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Hot Press accolade for talented singer-songwriter

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By Michelle Crean

Reading through old copies of Hot Press Magazine in school - singer-songwriter Donal Lucey could only imagine back then that he'd one day make their pages.

His dream came to fruition last week when the young popular musician from Muckross Road was named in the '#hotfor2022 list!' in the iconic magazine.

Donal, son of Danny and Joan Lucey in Muckross, is currently writing and recording an EP which he hopes to release this summer. The third year student in MTU Cork School of Music has dreams to hit the big time but for now is concentrating on getting back gigging now that places are opening up.

He explained that the last two years have been tough with no live gigs to help him master his craft but is now, after releasing 'Another Love Song' in 2019 and 'Politics of the Heart' in 2021, he's looking forward to the future.

His musical frame of reference is diverse: he has been heavily influenced by modern singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran and Dermot Kennedy; by hip-hop artists Eminem and Jay-Z; and by indie rockers like Bon Iver and The Lumineers.

Donal, who turned 21 on Wednesday, was featured as 'A New Local Hero' which was part of a feature of Irish Music Month a programming initiative for the month of October, which saw Hot Press join forces with 25 radio stations.

"I was on the train home from college when I heard I'd made the list," Donal told the Killarney Advertiser.
"I waited until I got home and kept it a surprise for my family. They were delighted."

English class in The Sem inspired him to one day make the iconic magazine's pages.

"The back of Seamus Grealy's English class in The Sem there were lots of old Hot Press magazines. There would be big names on it such as U2. I always dreamed that one day it'd be me."

For now he's happy to be listed as one to watch but is dreaming of gracing the front cover one day.

"I have another year in college and I've met so many who are like minded and are helping me with my EP. Things are working out. I'm hoping as things open up I can push on with it. Hopefully when I finish college I can play abroad or big venues. I've supported my brother [Tom Lucey] in the INEC but to play my own gig there would be huge. Any gig at all is huge for me. The whole Hot Press thing is a stepping stone and also a bit of hard work has to go behind it."

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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