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Kerry orchestra tunes up to take centre stage in National Concert Hall

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THE Kerry School of Music Orchestra is celebrating its 30th birthday by paying not one but two visits to the National Concert Hall in Dublin in 2017. The orchestra was set up under the banner of the Kerry School of Music in October 1987 under the direction of Adolf Packeiser.

Adolf, from Bremen, was assistant principal of the music school in the city and musical director in the opera house before moving with his family to live in Kerry in 1982.

The orchestra, which draws its members from all over the county including many from Killarney, has performed widely during its 30 years, appearing at the National Concert Hall on three previous occasions and travelling to Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Finland. “The school is now home the senior and junior orchestra, Kerry Chamber Orchestra and the Finlay Ensemble all of which perform on numerous occasions throughout the county every year,” said director Aidan O’Carroll. “A significant number of the orchestra’s members come from the Killarney area with others hailing from as far away as Listowel and Tarbert, Dingle, Killorglin, Caherciveen, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale.”

The combined junior and senior orchestras – 55 members in all – directed by Aidan O'Carroll, will participate in the 22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras organised by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Saturday, February 11. Eight orchestras have been chosen to participate in this year's festival which coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Kerry School of Music.

In June the orchestras will take centre stage in the National Concert Hall in a special celebration of the School of Music’s 35th birthday entitled the Spirit of Kerry. The concert will feature present and former students of the school as well as outstanding musicians and singers from Kerry.

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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