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Musical society plan sweet sound of music this month

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Songs are being practised and lines rehearsed as Killarney Musical Society (KMS) prepares for its 34th annual show.
The well-known and very talented bunch are planning to bring ‘The Sound of Music’ to life this month in the INEC, opening on Tuesday, February 26 and running for three nights to Thursday, February 28 inclusive.
This year’s musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide to flee from Austria with the children.
“You may not know it - but you are sure to know many of the musical numbers in this show such as ‘Do Re Mi’, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’, ‘Edelweiss’ and who can forget that lovely scene from the film with the von Trapp family singing...’So Long, Farewell’,” Orna Cleary O’Shea, PRO with KMS, said.

“Cast and crew are putting in the time and effort now with rehearsals taking place a few nights a week and weekends also to ensure that the show is up to the usual high standards that our amazing, loyal audiences have come to expect at this stage.

“The society takes great pride in what they do and like to deliver a production and performance far beyond their 'amateur' status in musical theatre.”

This year is proving to be up there with the best as there’s a stunning cast ready to tread the boards including local girl Siobhan Bustin playing the part of Maria beautifully, alongside stalwart of the society, Derek O'Leary playing Captain von Trapp, Brid Mills is playing a very believable Mother Superior and then the children's chorus, the von Trapp family, she added.
“What can we say about these super talented, wonderful young people, they are absolutely fantastic in all they do, and we have to say they truly are a treasure and a pleasure to be around.

“So please don't miss the opportunity to see this stunning musical brought to life with Killarney Musical Society and support local talent at its best.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the society on 087 9933411 or 087 1342314. Check them out on Facebook or their website www.killarneymusicalsociety.ie.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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