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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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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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