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WHISTLE BLOWS: Tom O'Sullivan (International Sheep Dog Society Local Chairman Killarney) with his dogs 'Glebe Fort Sid' and ‘North Hill Tess' competing in The Brace Class of the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

CHARITY: Dermot O'Toole Coachford Co Cork meeting Yvonne Pennisi from 'My Canine Companion' at the 2021 Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FAMILY FUN: Fergal Daly from Tralee with his wife Colette and children Maeve and Fiadh Daly and Claire and Betty McNamara watching the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

TEAM: Organisers beneficiaries and sponsors of the 2021 Irish National Sheep Dog Trials at Killalee Fossa. From left: Irene Hartigan-Patterson and her daughter Alexandra (My Canine Companion) Kathryn Roche (Business Development Manager Irish Country Meats) Martha and Tara Foley (Local Committee) Aisling O'Sullivan-D'Arcy (South Kerry Development Partnership) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr. Marie Moloney Adrian Steher (Managing Director Killarney Hotels Ltd. Liebherr) Mairead O'Sullivan Tom O'Sullivan (Local Chairman of the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials) Sean Moriarty (Farm Manager Europe Hotel and Resort Haven) Anna Maria Cronin-O'Sullivan (Committee) Danny O'Shea (Munster Sheep Dog Society). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney men and their dogs have been selected for the Irish team at next month’s International Sheepdog Trials at Aberystwyth in Wales.

Kilcummin native Tom O’Sullivan and his six-year-old dog, North Hill Tess, and Glenflesk’s Mike Healy and his young dog Bill, will join the 15-strong Irish team after qualifying at the Irish National Sheepdog Trials last weekend.

This is Tom’s fourth time making the Irish Team and his second time with this particular dog, Tess, having been on the team previously in 2019.

The Irish qualifiers were held in Killalee, Fossa, by kind permission of The Hotel Europe and Resort, and Mr O’Sullivan, who is the local organising committee chairman, praised the success of the event, which ran from Thursday until Saturday, and was held in Killarney for the first time.

“We had three days of sheepdog trialling at the highest standard and that produced a 15-man Irish Team to compete in Wales next month,” he said. “The event was a great success with a great local committee, many volunteers, and great food from Kilcummin Gourmet Kitchens over the three days.”

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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