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Virtual concert to showcase teen’s talent

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By Michelle Crean

A 14-year-old schoolgirl is definitely a talent to watch as a musical she has been writing over three years is ready for its public debut.

Sinead Marie Greene, who is going in to Second Year in Killarney Community College next week, is excited to showcase 'Prom Queen', a new jukebox musical using well known songs to tell a story.

Today (Friday), together with 11 local teenage girls and singing teacher Sorcha O’Connor, she'll be holding a virtual concert of the best songs and numbers from the musical.

And in the future she has big plans to bring it to a physical stage when the easing of restrictions allow.

"I highly recommend this to any teenagers or parents, or anyone who just wants to watch a concert of amazingly talented teens," Sinead told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We are hoping to put it on a stage fully sometime next year using the money that this concert makes. You can find us on Instagram under @promqueenthemusical and the ticket link is in the description/bio there."

The tickets are €4 and you can also buy a virtual programme for €1 extra.

"Buying a ticket also gets you a link to watch our talent showcase where all of our cast performs a song so we could showcase all of them individually. You can enjoy two concerts for the price of €4!"

She added that she's so grateful to Sorcha O’Connor, her amazing singing teacher who helped to get it up and running and for involving her two friends Siobhain Bustin and Jack Brosnan.

"Another huge thank you to Killarney School of Music for allowing us to use their facilities for rehearsals."

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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