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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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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER AWARD

Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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