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Acclaimed film producers Zoom into Kerry

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FILM ADVICE: Jeffrey Stott, the Producer of ‘Seinfeld’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Drive’ and ‘Whiplash, is engaging with Kerry College students via Zoom.

 

From as far as New York, Los Angeles, London and Vancouver – top film makers are connecting with Kerry – as film producers share their knowledge with local students.

With colleges and universities closed across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerry College and their media students are using Zoom video technology to take part in online video classes with some of Hollywood’s biggest names in film and television production.

Organised by critically acclaimed and worldwide award winning Knockanure man Gerard Barrett, the Writer/Director/Producer whose credits include ‘Pilgrim Hill’, ‘Glassland’, the television series ‘Smalltown’ and the Netflix film ‘Brain on Fire’, offered to arrange and moderate the online classes for the students, who are under quarantine and studying from home.

Renowned Irish actor and comedian Pat Shortt is also taking part in the classes from his office in Limerick city, giving advice on all aspects of production to the students. Other participants include Jeffrey Stott, the Producer of ‘Seinfeld’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Drive’ and ‘Whiplash’.

“I felt that by knowing these people, that they could offer something to the students of Kerry College that was entirely unique to anyone here in Ireland,” Barrett, under quarantine and working from his office in Dublin said.

“Even globally. I’ve worked with these people and when I asked them to participate, they were delighted to. Even though they are in Dublin, London and Los Angeles, they are under quarantine too, so this is something to keep them busy and active as well. The technology makes it easy and very personal. These are great people willing to give up their time to help the next generation.”

Barrett says the Kerry College Media Production facilities at their Monavalley Campus are world class. He has shot projects in New York, Los Angeles, London and Vancouver, and believes the facilities at the college are as good as anything he has seen.

“The set-up Kerry College have is as good as any production facility I have worked in around the world, not a mind as an education facility. The potential is limitless for the students, and it is a credit to the staff at Kerry College who had the brazen vision to build it. I just hope these sessions with these top professionals can inspire the students to go on and do great things, to follow their dreams and achieve their individual goals.”

The classes will continue for a number of weeks online and are exclusive to Kerry College.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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