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From Killarney’s Main Street to Monaco and Cannes for Gleneagle band

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FESTIVALGOERS throughout Kerry and the South of France will be tapping their feet to the delightful sounds of The Gleneagle Concert Band this summer.

The band will be performing at all the big festivals in the county in the next couple of months – Killarney's 4th of July Festival, Puck Fair and The Rose of Tralee.

Band manager Ciaran Lynch said: "The 4th of July Festival in Killarney will certainly be a highlight for us as we will be joined by our good friends in The Blarney Brass and Reed Band for a massed band performance at 7pm. This performance takes place on Main Street and we encourage everyone to come along to hear how fantastic the big band sound really is."

The Gleneagle Concert Band will also be undertaking a joint concert tour with the Blarney Brass and Reed Band to the South of France in August. The Killarney based community band now in its 36th year will perform two joint concerts in Monaco and Cannes under the baton of band conductor Vincent Condon.

This will be the band’s sixth foreign tour following on from visits to Holland in 1985, Germany in 1989, Austria in 2002, Paris in 2007 and Lisbon in 2013.

Band conductor Vincent Condon commented: “The band will perform two open-air concerts in the centre of Monaco and Cannes. This will be a wonderful spectacle as between our own band and the Blarney Brass and Reed Band there will be close to 100 musicians performing on stage.”

The Gleneagle Concert Band and School of Music is currently enrolling new students for September 2017 for children aged 8 upwards. High quality instruments are supplied free of charge on a first come first served basis to students. Individual instrumentals lessons and music theory classes are provided by professionally qualified teachers.

Classes cover clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, drums/percussion, singing and piano.

Parents who wish to enrol their child in lessons in The Gleneagle School of Music and/or as a member of The Gleneagle Concert Band (past members and adults with previous musical experience are also welcome to join the band) should phone 087-2229513. More information is also available on the band website wwww.gleneagleconcertband.ie
 


 
Above: Gleneagle band conductor Vincent Condon. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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