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Messiah gets Christmas date at the Cathedral

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By Sean Moriarty

Fans of classical music are in for a rare Christmas treat with the announcement that ‘Messiah by Handel’ will be performed in St Mary’s Cathedral on December 11.

The 18th century oratorio (a piece of music which tells a story) will be performed by Dublin Bach Singers, a 25 member classical music choir based in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.

It is the choir's first ever Killarney appearance and will be their first performance anywhere since Christmas 2019.

Three of the group's soloists have strong connections with Kerry. Sharon Lyons lives in Killarney, Leanne Fitzgerald is from Lixnaw, and Conor Prendiville, who will be travelling to Killarney immediately after a series of performances in the Wexford opera festival, is from Killorglin.

“We do about four concerts per year," Dublin Bach Singers’ manager Jonathan Baum told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In Killarney, we are going to do 'Messiah by Handel', which premiered in Dublin in 1742. We will have a choir, orchestra and four soloists - soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It's an oratorio about the story of Jesus, from the annunciation to the crucifixion. It's our first concert since Christmas 2019. We started rehearsing for a concert which was scheduled for March 2020 but it had to be cancelled.”

The performance will be lead by music director is Blanaid Murphy.

"The choir, orchestra and soloists are very excited about our first ever concert in Killarney. A performance of Messiah is always the perfect way to kick off the festive season, and we're sure the audience will love it. It might even become an annual tradition," he added.

Tickets are €25 and are available at www.eventbrite.ie.

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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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