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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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Outstanding performance by Kerry Karate Students in Irish Open

A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship. Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally […]

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A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship.

Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally in the competition, the Kerry competitors from throughout the county made a strong impression at the event returning home with seven Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and four Bronze.
Sensei Charles Neri owner of the KSKS said: “I am was very proud of all my students, hard work beats talent if the talent doesn’t work hard.”
Sensei Agatha Neri co-owner of KSKS also thanked the tireless support of all the parents who encourage their children and go above and beyond all for the love of Karate.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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