Dermot and Sean Brosnan.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

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.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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