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Keel goes country for community hall renovation

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The community hall in Keel, Castlemaine will be rocking to the country sounds of Eddie Lee and The Paudie Coffey Band next month as locals plan a fundraiser.

The ‘Keel Goes Country’ fundraising concert takes place on Saturday, April 2 to assist with funding for recent and ongoing renovations to the hall.

With the unrivalled popularity of the headline act and the undoubted appetite for live music events, following a two-year hiatus, the 'Keel Goes Country' concert is expected to be a sell out.

The community hall in Keel was renovated to exceedingly high standards and re-opened in October 2019. The venue was beginning to attract bookings from a variety of community groups, sports clubs and businesses when the pandemic hit, leaving the Keel community with financial holes to fill following the renovation and short of funding for further planned improvement projects.

The ‘Keel Goes Country’ concert is the first of many events planned to put the hall back at the centre of community activities in the parish.

“We are really looking forward to hosting this concert,” Keel Community Council chairman, Gerard O’ Dowd, said. “We are seeing interest in attending from all over the county, which is not surprising, given the profile and popularity of Eddie and the Paudie Coffey band. It will be great to see quality country music and dancing in the hall after such a long time and hope fully provide some much needed funding for ongoing community projects."

The 'Keel Goes Country’ concert kicks off at 8pm on the night. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening, together with a prize raffle.

Tickets are €10 each and are available to order online from the Keel Community Facebook page and from Culloty’s Electrical, The Mall Tralee, Hickey’s Music Shop, Main St. Castleisland and all local shops in Keel and Castlemaine.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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