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Cinematographer wins award in the USA

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By Michelle Crean

A local filmmaker and award-winning cinematographer has scored a major award in the USA.

AWARD: Dennis Earlie made a short film ‘Lost Souls' featuring local actors some from Michael Fassbender's West End House School of Arts.

Dennis Earlie made a short film ‘Lost Souls' featuring local actors based on a poem of the same name by Kevin McManus who was inspired by the recollections of his father.

Kevin's father immigrated to England in the late 1950s and worked in construction. He often spoke about how some of the young Irish men he worked with gradually spent more and more time in the pubs due to loneliness and homesickness, and would drink to ease the pain. This meant that eventually they got sacked, had no place to go and ended up homeless. These young men were essentially, 'Lost Souls'.

Dennis is an award-winning cinematographer, director and voiceover artist. Like Kevin, his father left for England to find work three months before Dennis was born. He first met his father when he was 18 years of age on a railway station in Stockport Manchester, when he too moved to England as a young trainee. He did meet his father on a further three occasions.

The last one was to give a formal identification in a morgue in London. To Dennis, Kevin’s poem epitomises what his father’s life was like as was so many men and woman, who left for England.

"Once I read and narrated the poem for Kevin’s audiobook, I knew I wanted to adapt it to screen," Dennis, a listed member of IMdB whose work has been viewed in over 60 countries worldwide including Sky, BBC and French Television, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I had a fantastic crew and cast, and I can’t thank Padrig O’Connor, Anne Browne, Elaine Shine and our assistant director Kyla Shine-Leane enough, and a special thank you to the K-Town Bar and Restaurant for allowing us to film there."

The film was screened at the Blissfest333 and Nortopia Films awards in the Cottonwood Centre for the Arts Colorado Springs Colorado, USA. 'Lost Souls' was also shortlisted for the Drumshanbo International Poetry Film Festival, the O’Bhael International Festival and the London Lift-Off Film Festival. It has been released on media platforms including YouTube.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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