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Women of Kerry, get ready to take a Dip in the Nip!

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It could get a bit nippy next month for some women planning a dip as Kerry is set to experience its first ever fundraiser with a difference which promises to be an exhilarating experience.

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry is thrilled to join forces with Fenit-based Wild Water Adventures to organise Kerry’s first ever, women’s-only charity Dip in the Nip this September!

The exciting collaboration is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, where women of all ages are being invited to bare all and take to the water on September 18 to raise funds for the well-known cancer support charity.
Billed as a fun, exciting and empowering event for women right across the country, this fundraising event is open to all women – including those who have experienced cancer themselves, those who are supporting a friend or family member on their cancer journey, or those who want to remember and honour a loved one who they lost to the disease.

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The location of the event will be kept top secret until a few days before the event, but organisers are promising a truly fun and exhilarating morning for all involved with music, refreshments and some great prizes up for grabs after the dip.

“This is a completely new departure for us here at Recovery Haven Kerry, but we are really excited at the thought of all the amazing women of Kerry and beyond coming together in such a novel way for charity,” said Recovery Haven Kerry manager, Siobhan MacSweeney. “We truly hope that women everywhere will embrace this fun, empowering and important event and make it a truly memorable one for everyone involved.”

The team at Wild Water Adventures are equally excited about the upcoming event.
“We had the pleasure of running a Wild Swimming pilot project with five wonderful ladies from Recovery Haven last year and spent six Saturdays exploring, having wild swims, eating cake and laughing. To say it was the most personally rewarding work we have ever done is no small statement, as we have worked with many types of groups in many different outdoor settings for many years. We are hugely impressed with the work Recovery Haven does and are honoured to help in our own small way.”
Registration, priced at €40 (plus booking fee), is now open through Eventbrite which can be found on all Recovery Haven and Wild Water Adventure’s social media platforms and everyone who signs up will receive a custom swimming cap, a medal to mark their participation and will be automatically entered into a draw for some great prizes. Pre-registration is vital as entries cannot be processed on the morning of the event.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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