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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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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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