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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

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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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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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