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Musician’s legacy strikes a chord in Killarney

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Cian Buckley O’Sullivan, Fossa, who won the prize for the most promising strings musician in the recent Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition, pictured with Rotarians Sean Treacy, Mike Stack, Grace O’Neill and Paul Sherry. PICTURE: JOHN O’SULLIVAN, KILLARNEY PHOTOGRAPHIC

IT IS said that music is the universal language of mankind and this is certainly the case when it came to the generosity sparked by a Killarney contest for aspiring young performers.
When seeking sponsorship for last year’s annual Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year, the club’s then-president Mike Stack contacted all the suppliers of his company Tricel asking them to put an ad in the concert programme.
“One of the people I contacted was a guy called Peter Senior from a UK company called Polynt which is owned by the French oil company Total,” said Mike.
Explaining that it would take months to get approval from France, Peter decided to send Mike a personal cheque and asked him to send him an invoice which he then claimed back from the company.
Tragically, Peter died suddenly of a heart attack a short time after the competition. “It transpired that Peter was a musician (a blues guitarist) and his best friend, a guy called Paul Walton (also a musician), decided to hold a memorial concert in Peter’s memory,” said Mike.
As Paul was sorting Peter’s affairs, he came upon the cheque to Killarney Rotary Club. “Paul contacted me and proposed the idea of presenting the funds raised from the concert to Rotary and specifically to the Young Musician competition. I thanked him for this gesture and said that we would present a prize in Peter’s memory on the finals night,” said Mike.
Paul raised €2,500 and presented this to the club. “This money is invaluable in safeguarding the future of the competition,” said Mike.
As Peter was a blues guitarist, Killarney Rotary decided to present the prize in his memory to the most promising young musician in the strings category and this year’s winner as Fossa violinist Cian Buckley O’Sullivan, who was presented with his prize on Wednesday at The Malton Hotel.
 


 
Above, Cian Buckley O’Sullivan, Fossa, who won the prize for the most promising strings musician in the recent Killarney Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition, pictured with Killarney Rotarians Sean Treacy, Mike Stack, Grace O’Neill and Paul Sherry. PICTURE: JOHN O’SULLIVAN, KILLARNEY PHOTOGRAPHIC

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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