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Irish and African traditional music concert first of its kind

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney musician is behind a unique concert that blends both Irish and African traditional music as one.

As part of Culture Night in Killarney on September 17, Afro Trad Ireland will be a musical celebration of two ancient cultures, in music, song and stories.

The concert features Kilcummin’s Tim O’Shea (Guitar, Vocals and Bodhrán), Ugandan Samuel Kiwanuka (Vocals & Percussion) with Rosie Healy from Headford (Flute, Whistle and Vocals), and will take place at St Mary’s Church of Ireland on Main St between 8 - 9.30pm.

“As far as I can tell this has never been done before,” Tim told the Killarney Advertiser. “I know of Africans that sing Irish songs and Irish musicians that play African music but I have researched it and cannot find what we are doing. Samuel speaks English and can sing our Irish songs and we have learned the African verses of his songs.”

Booking is essential - contact Tim at timoshea99@hotmail.com or on 087 2814550 to reserve tickets.
Culture Night is funded by the Arts Council Ireland.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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