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Singing from the rooftop…viking invasions and a new choir!

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Remember the gripping TV Series ‘Vikings’ - that garnered millions of dedicated fans around the world?

 Accomplished soprano Dr. Sharon Lyons, now based in Kerry, famously sang the haunting ‘Sacrifice’ in Season 1, Episode 8, a blend of improvised Celtic and Latin sounds. Sharon appeared live in the traditional pilgrimage to the temple in Uppsala scene. MVG (Mad Viking Games) has just signed a contract with Sharon to be part of the main music theme!

MVG is a blockchain gaming company founded in 2021 and based on the nine realms of Norse mythology founded in 2021. The project leaders are a group of Danish crypto enthusiasts and gamers.       
 
Sharon, a classically trained soprano with a master’s degree in Early Music and Chant, and PhD from the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, is also setting up a new exciting adult choir ‘Kerry Concert Choir’. The first 10-week term commences on Monday February 7, from 7pm – 9pm, at Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road. And no previous experience is necessary. 
 
Sharon’s professional engagements include, soloist in Handel's Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and Bach’s St John’s Passion most notably in St Mary's Pro Cathedral, Dublin. Previously she set up Pro Nuova, a contemporary liturgical music group. 

She has received many scholarships and awards over the years including a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in the US, which led to performing at a UN conference. Performances also include appearances at the NCH, on national television, on many RTÉ religious affairs programmes, singing for Pope Francis, for State events such as the annual 1916 Remembrance Service and funeral of former President Patrick Hillery.
Sharon is gifted with an impressive range of repertoire spanning from medieval chant to the modern day. 
 
For more information about Kerry Concert Choir please email kerryconcertchoir@gmail.com, call or text 087 6077344.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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