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Killarney man’s chance encounter with major music legend

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PIANO MAN: Noel O'Sullivan had an interesting encounter with one of the world's biggest composers in the Killarney Park Hotel on Tuesday night.

By Michelle Crean

A chance encounter left one local musician wondering who his admirer was – only to find out afterwards that he had just met a major American multi-Grammy and Emmy-winning music legend.
Killarney’s Noel O’Sullivan from Loretto Road, who is now living in Aghadoe, was enjoying playing piano for guests in the Killarney Park Hotel on Tuesday night – and received many compliments from one man in particular – Mike Post, composer of some of the world’s best known TV tunes including Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Renegade, The Rockford Files, LA Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, PI, and Hill Street Blues.

[caption id="attachment_27760" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] MUSIC MAN: Mike Post, American multi Grammy and Emmy-winning composer.[/caption]

The man regularly came over to explain the backstory to each tune played – but Noel had no idea who he was! Without revealing his identity, the modest composer left a €10 tip and told Noel to look him up online afterwards.
“I didn’t know who he was,” Noel told the Killarney Advertiser.
“There was a set of Americans at the bar and he came over to me and we got chatting about LA, where he was from. He told me I was a great piano player and went away and came back a few times to explain the back story to each tune I was playing. He put €10 on the piano and told me to look up Mike Post later. When I realised after who he was I was kind of in a state of shock that I was after playing for a guy of that calibre.”
And the only regret Noel, who is a music teacher in St Oliver’s NS, has, is not getting a photo with the music mogul. “I was disappointed I didn’t get a photo but I’m going to frame the €10 note.”

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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