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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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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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