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Song holds a special place in singer’s heart

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney singer songwriter has released her version of a much loved song which resonates with people worldwide.

Killarney’s Grace Foley wanted to record the song 'Danny Boy' for many years and recently launched it by singing at the Europe Hotel & Resort to mark the occasion.

“I don't think I've been so excited to release a song in a very long time,” Grace told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“After many years of waiting, I finally recorded my version of 'Danny Boy' with Brendan O’Connor at Little Dylan Recording Studio Killarney. I am really proud of what myself and Brendan came up with. I feel this particular song is special. It is so loved all over the world.”

She said she recorded the video on the last day of 'normality', Thursday, March 12.

“We stood by the lakeside at the Hotel Europe Killarney, unaware that decisions were being made about closing all schools and colleges.”

On Friday just gone, she said it was a completely different experience.

“As we left, we got word that Ireland was beginning to open up again. There seemed to be a real sense of balance and serendipity to the whole experience. I am so grateful to everyone at the Europe for having us, most especially David Cronin who took such good care of us. The hotel also shared the video on their Facebook page and the views were immediately flying up.”

She added that the song has a special way of reaching people.

“There's something even more special about it now, after all the loss our country has experienced in such a short time.”

The song has already been played on Radio Kerry and is going to feature on stations worldwide from Dublin to America to Wales.

See her Facebook, Instagram page and YouTube channel: 'Grace Foley Singer' to see the official video. The song is available to download across all platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Bandcamp and Spotify.

The Arts Council has sent its congratulations to six Kerry artists, including Grace, who have each been awarded a €3,000 grant to help them make new and original work during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government agency for funding and developing the arts said applications from County Kerry artists had scored very highly. Visual Artists Mieke Vanmechelen and Andrew Duggan, musicians Michael Jones and Brendan O’Sullivan, and Neil Flynn involved in theatre, were also successful.
The Arts Council said that across the whole of the country it was encouraged by both the quality of the applications, and the fact that almost two thirds of the successful artists had never before been funded by the Arts Council.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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