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SURPRISE: Book reviewer and musician Rian Gleeson was shocked that staff on The Late Late Toy Show arranged for him to meet musician Sharon Shannon. Picture Andres Poveda

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Over 1.35 million viewers stayed up late and tuned into the most watched show of the year on Friday night – but it was two local youngsters that stole hearts on The Late Late Toy Show.

From book reviewer Rian Gleeson’s shock surprise that the show has arranged for him to have a private session with musician Sharon Shannon - to Denis Moroney’s emotional rendition of ‘Grace’ – there wasn’t a dry eye in households across the country.

Seven-year-old Rian from Artegallivan, who was featured in the Killarney Advertiser two weeks ago, said appearing on the show was “a dream come true”.

“It was so exciting to get to meet Ryan and see the magical set,” Rian told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I really enjoyed the books I got to review and I even got to meet some of the authors the week before the show. All of the team in RTÉ were so nice, I played my accordion and it was definitely a day I will never forget!”

Rian was really shocked when Ryan told him he had a surprise that will involve him meeting Sharon Shannon on December 14.

He will get an hour master class with the accordion player and get to go to her concert in the INEC.

Rian has been learning the accordion for the last seven months under the tutelage of his dad Mícheál Gleeson, so this is going to be a very special experience for them both.

“I was stunned when Ryan told me, I am so happy and I cannot wait to meet her.”

[caption id="attachment_29210" align="alignleft" width="200"] MOVING PERFORMANCE: Denis Moroney (12) from Killorglin pictured wIth Ryan Tubridy moments after singing 'Grace' on Friday night's Late Late Toy Show. Picture Andres Poveda[/caption]

For young 12-year-old Denis from Killorglin, appearing on the show was very emotional as both his parents, Lyn and Michael, were unable to be there as they were away in New York on their honeymoon – seven years after they married, he told Tubridy.

After his stunning performance, Tubridy, so moved by his singing, hugged Denis and told the audience ‘I wasn’t supposed to come up here at all but this guy touched my heart’.

“You did it. How are you feeling? You’re a good guy, do you know that?”, he told Denis, who is played a leading role in last year’s Killarney Musical Society’s 'The Sound of Music'.

Upon hearing that his parents were away, Tubridy reassured the tearful youngster by adding ‘for tonight, we’re all your mom and dad’.

From Friday to Sunday a further 233,000 streams were made on the RTE Player. However, Denis waited for his parents to return home and together watched the show with younger brother Daniel (9) on Monday.

 

[caption id="attachment_29209" align="alignleft" width="200"] Denis performing 'Grace' on the Late Late Toy Show. Picture Andres Poveda.[/caption]

 

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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