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Irish soccer hero Liam Brady guest speaker at St Brendan’s College

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Irish soccer hero Liam Brady will be the guest speaker at the tenth anniversary Liam O’Connor Show at St Brendan’s College in April.

The annual show, led by local musician and legendary accordionist Liam O’Connor is one of the highlights of the school year.
Past guest speakers included the voice of the GAA, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, president of University College Cork Dr. Michael Murphy, renowned rugby coach Joe Schmidt, legendary Hurling manager Brian Cody alongside RTE GAA commentator Marty Morrissey, rugby players Mick Galway and Tony Buckley, Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy and Galway hurler Joe Canning.
Brady played 72 times for Ireland and his illustrious career included trophy-winning spells with Arsenal in England and Juventus in Italy.
Later he became an astute soccer pundit on RTE alongside Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy. His recently-published autobiography also reveals his broad musical tastes, including Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Pavarotti.
“As you can imagine, Liam Brady has enormous demands on his time, so I am absolutely delighted to announce his appearance as we celebrate 10 years of the Liam O’Connor Show at St Brendan’s College in Killarney,” said O’Connor.
Also appearing on what promises to be another momentous night for Irish music will be O’Connor’s own family band featuring Saoirse on vocals, concertina and keyboards, Oisín, who plays guitars, keyboards and percussion, and Cillian on drums, as well as the St Brendan’s College Choir and Music Group.
St Brendan’s College has a fine reputation on the music front, not least because of the skills of two remarkably dedicated music teachers in Niamh O’Connell and Mish O’Donoghue.
The 2024 Liam O’Connor Show will take place on April 18 at 8 pm at St Brendan’s College.Tickets are already available for purchase from www.ticketstop.ie

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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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