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Tim O’Shea and Friends’ ‘mini-world tour of Kerry’ continues…..

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THEY packed St Mary’s Church of Ireland on Main Street last Saturday night and now Tim O’Shea and Friends are tuning up to set toes tapping yet again this weekend. St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Main Street, will host the Irish folk and traditional music group again tomorrow night, Saturday, August 5, at 8pm.

But if you just can’t wait to see them this weekend, head for St James’, Listowel, where the Another Skin Too Few show rolls into town this evening at 8pm.
Tim’s musical friends are Rosie Healy (Headford) on flute/whistle/vocal) and Mike Kelliher (Fossa), on accordion/harmonica/melodeon. “The concert features new music recently recorded and released on our new CD ‘Another Skin Too Few’ which remembers some of our finest Kerry musicians, sadly no longer with us,” said Tim.

Their settings and arrangements of a wealth of tunes are now preserved, some well-known, and some not-so-well-known traditional melodies. “The musicians remembered are Con Durham (Dublin and Dingle) who lived most of his life on the Dingle peninsula and played uilleann pipes and whistles; John Cronin (Aghadoe and New York), a fine accordion player, and Stephen Carroll (Maulykevane) who also played accordion,” said Tim.

“The legendary fiddler Paddy Cronin of (Kiskeam and Boston), who spent over 40 years in America, also contributes a tune to the collection. There is an original poem and spoken word piece, recounting a visit to Kerry from Belfast poet Adrian Fox, set to the music of Sigerson Clifford.”

Tim O’Shea contributes and original song in honour of Con Durham, and also, two Scottish songs picked up by Tim on his travels. So all in all a great local night, of local music, played by local musicians, spanning the generations, in one of Killarney’s most iconic and historic, beautiful acoustic spaces. Everyone welcome.

Gigs will also take place during Puck Fair, Killorglin, on August 11, and back to St Mary’s Killarney Church of Ireland again for Culture night on September 22. Waterville’s Tech Amergin on September 23, is also part of the group’s “mini world your of Kerry”.
 


 
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Tim O’Shea with Rosie Healy and Mike Kelliher.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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