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€35,000 awarded to 39 arts applicants

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A total of €35,000 has been awarded to 39 applicants for the Kerry County Council Arts Act Grants and Artists Bursaries for 2022 which will go towards funding arts festivals and events across the county this year.

€18,190 was awarded to 20 applicants for the Artists Bursaries – these include Creative Work Development, Further Arts Education, Artists in Schools, Artists Retreat and the Eamon Kelly Bursary for artists living in or from the Killarney Municipal District.

“These are very competitive awards,” Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer with Kerry County Council, said.

“I want to congratulate all successful applicants and, subject to budget, urge all applicants to apply again in 2023.”

The Arts Act Grants aim to stimulate public interest in the arts, promote knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, and improve standards in the arts within the county.

“Artists and the arts are a vital part of our culture here in Kerry and I am delighted that Kerry County Council offers this support to the arts in Kerry,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Jimmy Moloney, added.

“We have a fantastic range of arts festivals and events happening all year and I hope everyone will support their local arts events this year.”

A full list of successful recipients is available at www.kerrycoco.ie/arts/arts-forms/. The 2022 Arts Festivals and Events e-brochure is available via www.kerrycoco.ie/arts/events-festivals/.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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