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Student turned teacher at Killarney School of Music as Laura O’Keeffe returns home

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By Sean Moriarty

A former student at Killarney School of Music will become the school’s new signing teacher after qualifying with a Masters’ Degree in Vocal Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama this summer.

Laura O’Keeffe, who is well known locally for her performances at St Mary’s Cathedral will take up her new role on September 9.

The Lissivigeen native was a student at the school up to 2017. After that she earned an Honours degree from CIT Cork School of Music before moving to Wales.

While studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she performed with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and The Welsh National Opera Chorus.

Her singing career has taken her all over Europe including Wales, Scotland, Italy and Portugal as well as many solo concerts, recitals, chamber music and opera scenes across Ireland but she is now ready to return to home.

“I feel really blessed,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “People in Killarney would know me from singing at the Cathedral or at local weddings. I fluked getting into Cardiff – there was only 12 of us and we were taught by the best singers in the world.”

Laura is also available for local events like weddings and can be contacted on 085 2422159.

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World Rally Champion Phil Mills’ Killarney visit

Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month. The club is celebrating Prodrive’s […]

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Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month.

The club is celebrating Prodrive’s association with the Rally of the Lakes on October 14.

The legendary British motorsport preparation firm was responsible for building some of the most iconic associated with the local rally.

The celebration, which will raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation, will be hosted by the voice of Irish motorsport Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall.

Welshman Mills, who won the 2003 World Rally Championship, alongside Petter Solberg has confirmed his attendance at the Killarney Racecourse-based event.

He is just one of many superstars attending the showcase.
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“Accompanying the stars will be a collection of iconic Prodrive machinery, ranging from the BMW E30 M3, all the way through to the Subaru Group A and World Rally Cars the 1990s and early 2000s,” said Killarney and District Motor Club vice chairman and organiser Mike Shea.

“All proceeds of this event will go directly to the Jack & Jill foundation helping provide support and special care to children across the country and is a once in a lifetime event.”

This event is in association with: Lyons of Limerick; C.Wharton Tool Hire Ltd; BG Motors Ltd; Castleisland Tyre Centre; Aherns Motor Group; Reen’s Rathmore Peugeot; KC Print and Moriarty’s Central Car Sales

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National Park Autumn talks series 2023

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will run a series of talks on Thursday nights in October and November. Beginning on October 5 until November 16 the six-meeting programme will […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service will run a series of talks on Thursday nights in October and November.

Beginning on October 5 until November 16 the six-meeting programme will cover everything for the nature within the national park to the history of Killarney and its surrounding areas.

The opening lecture, by the NPWS’s Eamon Meskell will tell the story of the White-Tailed eagle in Killarney.

The following week, local historian, Owen O’Shea will deliver a speech on the Civil War in Kerry.

The final October talk is scheduled for October and its topic is the fungi growing in the park.

The lectures resume in November, on November 2, John Breen will talk about the various ant species in the park, the following week will feature a talk on the McShain family’s contribution to the town.

The final meeting, on November 16 covers the Blasket Islands, past present and future.

All events take place at Killarney House at 8pm – free admission but limited seating.

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