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Killarney RFC plan a cash bonus bucket challenge




FUNDRAISER: Launching the Killarney Rugby Club 'Split The Bucket' fundraiser from left were: Eamonn Maguire, Tony Dunne (Data Officer), Ger Moynihan (Chairman) and Liam Murphy (PRO). Picture: Eamonn Keogh


Killarney RFC have a new and exciting fundraiser up and running called ‘Split the Bucket’, a weekly draw where entrants can win money for only €2.

They will have buckets at various venues around Killarney - bars, restaurants, shops - simply place your €2 into the envelope at the venue, write your name and phone on the envelope and you could possibly 'Split the Bucket’. Draws will take place on Sunday evenings and will be shown live on Facebook.

“The beauty of this draw is that there is also a prize for the serving staff who gave out the winning envelope, so there is a very nice incentive for the venues to get involved,” Liam Murphy, club PROtold the Killarney Advertiser.

“As each entrant puts the name of the server/barperson etc., onto the envelope, that person can win 10 percent of the total brought in each week. We then split the remaining money 50/50 between the winner and the club. So, each week we actually have two winners!”

This weekend marks the 4th weekend of the draw, he added.

“The first draw took place at the Golden Nugget in Fossa with Frank Culloty winning a cool €394, while barman Kevin Kelliher of The Shire won €87. The second draw was won by Dominic Dixon who won €320, while Pat, the barman at the Killarney Avenue won €70. Last Saturday night the draw took place at the Killarney Avenue as the Cup Final was on Sunday and David Kerins won €346, while barman Niall Woulfewon the seller’s prize. A different bar will be the venue each week and we will announce the details across our social media platforms.”


The ‘Split the Bucket’ draw is a new fundraiser for Killarney RFC, whose Seniors won the Martin O'Sullivan Cup at Irish Independent Park last weekend.

Recently Club Captain Peter Kelly was awarded Munster Rugby Volunteer of the Month while their Minis section is the current Munster Rugby Minis Club of the Season.

“The club has recently redeveloped the main and juvenile pitches at our home in Aghadoe, spending over €120,000 on the pitches, and next season we will have pitches to rival any,” he said.

“To this end we kicked off a ‘Sponsor a Sod’ fundraiser last summer which has been successful, and now the ‘Split the Bucket’ fundraiser aims to raise funds for the club.”

If you would like any more information, check out their website at for more details.

“Get your €2 in now - check out our website for a comprehensive list of venues.”




Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

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The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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