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Synge out loud as musical comes to Muckross House

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Acting royalty takes centre stage in the lead up to Heritage Week as ‘The Playboy of the Western World – The Musical’ comes to Muckross House.

The musical, an outdoor performance under a marquee with a capacity of one hundred plus per night, takes place between August 19 and 21 with legendary actress Kate O’Toole, daughter of the late British stage and film actor Peter O'Toole, taking on the role of narrator.

This mischievous, musical adaptation of Synge's classic is being presented outdoors under canvas, in the style of a 1950s theatrical fit-up.

Joining Kate will be 15 other actors and musicians for this reworking of Synge’s classic play which is set in a radio studio in 1959 during a live broadcast, with the cast, dubbed the Atlantic Broadcasting Corporation, playing actors performing 'The Playboy of The Western World' as a radio play.

​​​​​​​Adapted by Diarmuid de Faoite and Justin McCarthy, with music also by Justin, and directed by Hillary Kavanagh, the cast features a wealth of home grown talent including Aine Ni Droighnean, Eilis McCarthy,  Eoin Ó Dubhghaill, Daniel Guinanne, Fia Rua, Fred McCloskey, Helen Gregg,  MuireannRaghaillaigh, and Philip Sweeney. 

Live band The Stooks features Charlie Foley, Cormac Dunne, Jimmy Fitz  and Justin McCarthy.

“It's like going back to the 1950s,” Justin McCarthy said. “It's probably the first time in years that live theatre has been performed under a stretch a tent. It's really authentic, like one of the original theatrical fit ups.”

Tickets cost €25 and are available from www.playboythemusical.ie. 

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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