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Camera, set, and action……. Killarney youngsters set up new film group

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GETTING CREATIVE: Killarney Youth Filmmakers plan to hold their first meet up in the town today (Saturday). Pictured l-r were: Leone Wright, Claudia Clifford, Johnny Horgan, Rían Gill, Mieke Vanmechelen (Kerry Filmmaker in Residence), Alexandra Bozic (The Official Killarney App) and Ollie Ojegbenro. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

It’s lights, camera and action for Killarney teens who have come together and formed a brand new filmmakers group.

Killarney Young Filmmakers, for teens aged 16 to 19 years – plan to learn all about

story writing, storyboarding, directing, acting, camera, sound and editing.

It was set up by 18-year-old Ollie Ojegbenro, who was awarded the Young Irish Film Bursary at the National Youth Film School in August.

The Sixth Year Sem student was looking for a creative outlet for Killarney teens like himself – and is now planning their first public meet up today (Saturday), and all are welcome to come and learn more about the group.

It takes place in the Curious Cat at 4pm where they’ll chat about their very first production ‘Feeling Clean’ – a film focusing on young people and substance abuse.

This week they created a GoFundMe page: Killarney Young Filmmakers, to help raise funds for film projects and equipment and are delighted to have the support of Kerry Filmmaker in Residence Mieke Vanmechelen and Alexandra Bozic from The Official Killarney App.

“At present we’ve about 30 in the group and hopefully we’ll have more as we spread out,” Mieke told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is a fledgling project and we’re only finding our feet. The goal is to get youth in Killarney and surrounds to learn about filmmaking, scriptwriting, behind the scenes work, and content creation.”

The not-for-profit group are hoping to initially raise €3,000 for set up costs but said it’ll need continuous support. For more information or to get involved ring 089 9470355.

 

 

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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