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It’s whip crack away as Calamity Jane delights Killarney

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Killarney Musical Society cast members of Calamity Jane at the INEC Killarney on Wednesday night, front, Michelle O'Callaghan and Derek O'Leary; back, Siobháin Bustin, Clionadh Ni Dheargain, Fergal Cleary, Lily MacMonagle, Padraig Creedon and Jack Healy. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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THE wagon trail led out the Muckross Road transporting theatregoers from Killarney into America’s Wild West last night as the curtain rose on Calamity Jane at the INEC.
The opening night of the three-night run delighted the audience from start to finish and is a credit to cast and crew.
Super-talented Michelle O’Callaghan brings colourful Calamity to life in all her loveable glory, striding about the stage with gusto and holding her listeners spellbound with her superb vocals.
Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood and Michelle’s comic turn as she portrays the character’s loveably boastful side is hilarious and touching.
Killarney Musical Society’s 31st production had the audience clapping along from the start and of course brought everyone to their feet in a well-deserved standing ovation as the curtain descended.
Derek O’Leary dazzles in as Wild Bill Hickok in what is Derek’s 25th consecutive show with Killarney Musical Society.
Star turns are also given by Lily MacMonagle as Susan, Fergal Cleary as Henry Miller, Padraig Creedon as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, Siobháin Bustin as Katie Brown, and Jack Patrick Healy as Francis Fryer.
Clionadh Ni Dheargain takes on the role of Adelaide Adams with aplomb while also enjoying the limelight are Paul O’Sullivan as Doc Pierce and Aidan Kiely as Rattlesnake The leads are wonderfully supported by the entire cast and crew.
This year’s musical, which has Independent Irish Health Food Ltd as its main sponsor, is led by director Killian Collins, musical director John O’Brien and choreographer Sarah Griffin.
A real must-see, the whip-crack-away production continues this evening, Thursday, March 10, and tomorrow, Friday, March 11. Tickets are available on the INEC website, box office and on Ticketmaster.
 


 
Killarney Musical Society cast members of Calamity Jane at the INEC Killarney on Wednesday night, front, Michelle O'Callaghan and Derek O'Leary; back, Siobháin Bustin, Clionadh Ni Dheargain, Fergal Cleary, Lily MacMonagle, Padraig Creedon and Jack Healy.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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