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Talented musicians to play live on tonight’s Late Late Show

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By Sean Moriarty

One of the country's top musicians, Killarney man Liam O’Connor, is set for an appearance on tonight’s Late Late Show - which will set a unique record for the local accordion legend.

Earlier this month Liam and his family Saoirse, Oisin and Cillian recorded a new single with Moya Brennan of ‘Clannad’ fame.

Now the O’Connor and Brennan families have been invited to perform ‘Strong in Numbers’ live on tonight’s RTÉ One show.

It will be Liam's seventh appearance on the national broadcaster’s flagship programme – the longest running TV chat show in the world.

In the past he has worked with Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny, but this week’s show will mark his first time working with current presenter Ryan Tubridy meaning by the time The Late Late Show airs tonight he will have worked with all three of the show's presenters.

“I am sure other people have done it,” the world renowned accordion player told the Killarney Advertiser. “But it is a nice thing for me.”

He and his family, along with members of Clannad, were due to spend this morning (Friday) rehearsing for the show.

Other guests include Hollywood actor Ruth Negga, supermodel Rosanna Davison and former international soccer star Peter Schmeichel. Musical guests include Mick Flannery who has connections to Ballyhar and Susan O'Neill singing a duet called ‘Are We Free’, as well as Kodaline’s Steve Garrigan.

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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