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By Michelle Crean

Killarney town is set to feature in a new satirical music video alongside villages in France as Irish/French duo ‘The Village Vandals’ release their new single.

Their latest single ‘C’est La V’ was released on Wednesday with the video taking in many famous locations including Teddy O’Connors and Muckross Abbey.

Rapper and producer Kevin Donnelly from Ballydribeen makes up one half of the band while his cousin, singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Ruby Mae Shiels, who grew up in Allier, France which also features in the video, came to Ireland to pursue her passion in traditional Irish music.

"This is when we decided to combine our mutual love for music to create the unorthodox group 'The Village Vandals'," Kevin explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"We are currently based in France but plan to expand our growth in the Irish scene."

In the video he said they felt it necessary to convey the everyday life in Killarney accompanied by some traditional Irish comedy in conjunction with the almost parallel odd life in the bizarre countryside of Bourbonnais France.

"The combination of these two strange worlds is the concoction responsible for the creation of 'The Village Vandals'."

They have also recently completed their debut album 'Vandalism' set to be released later this year.

With two singles from the album already released, the debut single 'Alive' and the follow up 'Illiterate' can both be heard and viewed on YouTube.

"Our newest single 'C’est La V' fuses punk and hiphop and uses these specific styles to discuss the true event stories of adversity in our lives with a satiric twist. The video following in the same comedic theme makes laughable moments out of the otherwise tiresomely irritating situations and displays the true essence of 'The Village Vandals' being the fusion of these two bizarre yet parallel worlds."

Their new single can be viewed on YouTube 'The Village Vandals - C'est La V'.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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