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Music legend marks 50 years teaching

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By Michelle Crean

Last Saturday night was very special for one local music teacher who marked 50 years unbroken service with the Killarney Comhaltas branch.

And to celebrate the very special anniversary members of the branch surprised Nickie McAuliffe, a world renowned fiddle and flute player, to a get together in the Heights Hotel afterwards. There they treated Nickie and his wife Ann, who is also coming close to her 50th year teaching for the branch, to tea, cake and a music session. He was joined by members of the local branch as well as some of his very first students which he taught at Parlour 5 at the back of the Friary in 1971.

"We are so honoured to have a man with so much knowledge of music," Geraldine Guilfoyle (O'Sullivan), chairperson of the Killarney branch, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"He's so good to his students. He has a wealth of knowledge. He has not only taught them to play but given them a love of music. He gives of his time and is so passionate about teaching the history of the tunes."

Geraldine had asked Nickie to compose a tune to mark his 50th year.

On the night Nickie was presented with his composition 'Memories of Parlour 5' and a photo inscribed on a slate as a keepsake.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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