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Sem students are 20 years singing for charity

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By Sean Moriarty

Students brought 'Joy to the World' - as well as the town centre on Thursday - as they warmed their vocals for their annual carol singing session.

It was a special occasion as it was the 20th year Leaving Certificate students from St Brendan’s College have been carol singing for charity at Market Cross. And such was the generosity of the public that the boys raised €2,255.

Each year, since 2001, the students and one of the college’s teachers, Paul Barden, organise a Christmas Carol session and bucket collection as a fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul.

Their day began at St Columbanus’ Nursing Home but COVID-19 restrictions meant they had to sing in the windows to the residents rather stage an indoor concert.

At lunch time they took over the Market Cross and entertained locals and visitors with an-hour long performance.

“Each year we raise at least €1,000 and the money always goes to St Vincent de Paul,” Mr Barden, who is one of the school’s Irish and Religion teachers, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am lucky to have some of the students who performed with Liam O’Connor last week – I need that extra talent to make it work as I have none.”

Afterwards the students attended the college’s annual Christmas dinner. Each student paid €10 for the dinner and this money will be donated to families connected with the school who have suffered bereavements this year.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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