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‘BallyLife’ through the eyes of youth to feature in new exhibition

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By Michelle Crean

A new photography exhibition next week will showcase the creative talents of young people from Ballyspillane.

'BallyLife' highlights their interest in photography and their local area amd the result is a showcase which is intuitive, sometimes telling, but very creative in its originality. It builds on the work of Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership at Kerry ETB to support child and youth creativity where access to creativity projects is most challenged in Kerry.

On Tuesday next (October 25), they'll hold an exhibition to show their work to the public from 3.30pm to 5pm at the eurÓg KDYS building in Fairhill Killarney.

The showcase will feature 12 works in progress and is open to the public to attend. Visitors will be treated to a range of photography skills and techniques including close ups, action shots, portraits and landscape images.

The course was facilitated by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre and photographer Tara Donoghue and supported by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council.

“The BallyLife group show us a very robust quality of output. It is clear that very discerning eyes have been capturing their local area. We’re delighted to help them along their creative journey," Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools, Youth & Music at Kerry ETB, said.

The project has been guided by artist, educator and photographer Tara Donoghue who facilitated a series of workshops which brought the group together. Kerry Diocesan Youth Service worked in collaboration with Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre to ensure that the project reached out into the heart of the community in Ballyspillane.

“In working with this group of young people, it was great to see the excitement they had when creating a photograph. They were so proud of the work they have created, as they should be," Tara added.

The project was funded by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council’s Arts Office through the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme.

“Targeted youth engagement with creativity is important to grow community ownership and well-being. We are delighted to see this creative process, led by an artist, that enables self-expression and is a positive outlet for the young people involved. We look forward to seeing more of their work in the future," Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Kerry Coordinator, said.

The show is highlighted on @kerrylcyp and on www.kerryetb.ie/creativity.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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