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Who’ll get ‘The Bono Bit’?

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By Michelle Crean

They've spent the week bribing, sweet talking and pleading - but it still remains to be seen who'll get 'The Bono Bit' in a school charity song.

Paddy Casey popped his head into the audition room at St Oliver's too.

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Teacher Noel O'Sullivan and SNA Elaine Price pictured holding auditions in St Oliver's as everyone wanted 'The Bono Bit'.

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Not only is it the staff of St Oliver's National School who are fighting over a prestigious musical part in Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time' - but Oscar nominated actor Michael Fassbender and Best Irish Male Singer Paddy Casey - are all in it to win it too.

Everyone wants to be the star but only one can have the part - and all will be revealed today (Friday) when part two of a comedy sketch is released by St Oliver's on their YouTube channel.

Teacher Noel O'Sullivan, who is an accomplished musician, teamed up with Principal Colm Ó'Suilleabháin, and Oisín O’Connor, son of well known local musician Liam. They made a comedy sketch to raise awareness about the charity song and so far it has almost 2,500 views in just three days online.

"The reaction has been great," Noel told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Oisín O'Connor suggested to me we do a cover of Band Aid after the success of the Hallowe'en video we made. When I proposed the idea to staff, a few joked about the Bono line. I just thought it would be funny to make a comedy sketch based on that. Luckily, it coincided with Paddy Casey and Michael Fassbender popping into St Oliver's, so we made hay while we could!"

He said that the staff were "equally creative" adding their ideas to the original basic idea and it developed into the entertaining two part series!

"Colm was very supportive and proved, like the other staff who featured, to have considerable talent in the acting department! Musically, I always love including as many as possible so I was delighted to have about 23 staff involved in the solos and instrumentals, with about 60 staff singing in the chorus. Our hope is for people to donate to the Concern Horn of Africa Crisis appeal."

All that remains now is to find out who made the cut!

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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