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Keith plans to share his secrets in INEC show

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By Tristan O'Donoghue

Keith Barry kicks off his ‘Reconnected’ tour today (Friday) at the Black Box Theatre in Galway, but fear not as it won’t be long until he brings his new show to Killarney this summer.

Keith, who will take to the INEC stage on June 11, has been coming to Killarney for nearly 20 years.

He told the Killarney Advertiser he "can’t wait to get back on stage and have the craic" where he will be full of energy as for the first time, he begins to share some of his secrets with the crowd by teaching one half of the audience how to hack into the other half’s brain.

The show which is designed to "reconnect people emotionally, intellectually and sub-consciously" will also feature Keith performing dangerous demonstrations with a crossbow.

He says the show is to make people "laugh until their faces hurt" but most importantly to make people re-connect and "experience a night of wonder, amazement and a feel-good factor" which will stay with the audience for weeks - after all the whole world has been through a period of isolation.

Keith has always themed his performances which is evident from his last show 'Insanity', which "ended in a full-blown rave". With the theme of this show being reconnection, Keith has said this will be the "most emotionally charged ending to a show that he has ever designed" as he incorporates a spiritual ending to the performance.

When asked if he gets nervous before performing a trick and he said there's always some nerves in case something could go wrong.

"I always have a bit of nerves, things can go wrong. I've got to figure out when they do go wrong how you're going to get out of it. I've learned over the years to turn nerves into positive energy."

Aside from discussing his new show, Keith told the Killarney Advertiser about how much he enjoys performing in Killarney citing the big stage, good lighting, large audience and great energy from the crowd as important factors. He also mentioned the nightlife and great meals that Killarney offers after he finishes his performance including Reidy’s and Treyvaud’s for food and drinks.

"'I usually stay overnight, we always party in Killarney, and have a few drinks afterwards then hit the road the next day."

Keith has worked hard throughout the pandemic, only taking time off for Christmas over the last two and a half years. He is doing really well on television with his show on RTÉ One 'The Keith Barry Experience' every Saturday night where he brings a lot of celebrities along with him. Naturally, Keith is looking forward to well deserved holidays over the summer listing Derrynane, Dingle and Killarney as possible locations.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

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Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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