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New music video takes in some local sites

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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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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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