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Modern day musical to spark conversation on topical issues




By Michelle Crean

Teens are hoping to spark conversation by focusing on daunting during their musical performance on the INEC stage next month.



'Prom Queen: The Jukebox Musical’ was written, created and stars 15-year-old Sinéad Greene, who is a Third Year student at Killarney Community College.

Her school friend Rachel Griffin (17) is co-director, executive producer and also a lead actor.

The cast and crew include many local students and also students from outside Killarney such as Rathmore, Tralee and even as far as Cork and Limerick.

This youth project aims to raise awareness around the importance of mental health and the girls advise that viewer discretion is advised as it's rated 12+ due to explicit language, and focusing on themes such as bullying, domestic abuse, references to suicide and LGBTQ+ representation.

"The show hopes to shine a light on these topics and spark conversations about the many different stories portrayed in the plot of this production," Sinéad told the Killarney Advertiser.

"There is a witty approach to the daunting questions of the modern day, with a catchy soundtrack which has many great, recognisable hits!"

Sinead started writing Prom Queen when she was 11-years-old.

"It has been a huge part of my life since then."


'Prom Queen' was officially launched on social media on June 15, 2021. Its official premiere took place in the form of a virtual concert on August 27, the same year.

"We gathered a group of 12 girls attending Killarney Community College, St. Brigid’s Secondary School and Intermediate School Killorglin."

Next stop is the INEC - something she only dreamed of when she first put pen to paper.

"Now we're here, a year after the official launch, and we're planning a fully staged production on the INEC stage in Killarney on November 21 and a show for schools on November 22."

Just two weeks ago, the cast had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Stories of Change Festival held in conjunction with Iveragh Learning Landscapes in Waterville.

"We are working in conjunction with MACademy, a local theatre organisation that provide the pupils with masterclasses and guidance."

“We performed a selection of songs from the show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. It was amazing to see the cast in costume and see everything coming together and we are now more excited than ever for November 21,” Rachel said.

They have also set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to cover the costs of venue hire, lighting, props, costumes, sound and stage design amongst many other things.

However, they are still urgently looking for local businesses to donate to their raffle.

"Any prizes, big or small, would be greatly appreciated!"

Tickets for the show are now available on eventbrite. For further information please visit

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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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Ballyspillane staff open up mental health conversation

By Michelle Crean “Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign. It’s all in partnership […]




By Michelle Crean

“Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign.

It’s all in partnership with Mental Health Ireland (MHI) and the centre will host an information/coffee morning on Thursday next (March 30) at 12.30pm at their centre and all are welcome to attend.

The campaign initiated by MHI identifies the need for positive engagement and connections with the people around us.

It asks people to engage in open conversations about mental health and prompts us all to ask the question “How Are You?”

The word HELLO is a useful acronym to guide everyone through such conversations, H: Hello, E: Engage positively with the person, L: Listen actively, L: Learn about the person and O: seek options to assist the person if required.

“We all need a listening and compassionate ear sometimes to get us through some challenges in our lives and I think the pandemic has opened a new way of looking at the world, where we can all recognise the challenges that people experience more readily,” Derek O’Leary, Manager of Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, said.

“Our team here are in the business of supporting families and individuals across the Killarney area and beyond and see the challenges that people face first hand. We also see the positive impact that a caring person can have in such circumstances and this campaign that encourages positive engagement, regarding mental health is a great reminder to us all, the role we can play is assisting others who are struggling.”

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre provide a suite of support and intervention services including family supports, social prescribing/community connection services and physiotherapeutic services across the Killarney municipal area and beyond.


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