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Where: The Royal Theatre,
National Convention Centre
When: Tuesday, February 5
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10 double passes to the Celtic
Thunder show at The Royal
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A thunderous show
Despite having a passion for
music from a young age,
Ryan Kelly never thought he
could make a career out of it.
"I grew up in a probably typical
Irish family in that there was always
music in the family," Kelly said.
"My first big concert was at the
While he loved to sing, Kelly
thought he had to make the most of
his extremely high marks in eco-
nomics and went to university to
become a chartered accountant.
Kelly was between banking jobs
in 2007 when his brother told him
about the auditions for Celtic Thun-
der. He tried out because he
thought he had nothing to lose.
To his surprise and delight he was
offered a place in the group and
decided to put his accounting
career on hold. "I was just at that
stage of my career where I was in
between jobs and I was due to start
at another bank,'' Kelly said.
While he said his prospective
employers were very supportive
about his decision, "behind the
scenes they were probably won-
dering what is he doing?'"
Kelly said accepting the place in
the Irish group was one of the
easiest decisions he has made.
There isn't a day since I've
joined that I don't wake up with a
smile on my face," he said.
"I'm just so thankful I've been
given the opportunity."
Since then Celtic Thunder has
gone on to achieve great success
around the world. Worldwide sales
of almost two million units and a
string of platinum and double plat-
inum discs have cemented them as
an incredibly popular and success-
Now Celtic Thunder is returning to
Australia with an even bigger tour,
which includes Canberra for the
first time. The Australian tour is part
of a massive worldwide tour that
kicked off in September with 67
shows in the United States.
But the tour almost didn't happen
after Kelly was involved in an
accident at his home in June.
He tripped going upstairs, hit his
head on a wall and suffered a
serious head injury. He was sed-
ated into a coma for three weeks to
allow his brain to repair.
"I'm feeling great, thank god," he
"It was a very tough time for my
family; the support of the fan base
"My family brought in my laptop
(to the hospital) ... and I just read
the messages from fans around the
world, including Australia."
Kelly spent three more weeks in
hospital recuperating before
returning home to prepare for the
start of the tour.
Now fully recovered, Kelly said
he enjoyed getting back into per-
forming and touring. "The busier we
get the more satisfying it is because
we put a lot of work into it," he said.
1 DISCOVER Australia Through
Time at The National Dino-
saur Museum in Nicholls.
Throughout 2013 the museum
will show all the various time
periods from Australia's long
prehistoric past and pointing
out where in Australia you will
be able to see fossil or geological
features from the last four bil-
lion years. Don't miss seeing
these new features, only avail-
able during Canberra's centen-
ary in 2013. For more, visit
2 EXPERIENCE the uniqueness
of botanic gardens from cap-
ital cities around the world in a
special centenary photographic
exhibition at the Australian
National Botanic Gardens. Until
March 5, the photographic dis-
play will highlight each of the
capital city gardens by providing
an impression of their collective
experiences including com-
munity gatherings, celebrations
and connections with their gar-
dens. For more, visit
3GET involved in the activities
at the Australian War
Memorial these holidays. Until
January 27 kids can try on
uniforms, handle real items and
hear the incredible stories of
Australian men and women in
war. They can make their own
animal puppet, nurses hat or
special flower of remembrance
to take home at Drop In Craft.
For full details ceck the website,
4 VISIT the Old Bus Depot
Markets on January 13 for
the special Portobello Road
event. Fossick through an
eclectic mix of quirky and inter-
esting treasures. For more
5 ENJOY an outdoor film
screening at the National
Film and Sound Archive until
February 23. Spoil yourself with
a meal and drink from our
licensed cafe before the show.
For the screening program and
more information, visit
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