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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.

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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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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