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Success for one of Ireland’s first pilot indoor gigs

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By Michelle Crean

15 months on since pandemic restrictions shut down live gigs Killarney's INEC was one of the first in the country to pilot a smaller concert last weekend.

LEGEND: The legendary Christy Moore headlined the highly-anticipated first indoor pilot gig in Ireland at Gleneagle INEC Killarney on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SHOW: John Kehoe Érin Kehoe Colm Walsh and Darren O'Connor enjoying the show at the INEC Killarney on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

INDOOR GIG: Sharon Barry (left) Dave Barry Carol Hogan Nick Moore Gerrie O'Sullivan and Mary Nash pictured at INEC's first indoor gig in 15 months on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

GIFTED: Susan O'Neill from Clare performed at the INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

ENJOYING THE SHOW: John Lenihan (left) Michael Lenihan Toddy Doyle Tom Doyle and Brenda Doyle pictured at the highly-anticipated first indoor pilot gig in Ireland at INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SINGER: Traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from Corca Dhuibhne performing at the Gleneagle INEC on Saturday accompanied by Gerry O’Beirne and Donál O’Connor. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SINGER: Traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from Corca Dhuibhne performing at the Gleneagle INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SHOWMAN: Jack L pictured performing at the first indoor pilot gig in the INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

200 guests arrived and thoroughly enjoyed one of the first indoor gigs which was sanctioned by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in order to test the logistics of how people can attend live events safely.

Concert goers - seated in pods of six with each pod allocated a table and arrival time - were wowed by the legendary Christy Moore who headlined the highly-anticipated event on Saturday.

And it was without a doubt a success with support from singer-songwriter Susan O'Neill, traditional singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, and showman Jack L.

 

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LEGEND: The legendary Christy Moore headlined the highly-anticipated first indoor pilot gig in Ireland at the Gleneagle INEC Killarney on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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ENJOYING THE SHOW: John Lenihan (left) Michael Lenihan Toddy Doyle Tom Doyle and Brenda Doyle pictured at the highly-anticipated first indoor pilot gig in Ireland at the INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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SHOW: John Kehoe, Colm Walsh, Érin Kehoe and Darren O'Connor enjoying the show at the INEC Killarney on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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INDOOR GIG: Sharon Barry (left) Dave Barry Carol Hogan Nick Moore Gerrie O'Sullivan and Mary Nash pictured at INEC's first indoor gig in 15 months on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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SINGER: Traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from Corca Dhuibhne performing at the Gleneagle INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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GIFTED: Susan O'Neill from Clare performed at the INEC on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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