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Offaly Rose Emma celebrates her Leaving Cert results



Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan is congratulated on her Leaving Cert results by the Melbourne Rose Meghan Griffin and the Kerry Rose Danielle O'Sullivan. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

ONE of the 55,708 students to receive their Leaving Certificate results today was Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan. Emma, from Killeigh, Co Offaly, opened her results ahead of taking to the stage in the first of the qualifying selection nights at the Festival Dome in Tralee.

The 18-year-old, who hopes to study aeronautical engineering with a view to becoming an Air Corps cadet, had her results hand-delivered by her mother and father.

Emma had to wait until 2.30pm to find out the all-important grades when he parents Grainne and Paddy arrived in Tralee. “My dad’s a bit of a slow driver,” she joked. “I was nervous, mainly about maths, it was a borderline subject for me – whether to stay in higher and ordinary level, and I did higher level, and thankfully it paid off for me.”

She added: “I had surprises in a few of my subjects. English was another one, I got an A2 in English which I was shocked by, that’s crazy for me.”

Emma’s choice of aeronautical engineering is available in either the University of Limerick or Carlow IT.

“I’m speechless now. I wasn’t under a huge amount of pressure, I had to get 380 or 450 points – they could increase or decrease depending on the CAO but I think I’m safe,” she said.

Emma will be interviewed by Daithí O Se tonight on stage in the Dome in Tralee.

As for nerves about the results, Emma said her participation in the Rose of Tralee International Festival is “a great distraction”.

“Last night we were all quite tired after we met all of the escorts. I got into bed and conked straight away. I was up at 6.30am thinking ‘oh today is the day’,” she said.

Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan is congratulated on her Leaving Cert results by the Melbourne Rose Meghan Griffin and the Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH


Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



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



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 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



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

‘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.


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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