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Music to their ears at ANSEO concerts

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By Michelle Crean

The sweet sound of live music not only lightened the mood but lifted people's spirits in the town on Sunday as delighted local acts finally got their chance to get back on stage.

Pauline Scanlon was joined on stage by guitarist Mike Galvin from Killarney at ANSEO in Killarney on Sunday.

The Rising performing at ANSEO in Killarney on Sunday.

Cathal Flaherty performing at ANSEO in Killarney on Sunday.

Gleneagle The Band performing at ANSEO in Killarney on Sunday.

The town car park at Fair Hill hosted two shows which were the last in the Kerry ANSEO series in recent weeks.

At 2pm, the weather wasn’t looking too great as the rain had come, but that didn’t stop the performers, who gave it their everything, despite the weather.

First up was The Gleneagle Concert Band, a total of 16 band members took to the stage under the guidance of Vincent Condon musical director and Ciaran Lynch the band manager. All in all they played a 45 minute slot of some great big band tunes

Dingle’s own Pauline Scanlon, who is taking a break from her Bird On A Wire UK tour, was next up. Pauline was joined on stage by guitarist Mike Galvin from Killarney. Together this pair gave big music where soulful songs and tunes won the hearts of this live audience. Pauline attributed Mike’s with the wonderful accolade “the best guitarist in the world”. This pair made great music and their range of tunes included Leonard Cohen as well as some Irish folk, done extremely well.

The afternoon show closed with The Small Hours, Killarney’s own folk, rock blues band who performed a lively mix of covers and original music. Samandia White and the full band stormed the stage and outplayed the rain.

The Rising, young lads full of energy and lively tunes, were first on stage for the 7pm show. Their collective trad sounds are spirited, and dancing was had, both on and off stage.

Next up, Kerry’s own singer-songwriter Cathal Flaherty. Cathal’s unique voice and songwriting filled Fair Hill and it was hard to believe it was just one man on stage. He jumped from guitar to piano and the audience simply loved him.

There was no introduction needed for Truly Diverse as the crowd jumped and sang along as one can only do when Kieran Healy and clan take to the stage. The final set was huge ­and a fitting end to what was a super Sunday of Kerry music in Killarney.

A total of 66 performers played live to local audiences in Listowel, Tralee and finally Killarney over the last two weekends for ANSEO which was supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht and Media through Kerry County Council and Kerry County Arts.

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Killarney woman completes every parkrun in the country

By Sean Moriarty A Killarney woman has entered the record books after completing every parkrun in the country – and more. There are one hundred open parkruns in Ireland and […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney woman has entered the record books after completing every parkrun in the country – and more.

There are one hundred open parkruns in Ireland and a further three that take place behind closed doors in prisons and in health institutions and Majella Moloney has completed all of them.

On Saturday last she completed the Irish list by finishing the Borrisokane run in County Offaly.

She was inspired to take up parkruns by her work colleague Stephen Byrne after suffering a personal crisis in 2017.

“It is so good for my mental health, I can’t explain the feel good factor,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “My personal circumstances changed dramatically in January 2017 and I needed to do something for my mental health.”

She has also done parkruns all over Europe; in total she has participated in 178 runs in countries like Britain, Germany, Poland and Italy.

She has also volunteered for 180 parkruns, often acting as ‘tail walker’ on the event she had entered.

In March this year Majella completed her parkrun Alphabet Challenge by participating in a parkrun in 26 different cities – one for each letter – York in England and Zielona Góra in Western Poland were the two most difficult letters to tick off.

“parkrun has helped me so much,” she added, “I have made friends all over the world.”

Later this year she will join her English friends Don and Sue Esslemont on a parkrun in Britain.

“Sue is doing her 500th walk this year. I first met them in Buncrana [County Donegal] and they encouraged me to travel to more events – it is one big family.”

She also paid tribute to Bertie and Bairbre Hickey from Tralee who have joined her on over 20 runs across Ireland.

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A new parkrun for four to 14-year-olds has been launched in Killarney.

The first local junior parkrun will take place in Killarney House and Gardens on Sunday at 9.30am.

“Tralee has been holding junior parkruns for a while now but this is a first for Killarney,” Majella said.

The adult Killarney parkrun will take place as usual on Saturdays.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

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Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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