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Local musicians launch traditional Irish music orchestra

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney musicians are behind a new project to create a traditional Irish music orchestra in Kerry.

Conor Moriarty from Kilcummin, graduated with a masters in traditional Irish music performance from the University of Limerick. He is a former All-Ireland champion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on melodeon in 2009 and on button accordion the following year.

He and fellow UL graduate Seán Kelliher from Fossa, are behind a plan to create the orchestra. They will begin a 15-week rehearsal programme at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee on September 4 and they are calling on young musicians to get in touch with them.

“Kingdom Trad Orchestra is a new initiative to get musicians from Kerry and the surrounding areas to come together and perform as an orchestral ensemble. The orchestra will focus on arrangement within traditional Irish music along with new compositions, with the aim of bringing the orchestra to perform in a state-of-the-art theatre at the end of the term,” Conor explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

Starting on September 4, they will run a two-hour class in Tralee, one each for U12s from 10am to 12pm and a Youth Orchestra from 1pm to 3pm.

Interested applicants should send a two-minute video or audio clip to kingdomtradorchestra@gmail.com or via WhatsApp to 087 969 8063.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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