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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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