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COLOURFUL: Rory Ward ('Joseph') and Killarney Musical Society members who will perform in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' on tomorrow (Tuesday February 25), Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 at The INEC, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

 

By Michelle Crean

 

It promises to be a spectacular production this week as members of Killarney Musical Society (KMS) bring their latest dazzling show to the stage.

Over 70 are in the cast for this year’s ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in the Gleneagle INEC Arena from tomorrow (Tuesday, February 25) to Thursday 27 inclusive, for the Society’s 35th production.

 

It’s a musical comedy, a tale that follows the journey of a dreamer, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Joseph, the son of Jacob is given a coat of many colours by his father and encounters the jealousy of his 12 brothers.

“It is a musical lovers favourite as the entire story is told through song and dance,” Orna Cleary, PRO of KMS said.

“It really is a non-stop couple of hours of music, song, laughter, colour, dancing, and overall spectacle. We have a cast of over 70 people on stage, half of those being our fabulous children and teens chorus. The cast have worked tirelessly over the past few months, rehearsing up to four times weekly. They always land in with a smile.”

 

[caption id="attachment_30312" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Rory Ward ('Joseph') and Gerry Adams, who plays the role of his father 'Jacob' pictured with the 'brothers' who will perform in the Killarney Musical Society's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. In front are: Johnny Courtney, Jimmy Kelly, Gerry Adams, Rory Ward, Derry Healy and Paul O'Sullivan. At the back are: Derek O'Leary, Eamon Kelly, Jack Brosnan, Padraig Creedon and Peter Cook. Picture: Eamonn Keogh   [/caption]

 

 

And it isn’t the first time the local group have staged the musical, she added.

“This is the second time, having first produced it in 2000. And amazingly our Joseph this time around, namely the super talented Rory Ward, was in our children's chorus in that production. There are many of our cast in Joseph for the second time with KMS so it holds many special memories for many of us on stage this year,” she said.

KMS has a pop up shop open for pre-purchase of tickets in Noelle's Cafe, under the clock at the Market Cross, Old Market Lane, Killarney, she added.

“It is open Monday to Saturday inclusive from 12 noon to 4pm daily, so pop in and get your tickets for this amazing show.”

 

 

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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The only certainty is uncertainty

By Michael O’Connor    “History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the […]

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By Michael O’Connor   

“History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee

Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq down 2.2% and 3.5%, respectively.

This 147th twist in the pandemic tale got me thinking about how much we think we know when really, we know nothing at all.

At the start of the year nobody would have predicted that 2020 would have played out the way it did. Very few would have predicted that 2021, with promising vaccines and a return to normality would have represented so little change, but here we are.

Everyone loves to pretend like they fully understand what this all means and what will happen next. I get it; who doesn’t love the warm cozy allure of certainty. We all want to exist in a world where we know what lies around the corner.

History is a perpetual stream of mistaken opinions and unpredictable outcomes, but the predictions won’t stop. People will cast their views with deluded certainty about what to expect next by extrapolating the current conditions out into the future, but the current conditions aren’t a constant, and the game is always changing.

Unfortunately, the reality is, nobody knows what’s next, and the sooner you can discard any naive sense of conviction, the easier it will be in both life and investing. While this statement may seem morbid on the surface, loosening our grip on our need for certainty can be liberating.

Remember, while it is important to have expectations and predictions, predictions are not fact, and you will be wrong. Not always, but you will be wrong, so try not to be overly tethered to your current version of the truth.

Lean into the uncertainty

Accepting that nothing is certain can often be cast as an impotent statement in a world obsessed with knowing all the answers.

In an industry where uncertainty is the ultimate enemy, telling investors to submit to it is often met with disdain, but accepting the inevitability of uncertainty is so important if you want to avoid going stir crazy as you try and hold for the long term.

Of course, discarding uncertainty is easier said than done. Worrying about factors beyond our control is an inherent part of the human condition. However, simply being aware that the game is not predictable and nobody truly knows the final outcome may help you reduce your craving for certainty.

My advice

Stop reaching for perfection in a world of constant uncertainty. Stop obsessing about making the right decision one hundred percent of the time. Even the best investors in history have had their fair share of howlers. Ultimately you just need to be right more often than you are wrong.

The solution

Create an investment portfolio centred around what you believe to be the most probable outcome based on available information and incorporate enough diversification to function as a buffer.

In a world where anything is possible, all you can do is focus on what is most probable, allow for a margin of error to support you when your assumed outcomes don’t play out and simply let go of the rest.

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