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Housing crisis the inspiration behind Junior Brother’s new single

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By Michelle Crean

Moving from the countryside to the big city has been the inspiration for a new single by a well established local artist.

Junior Brother, AKA Ronan Kealy from Kilcummin, this week released his brand new single 'No Country For Young Men' and is preparing for a UK tour in April followed by an Irish tour.

"At the moment I'm preparing for my UK tour in April with my new band, before embarking on an Irish tour supporting my latest single, 'No Country For Young Men', which is out now and available on gold 7'' vinyl from my website," Ronan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I wrote the song soon after I moved from Kilcummin to Dublin, and it reflects the anxiety I felt regarding the housing crisis and other pressures tangible both there and across the country."

And although the pandemic was "very tough", he said that he's "excited to present" his new material.

"It [the pandemic] presented a whole set of roadblocks which among other things have slowed the making of my next album down a bit, but now that restrictions are lifting, everything seems to be getting back to normal and I'm really excited to present the material I've been working away on over the last while," he said.

"A positive of the lockdown was that it granted me a break in my fairly hectic schedule early in 2020, and as a result, I enjoyed a replenishing few months at home in Kilcummin - this time allowed me to reconnect with the landscape, and allowed the rural atmospheres around me to bleed more deeply into my new music."

Ronan has been involved in music since around the age of eight.

"I've been writing and recording my own stuff since I could play an instrument, so from about the age of eight I've been hacking away creating songs. I began gigging when I was about 12, in a band called Titus Groan with musicians from Killarney, in which we wrote and performed our own material. I started gigging on my own near the end of my time with the band, and started exclusively doing my own thing around the period after I finished secondary school. A few years later I moved to Dublin to fully give the music a proper go, and I've been based up here ever since."

For more information on tour dates and to buy 'No Country For Young Men' on Ltd. Edition Gold Vinyl go to www.juniorbrother.com.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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