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Buckley and Kealy shortlisted for RTÉ award

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney people have been shortlisted for three different RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards this year.

The awards return after pandemic related absences and will be hosted by RTÉ presenter and broadcaster John Creedon at Dublin's Vicar Street on November 17.

Local Hollywood A-lister Jessie Buckley collaborated with Bernard Butler earlier this year and their single ‘Footnotes on the Map’ has been nominated in the Best Original Folk Track category.

Kilcummin singer Ronan Kealy who goes by the stage name Junior Brother released his second album ‘The Great Irish Famine’ this year.

He has been nominated in both Best Folk Singer and Best Folk Album categories.

“It is a great honour,” Ronan told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a lovely list to be included on, the RTÉ Folk Awards have become an institution in itself in recent years. I must be doing something right to get nominated.”

Mary Black is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at next week’s ceremony also.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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