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Your chance to promote your town

By Sean Moriarty

The business community is preparing to put the town back on the map and is calling on Killarney natives to lend a hand.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is producing a series of promotional videos that show local people enjoying the best of the town, its famous beauty spots and its wide variety of attractions.

They want local people to feature in the videos and are calling on townsfolk to get in touch with them.

The idea is to record locals visiting their favourite location, either an iconic site or one that only locals would know about, and collate the various recordings into several promotional videos that will be broadcast on as many social media platforms as possible.

They want to record locals engaging in a favourite pastime, like cycling, fishing, golfing or walking, while using a local beauty spot or attraction as the backdrop.

The video will be created by a professional production company, all locals need to need to is contact the company (details at the end of the article) and set up a time and a place.

The production company will take care of the rest and as a result, locals will become the stars of the latest video that will be used to promote our town to the world.

“The point of this shoot is to show how it feels to be in Killarney, not how Killarney looks and the people in the shots are central to this. We want to film people that do not look out of place in various locations in Killarney town and National Park,” said Adrian McCarthy of Grandview Media. “Participants will be doing something for a few seconds that they have done before. Walking, cycling, hiking, taking a photo, standing admiring a view. They will not be expected to be an actor.”

The producers are particularly looking for families with school-going children who enjoy the great outdoors, and who hike in places like Torc Waterfall, Dinis Cottage, Strickeen and the Old Kenmare Road.

They are also looking for participants in their 20s who would showcase an ideal weekend in Killarney, promoting the vibrant town centre and more adventurous activities like horse-trekking, mountain biking, water sports or rock climbing.

“As well as some well-known spots, we are going to go a little bit off the beaten track but not so far away that you would only find locals there,” added McCarthy. “If you or anyone in your circle fits the brief now is your moment to offer up some of your time. Real people who actually know each-other are better onscreen than models or actors.”

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If you like to participate in this project get in touch with Adrian McCarthy of Grandview Media on 086 1582923 who will explain the specific requirements of the project and book and create an appointment to record the video.

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors Traineeships are developed and delivered on an ongoing basis by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide and are open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school leavers, mature learners and those in or seeking employment. Developed in partnership with industry representatives […]

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

Traineeships are developed and delivered on an ongoing basis by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide and are open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school leavers, mature learners and those in or seeking employment.

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Second level or higher education students who are interested in participating in a Traineeship Programme should contact their local ETB, adult learners should contact the Adult Education Guidance Service through their local ETB, and jobseekers will be able to access information through their local Intreo Office or Local Employment Service. For those currently unemployed, a training allowance or income support may be available. You can check out the range of opportunities offered through Traineeships nationwide on www.fetchcourses.ie and more locally check out the www.kerrycollege.ie.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce.

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