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By Michelle Crean

Two creative school pupils from Killarney were part of a national launch with Government ministers last week.

Cailean Laing from Two Mile Community National School met Education Minister Norma Foley at the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027 launch in Dublin.

Cailean Laing (11) is a Fifth Class pupil in Two Mile Community National School, and John O'Brien from The Mon, were invited to the launch of the new Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027 which will further embed creativity into the centre of the lives of Ireland’s young people.

The plan, launched at the National Gallery of Ireland, aims to enable the creative potential of every child and young person.

The boys met with Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman TD, and they were also interviewed by a panel of young people.

Cailean and his mom Tara Donoghue Laing were asked to attend because Tara is a creative facilitator for Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) which was established in 2019 under a pilot initiative to support and enhance child and youth creativity in Kerry.

Kerry LCYP is a collaboration between creative practitioners, cultural organisations and resources, Kerry Education and Training Board, Kerry County Council, Kerry Education Centre, Kerry County Childcare Committee, Schools (Primary and Post Primary), Youth Officers, youth service providers and family resource centres.

The objective is to provide out of school creative activities for children and young people that complement and work with formal school settings in a non-mainstream manner.

Cailean and Tara created 'Through Our Eyes', a photography project undertaken during lockdown.

A book launch of their work and an exhibition will take place at the County Museum Tralee on April 22.

"Cailean was very proud to see his photography on the walls of the National Gallery of Ireland," Tara told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I was also extremely proud as a mother and as a creative facilitator to see projects that we created in Kerry being appreciated by the ministers in Dublin.

"It is a huge achievement for the children for their creativity to be recognised and I hope it will continue to motivate their photography further."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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