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Students share stage with The Coronas Danny O’Reilly

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CONCERT: Saoirse O'Connor, Ois’n O'Connor, Liam O'Connor, Danny O'Reilly, Tony Fitzgibbon and Derek O'Connor backstage before the gig in St Brendan's College. Pic: Dylan Clifford.

By Sean Moriarty

Coronas lead singer Danny O’Reilly was blown away by the acoustics at St Brendan’s Chapel following his appearance at The Sem’s annual concert on Tuesday night.

O’Reilly was one of the guests of honour at the annual performance which is organised by local music legend Liam O’Connor and the school’s music teachers Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell.
The concert featured performances from students including the school choir and the group that made it to the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in the UK earlier this year.

“Danny was outstanding, such a beautiful voice,” Mish said. “He was blown away by the venue and said it was a fabulous place. It was a fantastic experience for the boys, not many teenagers can say they performed on-stage with someone like Danny O’Reilly.”

The group that made it to Britain’s Got Talent opened the show with a four-song performance including their signature tune, ‘The Parting Glass’ which leads into ‘Step It Out Mary’.

After the interval, the school choir took the stage, a highlight being their performance of ‘Giant’, by artists Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man.

“All of the boys performed very well and it is impossible to pick out a standout moment,” added Mish, who has been organising the concerts for the last six years. “The boys who went to BGT showed exactly why they made it to England.”

As well as music performances, former students and local celebrities spoke, including former Irish and Munster rugby hero Tony Buckley, who talked about his battle with depression.

“Tony’s talk about how he coped with mental illness really resonated with many people who were there,” Mish said.

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Trees down, power out and roads flooded due to Storm Barra

Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas. At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded. According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there […]

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Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas.

At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded.

According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there is a tree down close to Lough Guitane National School with motorists advised to avoid the area. There is also a tree down at Brookhill, Kilgobnet.

There’s currently a power outage in Coolcorcoran which cut out at 6am this morning with 89 customers affected. It’s expected that the power will be restored at approximately 1.45pm today.

In other areas, the N71 road is impassable this morning near the Suspension Bridge due to flooding, as well as Pier Road in Kenmare, and trees down on N71 at Gortamullen and on the Roughty Road in Kenmare.

In Tralee, Godfrey Place, Prince’s Quay and Ballyard Road are also experiencing flooding which has now receded as pumps were in place since 5am. The road is reported to be blocked at the Ballyroe Hotel near Tralee due to flooding and there’s some flooding on the road in Ballylongford village but no properties affected currently.

The road is partially blocked at Minard Castle and there’s reports of a tree down 3km west of Killaha on Castletownbere Road.

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Kerry County Council’s emergency phoneline for the duration of Storm Barra is 066 7183588. Crews will respond to issues which arise when it is safe to do so.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

For other emergencies dial 999/112.

To check for power outages go to the ESB Networks website: https://powercheck.esbnetworks.ie/index.html

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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