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Time for a new stage as Fiona’s students move on

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FAREWELL: Roisin Chambers, pictured with Fiona Crowley, receiving a parting gift after graduating from the Fiona Crowley Stage School. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

By Michelle Crean


For years they have been learning how to tread the boards, enjoying singing and dance lessons as well as honing their acting skills.



But for some it was time to make way for a new stage in their lives and say goodbye to the Fiona Crowley Stage School as they graduated last week and prepare for college life.

Their teacher Fiona Crowley, who has taught them since they were very young was sad to see them go as she gave them a gift from the Kilkenny Shop and wished them well.

“I wish them well for the future,” Fiona told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They will never be gone as they are always part of the Fiona Crowley Stage School.”

Fiona founded her business 13 years ago, she has been acting since the age of four and has played leading roles with Killarney Musical Society over the years.

Working with Fiona Griffin and Stella O’Shea, she said they are like a family who nurture the children’s talents and personalities. She runs her classes in the KDYS in Killarney as well as other centres in Kerry and says her summer camps are now booked out.

Shauna White graduating from the Fiona Crowley Stage School. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan


SAYING GOODBYE



Student Brendan Casey joined the stage school at a young age thanks to some encouragement from his nana Peggy.

“She said to Fiona when I was six-years-old “will you take him” as she dropped my sister Saoirse off to Irish dancing at the KDYS. I have enjoyed every minute.”


Roisin Chambers spent many summers with Fiona helping with her summer camps.

“The confidence and guidance at the stage school has given me focus to be a teacher and I will be attending Mary I next September.”

Smiles galore from Sarah Trant as her stage school teacher, Fiona Crowley, presents her with a gift, after graduating from the Fiona Crowley Stage School. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Sarah Trant said attending the classes felt like “home”.
“It’s the friends we make along the way as well as the guidance Fiona gives, that’s what I will miss the most. It’s somewhat home.”

Shauna White will miss the “absolute buzz” of Fiona’s shows and “the camaraderie of like minded people at the stage school”.

Usher Titus who graduated from the Fiona Crowley Stage School received a gift from the Kilkenny Shop from Fiona. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Usher Titus added that going to stage school was the obvious choice as she loved singing and performing as a child.

“At Fiona’s Stage School I was acknowledged and enjoyed the confidence being with like minded people and the encouragement they gave. I am so grateful to Fiona and I will miss stage school lots.”

Fiona added that this year’s farewell was different to other years.

“Normally we have a party but this year we had to have it on Zoom. The other kids wrote poems as well.”

The final curtain at Fiona Crowley Stage School for Brendan Casey as he graduates with a gift from the Kilkenny Shop. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

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Picture This announce Killarney gigs

Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18. These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album […]

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Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18.

These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album ‘Life in Colour’ set to be released June 25 via Republic Records.

“We are so excited to be playing at the INEC Arena this December,” Picture This frontman, Ryan Hennessy said.

“It is a place that holds many fond memories for us from starting out in the Acoustic Club to selling out the arena in record time. We have missed the atmosphere and the people so much and can’t wait to be reunited!”

Representing music’s biggest global underdog story, Picture This have unassumingly captivated listeners in every corner of the world, amassing nearly 300 million total streams, selling out stadiums, and inspiring praise from Billboard, ThisSongIsSick, and many more.

Their new album ‘Life in Colour’ boasts hits such as ‘Things Are Different’, ‘LA House Party’ and ‘Unconditional’. Thus far, tracks from the record have already gathered over 25 million total streams and counting prior to its arrival.

Tickets from €49.90 plus booking fees for these exclusive shows go on sale this Friday at 9am www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Renowned chef to host men’s charity cookery demo

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To celebrate International Men’s Health Week, cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has organised a live cookery demonstration with renowned chef, Mark Doe.

It takes place on Tuesday next, June 15.

Open to all men dealing with cancer, the free Zoom cook-along event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where the famous Just Cooking cookery school founder will share some of his expertise with participants.

Mark has chosen a simple marinated chicken in pitta bread with wedges and coleslaw as his dish of choice for the evening, and will be taking participants through the steps to create their very own meal via this live cook-along event.

“We wanted to do something special to mark International Men’s Health Week and we are honoured that Mark has agreed to come on board to host this exciting event,” Recovery Haven manager Siobhan MacSweeney said.

“The free event is open to all men who are dealing with cancer, not just our own clients, so we are encouraging as many men as possible to sign up for what promises to be a great, fun evening.”

Anyone interested in taking part is required to register in advance by phoning Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122.

Once registered you will receive a Zoom link to join the cook-along on the evening as well as the list of ingredients you will need.

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Loss of Kerry to Dublin route a “severe blow” 

  Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry. Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the […]

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Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry.

Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the airline and appoint a replacement.

The tourism group said that the loss of the routes is “such a severe blow to an industry that has been the most impacted by COVID for over 15 months and will take years to recover”.
 
Passengers affected are advised not to travel to the airport and to check the Aer Lingus website for updated information.

The Department of Transport is currently examining the implications of the announcement while Kerry County Council said it has full confidence in the future of Kerry Airport and will work closely with airport management to ensure the quick restoration of this key route and the future development of further air traffic routes into the county.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said that she was “saddened to hear the announcement”.

“I have spoken directly on the issue with Kerry Airport and Minister Eamon Ryan and officials regarding the importance of the restoration of services, including the Dublin/Kerry route which is vital to the region. We are all committed to finding a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity as a matter of urgency.”

The Government is acutely aware of the devastating impact that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the aviation sector.

By the end of June, the sector will have received approx. €300 million in State funding spanning employment supports, waiver of commercial rates and deferral of taxes. The bulk of the support to airlines is through the TWSS/EWSS wage subsidy schemes which were specifically designed to maintain the link between employers and employees. Liquidity support has also been made available by ISIF to large aviation enterprises.

This is in addition to PSO support of approximately €7 million per annum for the affected routes.

LIFEBLOOD

Tourism in Kerry generates €661 million annually, employing some 14,000 people. COVID-19 has forced 82% out of the workforce into unemployment. Tourism supply and support businesses have also been severely affected with thousands of employees out of work and companies struggling to survive.

“Connectivity and transport is the lifeblood to rebuilding tourism,” Pat O’Leary, Chairman of KTIF said. “The tourism and aviation sector is critical to the economy and viability of life in Kerry, it impacts on every household. It was the first industry to feel the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the last to recover. The Government can save vital tourism and businesses connectivity by moving swiftly and confidently appointing a replacement to service these crucial routes. Our thoughts are with the employees at Stobart Air, our colleagues in Kerry Airport and the tourism and aviation industry who are all working so hard on recovery and reopening plans.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said that Stobart operated the Kerry-Dublin service with great professionalism and customer care was always a priority, and that they wish them well as the face a very difficult time.

“Killarney Chamber won’t be found wanting in its commitment to support Kerry Airport and we have every confidence that John Mulhern and his team possess the ability, the knowledge and the determination to bring about the restoration of the service,” Niall Kelleher, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said. 

“Going forward, Kerry Airport will be critical to reopening the Kerry economy and we must all work to build on any opportunities that arise to provide greater access into the county. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is fully committed to help find a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity.”

 

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