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LAUNCH: Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson was on hand to launch the Kerry International Film Festival in Killarney House and Gardens on Friday night last. Photo: Michael G Kenny

 

By Michelle Crean

 

There’ll be a unique film festival atmosphere in Killarney next week as the Kerry International Film Festival is ready to take to local screens.

Taking place from October 17 to 20 there’ll be screenings in Killarney Cinema and St Mary’s Church, with industry events in Killarney House and the Plaza Hotel.

And for its 20th anniversary, KIFF is debuting a brand-new look - having undergone an exciting rebrand by the festival’s creative partner Richard Dee Branding and Design.

Feature films, documentaries, animation, short film programmes and industry events, will all be part of the three-day event with the festival showcasing new work from Ireland and around the globe.

 

Some of the highlights include the Irish Premiere of ‘Rare Beasts’, the directing debut of actress Billie Piper.

KIFF will also feature the Irish premiere of ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’, a touching film with a modern-day spin on Mark Twain’s ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. This heart-warming future-classic opens the festival on Thursday next at 6.30pm.

Closer to home KIFF will also present the world premiere of Terry McMahon's news film, ‘The Prize Fighter’, which promises to be a sell-out event as Gary ‘Spike’ O'Sullivan (the Irish professional boxer who has formerly held the WBO International and Irish middleweight titles), Paschal Collins (renowned coach and manager) and director Terry McMahon, will attend the screening and an extended Q&A afterwards on Friday night next, at 8.30pm.

The festival will also share the work from the many talented local filmmakers in ‘Kerry Focus’, including The Kerry Connections shorts programme on Friday, from 6.30pm.

On Saturday,’Kilimanjaro Mama’, the story of Kerry woman Louise Quill and her amazing work in her Tanzanian Orphanage will be screened, while Seanie Sugrue’s us screening of his laugh a minute feature film ‘Misty Buttons’ takes place on Sunday.

Festival Programmer, Eibh Collins, said that she’s delighted to present her first programme for the Kerry International Film Festival.

“It’s been an incredible effort from the dedicated team to get this selection of films ready for our wonderful audiences, and I can’t wait for them to see what we have put together for them. We have put together a programme that covers the diverse landscape of contemporary world cinema and are delighted to showcase it here in Killarney.”

To celebrate the festivals 20th birthday there will be a host of free films screening in St Marys church daily of fan-favourites from 1999, the year of the first Kerry Film Festival and including 20th anniversary screenings of classics like ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and ‘The Matrix’. 

For details on these screenings and more, check out www.kerryfilmfestival.com.

 

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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