The Board of Kerry Film Festival have revealed that the 2018 Maureen O’Hara Award will be presented to Deirdre O’Kane to acknowledge her contribution to the film and television industry and for her extraordinary talent, skill and determination.
The Kerry Film Festival inaugurated the Maureen O’Hara Award in 2008 in honour of the legendary O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s best-loved and most inspiring actresses. The award celebrates outstanding women working in film & television today.
Previous recipients include Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, French actress Juliette Binoche, writer/director Rebecca Miller, costume designer Consolata Boyle, actress Fionnula Flanagan and editor/director Emer Reynolds among others.
Deirdre O’Kane is an award-winning actress, comedian and TV presenter. She won an IFTA, Irish Academy Award, for Best Actress for her portrayal of humanitarian Christina Noble in Noble.
Her screen credits include Noble, Halal Daddy, The Lodgers, Festival, Intermission, Moone Boy (Sky), Younger (NBC US), and Paths to Freedom, while her theatre credits range from classical theatre to her acclaimed performance in the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce. She is one of Ireland's most successful stand-up comedians and is currently on tour with her brand new show, A Line of O’Kane. She also proved her superb dancing skills earlier this year when she danced her way into the finals of the popular Dancing With The Stars.
Deirdre’s talent and skills on screen has seen her secure key TV presenting roles in recent years across RTÉ and Virgin Media TV, and she has been the host of the annual IFTA Film Awards Ceremony for the past four years.
When presenting the 2018 IFTA Awards Ceremony, Deirdre paid tribute to her idol Maureen O’Hara in a widely acclaimed opening monologue, who had received the IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2004.
On hearing that she is to receive the Maureen O’Hara Award, Deirdre said: “It is an absolute honour to receive this award which is named for such an inspiring screen legend. Maureen O’Hara achieved so much in her lifetime and was never afraid to speak her mind - she has paved the way for generations to come.”
Maeve McGrath, Artistic Director of the Kerry Film Festival said: “We are delighted to announce Deirdre O’Kane as the recipient of the 2018 Maureen O’Hara Award. Deirdre’s vibrant and creative talent, skill and persona epitomizes so many of the great qualities of Maureen O’Hara”
In presenting the Maureen O’Hara Award, the festival acknowledges the wealth of female talent in all sectors of the film and television industry, women in front of and behind the camera, who shine through for their exceptional talent and commitment to their craft.
The Kerry Film festival runs from October 17-21 in Killarney.
Comedy drama ready for the stage
By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]
By Michelle Crean
Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.
What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.
The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.
Teens theory is a national winner
Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]
Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.
Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.
The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.
The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.
The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.
Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.
Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.
It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.
“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.
“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”
Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.
Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.
Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.
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