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Kerry Youth virtual choir celebrates Christmas

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To celebrate Christmas, the Diocese of Kerry has embarked on a new and exciting venture, by forming a Youth Virtual Choir which will be streamed online this week.

Over the month of November, the Diocese sent out word to all parishes, post-primary schools and youth choirs inviting as many young people as possible to take part and they received an amazing response with up to 40 young people involved ranging from 15 to 30-years-old.

"The song we will perform is a piece entitled ‘Immanuel,’ composed by Michael Card, an American Christian singer-songwriter," Tomás Kenny from the choir said.

"The lyrics touch on the realities, hardships and difficulties people face in their everyday lives and offers great hope and joy, especially in the refrain, ‘Immanuel, God is with Us’. This is the central message of the Christmas season: God is with us always."

A Diocesan Youth Ministry initiative hosted by the Diocesan Youth Steering Team, the group come from school choirs, folk groups and parish choirs from across the diocese.

"Since lockdown last March, choirs and music groups have not been able to partake in choral or group singing. However, a number of the singers taking part in this project were kept busy in their own parishes through the ministry of the Cantor. Some of the singers have led the online congregations for Sunday Masses, enhancing the Mass and enabling people to sing safely from their homes."

It has been a difficult time for all musicians, singers and school choirs, he added.

"This initiative presents an opportunity for young people, who would not normally sing together, to take part and celebrate Christmas in virtual unison and harmony."

The video will be released on Wednesday - just Google Diocese of Kerry YouTube. It will also be found on the diocesan website: dioceseofkerry.ie and diocese of Kerry Facebook Young people can follow this story on Instagram – youthDoK."

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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