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Killarney Rotary tunes up for Young Musician competition

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Killarney Rotarians launch Young Musician of the Year competition and concert.

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KILLARNEY ROTARY CLUB was hitting all the right notes this afternoon in advance of its 16th Young Musician of the Year competition and concert.
The event, held in association with Killarney Advertiser, offers rising stars of the musical world an unrivalled opportunity to showcase their talents.
The contest takes place in the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service centre, Fair Hill, Killarney, on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, with the final-night concert being staged in the nearby Franciscan Friary on Saturday, March 5, at 8pm.
“As always the event is proving hugely popular and we have had approximately 150 entries this year,” said Killarney Rotary President John O’Sullivan at the launch in The Malton today. “Everyone is welcome to the concert in the Franciscan Friary on Saturday, March 5.”
The Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition has contributed hugely to raising the standards of classical music performance in the county over the years, said organiser Sean Treacy of Killarney Rotary Club. “The objective of the competition is to create a forum for schoolgoing musicians of all standards to perform in public in their chosen discipline,” said Sean. It was Sean and his fellow Rotarian Barry Murphy who first established the contest in 2001. “Not only does it give young people the opportunity to perform alongside their peers, but the contest also opens up new avenues for showcasing their talents,” said Barry.
Killarney Rotary president John O’Sullivan added: “We are delighted to welcome Killarney Advertiser as media partner and trophies sponsor for the third consecutive year.”
The overall winner of the 2015 event was singer Megan O’Neill, who competed in the over-16 voice category in the prestigious event. Meanwhile, talented young Killarney pianist Jack McCrohan was the first winner of the James Gleeson Memorial Trophy at last year’s Killarney Rotary Young Musician competition.
Jack, nine, from Ross Road, impressed all when he made a guest appearance at a Killarney Rotary lunch at The Malton Hotel a month later where he dazzled Rotarians and hotel guests alike with a virtuoso performance. James’s wife Grace and son Eoin presented the trophy in his memory.

 


 

Launching the Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year were, back, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, John O'Mahony, Killarney Rotary President John O'Sullivan, Sean Treacy, Barry Murphy, James Tarrant and Angela O'Connor, front. Grace O'Neill, Ciara Irwin Foley and Paul Sherry.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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