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Ross Café ready to serve again!

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By Michelle Crean

A much loved local not-for-profit café has reopened its doors for indoor dining this week much to the delight of their regulars.

After the latest easing of COVID restrictions Ross Café at the Kerry Mental Health Association offices - which serves deliciously home-cooked food, freshly made sandwiches, home-baking and other tasty treats on Upper Lewis Road - is open to everyone daily form 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday.

The café had reopened for outdoor dining and take away last month and so far, customers have been enjoying the “céad míle fáilte” from popular staff Cathleen Collins and Mags Keogh.

“There’s a warm ambience and a feeling of positivity when you walk through the doors of the Ross Café," General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said.

"That’s something we’ve all been craving since the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent temporary closure of the café. Customers who come to enjoy the Ross Café experience can be assured that the profits go towards the promotion of the general welfare of people and to support those with mental health challenges and their families and carers.”

The café first opened in 2016 and, until the arrival of the pandemic, it has expanded to cater for the growing number of customers who enjoy the opportunity to take some time out and relax in good company.

The facilities at the Kerry Mental Health Association Offices, formerly Ross Products, offer a number of meeting rooms which can be rented out to community groups and other charities catering for different activities. These include: art, relaxation, computer training, counselling, Bingo, music, drama and exercise classes. However, due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, the rooms remain closed until further notice.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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