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Camera club gets back in focus after summer break

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Camera Club will prepare for its 20th anniversary by hosting an online open night on September 16.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the club has been unable to meet in person so it is inviting current and potential new members to an online Zoom meeting next Thursday.

Newly appointed club chair Yvette O’Shea will give an outline of activities planned for the year head including details of a special exhibition to mark two decades of the club.

The club’s Photographer of the Year, Keith Johnson will also give a presentation of his work.

“We are delighted to have recently recommenced going on outings taking in Ardfert, the Dingle peninsula and Glanteenassig Park over the summer and finishing with a weekend workshop on the wonderful Dingle peninsula. We are currently planning a weekend visit to our friends in the East Cork Camera Club in late September,” club secretary Anne Kelly told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We run seven themed competitions over the course of the year and the entries are gently critiqued by two experienced members which is a great way to learn how to improve our photos.”

New members should contact secretary@killarneycamerclub.ie and the club will send a Zoom link for the meeting.

Meetings will continue every second Thursday at 7.30 pm from September to June. They will take place online for the time being but the club hopes to return to physical meetings at the Brehon Hotel either later this year or earlier next year.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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