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Killorglin panto will go on!

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In true panto tradition - the show will go on - as Killorglin locals today (Saturday) tread the boards for their 59th performance.

FUN: Siun O'Connor Declan Mangan and Kamron O'Brien will bring some fun to the stage when they appear in this weekend's 'Red Riding Hood' which opens in the CYMS Killorglin.

READY FOR THE STAGE: Siun and Tom O'Connor as Red Ridinghood and Wolf in Killorglin's 59th pantomime 'Red Riding Hood' which opens in the CYMS with a matinee this weekend.

CAST: The cast in Killorglin's 59th pantomime 'Red Riding Hood' which opens in the CYMS with a matinee this weekend are: Tom O'Connor Siun O'Connor Lucinda Moriarty Kamron O'Brien John Creagh Bronagh Murphy Michael F O'Connor Stephen Scales Declan Mangan and Chris Brennan.

'Red Riding Hood' opens in the CYMS with a matinee at 3pm and promises a laugh a minute as those behind the show are keen to bring some fun to the public.

Rehearsals started in October last, but the upturn of the pandemic meant that original dates had to be rescheduled and rehearsals were on Zoom.

Live rehearsals, wearing masks and conscious of social distancing, began again two weeks ago.

Siun O'Connor, a gifted young singer from Listry, plays the lead and Kamron O'Brien, another young and upcoming talent, plays opposite her as Jack B Nimble.

Evergreen Declan Mangan plays the part of Granny Gleoite, who is pursued by Squire Squiggletoes (Chris Brennan) and his two silly Baliffs Sooner (John McGeever) and Later (John Creagh) with some hilarious encounters.

The Wicked Wolf (Tom O'Connor) shows off a wide range of acting, singing and dancing skills in a commanding performance, but to ensure evil doesn't win, the Fairy Queen, played by Louise Clifford Foley, keeps a magic eye on Mr Wolf and makes sure no harm falls on Bopeep (Bronagh Murphy) and her two pet sheep, Fluffi (Magda Kalinowski) and Fiffi (Lucinda Moriarty).

The impartial Judge (Stephen Scales) and the busy Town Crier (Michael F O'Connor) make sure good will always conquer evil.

"Michael F has a unique distinction of being on stage with his son (the Wolf) and granddaughter (Red Riding Hood)," Geraldine O'Sullivan, PRO, said.

"Anne Mangan has again come out of retirement to organise the stunning costumes and Sean Coffey is the artistic creator of the colourful scenery. Musical Director is Sean Tracey, Sorcha O'Connor has proved to be an excellent Chorus Director and Fiona Crowley's choreography compliments the overall enjoyment of a show, which is again of the usual polished performance always associated with Killorglin Pantomime."

Other show dates include, tomorrow (Sunday February 27) with a matinee at 3pm.
March 1, 3, 4, 5 shows are nightly at 8pm, and the final matinee takes place at 3pm on Sunday March 6. Bookings can be made at 066 9790961.

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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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