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Leah inspires Clonkeen Youth Choir to help vital bus service

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TUNE in this month as Clonkeen Youth Choir will launch their CD “Celebrate” on Friday, July 28, at 9.30pm in The Kerry Way. The choir will sing at 9.30am Mass in Clonkeen on Sunday, July 30, and proceeds from the CD will go to the Cork/Kerry Health Link Bus Service.

Members of the choir have been inspired over the past year by the courage of one of their members Leah Lynch. “Leah has battled with a very rare form of cancer with calm fortitude, and resilience, and is now recovering from major surgery,” said a spokeswoman for the choir.

Leah and her family have been making huge efforts to raise money for the Cork Kerry Health Link Bus Service. “In support of Leah and her family, and of this important facility, the choir decided that the proceeds from this CD will also go to the Cork Kerry Health Link Bus Service,” added the spokeswoman.

Clonkeen Youth Choir was founded in 2012 with members from all parts of Glenflesk parish and this CD was recorded to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the choir. Some of the choir members were involved in Teen Spirit and were encouraged by Noel O’Sullivan and Mish O’Donoghue to form their own youth choir based in Clonkeen. The choir have sung at Mass in Clonkeen and also showed their versatility by performing at other local events for example, The Rambling House, the production of Patrick, visiting hospitals and various fundraisers.

The choir thanked Fr Bill Radley, Fr George Hayes and the congregation of Clonkeen Church who welcomed their new ideas, and Rosie Healy, Derry Healy and Tony O’Flaherty whose experience, help and advice were invaluable when recording the CD.

The choir has been guided by Mary Woodcock O’Sullivan and Anne Kelly since its inception in 2012. “Great credit is due to this wonderful group of young people,” said Mary. “Their leadership qualities, talent, energy, commitment and enthusiasm has made the whole project a joyful one. The CD is aptly named ‘Celebrate!’”

CDs cost €10 and will be for sale locally and from all choir members. Your support is greatly appreciated. The choir members are Emma Cantillon, Aoife Cronin, Claire Cronin, Aine O’Sullivan, Mary O’Sullivan, Alison O’Sullivan, Aileen Healy, Eabha Healy, Connie Lynch, Leah Lynch, Shauna O’Donoghue, Mairead Kelleher, Roisin Kelleher, Jennifer Murphy, Aoife Kelliher, Denis O’Sullivan, Alicia Cronin, Ellen Cronin, Lucy Cronin, Rachel Kelly, Aoife Fleming and Eadaoin O’Donoghue.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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