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Talented Beaufort singer to release latest single today

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NEW SINGLE: Singer song-writer Colin Foley from Beaufort is excited to release his latest single today (Friday). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

A talented Killarney singer-songwriter will today (Friday) release his latest single 'Nothing Sweeter’ across all major streaming platforms. Colin Foley (26) from Beaufort, who goes by 'Colin Andrew' is excited to release his latest work which he describes as "a bittersweet number" and "a deeply personal memoir of a past relationship". Written over a two-year period this song is an emotional logbook, covering everything from new beginnings to untimely endings.

It's the fourth single from Colin, who returned home from Edinburgh at Christmas due to COVID.

The former ISK student, who is son of Marion and Brendan Foley, studied music at Colaiste Stefon Naofa in Cork and worked on cruise ships for some time before taking up a contract with Disney World Orlando which was cut short due to the pandemic.

Following the release of his debut single in 2019, Colin has been rising through the ranks at an impressive rate. Making his live TV debut on TG4 and BBC 2 NI alongside The High Kings and Daniel O'Donnell, he established himself as an exciting new artist.

Using this momentum he struck again with consecutive follow-ups which were accompanied by well directed and creative music videos. The video for his third single ‘Loving You In Vain’, directed by viral sensation Threemey, had almost 15,000 views on YouTube in the first two weeks.

Colin has been gigging around Killarney town since he was aged 14 and in more recent times has also received extensive national radio support from the likes of Radio Kerry, RedFM, Quarantine FM and has been favourably reviewed by Covert Music Club.

Teaming up with producer Barry O’Connell during the lockdowns he said that he has been concentrating on his own music and has dreams of touring the world.

With an EP in the works, Colin is set to make his mark as a serious contender in the Irish music scene.

"This is single number four. I've had three singles out since 2019, one every six months," Colin, who has successfully built up a reputation for emotional, powerful musicianship, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

Playing music since he got a guitar at the age of 11, Colin explained that he takes some of his inspiration from Irish musicians James Vincent McMorrow and Foy Vance.

"They struck me at the right time. I saw them doing what I wanted to do."

And he added that he hopes to stay writing music and playing full-time.

"The dream would be to write my own music and tour the world."

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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