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Ukrainians experience their first ever Hallowe’en

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

For Ukrainians, celebrating Hallowe'en is not a tradition.

LOOKING DIFFERENT: Stepan Krykun Natalya Krasnenkova George Saary Valryia Mashkovska Victoria Volkova and Maeve O'Connell enjoyed getting in to character up for Hallowe'en.

DRESS UP: Fedorchuk Mylana and Bidakh Mariia pictured dressing up for Hallowe'en for the very first time. Photo: Natalya Krasnenkova

FIRST TIME: Ukrainian children from Innisfallen Hotel pictured enjoying their first ever Hallowe'en. Photo: Natalya Krasnenkova

In Ukraine, people celebrate more for Christmas than they do for Hallowe'en. It is then that children change into costumes of biblical characters and go from door to door singing carols and glorifying the birth of Christ. Adults reward children's groups with sweets and money.

“But once we were in Killarney, we couldn't help but join in the celebration of a new holiday for us, this will be our first Halloween, we must spend this evening unforgettable,” thought the Ukrainians from Innisfallen Hotel.

As early as noon on October 31, little Ukrainians in traditional costumes were knocking on the doors of the rooms at the Innisfallen Hotel, shouting "trick or treat"! All the adults were ready and generously gifted the children with sweets. For example, several skeletons, several ghosts, a couple of witches and scarecrows in pumpkin masks knocked on my door during the day!

But the real event unfolded at the Innisfallen Hotel in the evening. Then the adults prepared a performance for the children in which the evil pumpkin monster came to feast on the children. The forces of good together with the children had to go through quests and guess all the riddles in order to defeat the pumpkin monster. The children really enjoyed running around the hotel and looking for clues to solve the riddles. The hotel was filled with children's laughter, noise and happy exclamations when another mystery was solved. As a team, the children were able to defeat the pumpkin monster played by Vasyl Melnychuk.

He not only came up with the scenario of the holiday, made a costume, but also expertly carved the head of the pumpkin monster. In Ukraine, Vasyl worked a lot as a wood carver, so he skilfully performed carving.

“First of all, this is a holiday for children who were torn from normal life in Ukraine. Children are children, despite what is happening at home, in Ukraine, they want holidays. Innisfallen Hotel became a family home, the entire hotel team became family. It was a warm family holiday,” Vasyl, the organiser, said.

Then children, together with adults, held a competition for the best festive costume. No one was surprised that the victory went to all the children. And they were all rewarded with applause and sweets. Finally, everyone together, children and parents, carved pumpkins.

We would like to note that the Innisfallen Hotel was beautifully decorated for the holiday, and for lunch we were served a festive menu, for which we are very grateful to all the staff. Any initiative of Ukrainians, be it children's parties, movie screenings, disco, speaking clubs, always finds support and help in organising it from the entire hotel team. The residents of the hotel are very grateful from the bottom of their hearts to everyone who works at the Innisfallen Hotel.

 

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The actor to play Michael Collins revealed

Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. The society is in the final stages of […]

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Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’.

The society is in the final stages of preparation  for  its March 5 to 7 performances at the INEC.

Final rehearsals are in full flight at the Heights Hotel and earlier this week Keith Dwyer Greene arrived in full costume.

He had spent the day with the army’s The Band 1 Brigade of The Irish Defence Forces, where he is a full-time flautist.

He is also co-owner and founder of The Bellevue Academy of Performing Arts.

Keith trained in music and musical theatre in University College Cork and The Cork School Of Music.

“He has performed with many musical societies and had many great leading roles. He worked with the late Bryan Flynn who wrote the book, music and lyrics of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. He has great admiration for him and says what he did with this show is genius. Keith says he adores the role of Michael Collins,” explained PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

Flynn’s book, music and lyrics can only be secured by two musical society’s each year.
Michael Collins A Musical Drama is a moving, dynamic, resonant piece of musical theatre.

It is the dramatization of a changing period of Irelands history. It brings to life The 1916 Rising, The War Of Independence and The Civil War.

“At the same time it is telling an intimate, human love story and how love and politics inflamed the period. This musical drama has war, heroism, love, villainy, tragedy and triumph all wrapped up. It has a distinctly Irish voice. Such numbers as ‘Fly the flag of Freedom ‘ will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck and ‘Every Heart Awaken ‘ will bring tears to your eyes,” added Linda.

Tickets available at The INEC box office and from a pop-up box office at The Laurels Bar, Market Cross from 12 noon to 4pm on Friday and Saturday this week.

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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