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TALENT: Musical students from St Brendan’s College in Killarney on stage with 'The High Kings'.

By Sean Moriarty

 

Musical students at St Brendan’s College in Killarney enjoyed a second cameo appearance with top performers in as many weeks – this time with The High Kings.

 

Two weeks after appearing on stage with Corona’s lead singer Danny Reilly, the students shared the stage with The High Kings, at the INEC last Saturday night.

 

The students shot to prominence this year after their impromptu session on a Ryanair flight of Irish classics ‘Step It Out Mary’ and ‘The Parting Glass’ went viral - clocking up millions of views.

 

The High Kings usually end their performances with their own version of ‘The Parting Glass’ and the St Brendan’s online version got the attention of the band’s Brian Dunphy.

 

“Brian emailed the school shortly after the famous Ryanair video praising the boys,” Music Teacher Niamh O’Connell said. “He said at the time that if the band was ever in Killarney they would do something with the boys.”

Following some correspondence, the band ended up inviting the boys to perform on stage, she added.

“It was a bit ironic really as some of them had bought tickets and they ended up on the stage with the High Kings.”

St Brendan’s were invited to perform their version of ‘The Parting Glass’ ahead of the High King’s encore of the same song.

 

“Our version led into the High King’s version,” Niamh said. “The High Kings were so encouraging of the boys, it was amazing for the boys to get an experience like this.”

 

The High Kings enjoyed the experience too, according to the band’s website.

 

“Early this year a group of lads singing on an aeroplane gained international attention and The High Kings were delighted to meet and perform with said gentlemen last weekend. The band would like to extend their gratitude to all the lads and particularly to their teachers, Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell, for all their work in making it happen.”

 

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By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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