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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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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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