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Cahersiveen man’s eye catching photo wins world award

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AWARD: Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has won an award in the 2021 World Press Photo Contest. Photo: Philip Bromwell/RTÈ

By Michelle Crean

 

Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has been announced as a winner in the prestigious ‘Sports, Singles’ category in the 2021 World Press Photo Contest with his image. The Cahersiveen man took the photo ‘Home Training’ in May last year when he visited the home of 87-year-old masters athlete Pat Naughton in Nenagh, County Tipperary.

During the lockdown Pat maintained his daily training regime in his living room and Stephen, who went into the house in full PPE and kept a safe distance says it's a moment he won't forget.

The win for Stephen comes just three years after securing second place in the 2018 contest for a photograph entitled 'Steaming Scrum' which features The British & Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks packs engaging during a match at the Rotorua International Stadium in New Zealand.

Being recognised by the World Press Photo Foundation is an honour and the pinnacle of any photographer's career, he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"I am humbled to have had the opportunity to capture a unique example of how humans have adapted in these unprecedented times. I think the photograph has captured the determination of athletes in particular, in this case Pat, to maintain their training schedules in pursuit of normality in the most abnormal of times.”

Dublin-based Stephen, whose first love is sport, took up photography while involved with his local St Mary's Club as a teenager. Following a week's work experience, which he says he was surprised to secure with Sportsfile, he was offered a summer placement and set off on his new adventure a day after his Leaving Cert exams finished in 2007.

"After the week's work experience I was hooked. It's my dream job which has taken me all over the world."

Since then he has covered thousands of events around the world from rugby to soccer, athletics and boxing and captured some of the best sporting moments. And last year should have seen him covering the Olympics and 2020 Euros amongst other events but COVID put paid to that. However, Stephen is now looking forward to covering soccer events for the Irish men and women's teams in the coming weeks which includes trips to Serbia and Hungry.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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