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Killarney to make the French connection this weekend

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A TALENTED troupe of Killarney dancers and musicians will be taking centre stage in Saint-Avertin in France this weekend.

The traditional Irish music and dance group, Echoes of Killarney, has been invited to play at a major Celtic event, Le Festival des Horizons, tomorrow and Sunday, where they will exhibit the best of local Killarney talent. Musicians Padraig Buckley, Tom O’Connor, Niamh Dalton, Mike Kelliher, Sean Kelliher, Geraldine Brosnan and singer Brid O’Shea will be joined by a host of dancers directed by Maureen Hegarty at this massive open-air music festival, expected to attract a tens of thousands of spectators this year.

Maureen was invited a few years ago when Kerry Dances Ireland performed and the show was so successful she has been invited back. “Saint-Avertin is a twin-town to Killarney and Echoes of Killarney group is looking forward to visiting the town, meeting the locals and performing alongside famous folk artists,” said Maureen. “We will also be privileged to be joined by a delegation from the Killarney Municipal District including the town mayor.

“We will be performing alongside some of the best Celtic bands in Europe! It truly is an honour.”
 


 
Above: The Killarney musicians who will perform in Saint-Avertin this weekend.

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Dan Tim to drive sheep over London bridge

London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday. Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry. He employs over one thousand […]

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London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday.

Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry.

He employs over one thousand people through his labour hire firm ‘Danny Sullivan and Sons’, and has employed countless Kerry people, many of them from his native South Kerry, since its foundation in the mid-1980s.

The Freedom of the City of London allows the bearer to herd one hundred sheep over the landmark Tower Bridge.

However, logistical issues and traffic management plans mean the number of sheep has been reduced to less than 10 and the event will now take place over nearby Southwark Bridge.

London-based news channels, including the BBC, are expected to cover the event while hundreds of his family and friends from South Kerry will be in London to witness the unique event.

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BIG CELEBRATION

Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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