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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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