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Special St Brendan’s College Christmas Concert

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By Sean Moriarty

It will be music to students' ears next month as legendary local musician Liam O’Connor plans to perform a special Christmas concert.

Liam, who recently recorded a new single with Clannad’s legendary vocalist Moya Brennan, will take to the stage at St Brendan’s College on December 8.

The pair, and their extended families, will perform at St Brendan’s as the first leg of a short pre-Christmas tour that also includes dates in Boherbue Church in Cork on December 9 and Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny on December 10.

The idea behind the mini tour was hatched during their recent appearance on RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’.

It will be the ninth year that Liam and his family have performed at St Brendan’s College.

“This all came about at The Late Late Show, the opportunity arose to do something special at Christmas for St Brendan’s and raise the spirits there after the last year,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “We will be joined by musicians from the school. It’s a chance to highlight the great work music teachers Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell are doing there too.”

This special Christmas concert is a separate event to Liam’s traditional early spring concert at the college and plans are in place to revive that concert next year.

Liam’s current link-up with the Grammy and Emmy award-winning Clannad singer Moya also includes Liam’s sons Oisín on drums, guitar, keyboards and vocals, Cillian on bodhran and drums, and daughter Saoirse on keyboards, concertina and vocals.

Legendary hurler Joe Canning will be the guest speaker at the event.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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