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Kerry’s Country Music king has song written about his life

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COUNTRY KING: Dermot Moriarty has been playing other artists records, on the radio for 30 years - now he as a song written about his lifetime as a radio star.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Local radio star Dermot Moriarty will be the subject of a new Country Music song to mark his 30th year as a broadcaster and it will be performed by Country Music legend Declan Nerney.

The renowned Radio Kerry DJ, one of the most influential Country Music DJs in the country, will next month celebrate 30 years as the presenter of 'Sounds Country'.

Prior to this he was a member of several local Country Music bands including 'The Kerry Cowboys'.

In a lifetime dedicated to Country Music, Dermot has put many an artist on the road to stardom through airtime on his popular music show and organising Country Music festivals all over Kerry and beyond.

Now with his special anniversary on the horizon, some of those now famous artists wanted to repay the local legend and have recorded a song called ‘Kerry’s Country King’.

The song was written by Billy Morrissey, one of Ireland’s best-known country musicians, song writers and music festival organisers.

County Longford-born Declan Nerney was one of the many artists that Dermot helped get established. This week he finished recording ‘Kerry’s Country King’ and it will go an general release in the next week or so.

“I am really excited about it,” Dermot told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have helped so many over the years, some forget about you as they move up the ladder but two of the biggest names in Irish Country Music have come together on this. When Billy first rang me and told me he was writing a song I was having second thoughts, but now everybody needs to get practicing as we are going singing a song.”

'Kerry’s Country King'

There’s a man in County Kerry
Moriarty is his name
A man of many talents
and a DJ of great fame.
He plays great country music
Ballads and Ceilí
For thirty years on Radio
A friend to you and me.

Chorus:
So here’s to you Dermot
May you reign for thirty more
Just keep the music going
you’ve knowledge in great store.
When they write the book of Country
And Irish music fame
Proudly with the finest
Will be written your own name.

Verse 2.
He plays the best of Music
He has listeners far and wide,
From Dingle to Killarney and many a place beside,
All listening to “Sounds Country”
In houses big and small,
At home or far across the sea
They hear the music call.

Chorus:
So here’s to you Dermot
May you reign for thirty more...

Verse 3.
He plays Big Tom and Margo,
Philomena and Ray too,
Daniel, Nathan, Trudi,
DJ and his Kerry Blues,
Mike Denver, TR Dallas
George Jones and Haggard too
Gene Watson and Johnny Cash
And “Folsom Prison Blues”

Chorus:
So here’s to you Dermot
May you reign for thirty more....

Verse 4.
“Okie from Muskogee” and the “Streets of Bakersfield”,
“I know that you Know”
“The Gambler” and “The Deal “
All these songs and stories
that makes our lifes complete,
Thank you for the music
We’re “Walking down Happy Street”

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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