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Musical stars take a bow in Killarney

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A LIVELY rendition of the sparkling number The Sun Has Got His Hat on was one of the show-stopping performances at Killarney Musical Society’s production of Me and My Girl in the INEC in March and it was a case of life imitating art as the talented troupe returned in June sunshine to the venue where they joined their counterparts from musical societies across Ireland.

The glamour and fun of the Association of Musical Societies (AIMS) annual awards spilled into the grounds that evening when over 1,300 members cheered and clapped as the winners were announced by MC Fergal D’Arcy.

Colm Moules, AIMS president, made a special presentation to Patrick O'Donoghue and Breffni Ingerton of The Gleneagle Hotel to mark the hotel's 60 years of Irish hospitality on the occasion of the association's 14th consecutive year holding their annual awards in the INEC.

There were celebrations on home ground for Killarney Musical Society, as Paddie Keogh, representing John O’Brien, received the runner-up award for Best Musical Director/Gilbert Section for Me and My Girl.

John Hurley, Tralee Musical Society, was the winner of the Best Technical /Gilbert Section for the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
There were double award wins for a number of musical societies in the Sullivan Section with UCD Musical Society, Dublin taking home, Best Actress for Derry Keeling and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Colin Gilligan for Parade.

New Ross Musical Society were singing in the aisle as Singing in the Rain was awarded two awards for Best Comedienne for Caroline O’Connell and Best Director for Derek Shannon. Clara Musical Society claimed Best Visual and the much coveted title of Best Overall Show in the Sullivan Section for their spellbinding production of Cats with runners up Twin Productions for their hilarious production of Spamalot.
 


 
Above: Paddie Keogh, representing John O'Brien, receives the runner-up award for Best Musical Director/Gilbert Section for'Me and My Girl from Colm Moules, President, AIMS. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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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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