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Liam O’Connor is the Pride of Cork

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By Sean Moriarty

Legendary accordion player, Killarney resident and Newmarket, County Cork native Liam O’Connor will pick up a Pride of Cork Award next month.

The annual Pride of Cork Awards are organised by Cork Civic Life, an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to Cork people at home and abroad.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 26 at The Clayton Hotel Silver Springs with Miriam O'Callaghan of RTÉ, PJ Coogan of The Cork's 96FM and Patricia Messinger of C103 Cork as compères.

The organising committee have selected O’Connor for a ‘Pride of Cork’ award for many reasons including: “in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Liam has made to Irish music for close to 30 years in the promotion of Ireland, locally and globally”, and “in recognition of Liam being listed in the Guinness World Records as having the fastest fingers in the world on the accordion”.

“I am delighted,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is always nice to be recognised and acknowledged in your own county.”

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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