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Killarney VTOS to hold virtual information evening

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Killarney VTOS is inviting people from the Killarney area to attend a virtual information session tomorrow (Tuesday) to hear about their up and coming QQI Level 3 and 4 courses.

The virtual event will provide people with information on how to upskill in areas such as ECDL, Career Planning, Internet Skills and much more.

VTOS are proud to be one of the leading providers of Adult Education for Killarney and surrounding areas, supported by Kerry Educational and Training Board (KETB) for the past 28 years. Their team endeavours to provide adult learners with a supportive caring environment which will enable them to achieve their full potential.

“The Killarney VTOS vision of education has evolved since our commencement in 1993," Mary A. O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser.

"At the core of Killarney VTOS has been the broad understanding of education being a lifelong instrumental life skill. Central to this is the learners’ well-being, enabling him/her to develop, grow and commence their journey either into employment and/or further education. Learners leave Killarney VTOS prepared and equipped with self-awareness, self-knowledge and a relevant skillset to competently enter the world of work or progress to further education and training.”

The QQI/ICDL certificates that the learners achieve through the VTOS programmes are proof of their commitment, determination, hard work and perseverance. Killarney VTOS believe that the centre plays a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health and they are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for building life skills and resilience amongst our learners.

Their programmes include Information and Communication Technology Skills - QQI Level 3 and 4, and Employment Skills - QQI Level 5.

Modules include; Communications, Work Experience, Payroll ICDL/Advanced ICDL, Expert ICDL standard, Manual Handling, Fire Safety Training, and First Aid.

“If you decide to join our Killarney VTOS programme, we hope that your time with us will be enjoyable and rewarding, leading you to either return to the workforce or progress to further education and training and beyond.”

The VTOS Virtual Zoom Information Session takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm via this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zoGkLsyASLWzQGz_aSVzNQ

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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 […]

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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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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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