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ROCK ON: Lead singer Ryan Hennessy and 'Picture This' photographed on stage playing to a full house at the INEC Arena in Killarney. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Top Irish band Picture This entertained over 4,000 at their resent Killarney gig – and were the first group to play at the newly rebranded Gleneagle INEC Arena

The Kildare-based band comprising of Ryan Hennessy, Jimmy Rainsford, Owen Cardiff and Cliff Deane saw 4142 INEC tickets snapped up within three minutes of going on sale last July.

 

The band wowed the audience with top hits such as ‘Take My Hand’, ‘Let's Be Young’ and ‘Modern Love’ at the Arena which recently had an investment of over half a million euro in production and technology, across lighting, sound and audio-visual systems, as well as an increase in capacity.

[caption id="attachment_29569" align="alignleft" width="300"] NIGHT OUT: At the Picture This concert in the INEC Arena, Killarney were from left Sean Cahill and Amy Sheahan from Killarney. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

“Picture This first played with us back in 2015 as part of their ‘Journey Starts Here’ tour and we knew then they were destined for greatness,” Mark Egan, Director of Entertainment Gleneagle INEC Arena, said.

Picture This released their self-titled full-length debut album in 2017 going triple-platinum in Ireland, holding the number one spot in the Irish Album Chart for four weeks, and also topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Live, the band have sold over 400K tickets, selling out a stadium tour in Ireland last summer and becoming the first act ever to play and sell out five nights at 3arena in Dublin.

 

[caption id="attachment_29568" align="alignleft" width="300"] ON THE TOWN: At the Picture This in the INEC Arena, Killarney were from left, Roisin Anghim, Caoimhe Fleming, Caitlin Fleming, Amiee Purtill and Noelle Croke. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29567" align="alignleft" width="300"] Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan Hennessy and Cliff Deane from 'Picture This' pictured with Fintan Smyth, David McSweeney, Edward Chambers and Mark Redmond before going on stage. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29566" align="alignleft" width="300"] MEET THE BAND: Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan Hennessy and Cliff Deane from Picture This pictured with Emily Cahill and Molly O'Mahony from Killarney before going on stage. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29565" align="alignleft" width="300"] LOCAL STAR: Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan Hennessy and Cliff Deane from Picture This pictured with Radio Kerry DJ Brendan Fuller and Eve O'Donoghue, Killarney before going on stage. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29564" align="alignleft" width="300"] COURTING: Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan Hennessy and Cliff Deane from Picture This pictured with Irish International Ladies Basketballers Tania McCormack and Ella O'Donnell before going on stage. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29563" align="alignleft" width="300"] MEET YOUR HEROES: Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan Hennessy and Cliff Deane from 'Picture This' pictured with Killarney girls Cariosa Fleming, Muireann Fleming before going on stage. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29562" align="alignleft" width="300"] PRESENTATION: Mark Egan on behalf of the INEC Arena presents a framed poster to Irish Band Picture This who created their own record when they sold out their Killarney show in 3.5 minutes at the INEC Arena in Killarney. Included are band members from left: Owen Cardiff, Jimmy Rainsford, Patrick O'Donoghue (The Gleneagle Group), Ryan Hennessy (Lead Singer), Cliff Deane and Brian Whitehead (Band Manager). Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29573" align="alignleft" width="300"] RECORD BREAKING: Fans react to Picture This gig at the INEC Arena in Killarney on Friday night. Photograph by Don MacMonagle.[/caption]

“This was a very important project for us,” Mark added. “There is a certain kind of energy here, not replicated anywhere else.”

 

 

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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