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The Gleneagle Concert Band’s annual concert in aid of local causes is set to take place on Sunday, May 14 at 8pm.

The town band will be joined in The Gleneagle Hotel by guest artists from St Brendan's College Killarney.

All proceeds from this concert will be allocated to Comfort for Chemo Kerry, St Mary’s Church of Ireland Killarney Window Restoration Fund, St Brendan's College Killarney and the Gleneagle Concert Band Music Education Programme instrument loan scheme.

Expect something for all musical tastes including military marches, classical music, jazz numbers, film music, choral music and vocal hits.

“We are really pleased to collaborate with local charities and we hope the public will come out in great numbers to support this worthwhile fundraising venture," Band Music Development officer Vincent Condon said.

"Comfort for Chemo Kerry’s mission is to fundraise €5 million to build and equip a state-of-the-art, purpose-built chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry who need chemotherapy and oncological treatments. The facility will ensure the best care available is delivered in an environment that is welcoming, reassuring, comfortable and dignified. The band and choir are musically in excellent form and I extend an open invitation to music enthusiasts to come and join us for what will be an evening of great entertainment."

Band Manager Ciaran Lynch added that “These are very exciting times for the band which would not be possible without the encouragement and support we receive from the political, business sector and general public in Killarney".

"This concert will be a highlight and a celebration of the voluntary work, community service and musical excellence that exists here in Killarney. We are delighted to have St Mary's Church of Ireland Killarney as a charity partner as many of the beautiful stained windows in the church are sagging and in danger of collapsing. These windows are very old and have significant historic importance for Killarney. A funding appeal has been launched by the church to raise €50,000 to replace the protective glazing with stronger laminate glass to include ventilation, and to restore the warped stained glass panels.”

The Gleneagle Concert Band has represented Killarney and Kerry with distinction both at home and abroad. Over the past four decades, the Gleneagle Concert Band has represented Killarney on musical tours to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Monaco, Portugal and Paris. Any person interested in joining the Gleneagle Concert Band (including past members and adults) or enrolling in music lessons at the Gleneagle School of Music should contact the band at 087 2229513.

Tickets for the annual concert are €14 per adult and €10 per child/OAP and are available from the INEC Box Office, band members, St Mary’s Church of Ireland Killarney, St Brendan's College Killarney and Comfort for Chemo Kerry. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the night of the concert.

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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