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Killarney singer to entertain Formula 1 stars

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By Sean Moriarty

Much-respected Killarney musician and entertainer Jack Patrick Healy will perform for some of the greatest names in the world of Formula 1 later this year.

The BWT Alpine Formula 1 team is hosting its Christmas Party - with over 13,000 people expected - on a yet-to-be-announced date at Silverstone Grand Prix track.

The team have asked Jack Patrick to perform and it'll be no ordinary Christmas party as guests will include drivers and officials from all Formula 1 Grand Prix teams. Sponsors, supports and race staff are all invited.

Jack Patrick, son of the 'Singing Jarvey' from the Gap of Dunloe, is best known for his performances in the residents’ bar in the Killarney Grand.

He has been living and playing in London for the last four years. Jack Patrick is a huge motor racing fan and spends a lot of time spectating at big and small events at Silverstone.

Through his motor racing contacts he was offered the BWT Alpine gig.

“This is going to be enormous, they will place a Grand Piano in the middle of the race track, I will be wearing a BWT alpine race suit and helmet while on stage,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

The BWT Alpine team is currently home to drivers like former World Champion Fernando Alonso and F1 race winner Estaban Ocon. Jack Patrick has also met recently crowned World F1 champion Max Verstappen.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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