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Rugby coach legend guest of honour at St Brendan’s College Concert

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SUPER COACH: Former Irish Rugby Head Coach Joe Schmidt will join Liam O'Connor on stage at St Brendan's College on Wednesday night, March 11.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Irish Rugby Head Coach Joe Schmidt will be one of the guests of honour at the annual St Brendan’s College Concert on March 11.

This is the seventh annual concert, organised by local musical legend Liam O’Connor and  the school’s music teaching staff Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell.

O’Connor, who was last year named as ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Accordion Player’ will lead the concert. He will be joined on stage by former Eurovision singer Brian Kennedy. The pair have worked together several times in the past, most recently at a Christmas Concert in the Friary in Killarney. They will be joined on stage by members of the St Brendan’s College Choir and Music Group.

Schmidt, who guided the Irish Rugby team to three Six Nation Rugby titles between 2013 and 2019, will give a talk on the ups and downs of life during the interval.

“I met Joe on my travels and he is a fascinating man,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He is not here to talk about rugby, of course he will talk about it, but he will take a more holistic approach to life. I started this with Principal Sean Coffey, seven years ago and it has grown and grown.”

Tickets at €30 (plus booking fee) are available at www.ticketstop.ie.

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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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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