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Let’s celebrate Ukrainian-Irish Christmas together!

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

Local Ukrainians are inviting the Killarney community to a special Christmas concert next week.

On Sunday, December 11 there will be a charity Christmas concert of Ukrainian and Irish music in St Mary's Church in Killarney at 3pm.

The concert will include traditional Ukrainian carols - Christmas songs that are performed during many winter holidays in Ukraine. In addition to solo songs, all guests will hear the performance of young violinists, the five Yershovy’s sisters and the performance of Ksenia Rusnak, who masterfully plays the ancient Ukrainian instrument - the bandura.

Bandura is a relative of the medieval lute, known in Ukraine since the 12th century as Kobza. Folk songs and Cossack poems are usually performed on the bandura. Residents of Killarney will have a unique opportunity to hear virtuoso playing on this instrument and be transported back to the 16th century. It was during this period that playing the bandura became very popular in Ukraine.

At the invitation of Ukrainians, Irish musicians will take part in the concert - which ones are still a surprise.
The organisers say that for Ukrainians, it is very important to share their Christmas traditions with the local community, and at the same time learn how Christmas is celebrated in Ireland. Despite seemingly different cultures, we have many points in common. So, for example, the famous Christmas song Carol of the Bells, which is performed all over the world, was written by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych and is known in Ukraine as 'Shchedryk'.

With this concert, Ukrainians also want to thank the entire local community for their warm welcome and hospitality and also to collect funds for a shelter in the city of Khotyn in Ukraine. In this house, priests receive women and children who lost their homes and suffered violence during the war. The house is in dire need of electricity to keep the little refugees and their mothers warm.

Meanwhile, preparations for the concert are in full swing. The soloists rehearse their programme in the evenings, attracting new voices to the choir.

“Ukraine was lucky to be among few European countries to preserve its authentic Christmas traditions with carol singing (kolyadky) and Malanka plays (vertep) - we will recreate this and other heritage at our concert. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our culture better, and for us to bring our home closer during this festive time,” Yulia Spillane, one of the choir's soloists, says.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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